Book Recommendations for A Decade Old Child

Shelly Lee
2 min readJun 30, 2023

My son recently turned ten years old. A decade old! He said that since it has been a full decade he’d lived on this earth, he’d want his birthday to be extra special. I thought he meant books. But of course, being ten years old, he definitely meant games. Ah well. I’d write book recs anyway. Many fantastic books are available for 10-year-old boys that can capture their imaginations and foster a love for reading. Here are some popular and highly recommended options:

- “Harry Potter” series by J.K. Rowling: This magical series follows the adventures of Harry Potter, a young wizard attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s a beloved series that offers a mix of fantasy, adventure, and friendship.

- “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series by Rick Riordan: In this series, Percy Jackson discovers that he is a demigod, the son of Poseidon. He embarks on thrilling adventures with other demigods and encounters Greek mythology. The series combines action, humor, and mythology.

- “The Chronicles of Narnia” series by C.S. Lewis: This classic fantasy series transports readers to the magical land of Narnia, where they join the Pevensie siblings on their adventures through various realms and encounters with mystical creatures.

- “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series by Jeff Kinney: This humorous and illustrated series follows the misadventures of Greg Heffley, a middle-school student, as he navigates the challenges of school, friendships, and family life.

- “The Lightning Thief” (Percy Jackson and the Olympians) by Rick Riordan: The first book in the Percy Jackson series, it introduces readers to Percy Jackson’s world of gods, monsters, and quests. It’s a great entry point for the series.

- “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio: This heartwarming and thought-provoking novel tells the story of Auggie Pullman, a boy with facial differences, as he enters a mainstream school for the first time. It explores themes of empathy, kindness, and acceptance.

- “The Maze Runner” series by James Dashner: In this gripping dystopian series, Thomas wakes up in a maze with no memory and must navigate dangerous challenges with a group of other teenagers. It’s a thrilling and suspenseful series.

- “The Giver” by Lois Lowry: Set in a seemingly perfect but controlled society, this thought-provoking novel follows Jonas as he discovers the dark secrets behind his seemingly utopian world. It explores themes of individuality, freedom, and choices.

- “Holes” by Louis Sachar: This award-winning novel tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, who is sent to a juvenile detention center where the boys must dig holes as part of a mysterious punishment. It weaves together historical fiction, mystery, and adventure.

- “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate: Inspired by a true story, this touching and beautifully written novel is narrated by Ivan, a gorilla living in a shopping mall. It explores friendship, animal rights, and the power of hope.

These books offer a range of genres, themes, and reading levels. Depending on your child’s interests and reading ability, you can select the books that will captivate and engage them the most.