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101 Books for 9, 10, 11 Year Old Boy | Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Student Reading List

Updated on February 21, 2015

Nine to eleven year old boys are typically in the third to fifth grade. At this age, most of them are intermediate readers, who have developed enough reading skills to read chapter books, but not quite adolescent readers yet. At this level, the suitable books can contain up to 15,000 to 20,000 words. This article recommends 101 books good for nine to eleven year old boy.


Bud, Not Buddy – by Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, not Buddy, is an unforgettable character. This young boy doesn't let the circumstances of being black during the Depression keep him. Told with humour and hope, the message of this book is: if you have a dream and are willing to work to make it happen, you can rise above even the most humble beginnings.

A Single Shard – by Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park did an excellent job of writing this traditional Korean story about the tale of triumph of a boy who shouldn't have overcome the odds but did.

Catscape – by Mike Nicholson

A great story book for cat lover. Beautifully written in a clear, accessible style with plenty of direct speech and detailed description, it is an excellent book for anyone over 9 years old.

1. Mr. Popper’s Penguins – by Richard & Florence Atwater and Paul Hecht

2. The Wizard of Oz series – by L. Frank Baum, Michael Patrick Hearn, W. W. Denslow and Martin Gardner

3. A String in the Harp - by Nancy Bond

4. The Ear Eye, And The Arm – by Nancy Farmer

5. A Girl Named Disaster – by Nancy Farmer

6. The House of the Scorpion – by Nancy Farmer

7. The Castle in the Attic - Elizabeth Winthrop

8. The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 – by Christopher Paul Curtis

9. The Journal of Ben Uchida – by Barry Denenberg

10. EB White – Stuart Little,

11. EB White – Charlotte’s Web,

12. EB White – The Trumpet of the Swan

13. Just So Stories, The Jungle Book by Kipling

14. Tales of a Korean Grandfather – by Carpenter

15. The Book of Indians by Holling C Holling

16. The Phantom Tollbooth – by Juster

17. Catwings series - Ursula Le Guin

18. American Tall Tales by Osborne

19. Angels, People, Rabbis and Kings from the Stories of the Jewish People - Patterson

20. Matilda - Dahl, Ronald

21. Brother Eagle, Sister Sky - by Susan Jeffers and Chief Seattle

22. Nature Stories – by Thornton W Burgess

23. The Book of Fairy Princes – by Isabel Wyatt

24. King Beetle-Tamer - by Isabel Wyatt

25. Celtic Wonder Tales - by Ella Young

26. The Tangle-Coated Horse - by Ella Young

27. Moomintroll Series by Tove Jansson

28. The Boy Who Lived With Seals – by Rafe Martin

29. The Brave Little Parrot – by Rafe Martin

30. The Wheel On the School - by Meindert De Jong

31. Redwall series – by Brian Jacques

32. One Hundred and One African-American Read-Alouds – by Susan Kantor’s

33. My Grandmother’s Stories: A Collection of Jewish Folktales – by Adele Geras

34. The White Stallion – by Elizabeth Shub

35. Honk the Moose by Phil Strong

36. That Quail, Robert – by Margaret Stranger

37. The Wind Boy and others – by Ethel Cook Eliot

38. Five Children and It – by E. Nesbit

39. The Story of the Amulet – by E. Nesbit

40. The Enchanted Castle - by E. Nesbit

41. The Book of Dragons - by E. Nesbit

42. Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat (This one is funny!)

43. Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall

44. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

45. Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome

46. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils – by Selma Lagerlof

47. Peppe the Lamplighter – by Elisa Bartone

48. Twig – by Elizabeth Orton Jones (More for girls. It is about the story of a little girl who believes in fairies and befriends an elf. Favourite among children. My boy enjoys reading it too.)

49. Rabbit Hill (pre-read) by Robert Lawson

50. The Bears in Hemlock Mountain – by Alice Dalglish

51. Any books by George MacDonald (Christianity related)

52. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – by by C. S. Lewis and Pauline Baynes

53. Marguerite Henry Treasury of Horses – by Marguerite Henry

54. The Crystal Pool, The Golden Hoard, The Silver Treasure - by Geraldine McCaughrean

55. One Morning in Maine – by Robert McClosky (well-loved by children, a warm story about a lost tooth.)

56. Homer Price – by Robert McClosky

57. Children of the Longhouse – by Jospeph Bruchac

58. Story books, Adventure Series by Enid Blyton

59. Cricket in Times Square - by George Seldon

60. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More – by Roald Dahl

61. Boy : Tales of Childhood - by Roald Dahl

62. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – by Roald Dahl

63. A Single Shard – by Linda Sue Park

64. Bud, Not Buddy – by Christopher Paul Curtis

65. The View from Saturday - by E. L. Konigsburg

66. Number the Stars - by Lois Lowry (Every kid I know that has read this book loves it.)

67. The Westing Game – by Ellen Raskin

68. Let the Circle be Unbroken – by Midred D. Taylor

69. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – by Midred D. Taylor

70. A Wrinkle in Time – by Madelein L’Engle

71. The Bronze Bow – by Elizabeth George Speare

72. The Twenty-One Balloons – by William Pene du Bois

73. The Acorn People – by Ron Jones

74. Wise Child – by Monica Furlong

75. Incident at Hawk’s Hill – by Allan W. Eckert

76. Christopher – by Richard M. Koff

77. Catscape – by Mike Nicholson

78. New School Blues – by Theresa Breslin

79. The Worry Week by Anne S. Lindbergh and Kevin Hawkes

80. Claude and Medea: The Hellburn Dogs – by Zoe Weil

81. Flash the Sheep Dog – by Kathleen Fidler

82. The Swiss Family Robinson – by Johann D Wyss

83. Captains Courageous – by Rudyard Kipling

84. Kidnapped – by Robert Louis Stevenson

85. The Chaos Clock (Contemporary Kelpie) by Gill Arbuthnott

86. Chaos Quest - by Gill Arbuthnott

87. Desperate Journey – by Kathleen Fidler

88. The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy – Retold by Padraic Colum

89. Sticks Across the Chimney – (A Story of Denmark) – by Nora Burglon

90. The Gate Swings In - (A Storyof Sweden) – by Nora Burglon

91. Treasure Forest – by Cat Bordhi

92. Buzzy and the River Rats – Book 1: Buzzy Moves In - by John Clarke Hoffman

93. Buzzy and the River Rats – Book 2: Exploring the Town - by John Clarke Hoffman

94. Buzzy and the River Rats – Book 3: Romance and Adventure - by John Clarke Hoffman

95. The Dragon Boy – Book One of the Star Trilogy - by Donald Samson

96. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood –by Howard Pyle

97. The King of Ireland's Son – by Padraic Colum

98. The Boy Apprenticed to an Enchanter – by Padraic Colum

99. The Story of King Arthur and other Celtic Heroes – by Padraic Colum

100. The Secret Garden – by Frances Hodgson Burnett

101. My Alsace – by Hansi


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    • Ingenira profile image

      Ingenira 6 years ago

      thanks for dropping by, koffeklatch Gals, those students are so lucky to have you as a teacher. :)

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a great book list. After reading your list I added some of them to my booklist for school for my students.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, this is a great list, I remember the lion the witch and the wardrobe, and have even read them recently, great list for boys and girls, cheers nell

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      jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

      great hub. I will need this list for my boys

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      visionandfocus 6 years ago from North York, Canada

      This is an awesome hub! Boys that age are not always keen readers, so this is a great resource. I'm going to bookmark it for my nephews. Thanks so much!

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Thank you so much, Truckshop Sally. I will definitely look for those books.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Great list! Thanks for sharing. I would also add Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (and almost anything else he has written) AND Skinnybones by Barbara Parks. Hatchet is high adventure, and Skinnybones is hilarious. Both very "boy" friendly.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      Thank you for being the first to comment, angInwu. Here, we need it for the holidays reading. :)