Favourite Books For 7 to12 Years, & Younger Children Too

Hugo's Top 10 Books for a 10-year old

As it’s World Book Day tomorrow, we decided to record our family’s favourite books for 7-12 year olds,

and also some of our all-time favourites from when the boys were younger.

Hugo is 10 years old, and is in Year 5 at school. His current top 10 favourite books are:

  • The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling – Hugo read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in Year 4 as a class, and has worked his way through the rest. He is currently reading The Half Blood Prince.
  • The Ghost of Thomas Kempe by Penelope Lively – he read this with his class in Year 5
  • The Titan – I think he means The Titan’s Curse, a Percy Jackson book by Rick Riordan. He hasn’t read this, but his class teacher has mentioned it, and he really wants to read it.
  • Room 13 by Robert Swindells – this is his current class book for Year 5, and is about a place near to us, Whitby
  • How To Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell – we have read most of the books in this series, and Hugo got the last few he was missing recently at Barter Books.
  • Paw Tracks In The Moonlight by Denis O’Connor – this isn’t actually a children’s book, it’s one of mine, but Hugo is really enjoying it.
  • Krindlekrax by Philip Ridley – Hugo read this with his class in Year 4 and really enjoyed it. Toby has also read it at school this year, but didn’t like it as much.
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell – he really enjoyed this classic
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling – having initially struggled with the style of this book, being a play rather than a story, he enjoyed it more by reading it himself rather than us sharing it as a story.
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by JK Rowling – a screenplay version which again he preferred to read alone. He did say that he enjoyed the film more.

    Hugo's Top 10 Books for a 10-year old
    Hugo’s Top 10 Books for a 10-year old

Toby is 8 years old, and is currently in Year 4 at school. His top 10 favourite books are:

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – Toby read this with his class in Year 3.
  • Danny The Champion Of The World by RoaldDahl – This is Toby’s current ‘tray book’ at school.
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl – out little Dahl fan likes this one best of all I think.
  • The Beast Quest series – Toby has drained the school library of all of the Beast Quest books, and I’ve had to buy him more! He absolutely devours them!
  • The Demon Dentist and Billionaire Boy by David Walliams – these are Toby’s favourite Walliams books, although I think he has read them all!
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl – This was another Year 3 Class book which Toby enjoyed.
  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney – he has loved all of these.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling – this is the book his current Year 4 class are reading, and he has also enjoyed the illustrated version at home in our story time, as well as The Chamber of Secrets.
  • How To Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell – this is Toby’s favourite in the How To Train Your Dragon series.

    Toby's Top 10 Books for 8-Year Olds
    Toby’s Top 10 Books for 8-Year Olds

All-Time Favourites:

We couldn’t choose 10 each, as when the boys were younger they always had (and enjoyed) the same stories. So, we’ve gone for 15 in total:

  • You Choose by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart- not much reading in this book, but lots of interaction which they always loved.
  • Ginger by Charlotte Voake – this was the first book Hugo ever read by himself
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox – On Toby’s current list, but one of Hugo’s ‘when I was younger’ inclusions.
  • The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown – we knew this one off by heart from an early age!
  • The Richest Crocodile In The World by Daniel Postgate
  • Duck In The Truck by Jez Albrough
  • Farmer Ham by Alec Sillifant
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • Hugo (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) by Brian Selznick – for obvious reasons.
  • The Magic Sky by Lucy Richards – an all time favourite!
  • The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson
  • The Bear Under The Stairs by Helen Cooper
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Tinga Tinga Tales – Why Elephant Has A Trunk
  • Who’s In The Loo (toilet humour never fails to amuse!) by Jeanne Willis and Adrian Reynolds
  • Animals In School by Julia Donaldson

    Some favourite books from when they were younger
    Some favourite books from when they were younger

What do you think of their list? Any they’ve missed out? I’m surprised ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and ‘Guess How Much I Love You’ don’t appear here, and they also missed out the great ‘Hairy McClairy’ books too, plus Mum’s favourites ‘Each Peach Pear Plum’, and ‘Tiddler’, and Dad’s favourites ‘The Night Pirates’ and ‘The Little Old Lady Who Cried Wolf’!

It’s interesting to see their personal preferences and styles appearing though as they get older, even if they have forgotten some of their old favourites already!

Would you like to pin this to help you remember our recommendations?

See our favourite books for 7-12 year olds, as chosen by my boys, plus some all-time favourites for younger children too. Become a bookworm at Family Makes!
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38 Replies to “Favourite Books For 7 to12 Years, & Younger Children Too”

  1. Great list. My oldest is reading Island of the Blue Dolphins right now and that was MY favorite book when I was her age.

    I was giddy over it.

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Oh Ihaven’t heard of that one Kristin, I’ll have to look out for it.There is so much choice these days, but the older ones we used to like are still the best sometimes!

  2. Some of my favourite books on these lists too.
    It’s interesting to see which books children pick as their favourites – I was always sad when they didn’t pick mine lol

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Me too, Suzie. I’ve been a bit surprised by some of them, but I think kids are very ‘current’ and often forget how much they used to love something only a year or two ago!

  3. Great choices, my eldest son loved the Beast Quest books when he was younger and I devoured all of the Roald Dahl ones before I was 10. Thank you for linking up with #TuesdayTreasures
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Glad we’re in good company then Angela! The Beast Quests seem very good for boys.

  4. I absolutely loved Roald Dahl when I was younger. Cant wait to read them again with my son.

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      I enjoyed reading my favourite Faraway Tree childhood stories with my kids – it’s very special.

  5. Great list! I’m going to try and remember lots of these for when my son is older – lots of new series since I was little. Matilda was my all time favourite as a child and I’m so looking forward to sharing Harry Potter with my son too when he’s a bit older. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      There are always lots of great new books coming out, but the old ones are often the best!

  6. Great list! I just ‘got’ a new grand-niece and am sending her Goodnight Moon, Pat the Bunny, and a complete set of Madeleine books (her name is Madeleine!!!) p.s. I found your lovely, literate blog through #weekendblogshare

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Oh what a lovely gift for her.. Congratulationson your new grand-niece, and thank you for your lovely compliment x

  7. Brilliant choices. We love Roald Dahl books and David Walliams books are really funny for the children and adults! Oldest has just started reading Harry Potter and she is really enjoying them so far x

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      I thought mine were a bit young for Harry Potter as it can be quite dark, but they have really enjoyed them. I must admit I have too (I was a bit old for HP first time around!)

  8. It’s great to see the classics reappear on compilations such as these. Then I don’t feel so old!

    1. Haha I’m very old! So I may have influenced my children’s choices a bit!!

  9. This is a great list. My boy is only just 6 yo a few days ago and he is loving books. I will pin this for my kiddos for when they are older.

    Thank you for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Oh good, I hope your son enjoys more of them in the future. Thanks for pinning and commenting x

  10. We are loving the faraway tree series at the moment. We got the last one from the library but I seem to have put is somewhere and misplaced it, doh! I love hearing other people’s book recommendations. Thanks for sharing and for linking up with us at #FabFridayPost

    1. I seemed to hit the Faraway Tree series at just the right age for my kids (not like me to be so organised!) – glad you’re enjoying them too x

  11. I will have to remember some of these when my girls are older. I can’t wait to read Roald Dahl to them, they really are brilliant books. I loved Danny Champion of the World and Matilda. Harry Potter will be a great one to share with them too. It will be lovely to relive them with my daughters. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Laura, hopefully some of the younger ones were more relevant to you for now, and you can always pin it if you want to remember? 😉

  12. This is a great list of books. Some my teens loved/love and some I need to remember for when my little ones are older #TeensTweensBeyond
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    1. Thank you, Sharon. I love books so I’m glad my kids have so many favourites too.

  13. That’s an amazing list. Even though I have a daughter, I am bookmarking the top section for closer inspection. Always on the look out for new books. I am ever hopeful that she will one day read the Harry Potter series. Thank you so much for joining us for the first week of #TweensTeensBeyond. Nicky

    1. I think a lot of girls enjoy more ‘boy’ books – it’s kind of cool for them! I hope your daughter enjoys our selection x

  14. My daughter is a complete bookworm and totally devours books. She is turning 14 this year so she has filled a few bookshelves in her time. Her favourite series was the How To Train a Dragon Series which I notice Hugo has on his list. There is nothing better than getting hooked into a series and counting the days until the next one is released. Thanks for joining our new linky. Hopefully see you again. #TweensTeensBeyond

    1. I think I love the dragon series more than the boys do! The last book, I was sneaking a peek at the next chapter after they had gone to bed!! So your daughter obviously has great taste!

  15. It’s been really useful to see some of the books out there for my son as he grows up. He’s only 5 at the moment but is growing to love reading. You Choose is also one of our favourites too. Thanks for joining the #weekendblogshare
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    1. ‘You Choose’ remained a firm favourite for years here! SO glad your son is developing a love of reading. He’ll go far!

  16. I struggle so much to get my 11 year old to read so this is a great source of inspiration to me. Right now she will only read the David Walliams books and we’re on the last one of those. Thanks so much for linking up such a useful post on #TweensTeensBeyond and looking forward to reading more next week. 🙂

    1. Thank you Sharon. Despite this list, I have a struggle with my boys too, especially with their school books. Sometimes I give in nd let them read what they want instead, concluding that “at least they’re reading!”

  17. Some fab choices here, and I am adding a whole raft of them to my wish list for my daughter, who is a big reader. Thanks so much, I love helpful posts about books, it’s a bit tricky to find good ones for her age!


    1. Oh thanks for saying, Karen. Glad you found it useful!

  18. Great suggestions here! I’m taking note! #Sharingthebloglove

    1. Thanks Sinead!

  19. This is a wonderful list. My daughter is 8 and these books like ones she would love. Thanks!
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    1. I’m sure she would, I hope she does anyway x

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