10+ Years

Most ten-year-olds like books with happy endings, light nonfiction, and humorous books. Because they are comfortable with what they know, they may be inclined to stick to familiar books, and may even go back to books they enjoyed at a younger age. This is a sign that the book habit is firmly in place.

Between ten and twelve is the era of the secret club and the peer group. Mystery and fantasy continue to be popular, but now more themes that are adult and so-called "problem" books become popular. This may arise from a need to explore life and face adult issues; however, parents should be careful about the content of "problem" books. Many are not appropriate for this age group.

Whether the people children get to know in books are miles away, in outer space, or simply people from different background or time, books can help develop an understanding of their lives, help children to explore morals and values, expand their horizons and interests, and develop creativity and problem solving. Reading aloud as a family activity is still a great idea. Discuss books with your children and encourage them to make wise choices.

Because of the range in maturity of this age group, we have divided our selections of books into two sections: the 10-12 age group and the 12-14 age group. We have found that some books that are listed by the book industry with a Middle Grade classification may not be suitable for the younger Middle Grade readers.

Current Notable

Theodore Boone: The Activist
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell


Third through Fifth Graders should have the opportunity to hear as many of the classics as possible that are appropriate to their age level. We recommend the following stories that have endured over the years:

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Alice Through the Looking Glass
A Christmas Carol
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Jungle Book: Mowgl's Story
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
The Westing Game