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Good Books for 11 Year Olds

Updated on September 8, 2014

Choosing good books for 11 year olds (girls and boys)

There are so many fantastic book choices for 11 year old girls and boys and this article gives lots of suggestions of books which have been highly recommended for this age group.

This article contains lots of recommendations of fantasy books, popular books, books especially for girls and boys and non fiction books. There are lots of recommendations to get you started but here are some other good ways to find good books for 11 year olds.

Check out the library - The library is a great place for looking at books before you read them. It may well be worth asking the librarian if they can recommend any books that other children aged 11 are reading.

Ask family and friends - If you're an adult, what are your friend's children reading? Personal recommendations are a good way to find books your child will enjoy. 11 year olds can ask their friends at school. And don't forget teachers may have some good ideas too.

The Internet There are hundreds of websites to check out online. Some good ones include The New York Times Bestseller lists for middle school aged children. Amazon have bestselller lists too and lots of reviews to help you get some ideas. I have included some more websites to check out throughout the article.

Read on for ideas of the best books for 11 year olds.

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Good Books for 11 Year Old Boys

Below are selection of three good books for boys. There's nothing to stop girls from reading them too though!

Some that aren't mentioned here and my a be worth checking out include :

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.

Diary of a 6th grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson.

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book by Tin Angle

For more ideas check out common sense media where you can search for books by age recommendation. As well as this filter your search with different categories and topics.

The Big Book of Boy Stuff
The Big Book of Boy Stuff

If you're looking for a book that will make your boy will move away from the TV or his video game by choice this is it.

It really is a boys book - there is some gross stuff in here. But it's also funny, full of information and facts, suggests experiments, teaches some magic and lots more. Boys will love it and big kids will too!

 
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life
Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life

This book is a New York Best Times Bestseller.

Rafe Khatchadorian has got an ace plan for the best year ever at middle school. With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class-5,000 points! Running in the hallway-10,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding.

 
Hatchet
Hatchet

This is a modern classic and a story about survival in the wilderness that boys will love.

Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent's divorce.

 

Good Books for 11 Year Old Girls

Find below three recommendations of great books for 11 year old girls.

If you want more ideas, here are a few more suggestions:

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia

Addie on the Inside by James Howe

Slumber Party Wars by Melanie Marks

It's also worth checking out the common sense media website where you can search by books by age recommendation.

Esperanza Rising (McDougal Littell Library)
Esperanza Rising (McDougal Littell Library)

Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.

 
The Girls' Book: How to Be the Best at Everything
The Girls' Book: How to Be the Best at Everything

How to host the perfect sleepover, look good in photos, make a compass, explain why you're late for school, make icy milkshakes, make your trainers smell good, save the planet, make a kite and lots more.....

Funny and at times very informative. 11 year old girls will love this book!

 
The Diary of Melanie Martin: or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza (Melanie Martin Novels)
The Diary of Melanie Martin: or How I Survived Matt the Brat, Michelangelo, and the Leaning Tower of Pizza (Melanie Martin Novels)

When Melanie Martin heads to Italy on a family vacation with her art-obsessed mom, her grumpy dad, and her little brother, she has no idea what she’s in for. As she discovers Michelangelo, Italian ice cream, and poetry, she also realizes how much her family means to her. Maybe she won’t trade them in after all.

 

Clever Way to Encourage Reluctant Readers

Not all children love reading and sometimes it's hard to get kids to sit down and read above all the other activities they have to choose from. If this is the case, here are some tips to help.

Broaden your ideas - Many kids are not strongly attracted to fiction books and yet this is all the get offered to read at home and school. Don't be a reading snob - any material they read will help literacy from comics, to instructions, to cookbooks, to magazines to the Internet. There are lots of fantastic non fiction books for kids - some of them highlighted in this chapter. If they have a hobby perhaps you can find reading material related to that. Even if their hobby is video games, they can read about the latest games from magazines and other materials.

Make it easy for them to pick up reading material - Make sure there are books and other reading material they can pick up in their home. If you think there is a book they might like, leave it where they are sure to find it or point out a section that might really engage them. Also take the to places where there are books to look at. The library, a bookstore or a second hand bookshop.

Get them hooked on a series - One of the best ways to get them to read is to start them off with a series of books. Once they've read the first one and enjoyed it, they will be keen to read more. You could even offer to read the first book with them or to them to see if this will help get them hooked.

Bestselling and Award Winning Books

It's always worth checking out books which have been on the New York Times Bestseller lists. Here are a couple of good picks.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

This book is also amazon's pick of the month for June 2013.

Its been called a cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a Night at the Musuem.

It tells the story of Kyle Keeley who loves all games from board games to video games. His hero, Luigi Lemoncello, a famous game maker is coming to his town to open the new library.

Kyle wins a competition to be one of 12 kids to stay overnight in the library for food and fun. But in the morning the doors are locked. The kids must solve every clue and every puzzle to find a hidden escape route and win the grand prize.

 
Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia

This is a winner of the Newbery award and the story is compelling.

Jess Aarons wants to be the fatest runner in 5th grade. And he almost is until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. However, they become great friends and spend days playing outside Leslie's house, where they invent a land called Terabithia. However, one day Leslie plays without Jess and a tradegy occurs. Jess's life is changed forever.

 
Big Nate: From the Top
Big Nate: From the Top

Big Nate : From the Top is the first in the bestselling series by Lincoln Peirce.

It tells the story of Nate Wright who is eleven years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for school detentions in school history.

If your kids loved Captain Underpants or Diaries of a Wimpy Kid, they should also love this.

 
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

This is winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal and is by bestelling author Kate Dicamillo.

The books follows our heroine Flora and an unlikely superhero in a squirrel called Ulyssses.

 
The One and Only Ivan
The One and Only Ivan

This is the Newberry Medal winner for 2013 and has been a number 1 bestseller.

It tells the story of Ivan, a gorilla who's been captive for over 20 years. He's used to humans staring at him through the glass and occupies his time by watching TV, painting and his friends Stella and Bob.

Ivan doesn't think about the jungle anymore until one day he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from the wild.

 

Fantasy Books for 11 Year Olds

Many 11 year olds (particularly boys) like to be immersed in a world of fantasy when reading. There are absolutely tons of great fantasy books aimed at this age group.

Below, find a few top pick of fantasy books for 11 year olds.

And check out this list of more ideas of magic and fantasy books from the common sense media website.

Artemis Fowl (new cover)
Artemis Fowl (new cover)

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the Leprecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous. Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them but then they stop playing by the rules.

 

Top Picks 2014 for 11 Year Olds

Here is a selection of bestselling books suitable for kids aged 11.

To get more ideas of bestselling books, there are lots of besteller lists you can find online. Check out this list of 150 best selling books in 2013 from Publishers Weekly.

Wonder
Wonder

This has been on the New York Times Bestseller book list for middle grade for almost 18 months now so well worth checking out.

August Pullman loves XBox and but was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting school, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid. But, his new classmates can't get past Auggie's extraordinary face. The book begins from Auggie's point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

 
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

Another book currently on the New York Times Bestseller list.

It's a time travel story that features a substitute history teacher called Rush Revere. He travels back in time with his talking horse LIberty. They use a smartphone to recored historical events as they happen to show his history class.

 

Classic Books for 11 Year Olds

If you're looking for a selection of books that have stood the test of time and have already been enjoyed by generations, read on.

There are some suggestions below but there are tons more ideas.

They include:

Pippi Longstocking, Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables, The Borrowers and Treasure Island.

Heidi
Heidi

What happens when a little orphan girl is forced to live with her cold and frightening grandfather? The heartwarming answer has engaged children for more than a century, both on the page and on the screen. Johanna Spyri's beloved story offers youngsters an endearing and intelligent heroine, a cast of unique and memorable characters, and a fascinatingportrait of a small Alpine village.

 
The Borrowers
The Borrowers

This tells the story of a family of little people including 14 year old Arrietty, who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. All in well until one o f them is spotted by a human boy.

 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

A childhood classic, it tells teh story of Tom's pranks and escapades. But Tom witnesses a murder, runs away, and returns to attend his own funeral and testify in court.

 

Non Fiction Books for 11 Year Olds

Not everybody likes fiction. Here are a few non fiction ideas for 11 year olds

The Guinness Book of World Records 2013

Ripley's Believe It or Not

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2013

Lincoln's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly - a kids bestseller book which is great to get 11 year olds hooked on history.

Time for Kids: Big Book of Why - 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know (TIME for Kids Big Books)
Time for Kids: Big Book of Why - 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know (TIME for Kids Big Books)

Love this book.

Kids always have random questions and this books answers quite a few.

Adults and kids alike will learn something new from reading the big book of why.

 

More Top Authors For 11 Year Olds

There are lots more top classic authors suitable for 11 year olds. These include:

Roald Dahl, CS Lewis, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lemony Snicket and Phillip Pullman

Suzanne Collins is the author of the bestselling series The Hunger Games. She has recently written a new series aimed at slightly younger children. Check the first book out below.

Megan Macdonald is also a top selling author of children't books. She is author of the Judy Moody series and also the Sisters Club featured below.

Gregor the Overlander
Gregor the Overlander

This irresistible first novel tells the story of a quiet boy who embarks on a dangerous quest in order to fulfill his destiny -- and find his father -- in a strange world beneath New York City. When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it -- until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.

 
The Sisters Club
The Sisters Club

Meet the Sisters Club: twelve-year-old Alex, aspiring actress and born drama queen; eight-year-old Joey, homework lover and pioneer wannabe; and smack in the middle, ten-year-old Stevie, the glue that holds them together - through dinner disasters, disputes over stolen lucky sweaters, and Alex's going gaga over her leading man. Playfully weaving Stevie's narration with Alex's scripts, Joey's notebook entries, and hilarious elements such as "How to Swear in Shakespeare" and "Dear Sock Monkey" letters, this hugely engaging novel showcases Megan McDonald's ear for dialogue, comic timing, and insight into the ever-changing dynamics of sisterhood.

 

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      Ariel blue 5 months ago

      Any sudjestions for me I will be turning 11 in july and I want to get more books to read for a long time in a comfy spot I really like books that pull you into the story

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      rojo 2 years ago

      It is interesting to make a football game very well. http://www.sboasia999.com

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      Joanie Ruppel 3 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Will come back to this one for your great ideas! My 10-year old just started to read the classics and I am so happy about her interest; she's reading Tom Sawyer right now.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello! I think that these books are amazing as well! : The Girl Who Could Fly, The Familiars, Howl's Moving Castle, and The Frog Princess. They are enjoyable in my opinion, and have fantasy in them, OF COURSE! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Kane Chronicles, Percy Jackson Series and The Heroes Of Olympus Series. Must read books by the most amazing author:Rick Riordan

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The Kane Chronicles, Percy Jackson Series and The Heroes Of Olympus Series. Must read books by the most amazing author:Rick Riordan

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Try Warriors! IT'S THE BEST! I'm 11 and I love it! But I recommend you read the first book first: Into the wild

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I loved the Crispin: Cross of Lead series (there are three) by Avi. It takes you back to the 1700's and full of medieval life with a boy in search of his freedom from servitude. Good stuff.

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      daylu9 4 years ago

      I believe the Chronicles of Narnia, Swordbird and the Redwall series by Brian Jacques are good.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Dork Diaries!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath is a really good series and great reads

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      WordChipper 4 years ago

      My oldest (11yrs) is really enjoying the Hobbit. Still have to go see the movie

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i love the unfortunate events books they are a real story of three young children (violet,sunny and klaus) who have amazing adventure trying to releel count olaf

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Try the Hunger Games

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Try the Hunger Games

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      All the Tim Green football books

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The knife of never letting goSeries:chaos walking book #1~ray~

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The knife of never letting goSeries:chaos walking book #1~Ray~

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey... gonna ask you for a good fantasy book without fairies and unicorns.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      HARRY POTTER YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i love mark of athena by RICK RIORDEN. Or i like the third wheel by JEFF KINNEY!!!!!

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      abuyervant 4 years ago

      Tuck Everlasting by Babbit is awesome :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      another good book is Magyk

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i lov fantasy books and horse and dog books!!!!! for a good fantasy book, ask me Heather!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      if you guys are looking for a good ghostly story i have a tons in mind.1.wait til hellen comes.2.crises ghost.3.all the lovely bad ones.4.13 ghosts.well the next book isn't scary but a girl book snail mil no more but the first one is ps. longer letters later and harris and me

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      they sound wicked. loved the hobbit. peace people

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      there's a great book on amazon called 'star jones and the mysterious mountains of death lake' it costs almost nothing and is written by an 11 year old girl. My 10 year old daughter loved the magic and adventure in the book. Sadly no one really knows it exists! i hope to help other parents looking for good books for their kids.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      there's a great book on amazon called 'star jones and the mysterious mountains of death lake' it costs almost nothing and is written by an 11 year old girl. My 10 year old daughter loved the magic and adventure in the book. Sadly no one really knows it exists! i hope to help other parents looking for good books for their kids.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      idk

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      AlexBPearl 5 years ago

      Nice lens. My children's book is raising money for homeless kids in the UK. Please take a look: www.squidoo.com/raising-money-for-homeless-kidsAvail @Amazon worldwide & all good bookshops.Best, AP

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i love all books and i think all the books are good and that u guys should all the books on her

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think I know why all the Wonder books from Amazon are gone. Cause my school bought all the copies!! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My friend has just finished the Series of Unfortunate Events and the Harry Potter series, she says it's really good. It's the holidays and i'm a bookworm and i think to hope and back is a good book also beneath my mother's feet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Hobbit = YES. Thank you for adding that. Warriors rules too. I'm still trying to get over Hollyleaf's death. :'(

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      Dipa0706 5 years ago

      This is a great list-I have a 10 year old who is a reluctant reader but we read most books on this list. He likes Diary of A wimpy kid series too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i read number the stars. It was a great book. On a scale from 1-10, I think it is a 10.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Erm. . . .they seem good and I've read some of the books, but I think J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter series) and Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games series, The Underland series) are the best authors I have ever had the pleasure to read!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the lens. My 11 year old son just finished the Gregor the Overlander Series and was so depressed he was done because he loved them so much! Just thought I'd share that to any other parents looking for great books for their kids!

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      webtoys 6 years ago

      love it to read...thanks

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      webtoys 6 years ago

      another recommendation from you....thanks for the author