Top Ten Kids' Books That Are Winners!

The BEST books that will have you glued to the pages and finished before you know it!

These books have it all: from classics to contemporary fiction, these are award-winners, best-sellers, and all round winners!

Age Breakdown: Every kid is different, but here is a basic guideline. Adults enjoy these books too! Give 'em a read!

Kids = 7-12

Mids= 10-13

Teens = 13 +

1. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Feisty and witty Mo LoBeau has an enjoyable summer laid out for herself. However, plans go awry when a detective shows up with questions, a murder occurs, and Mo takes it upon herself to figure it all out!

Mo and her best friend, Dale, along with a mystery- filled plot, witty one-liner dialogue, and a town like no other, make this a book you'll want to read again and again!

Age: Kids, Mids, Teens +

Book Series

Read our full review for Three Times Lucky and find fun things to do here!

2. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Great cast of characters led by 12-year-old Percy Jackson brings Greek mythology to life in the most entertaining way possible!

Overflowing with funny scenes, fantasy, action and adventure, The Lightning Thief is a fantastic first book to an amazing series!

Once you've finished The Lightning Thief, the other books in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will be there to entertain!

Age Range: Kids, Mids, Teens+

Book Series

3. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

Tuck Everlasting is a book that feels like summer and is as timeless as the subject it centers around!

Winnie Foster is fed up with her life during one hot, unbearable week during the summer, and takes refuge in the cool woods her family owns. It's there by a spring that Winnie encounters the Tuck family, and is shocked to learn the secret they keep!

Age Range: Kids & Mids ( Young Teens would also enjoy!)

4. Holes by Louis Sachar

A multilayered mystery, quirky characters and a family curse make this a book that is impossible to put down until you've reached the last page!

Such a good book!

Age Range: Kids, Mids (Teens would also enjoy)!

Read our review for Holes and find some fun things to do here!

5. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

A quickly paced novel filled with twists and turns, When You Reach Me centers around Miranda, a sixth grader living in New York City whose life has always been predictable until now!

It starts with her best friend shutting her out. From there the strange series of events continues, and Miranda receives a mysterious note that makes her wonder what's behind all of it!

A great companion book to the timeless classic, A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline D'Engle, When You Reach Me is one of those great books you can't stop thinking about long after you've finished the last page!

Age Range: Kids, Mids, Teens+

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

This series features fun illustrations, a handwritten font and an easy conversational style of writing that makes it a great series to pour through!

A cross between a comic book and a journal, this book will have even kids who don't normally love reading turning page after page and laughing along with Greg Heffley's adventures!

Age: Kids & Mids

Book Series

7. Theodore Boone - The Accomplice by John Grisham

Theo's parents are both lawyers and that's all he wants to be! In the small city where he lives, Theo sees himself as the next big courtroom attorney and finds himself with plenty of clients and cases!

The Accomplice by John Grisham is the latest in this series of legal thrillers for kids where Theo must help his good friend Woody, who's been accused of robbery.

Plenty of page-turning suspense makes this a great pick!

Age: Kids & Mids

Book Series

8. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

What if you had to do whatever you were told, no matter what? Given the 'gift' of obedience at birth by a fairy, Ella must obey any order, however outrageous!

Not willing to give up, however, Ella sets out to undo the curse, encountering fairy godmothers, ogres and princes along the way!

Age Range: Kids & Mids

*I liked it so much that I bought my own copy when I was 14, and my mom has read it twice!

9. I, Q - Book One - Independence Hall by Roland Smith

13-year-old Quest and his older stepsister Angela are thrown together by way of their famous parents' marriage and join them on the road for a year-long-concert tour.

As if dealing with new family dynamics isn't enough, Quest and Angela soon find themselves in the middle of mysteries, secrets and a high-stakes conspiracy!

A prime reading choice with plenty of twists in the plot, I,Q will no doubt keep you turning those pages!

Age Range: Kids & Mids

Book Series

10. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

A modern classic about a girl and her very special dog!

When Opal finds Winn-Dixie at the local grocery store, the two become best friends from that day on.

With quirky characters and a wonderful pup taking center stage, this book is a wonderful read, filled with friendship, family, and of course, fur!

Age Range: Kids & Mids


The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley

The Sisters Grimm Series, Book One

When Sabrina and Daphne Grimm get sent to live with their long-lost grandmother, they get much more then they bargained for! At the top of that list: the sisters discover they're descended from the Brothers Grimm, whose famous fairy tales are not fiction after all!

When a giant is spotted and no one seems to know anything about it, it's up to the girls to use their wits and knowledge of fairy tales to set things right in the extraordinary town of Ferryport Landing!

A funny, magical and adventurous ride, you'll want to read them all!

Age Range: Kids & Mids

Book Series

Hope you'll find some titles here that you'll love!

Happy Reading!



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