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11 Perfect Books For 10 to 15 Years Old Kids

Even though our favourite Neil Gaiman has said “There is no such thing as bad books for children”, we partially disagree with him and offer a list of incredible books that all children should read. Books that teach, that fire their imagination, that invite them to unfamiliar and familiar worlds. Books that are bound to make reading a fun game and make budding readers of fantasy, fiction and classics out of them. Here is a list of 11 amazing and perfect books for 10 to 15 years old kids which they should consider reading!

Also read — How to Make Reading Fun and Cultivate a Reading Habit in Kids?

1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (Claim the book)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has been a childhood favourite of readers of many generations. Aside from the allure of the book lying in the title itself (‘Chocolate factory’, am I right), its charm can especially be recognised in its strangeness of the familiar. This story of a poor boy winning a golden ticket by luck and visiting a chocolate factory full of candies of Dahl’s fancy, peculiar Oompa Loompas and their supervisor Willy Wonka, takes kids on a highly-imaginative and entertaining ride. Plus, punishment of all the notorious children and a happy ending of the book leaves them satisfied. And the film adaptations of the same make for a perfect culmination of this reading experience.

Besides, you can never go wrong with a Roald Dahl book, because legend says his magic is supposed to shape readers in young children.

2. Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Claim the book)

The earlier one is introduced to this timeless classic, the better. Not only because it’s a great, whimsical story but also because it’s a lesson for life, one that would offer new insights every time it’s revisited. The story begins when the narrator, a pilot, is stranded in a desert after a crash and meets a little creature, the Little Prince. It centers around childhood, and the unorthodox creativity which flares inside the minds of the young and its loss under the rules that govern the life of the grown-ups. The oddity of the drawings and the text and their open interpretations are everything that make it a delightful experience, from the sheep drawn inside a box to the character of a well-tamed fox.

An innocent homage to children, full of perspectives on love, war and the lives of adults, it’s a noble piece of writing and a must-read. Buy Little Prince for kids and you’d gift them a story that’d be new every time it’s opened.

3. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis (Claim the book)

Who thought a book could make wardrobes special, so much so that children would no longer imagine monsters coming out of it, but it being a doorway to another world. All thanks to C.S Lewis and his Chronicles of Narnia. It all starts when Lucy the youngest of four siblings finds a magical land, covered in snow at the back of an old wardrobe. Soon Edmund, Susan, and Peter step inside this world too, which leads all four into a fantastical adventure alongside the Lion King (no not Simba), Aslan, to free Narnia from the White Queen’s evil spell. If you’ve already seen the film adaptation, then worry not, because nothing beats the experience of reading this greatest of the children’s classics in the fantasy genres.

And since the wardrobes of the real world will forever remain boring, let the pages of the book be your doorway to this enchanting place– flip them through and let Lewis’s words play their charm.

4. Wonder by J. Palacio (Claim the book)

The saying goes, do not judge a book by its cover, and this book teaches you to not judge people by their appearances. Clad in a pretty blue paperback with an illustration which looks like it is drawn by a fifth grader, the book is about a ten-year old August Pullman born with a facial difference. Everything about this story is as moving and special, as the courage and innocence of Auggie who only wants to fit in with people his age, as he decides to finally step into the real world. And he does, as people begin to see him for the little ball of joy that he is. The story is told from his perspective and plays forward later through the eyes of other characters, exposing the hidden struggles they all face. The empathy generated in the process is much too real, giving its readers an outlook on pain and hurt, and how love and understanding is all that it takes to overcome it.

A beautiful book which leaves behind many laughter and some tears, it’s one of those nice stories that no young reader should miss out on.

5. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

A different Alice and a different adventure in a different land, Tahereh Mafi’s Furthermore reminds a little bit of Wonderland and a little bit of Oz. A twelve-year old Alice Queensmeadow is born colourless in the land of Ferenwood where both colour and magic are currency and therefore she lacks both. Living like a misfit, through the course of the book she makes a journey to self-acceptance. It begins with her decision to bring her father back home, the only man who believed in her but who mysteriously went missing. This leads her to the topsy-turvy world of Furthermore, with strange villages of even stranger rules. Accompanying her on this dangerous adventure is Oliver, a deceitful boy and together they move ahead in the bizarre landscape, the details of which are laid down in remarkable prose by Mafi, making her imagination come alive for the readers.

A modern fantasy, vivacious and compelling in its ponderance on love, acceptance and friendship infused with peculiarity and magic makes it a fascinating read.

6. Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan (Claim the book)

Riordan’s immersive series is like a ridiculously popular introductory lesson on heroes and monsters from Greek mythology among teenagers. And anyone who isn’t familiar with at least the premise of the plot must be living under a rock. The Lightning Thief, the first book in the series, introduces us to Percy, son of Poseidon and a demigod who is sent to Camp Half Blood, and leads us to his attempts at stopping a war amongst Gods. This book is followed by four more books, and two spin-off series. Exciting, fast-paced, with a brilliantly done plot and characters, Riordan’s Percy Jackson should be a compulsory read for all middle-schoolers.

Also, plus side of picking it up? Not having to worry about what to read next for quite a while.

7. Anne of the Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Claim the book)

A much loved classic, almost like a fairytale set in the real world, but still far better, the story is of an orphan, Anne Shirley and her dream of making a forever home with her foster family of two in the farmhouse called Green Gables. The red-haired girl with a fierce temper and a mind full of fantasies is nothing what the Cuthberts imagined her to be. For starters, she is not a boy and as an eleven-year old is of a very talkative and curious nature. But they slowly come to make space for her in their lives, so much so that they cannot imagine it without her. The story follows her passion and her growth, placed in the loving home of Green Gables and a vivid, lush, setting. Anne’s imperfect perfections are lovable, her quirks and her budding friendship with a certain Gilbert endearing, making the book a wholesome, feel-good treat.

8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Claim the book)

All children need an Atticus Finch in their life to delicately introduce them to the injustices that pervade the world that remain thus far away from their childish bliss. Establishing parenting goals through the relationship of Finch with his two kids, the story surrounds Jean Louise Finch’s life as an eight-year old in a small Alabama town and how she delves into the realities of American racism as her father fights a case for a Black man accused of rape. Harper Lee lays all of this down with utmost sensitivity and sincerity, baring the roots of kindness, love and empathy, making the book a good lesson and a fine read; never seeming overwhelming and only touching hearts in its exploration of the real world through the innocent eyes of a child.

9. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (Claim the book)

A young-adult fiction set in a dystopian world, it places itself within the genre as a modern classic while retaining elements that are unique, deeply engrossing and moving to read about. It makes for a perfect introduction to the themes of dystopian literature, and if nothing else, offers a great perspective to draw parallels of the book with our near realities. It centers around sixteen-year old Katniss who volunteers to enter the infamous Hunger Games in place of her little sister. The Capitol in the nation of Panem runs these games annually, forcing its districts to send a boy and a girl to participate in the deadly game, where the winner is the one who fights death and survives till the end.

The series is a thrilling checklist of all things great–– a strong female lead, original setting, unique memorable characters, exciting, nail-biting plot of revolution and fightbacks with events that shock and sometimes punch to the gut. A definite must-read. So, to whoever picks it up, “Happy Hunger Games!” to you (“And may the odds be ever in your favor”).

10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Claim the book)

Seems like Patrick Ness wrote this book because he wanted his readers to cry, but in the process understand the innocence of the young in a setting of glum. Transforming the relatable idea of monsters under children’s bed into an unconventional picture of a story-teller who helps a boy deal and reconcile with the troubles of his childhood, reality and the fears of his nightmares (literally). Through Conor’s love for his mother, his denial of her terminal illness and his consequent withdrawal from the social world, this low fantasy fiction draws a pure and emotional visual of fears, loss, love and hope.

A beautiful book in its simplicity that carries heaviness, the burden of which young readers would love to share as they experience all that the book has to offer.

11. The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (Claim the book)

The book introduces us to the loveliest of characters living their teenage years, as they try to navigate their way through high school, adolescence and early adulthood. Chbosky makes them become friends of the readers, as they enter the world of fifteen-year old Charlie, his two seniors and his letters addressed to an unknown ‘dear friend’. The story carefully unwraps his traumatic past, its fallouts and how he overcomes them.

An honest book that is, in all its complexities, a really hopeful work of art.

We’d love to hear what books made your childhood reading a memorable experience and what more suggestions you’d want to add on to this reading list for 10 to 15 years old children.

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— Chakrika Pandey

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25 incredible books for kids ages 8-12 {summer reading list!}


When it comes to kids and books, there are two common complaints. First is that there’s nothing good to read (reluctant readers) and second is that there’s nothing good left to read (bookworms). Either way, having a list of age-appropriate book ideas can help. This list of 25 incredible books for both boys and girls ages 8-12 (or US grades 4-6) can be used to help your kids find their next great read. These are all stand-alone (non-series) books. You can find my favorite kids’ book series here. I’ve included a short synopsis for each book and a grade range based on interest and reading level. Click each photo to find that book on Amazon (affiliate link).

The Indian in the Cupboard. Omri is disappointed when he gets a small plastic Indian for his birthday. Little does he know that when he locks the Indian in a cupboard the toy will transform into a real live warrior named Little Bear. Grades 3-5.



Ella Enchanted. At birth, Ella is given the gift of obedience from a fairy. But as Ella gets older, she starts to consider her gift a curse instead, and she goes on a quest to bread it. Grades 3-5.



Mathilda. Young Mathilda is sent to boarding school where the menacing headmistress makes it her mission in life to terrorize the children. When Mathilda decides to fight back, she realizes she has extraordinary powers. Grades 3-5.



Bridge to Teribithia. Jess and Leslie are best friends who create an imaginary kingdom in the woods called Teribithia, where they are king and queen. The book explores the friendship that brings them together and the tragedy that pulls them apart. Grades 3-5.



The One and Only Ivan. Ivan is a gorilla who has spent the last 27 years of his life in a glass enclosure in a shopping mall. When he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild, everything changes. Grades 3-5.



The Tale of Desperaux. Desperaux a mouse who’s in love with a princess who breaks the rules and communicates with humans. In punishment, he’s sent to live with (or be eaten by) the rats. Will Desperaux escape to claim the princess’ hand? Grades 3-5.



The Phantom Tollbooth. Milo thinks everything is a waste of time, until a phantom tollbooth appears in his room. He drives through into a strange land where just about everything is a play on words and has a wonderful adventure. Grades 3-5.



Tuck Everlasting. The Tuck family unknowingly drank from a magic spring, which froze them at their current ages and blessed (or cursed) them with everlasting life. Things get messy when their secret gets out… Grades 4-6.



Number the Stars. Set in Denmark during WWII, this book tells the story of 10 year old Annemarie and her family as they help smuggle her friend Ellen’s family out of Denmark before the Nazis round up all the Jews in the country. Grades 4-6.



Where the Red Fern Grows. When Billy gets his first pair of coonhound pops he’s determined to make them into the greatest hunting team ever. The book follows their adventured together in the Ozark mountains. When tragedy hits, Billy learns the Native American legend of the red fern. Grades 4-6.



Island of the Blue Dolphins. Based on a true story, The Island of the Blue Dolphins tells the story of a girl stranded alone on an island for 18 years. She defends herself from wild dogs, finds food and fashions clothes from what’s available on the island. A timeless adventure story. Grades 4-7.



Freak the Mighty. This is the story of the unlikely friendship of two boys: a teenage giant with a learning disability and a difficult past, and a tiny genius with a serious birth defect. Together they become an invincible duo. Grades 4-7.



Smile. In this graphic novel (memoir), Raini is a normal preteen, until she falls and knocks out her two front teeth. Then comes braces, surgery, headgear, an earthquake, boy problems, and friend problems in this funny coming of age story. Grades 4-7.



The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. A 13-year-old girl finds herself in a perilous situation on board a transatlantic ship with a mutinous crew and a cruel captain. Grades 4-8.



From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler. When Claudia runs away, she decides she wants to go seomewhere special, and so she plans her escape to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She and her brother Jamie explore the museum, taking baths in a fountain, and uncover a mystery waiting to be solved. Grades 4-8.



Everything on a Waffle. Even though Primrose is quite certain her parents didn’t perish at sea like everyone else seems to think so, she’s still an orphan, at least for the time being. Kids will love the tales of her constant mis-adventures. Grades 4-8.



The Witch of Blackbird Pond. When lonely Kit Tyler makes friends with elderly Hannah, she doesn’t realize the townspeople suspect Hannah of being a witch. Set in the 1600s, this is a fascinating historical tale and Newberry winner. Grades 5-8.



The Westing Game. 16 people are called together for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will, and each one of the is a possible heir to his huge fortune. This is a clever, suspenseful mystery that will have readers guessing until the very end. Grades 5-8.



Bud, Not Buddy. It’s the middle of the great depression, and Bud’s tired of being treated badly in foster care, so he runs away to find the man he’s convinced is his father. Things don’t go quite as well as he expects, but Bud’s not discouraged. Grades 5-8.



The Book of a Thousand Days. In this retelling of a brothers Grimm fairy tale, Ashti is a servant to lady Saran, both of whom are locked in a tower for seven years because Saran refuses to marry the man chosen for her by her father. Grades 5-9.



The Graveyard Book. Bod is a unique boy who lives in a unique place: he’s the only living inhabitant of a graveyard. Surrounded by the ghosts of the people buried there, Bod learns why the man who murdered his parents is out to find him and what he must do to elude him. Grades 6-8.



The Blue Sword. Harry Crewe is an orphaned girl who’s bored by her ordinary life until she is kidnapped by Corlath, king of the magical Hillfolk people. Adventures and romance ensue. Grades 6-8.



The Egypt Game. Six friends get together in an abandoned storage yard to play the Egypt game, which includes holding ceremonies and working on secret codes. But when things start to go wrong and a mysterious death occurs, they begin to wonder if the game has gone too far. Grades 6-8.



Hoot. Things aren’t going so well for Roy at his new school in Florida – no real friends but plenty of bullies. But things are about to get better: he meets Beatrice, a tall no-nonsense girl who might become a friend, and together they uncover a mystery involving a runaway boy and some miniature owls. Grades 6-8.



Touching Spirit Bear. Instead of serving time in juvenile detention, Cole is given the option to spend a year alone on a remote Alaskan island, where he learns about survival and himself. Grades 6-8.




Did I miss your (or your child’s) favorite? Tell us about it in the comments!

10 books for children and teens about magic and more

There are always a lot of different covers and stories on the shelves of children’s and teens’ bookstores. Your eyes widen, you don’t know what to choose (except for the classics, of course)! Our blogger Ivanna Lane has collected her favorite children’s books.

What should books for children and teenagers look like? Many will say that they should be creative, evoke a sense of empathy, believe in the best. Is it true? On the one hand, yes, but on the other, not really. The world is not perfect. In it, in addition to holidays, happiness, love, there is a place for pain, illness, worries, dangers. He is multifaceted. And it is better if the child learns about this versatility and imperfection from books, and not from his own experience.

Recently, I rarely read books about teenagers and for teenagers. Unfortunately, there are many things I don’t like. In particular, I don’t like how the main characters behave — children. So, for example, I didn’t like the books “Grandma told me to bow and say that she asks for forgiveness” by Fredrik Backman and “Waffle Heart” by Maria Parr. I have my own selection of books for children and teenagers that I highly recommend. Because even I, an adult enough woman, liked these books.

1. Silvana De Mari, «The Last Elf»

How can a little elf survive in a world where members of this race are hated and feared? Can he fulfill the ancient prophecy and change the world for the better? He will have to revive a dead chicken, escape from prison, befriend a troll, pacify a volcano, teach a newborn dragon to fly and find a way to new lands . .. And then, as the prophecy says, «the last elf and the last dragon will break the circle, the past and the future will converge, and the sun of a new summer will shine in the sky.»

2. Matt Haig, The Girl Who Saved Christmas

Magic works through hope. Without her, there would be nothing. One Christmas, when the little girl Amelia was in desperate need of magic, the earth trembled from the heavy footsteps of the trolls, Elfhelm lay in ruins, the deer could hardly get off the ground, Father Christmas did not come. Amelia’s hope is almost gone, but she’s the only one who can save Christmas.

3. Anna Nikolskaya, «I’m going to live in Sweater»

A natural disaster bursts into the life of high school student Yulia — a strange Verka, the daughter of a famous conductor. Julia’s life becomes a nightmare. What to do? Settle in your favorite cafe «Sweater»? Move in with a boring fan? Or try to make friends with the obnoxious Vera?

4. Terry Pratchett, «The Little Free Folk»

The Chalk Hills is one of the areas of the Discworld. Emerald grass, flocks of sheep that look like white clouds, and people who have lived in this place for centuries. Nine years ago, Tiffany Bohlen was born here and decided to become a witch. The trouble is that on the Chalk Hills the ground is too soft, and in order to grow a witch, you need a reliable support, a good stone rock. True, sometimes hard and sharp flint can be found in soft chalk. When the borders between the worlds thinned and monsters began to appear on the Chalk Hills, Tiffany was the only one who stood in their way. After all, this is her land and she is responsible for it!

5. Evgenia Nekrasova, Kalechina-Malechina

Katya lives with her parents in a small town on the 11th floor of an ordinary panel house. In her world, a huge snake appears from a factory chimney, spots on the ceiling turn into human figures, and columns of numbers add up to verses. The world around doesn’t need Katya: the «ungrown» ones tease her, and the «grown-ups» don’t have the time or energy for her. Here Kikimora intervenes, living behind the stove in the kitchen. Together they embark on a perilous journey and unwittingly surpass those who maimed them in cruelty.

6. Neil Gaiman, «The Cemetery Story»

On the night his entire family died, a tiny boy miraculously finds himself on the street and makes it to the old cemetery, where he finds shelter for many years. The inhabitants of the cemetery, ghosts, a vampire and a werewolf, give the boy a name, raise and take care of him. In the cemetery and in the large, human world, many adventures await him, which will help him grow up and fall in love with the world of the living — dangerous, exciting and alluring.

7. Jessica Day George, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow

Long ago, in a far northern country, there lived a girl who had no name. She understood the language of animals and birds, so a huge polar bear once came to her and asked her to live with him for one year and one day in an enchanted ice castle on an ice cliff in the middle of an endless snowy plain. The girl agreed. As usually happens in fairy tales, she wanted to know what secret the owner of the castle, the polar bear, with whom she became friends, was hiding. With her curiosity, she brought terrible trouble. Now, to save her friend, she will have to go on a dangerous journey to the ends of the world.

8. Kevin Alan Milne, Christmas Bag

1980 Aaron and Molar have long ceased to believe in the existence of Santa Claus, but every year the parents insist that the whole family go to the mall, where the boys can give Santa lists of gifts they want to receive for Christmas. As they wait their turn, Aaron and Molar write down all the toys they can imagine on slips of paper. Santa Claus invites children to give something for Christmas that they never even dreamed of, but in return asks for help to perform a real Christmas miracle.

9. Annika Tor, «Island in the Sea»

This is a story about the events of the Second World War, the story of a girl from an Austrian Jewish family, who was adopted and saved by a Swedish family. This is a look at a large and at first alien world into which a child torn off from his family and homeland finds himself. Those who read the soul-wounding pages will receive a kind of inoculation: one hopes that they will not succumb to the temptation to tease a peer if he is «not like everyone else.»

10. Charles de Lint, «Cats of the Deep Forest»

Lillian Kindred lives with her aunt on a secluded farm next to a forest called the Deep One. She likes to wander more often, because there are probably full of magical creatures — however, they are hiding and do not want to get acquainted with a curious red-haired person. At least that was the case until the day when she came face to face with a terrible poisonous snake. To save the girl’s life, wild cats had to resort to magic. Now the world is out of balance. Lillian is about to embark on a dangerous journey through strange lands inhabited by fabulous creatures. After going through the trials and learning the lessons, Lillian will be able to put the world in order.

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Literature for schoolchildren 10+ (read online)

In this section, only the best books for teenagers. They are about everything: about life, about friendship, about love, about the ability to dream and empathize, about problems and difficulties, about many other things… Each one is a masterpiece! And nothing else.

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Teens have a wide choice literature of various genres. Children of 10-12 years of age are especially interested in stories whose characters are their peers — ordinary boys and girls. Thrown into a fantasy world by chance, they meet new friends there and overcome difficult trials together. Fabulous adventures capture the imagination and give a great mood. Each book is an experience.

Stories for schoolchildren are also popular among children — short in form and capacious in content. By adolescence, the children have already formed a circle of literary preferences. Some like humorous miniatures, others take sad stories to heart, others love everyday sketches, where «everything is like in life.»

Pupils of senior school age get acquainted with serious works, on which they write essays and make notes in the reader’s diaries. So that the classics do not get tired, it is advised to dilute it with light reading matter. Such, where the heroes of the novels are close to the children with their experiences. Young readers are imbued with the characters, empathize with them and learn to think.

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