Celebrate National Reading Month: Best Books for Older Kids


March is National Reading Month! Chances are, if you have an older kid in your house, they probably already have a favorite series or genre of books. Try surprising them with something new to spark their interest in reading before the summer heat kicks in.

Today we’re highlighting a few of our favorites from the Best Books for Older Kids Shopping Guide. If it’s been a few years since you’ve bought a book for an older kid, you’ll be amazed at the variety of options you have to choose from.

Top Books for Older Kids

The following are four of our favorite books for older kids.

  1. Librarian’s Choice – The One and Only Ivan is written from the unique perspective of a gorilla. This award winning book was inspired by a true story and a powerful tale of friendship, and is one recommended over and over again to both children and parents. For more excellent book suggestions, stop by your local library!
  2. Fan AND Writer Favorite – We polled our readers and our writers and both agreed, Charlotte’s Web is the best! It’s no surprise that this book was a top choice, since it’s on the list of America’s Top 100 Most Loved Novels. This sweet tale is a tender story of friendship, life, and death that is relatable from one generation to the next.
  3. Best Themed Gift Idea – If you’re looking for a fun read, Frindle may be perfect. The main character uses his creativity and determination to try to change the word “pen” into “frindle.” This book could be turned into a wonderful, themed gift by adding a journal or diary, a “frindle,” or even a dictionary!
  4. Best Book Under $10 – Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life is a quick read that includes short stories about seven students in an elementary school. Each student faces a different problem, either at school or at home. As they navigate their challenges, the students learn valuable lessons. The stories are told from the students’ point of views and are engaging and familiar. (Amazon prices may vary by the minute.)libraries

If you’re looking for more book ideas, check out our other Book Shopping Guides. We even have the lists broken down by ages.

Are we missing one of your favorites? Leave a comment so we can keep our list updated with the best options!

Check It Out!

Whether you’re on a spending-freeze or you’ve taken minimalism to the next level, there are many reasons people don’t want to purchase books. Luckily, Scottsdale is home to multiple FREE public libraries

The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library. -Albert Einstein

If it’s been a few years since you visited, it’s time to make the trip. The library is full of thousands (maybe even millions?) of books, books on CD, magazines, movies, digital content, and so much more. There are constantly free events geared toward people of all ages, from babies to seniors. The youth areas are equipped with educational toys, games, and computers for kids to explore. Plus, if you’re looking for a place to beat the heat this summer, there’s really no better place than the adventures you can find while visiting your local library.

Note: Once you click on a Shopping Guide link, it opens to a page with a few of our favorite products, recommended by our writers and readers! When you click the images on the Guides they’ll redirect you to Amazon using an affiliate link. If you make a purchase after clicking our link, it doesn’t charge you any extra money, but it does send a little commission to SMB as a thank you for referring traffic. This helps us bring you more great content for FREE!


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