Sometimes it only takes that one perfect book to create an avid reader. I certainly remember the moment I fell in love with literature, and I have been reading ever since! Nowadays, kids are more likely to end up behind a screen than behind a good book. But how can a book compete with the latest video games, toys, and online videos of kids having a good time?
The trick is to introduce them to books that relate to their ever-changing world. Books that speak to them about the trials and tribulations of tweens and that empower and encourage them to do great things! The stories should have a good balance between adventure, suspense, and life lessons.
If you are having difficulty getting your ten-year-old to put down his phone and open a book, you are in the right place! We have a great list of books that are not only age-appropriate but that have been selected by ten-year-old boys themselves!
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books by Jeff Kinney
This is the story of Greg Heffley and his crazy attempts at becoming popular in his middle school. This complete set of twelve bestselling book titles include;
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- Rodrick Rules
- The Last Straw
- Dog Days
- The Ugly Truth
- Cabin Fever
- The Third Wheel
- Hard Luck
- The Long Haul
- Old School
- Double Down
- The Getaway, all in a specially designed package.
All the books come in a specially designed package.
In the first book of the twelve-book series, Greg Heffley attends middle school for the first time. He soon realizes that the school’s hallways are ruled by tall, mean, and already shaving kids!
Greg is grateful to have his sidekick and best friend Rowley by his side. As soon as he notices that Rowley is starting to gain popularity, Greg takes advantage of the opportunity and almost ruins their friendship.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book Paperback Boxed Set by Rick Riordan
The books feature brand new cover art, and the set comes packaged with a special poster. The collection features the bestselling titles (in order);
The Lightning Thief
The Lightning Thief is about a twelve-year-old boy, Percy Jackson, who discovers that his real father is the Greek god of the sea, Poseidon. Percy takes on an adventurous quest across the US to locate the entrance to the Underworld. It is the only way to stop the war amongst the gods.
The Sea of Monsters
In the second installment of the 5-book series, thirteen-year-old demigod Percy Jackson and his friends save Camp Half-Blood from an attack from the Titans. He saves Grover (his satyr friend) from the Cyclops Polyphemus and brings the Golden Fleece to cure Thalia’s poisoned pine tree.
The Titan’s Curse
In the third book, Percy takes the Titan’s curse from Artemis. Percy thinks that Luke is dead after he falls off a cliff during a battle with Thalia. It isn’t until they go to a party at Olympus with Ophiotaurus that he learns from Annabeth that Luke is still alive!
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The fourth book, The Battle of the Labyrinth, tells the story of Annabeth Chase leading her friends in the hopes of locating the creator of the infamous Labyrinth. They have discovered that the Labyrinth plays a part in Kronos’ Army’s plot against the camp and need to stop them!
The Last Olympian
In the fifth and final installment of the series, Percy Jackson and his friends take the final stand to protect Mount Olympus, including the entire world, from Kronos and his army of monsters and titans.
Join the son of Poseidon (the sea god) and his demigod friends as they embark on great adventures where they are forced to face conniving Greek Mythology figures, gods, and monsters! Can they save the Olympians from their ancient enemies?
The Taxi Ride and Other Spooky Stories by Priyanka Sivaramakrishnan
The scary, bone-chilling stories in this collection contain a chain email’s evil powers, a dead, shadowy mist, a teacher’s terrifying secret, chopped fingers, murderous spirits, a small boy talking to his deceased grandmother, a mysterious wall, and many more! If you didn’t believe in ghosts before, you will now!
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Mole finally takes a break from cleaning and decides to go and relax down at the river. There he meets Water Rat, and they form an instant friendship.
Along with their friend Badger, the three spend a marvelous summer having picnics playing in the river, and relaxing!
Their fun quickly ends when their friend Toad gets into trouble, and they have to go and rescue him from his self-inflicted chaos. They go from a tranquil summer to fighting weasels and stats to try and help their friends!
How to Train Your Dragon: The Complete Series by Cressida Cowell
The story chronicles the adventures and misadventures of unlikely Viking hero Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless. Join them on twelve exciting adventures with the complete set of How To Train Your Dragon!
Click on the links below for individual books (in order);
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Cassandra Mortmain’s life is anything but glamorous. Even though they stay in an old English castle, that’s about as good and romantic as it gets.
Unlike her older sister, Rose, who wishes her life was a Jane Austin novel, Cassandra is well aware that with their home falling to pieces and their parents having to sell their furniture for food, a wish is all it will remain.
Cassandra keeps her wishes and thoughts in her journal, until one day, to her surprise, their new landlords move in, along with their two rigorously handsome sons. From there on out, Cassandra and Rose’s lives will never be the same.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
One night after Girl Scouts, Raina stumbles and severely injures her two front teeth in the fall.
She also needs to deal with boy trouble, backstabbing friends, and a major earthquake through her embarrassing journey with headgear, braces, and retainers with fake teeth.
What more can go wrong for this sixth grader?
Harry Potter: The Illustrated Collection (Books 1-3 Boxed Set) by J.K. Rowling
While the rest of the Harry Potter series may be intended for older children, this introductory set of the first three books is sure to get your son’s nose deep into reading! It includes all-time-favorite and bestselling titles (in order);
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter was just a baby when he lost both his parents in a terrifying attack from Lord Voldemort. Miraculously, he was the only one who survived the attack and from then on was known as “the boy who lived.”
He was adopted by his horrible Uncle and Aunt, who have no time for him and makes him sleep in a tinny closet underneath the stairs! Unfortunately, Harry is unaware that he is a wizard.
But all that is about to change when Harry receives a mysterious letter, followed by an even more mysterious visitor from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
In Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, he comes across a series of disturbing messages written on the castle’s walls. The messages warn students about the Chamber of Secrets that has been opened!
It warns that the heir of Slytherin will kill all the pupils who don’t come from all-magic families! He needs to find out who is behind all of this, and he needs to close the chamber before children die.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The third installment of the Harry Potter books follows Harry in his third year at Hogwarts. The word on the street is that Sirius Black, a prisoner of Azkaban (wizard prison), has escaped.
He is believed to be dangerous, and people suspect that he is one of Voldemort’s evil allies. Harry and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley investigate to try and stop Sirius Black from doing anything to harm Hogwarts and its students.
Nightmares! By Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Charlie Laird has a whole bunch of problems. Firstly, his father married a woman he is sure is a witch. Secondly, he was forced to live with them in her purple mansion, which is creepy, and lastly, he cannot remember the last time he didn’t have a nightmare!
Just when he thought things couldn’t possibly get worse than this, his nightmares started slipping out into the real world.
Charlie will have to face his biggest fears if he wants things to go back to normal and he needs any help he can get. Otherwise, he could be trapped in his nightmares forever!
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Sophie is a telepath. She can read everyone’s mind and therefore is uncomfortable with other people, including her own family. It is a rather lonely world for the twelve-year-old girl because nobody knows her secret, and she knows they won’t understand.
They will call her crazy and make a spectacle out of her. Things change the day she meets a cute and mysterious boy named Fitz. She soon learns that he, too, is a telepath.
She discovers that the reason she could never feel at home is that she comes from another place! She has to leave behind the only life she has ever known, but takes her secrets with her, buried deep within her memory.
She needs to find out why they hid her in the human world, but the truth is very dangerous, and her time is slowly running out!
The Untouchables by Gordon Korman
The notorious class of misfits and academic train wrecks, “The Untouchables,” is a pain to any teacher that has to deal with them. Kiana isn’t even part of the class but is always there. Parker, who cannot read, and Aldo, who has anger management issues!
The entire class has been removed from the student body and is now isolated from the rest of the school in room 117! Their poor, burned-out teacher, Mr. Zachary Kermit’s reputation, was ruined after a scandal involving cheating surfaced, and it still haunts him to this day!
The superintendent destroys Mr. Kermit’s plan to retire in a year by assigning him to the Unteachable. Can room 117 prove that they are indeed teachable? Will Mr. Kermit be able to turn things around for the better?
Edge of Extinction #1: The Ark Plan by Laura Martin
People cloned dinosaurs one hundred and fifty years ago. Since then, they have been at the top of the food chain, with humans in the second position. Humans had to create an underground world for themselves to live in if they were to survive.
Sky Mundy’s father disappeared from North Compound five years ago, and when she finds a clue surrounding his disappearance, it leads her to an even bigger mystery!
She needs to embark upon a journey to the surface if she wants to find her father and save the world. Together with her best friend, Shawn, they escape the underground world and travel to the land that is ruled by the dinosaurs!
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Penelope (Peppi) Torres reminds herself of the cardinal rules to survive school; find groups of kids like you and join them, and don’t draw attention to the mean kids! This is the first day at her new school, and she is frightened for her life!
She immediately breaks the rule about not being noticed by the mean kids by tripping and falling into Jaime Thompson. Her new nickname is “nerder girlfriend,” with compliments from the mean kids!
She handles the situation by shoving Jaime to the side and running away. When she befriends a few kids in the art club, things start to take a turn for the better, but she still feels really bad about shoving Jaime.
Things are rather awkward between the two, and to make matters even worse, he is a member of the science club, their arch-rivals! She will learn soon enough that some rules are meant to be broken if she is to survive this awkward time in her life!
Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit
Cruz is joining 23 talented children from around the world for training at the Explorer Academy. They are being taught by some of the world’s top scientists to become great explorers.
Upon arrival, Cruz learns that his family has a past with the organization, a very mysterious past, one that can jeopardize his whole future. In the middle of cool and codebreaking classes, Cruz decides to find out who is out to get him and why?
Goosebumps Retro Scream Collection: Limited Edition Tin by R.L.Stine
This limited-edition tin contains five all-time favorite Goosebumps book titles, including;
Welcome to Dead House
Twelve-year-old Amanda and eleven-year-old Josh have recently moved into the weirdest and oldest houses on the entire block. They are certain that the house is haunted, but their parents think they are being silly and don’t believe them.
They tell Josh and Amanda to go out and make new friends, but their parents aren’t aware that all the children in town are creepy and strange. One night when they decide to take a shortcut through the town’s cemetery, Amanda and Josh learn the scary truth!
Say Cheese and Die!
After Greg finds an old camera, he is convinced that there is something sinister about it. Every time he takes a picture, it develops into a slightly different image. When he takes a picture of his father’s new car, the picture shows that the car is wrecked.
And then, his dad crashes the car just like in the picture! What on earth is going on? Is this camera predicting the future, or is it creating it?
Greg needs to find out the truth before the camera can take another picture and who knows; the next time picture could show an image that is much worse than a car crash!
Night of the Living Dummy
Lindy finds a ventriloquist’s dummy and decides to name him Slappy. She is having so much fun learning how to make him talk and move.
Her sister, Kris, is not impressed, and she is jealous that Lindy gets all the attention with her new act once again. Kris decides to get some of the action by getting her very own dummy, but it’s not long until strange, horrible, sinister things start happening!
Could it be the dummies causing all the terrible things, or are their imaginations getting the best of them? They need to find out before it’s too late!
The Haunted Mask
Just a quick glimpse of Carly Beth’s Halloween mask is enough to send shivers down your spine. It is so ugly and scary that her friends and everyone around her is completely freaked out by it!
It is definitely the scariest Halloween mask that they have ever seen in their lives! It has long animal fangs, yellowish-green skin, and it is just plain nasty!
But what Carly doesn’t know is that there is something very evil about the mask, and it is starting to affect her. She tries desperately to take the mask off her face, but it is stuck!
One Day at HorrorLand
Luke and Lizzy Morris are in for the ride of their lives! They are at HorrorLand amusement park, where they will experience The Coffin Cruise, The Doom Slide, Werewolf Village, and many more.
It is the first time they are at the park with their parents, but something tells them it might be their last!
Each book has its original cover, and they are packaged in a retro collector’s tin!
The Worst Night Ever by Dave Barry
Wyatt Palmer may have been last year’s middle school hero, but now Wyatt and his friends are attending Coral Cove Highschool. Oh, how things have changed! He doesn’t care about being popular; his only aim is to fit in somewhere and not be completely unpopular!
One day Wyatt’s best friend, Diaz, brings his pet ferret, Frank, to school, and that is where things start to go wrong! A chain of unfortunate events leads to Frank ending up in the wrong hands; the Bevin brothers!
He may be the most popular boy in school, but according to Wyatt, he is also the most horrible! Wyatt and his friend, Matt, try to get Frank back from the Bevin’s by coming up with a plan to attend the cool clique’s party at their waterfront mansion.
There, they uncover the Bevin family’s dark and deadly secret, and it makes Wyatt realize that he would rather be unpopular than be a part of that!
Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
Alice and Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard are still heartbroken over the death of their mother. Their father accepts a job in a mysterious museum in a city where it’s always snowing.
When Ophelia accompanies her father to work one day, she discovers a boy that has been locked away in a room that has been forgotten for a long time. The Snow Queen keeps him prisoner, and he has been waiting for Ophelia’s help for years!
Everything that she once believed in will be tested as she tries to save the boy. She learns about the incredible power of perseverance, courage, love, and friendship as she tries to save the boy and the world.
Children develop a set of behaviors and reading skills when they step into their tween years. The books they read should foster all the aspects of their lives and encourage their development.
Buying books for your ten-year-old doesn’t have to be a scavenger hunt. The best thing to do is take him along with you to choose his own books, and this way, you won’t be the bad guy for picking a book that he does not like!
We hope our list inspires your kid like it did the others and who knows, soon you may have to limit not only his screen time but his reading time too!