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Good Books for 11 Year Olds
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pippi Longstocking, Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables, The Borrowers and Treasure Island.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.