50 Books Every 11yr Old Should Read

I’ve just come across this list which I first posted five years ago. I exclaimed aloud a lot and spent literally 20 minutes Oooh!-ing, Yes!-ing, Oh-D’you-Remember?-ing, and long pauses whilst I drooled over the list. And now fully intend to work my way right through it. Some I’ve loved, some I’ve never even heard of, let alone read.

This is a very clipped part of the article, reproduced with kind permission from Richard Davies of AbeBooks – you can see the original article here.

“Reading should be an essential part of any childhood. Teachers and schools can teach you many useful things (although I’ve not used calculus in my adult life) but a steady diet of literature can ensure a young person’s education never ends.

Below are 50 books that I and a few other colleagues recommend for a typical 11-year-old – some can be read at a much younger age while others are verging on the young adult genre. Some of these books I have revisited as an adult while reading to my eldest. Some are ageless classics and others are hyper modern. Some are sets or series so you are actually receiving more than 50 recommendations.

…let’s just get young people reading.”

I’m also very tired of my children’s sad penchant for dismissing books in old used covers, wanting shiny new reprints even of old classics – my family know that I LOVE to get an old battered copy of a book I wish to read (seriously, what is better than that ‘old book’ smell?). There’s a loveliness ot a shiny new copy that is all yours, of course there is. But please teach your children not to dismiss the old books just because their covers are a bit weird. Looking at this list, I know that no matter how much a modern 11yr old might dismiss the cover, one chapter in and they’ll be utterly hooked. Just like I was 30 years ago.

50 Books Every Child Should Read

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
Swallows and Amazons
by Arthur Ransome
The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Eagle of the Ninth
by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett
The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson-Burnett
The Talking Parcel by Gerald Durrell
The Talking Parcel
by Gerald Durrell
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
War Horse
by Michael Morpurgo
The Beasts of Clawstone Castle by Eva Ibbotson
The Beasts of Clawstone Castle
by Eva Ibbotson
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Danny the Champion of the World
by Roald Dahl
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Charlotte’s Web
by E.B. White
Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl Series
by Eoin Colfer
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
The City of Ember
by Jeanne DuPrau
Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilde
Little House on the Prairie series
by Laura Ingalls Wilde
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline
by Neil Gaiman
The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall
The Machine Gunners
by Robert Westall
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo
Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner
Emil and the Detectives
by Erich Kästner
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Inkheart
by Cornelia Funke
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Tom’s Midnight Garden
by Philippa Pearce
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents
by Terry Pratchett
Magic series by Edward Eager
Magic series
by Edward Eager
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne of Green Gables
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Borrowers
by Mary Norton
Boy by Roald Dahl
Boy
by Roald Dahl
Holes by Louis Sachar
Holes
by Louis Sachar
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit
The Phoenix and the Carpet
by E. Nesbit
The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Lantern Bearers
by Rosemary Sutcliff
The Silver Sword/Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serraillier
The Silver Sword/Escape from Warsaw
by Ian Serraillier
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith
The Sheep-Pig
by Dick King-Smith
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson
The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper
The Dark Is Rising series
by Susan Cooper
The Mozart Question by Michael Morpurgo
The Mozart Question
by Michael Morpurgo
The Pendragon Adventure series by D. J. MacHale
The Pendragon Adventure series
by D. J. MacHale
Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson & the Olympians series
by Rick Riordan
Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
Silverwing
by Kenneth Oppel
The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
The Spiderwick Chronicles
by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
Stig of the Dump by Clive King
Stig of the Dump
by Clive King
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
by Alan Garner
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Chronicles of Narnia
by C.S. Lewis
His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials trilogy
by Philip Pullman
The Harry Potter Books by J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter Books
by J.K. Rowling
Leven Thumps series by Obert Skye
Leven Thumps series
by Obert Skye
A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket
A Series of UnfortunateEvents series
by Lemony Snicket

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Author: Laura

A 70’s child, I’ve been married for a Very Long Time, and appear to have made four children, and collected one large and useless dog along the way.
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