Reading Lists (ages 10-11)

Age 10-11 Recommended Reading List

The following is a recommended list of fiction books for children from 10-11 years old. This list is by no means exhaustive and I would recommend exploring your local bookshops and libraries as well as using this list. Many of the authors on this list have written many more books that I would encourage you to explore and enjoy. The list contains a mixture of both classic storybooks and more modern releases.


The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

by Joan Aiken

There are wolves outside the walls of Willoughby Chase, but for cousins Bonnie and Sylvia, the real danger lies inside.



by David Almond

Hodder Children’s Books

Exploring a ramshackle garage with his new-found friend, Mina, Michael discovers a strange, magical creature.


Carrie’s War

by Nina Bawden


During World War II, Carrie and her younger brother Nick are evacuated to Wales and billeted with the fierce old Mr Evans and his mousy sister, Louise.


Artemis Fowl

by Eoin Colfer


Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl hatches an ingenious plot to steal all the gold in fairy land.



by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Pan Macmillan

One night, a bag containing £229,370 falls from the sky and flattens the hermitage. Damian is convinced it is a gift from God.


Flour Babies

by Anne Fine


As part of a Child Development project, each boy in Class 4C is given a ‘flour baby’, a sack of flour which must be looked after for three weeks, ensuring it does not get lost or dirty.



by Morris Gleitzman


Morris Gleitzman brings heart and humour to the difficult subject of the Holocaust in this ground-breaking children’s book.


Journey to the River Sea

by Eva Ibbotson

Macmillan Children’s Books

Orphan Maia is thrilled to learn she is to live with relatives in South America and cannot wait to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Amazon.


Stig of the Dump

by Clive King


Exploring an old chalk pit, Barney meets a strange boy who wears a rabbit skin and speaks in grunts.


Goodnight Mister Tom

by Michelle Magorian


Willie Beech, a lonely and deprived child, is evacuated to a tiny English village just before the Second World War, and finds himself living with reclusive widower Thomas Oakley.


Private Peaceful

by Michael Morpurgo


Set during World War I, Private Peaceful charts eight hours in the life of Tommo, a young soldier at the Front.


A Monster Calls

by Patrick Ness

Walker Books Ltd

Connor’s mum has cancer and life is changing. There is the nightmare, then there is school, where people avoid him, or persecute him. And then there is the immense, mythic Monster.



by Terry Pratchett

Random House

The first title in the Bromeliad trilogy, this is an enchanting fantasy from favourite author Terry Pratchett.


Swallows and Amazons

by Arthur Ransome

Red Fox

It’s the summer holidays, and the Walker children are excited to set sail on their boat Swallow and camp on Wild Cat Island.



by Louis Sachar


Stanley Yelnats’ family has a history of bad luck, so he is not entirely surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to the Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre.


Ballet Shoes

by Noel Streatfeild


First published in the 1930s, this classic story of three very different girls who work hard to master their talents has captivated children’s imaginations for decades.


The Hobbit

by J R R Tolkien


This well-loved fantasy story has delighted readers ever since its first publication in 1937.


Watership Down

by Richard Adams

Penguin Books Ltd

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren he felt sure of it. So did his brother Hazel, for Fiver’s sixth sense was never wrong. They had to leave immediately, and they had to persuade the other rabbits to join them.


Five Children and It

by E.Nesbit


When five siblings discover a sand-fairy in their gravel pit, they are jolly surprised and a little delighted. Even better, the Psammead is able to grant them wishes, although the magic wears off at the day’s end.


Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Penguin Classics

The most popular pirate story ever written in English, featuring one of literature’s most beloved “bad guys,” Treasure Island has been happily devoured by several generations of boys—and girls—and grownups.


Ruby Redfort Series

By Lauren Child

HarperCollins Children’s Books

Ruby Redfort is no ordinary 13 year-old school girl. Blessed with an extraordinary talent for spotting things which others seldom notice, she lands an undercover job as a code-breaker for secret-spy organisation, Spectrum.



By Gary Paulsen

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

There was a wild crashing sound, a ripping of metal, and the plane blew through the trees, out over the water and down, down to slam into the lake …Brian is a city boy. Not used to living rough. Until his plane crash-lands in the Canadian wilderness. All he has is a hatchet – and a desperate will to survive.


Why the Whales Came

By Michael Morpurgo


Gracie and her friend, Daniel, have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then, they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought.


A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Bethany House Publishers

The classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly man who is visited on Christmas Eve by a series of ghosts looking to show him the error of his heartless ways.


Black Beauty

by Anna Sewell

Scholastic Paperbacks

A horse is a horse of course unless of course the horse is Black Beauty. Animal-loving children have been devoted to Black Beauty throughout this century, and no doubt will continue through the next.


The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Children’s Classics

Mary discovers a secret garden, surrounded by walls and locked with a missing key. One day, with the help of two unexpected companions, she discovers a way in. Is everything in the garden dead, or can Mary bring it back to life?