I previously posted a list of books for 10 year old girls and I would be remiss to leave out the boys. Looking for ideas to keep your boys reading? Here’s a list of perfect books for 10 year old boys. Most books here I’ve recommended because my kids are interested in these specific books, authors, series, or genres. Most recommendations belong to a series of books that introduce 10 year olds to authors that can become favorites to encourage further reading.
I find that my particular challenge for boys at this age is that it can be a challenge to find books interesting to them and still age appropriate for them. Most titles here are listed as age appropriate for ages 10 and up. The “and up” part is tricky and means that I’ll make a point to browse through the book before purchasing or borrowing. Every family and reader is different so what’s good for one may not be good for all.
So here’s my list of recommended books for 10 year old boys this fall.
Written by James Patterson, this illustrated book follows Rafe as he takes on his first year of middle school. This is James Patterson’s first book written for middle schools students and the franchise has grown into a full-fledged series with ten titles and inspired a movie. Rafe is relatable to all students past present and future as they undertake their middle school years.
School is an oppressive place devoid of fun and he is also navigating changes in family life. But Rafe is not going to just take it, no, he and his friend come up with a plan that challenges all the rules. What ensues is hilarious and fun to read. If your 10-year old has already read the book or seen the movie, and are a fan, try one of the nine additional and equally fun titles that may interest them in this series.
If your guy is a fan of superhero movies, comics, or stories, he will enjoy the story of Miles Morales. The book helps readers transition from comics to novels and expands the superhero world into the realm where there’s more than one Spiderman. This story is being adapted into a movie set for release in December 2018. Written by Jason Reynolds, Miles Morales’ journey revolves around navigating living in a bad neighborhood, overcoming family challenges, and realizing the world has big problems while trying to figure out his own life and his abilities.
Our 10 year olds are all born into a post 9/11 world yet the impact of the events of that day is felt in very real ways for them. This book written by Jewel Parker Rhodes is told from the perspective of a 5th grader who lives in New York. The characters are multicultural and navigate together the emotional, cultural, and physical impacts of the attacks of 9/11. We learn there is joy, hope, and healing in triumphing over tragedy. We learn what it means to overcome. This book will help families talk and think about 9/11 in new ways.
If your reader likes mythology stories, try this series written by Rick Riordan. Riordan is the author of the Percy Jackson series that are also highly recommended. But here in Trials of Apollo, Riordan imagines Apollo as a fallen god placed on Earth as an awkward teenager. On Earth he is Lester and the only way he can get back to Olympus is to pass seven tests. The Trials of Apollo #2 is the second installment of the series. Lester’s friends help him accomplish his mission in a funny and dynamic adventure. There are currently four releases for this series.
Is your reader’s favorite sport, soccer? Soccer enthusiasts will enjoy this book of facts and stats on today’s most popular and up and coming players. This book has full-color photos and features an international range of athletes. Everything that your soccer fan will need and want to know about their favorite stars. This title will be released the first week of September.
Is your reader more of a basketball fan? Rebound by Kwame Alexander is perfect for basketball lovers and readers unfamiliar with the sport alike. As a prequel to Alexander’s earlier book Crossover, Rebound covers the protagonist’s, Chuck Bell, childhood and one particular influential summer with his grandparents that shaped his future. Alexander is a poet, so Rebound is a poem that dances and moves across the page in a way that engrosses and draws the reader in. It’s excellent for introducing poetry to older kids. Rebound is also illustrated bringing the poetry to life on the page masterfully.
Restart is a story by Gordon Korman about what happens when we get the opportunity to look at our lives and how we are living it. In it, Chase has an accident that causes him to lose his memory. As he struggles to remember his life and identity, he comes face to face with consequences for actions he cannot remember taking. It’s an exercise of redemption and in choosing who he wants to be. It helps kids realize that there are consequences to their actions not only for themselves but for those they come into contact with every day. It’s a reminder, an invitation, and encouragement to live authentically in a setting that kids can easily relate to their own lives.
In her latest book, author Jennifer A. Nielson introduces us to the brave and determined Chaya who refuses to lose hope despite her world falling apart. This book will be released the last week of August. She becomes a part of a resistance cell and effort to fight the Nazis. It chronicles what happens when one person decides that they will do whatever is within their power to do for what they believe in despite obstacles to success.
There You Have It
That’s it for now. I hope you found something your reader will enjoy. I’d love to hear what your kids are reading and enjoying.