25 Beloved Books for Kids Ages 8-12

Today I’m going to share a list of chapter books for older kids.  This is a great selection of books. We’ve now read every book on this list (and then some!!).  Many of them we read aloud together.  I loved Hatchet so much that I read this aloud with LD and then read it again to DD just this year.  Sometimes its fun to share the excitement together.

Our family also just read through the Wrinkle in Time Time Quartet. The kids loved that.  And of course, we read the Chronicles of Narnia a year or two ago and that was a huge hit.  But, to be honest, I could probably rave about every book on this list! 🙂

You can print this list out by clicking the picture or link below.  It also has the list of books for ages 4-8 that I shared a couple of weeks ago.

25 Beloved Books for 8-12 Year Olds  (In no particular order) These are affiliate links.

  1. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
  2. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  3. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  4. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  6. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  7. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  8. The BFG by Roald Dahl
  9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  10. James and the Giant Peach  by Roald Dahl
  11. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  12. Shiloh  by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  13. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  14.  Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  15. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  16. Anne of Green Gables  by Lucy Maud Montgomery
  17. Frindle by Andrew Clements
  18. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  19. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  20. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  21. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing  by Judy Blume
  22. The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  23. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  24. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  25. The Boxcar Children Books 1-4 by Gertrude Chandler Warner 

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