Picking the right books for 8 – 10 year old girls can be tough. 10 is such an awkward age for a child that as adults we sometimes forget that. They are not quite a teenager yet (although some may act like they are) and they may not quite be out of their “kiddie” phase just yet either. This can make getting them a book that they can get lost in rather tough.
Well, today, we put our thinking hats on here in the Mumzilla office and each of us has come up with a few different books that we feel are ideal for 10-year-old girls.
We are starting our list of the best books for 8 – 10 year old girls with a potential bang. NASA has reported that a satellite is going to fall to earth. Plucky young, Robyn Tinkerbell Goodfellow is sure that this satellite is going to crash into her house! This is a very fun and relatable kind of story for little girls looking to find out who they are and what makes them special.
Harriet the Spy
You do not get much more classic than the Harriet the Spy series. Kids for years have loved reading about every case that Harriet has managed to crack! You are best starting with the first book in the series but be warned, your child will get hooked on this and want them all. Each book is a fun mystery kind of story that also has Harriet learning something about herself along the way.
Blubber is one of the best books for 8 to 10 year old girls by the wonderfully talented Judy Blume. This is one of the most powerful and hard-hitting books on this list. It deals with bullying, friendship and standing up for yourself and those you care about. It delivers a very strong message and one that hopefully every little girl who reads this will take on board. This is a book that all kids will be able to relate to and learn a lot from.
Mary Poppins Comes Back
P.L. Travers, Mary Shepard
Most kids will know of Mary Poppins thanks to the Disney movie. Here though, they can read about the events after what happened in the movie and the original book to. This is a very underrated story and one that is well worth reading. If kids love the character of Mary Poppins then this is a book that they are really going to have a great deal of fun with. It is probably one of the more underrated books on our list.
A Wrinkle in Time
While the movie, A Wrinkle in Time may have been a bit of a disappointment, the original book is still one of the best books for 8 to 10-year-old girls. It is a truly epic story about kids who are tasked with saving the universe! It is a thrilling adventure full of strange places and characters and it is sure to be a book that your child will be hooked by as soon as she starts reading it.
School Year of Awesome
School Year of Awesome is a story that young ladies are really going to get into. It is about four kids called Sofia, Zoe, Dante and Kyle who are all going to be in the same class together. They are best friends, but a cool new teacher is going to change their lives and make them grow. This is a really cool story that is full of very good life lessons for impressionable young girls to pick up on.
Sarah Powell, Tony Hazel
This is a kind of weird story, but it is one that has proven to be very popular with young readers. Basically, we have a character in Princess Porcelaina who has it all… until one day an army of rats takes it all from her! This is a great story that is something of a coming of age story and one that shows how moving away from your comfort zone can be a good thing. It is well written and has some great characters in it that your child will really get a kick out of.
Mary Norton, Beth Krush, Joe Krush
Here we have The Borrowers which is well-deserving of being on any list of books for 8 – 10 year old girls list. Just imagine if a family of smaller people lived in your house with you! The Borrowers have a good life until one of the Borrower children decides to venture out for themselves! This is a true classic and one that kids are never going to get bored of!
Emily’s Runaway Imagination
Beverly Cleary, Joe Krush, Tracy Dockray
If your child loves books that have a real sense of humour to them, she will love, Emily’s Runaway Imagination. Emily lives in a rather boring place, thankfully she has a very over the top imagination that she uses to liven things up. However, can she manage to get a new library opened up in her sleepy little town all with the power of her imagination?
The Wishner’s Curse
Camille S. Campbell, Kelley McMorris
Kids who love spellbinding stories filled with magic and strong characters will love The Wishner’s Curse. Janet has the power of the flame and her along with another special person need to learn about themselves, their powers and solve many mysteries if they are going to save the day! This is a really cool story and one that kids are really going to get hooked on thanks to the imaginative characters and places that the book contains.
These are 10 books for 8 – 10-year-old girls that are sure to have them under the covers with their flashlight reading into the wee hours of the morning! With books such as the ones we have looked at today, you are not only giving a child something fun and interesting to read. You are also helping them keep that love for reading strong which is a very good thing indeed!