Top 50 Books for Readers Ages 10-12

Our Youth Services department has put together a list of Top 50 Books for readers ages 10-12!

Similar to our list of Top 50 Books to Read With Your Child Before They Turn 5, we now have a book list for readers ages 10-12, which you can view here in this post or in our Juvenile Fiction section as a poster.

The books on this list vary in genre and form, such as novels in verse (books written in poetry format), fantasy, realistic fiction, and graphic novels. Many of these are award-winners, and others are generally favored among readers.

We hope that this resource is helpful for young readers who are looking for a good book and for those who are hesitant to read but just need that one great story to be their gateway into a love of reading.

Books featured on this list:

Novels in Verse

  • Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac
  • Starfish by Lisa Fipps
  • Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


  • Dream Annie Dream by Waka T. Brown
  • King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
  • Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros
  • The Last Cuentista by Donna Barba Higuera
  • Amina’s Song by Hena Khan
  • In the Key of Us by Mariama J. Lockington
  • The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Answers in the Pages by David Levithan
  • From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks
  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • The Summer of June by Jamie Sumner
  • The Many Meanings of Meilan by Andrea Wang
  • Maizy Chen’s Last Chance  by Lisa Yee


  • Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (series)
  • Land of Stories by Chris Colfer (series)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Land of Roar by Jenny McLachlan (series)
  • The Unforgettable Logan Foster by Shawn Peters
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan (series)
  • Root Magic by Eden Royce
  • A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
  • The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton


  • Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Graphic Novels

  • The Babysitters Club (series)
  • El Deafo by Cece Bell
  • Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo
  • Twins by Varian Johnson
  • Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi (series)
  • Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley
  • Button Pusher by Tyler Page
  • A Hole New World by PopularMMOs (series)
  • The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier
  • Go with the Flow by Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann

Also, download the PDF version of this, which contains links to our catalog listing for each book:

Browse our other book lists here.

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