Top 10 Best Books for 10-year-olds

From side-splitting stories and fantastical adventures to non-fiction treasure troves about space and history, discover your child's new favourite read in this list of the best books for 10-year-olds.

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1. David Walliams' Books

David Walliams

This brilliant collection contains David Walliams's first five fantastically funny novels. In The Boy in the Dress, how will Dennis's schoolmates react when he comes to school in a dress? In Mr Stink, Sophie befriends a very smelly tramp. In Billionaire Boy, the son of a billionaire finds that despite his luxurious home, he is unhappy without genuine friendship. Gangsta Granny will prove that grandparents may be far more exciting than kids think, and in Ratburger, Zoe must try to keep her beloved pet rat safe from the greedy grasp of Burt of Burt's Burgers.

2. R. L. Stine's Goosebumps Collection

R. L. Stine

Dare your kids to read these heart-pounding books from R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series, in which children must face all sorts of supernatural terrors. These spine-chilling books feature twisted, funny and gritty adventures that will enthral children. Discover ghouls, ghosts, vampires and more in these spectacularly spooky books.

3. Poo! A History of the World from the Bottom Up!

Sarah Albee

This brilliant book is filled with disgusting details and horrendous hygiene - and kids are sure to love it! The ways humans have removed their waste has changed the world in ways you couldn't possibly imagine, and children will find this revolting read both repulsive and riveting! From how many loos you'd find in a pyramid to how moats were used for more than just defence, this book is full of funny facts and toilet trivia.

4. Marsh Road Mysteries

Elen Caldecott

These thrilling novels are filled with friendship, fun and plenty of adventure! Guaranteed to keep kids hooked, they feature the wonderful heroes Piotr, Minnie, Andrew, Flora and Sylvia, who must try to track down a diamond thief - but what will they do when the prime suspect turns out to be Piotr's dad? Discover the truth of this tale and two other mind-boggling mysteries in this fantastic 3-book collection.

5. Harry Potter Series

J. K. Rowling

This enchanting series has inspired a love of books in millions of children with its enthralling adventures, fantastical creatures and spellbinding characters! Join young Harry Potter as he enrols at the magical (but perilous!) Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over the years, he must contend with a three-headed dog, a terrifying basilisk, ghoulish dementors, a mysterious Potions Master and so much more, and must ultimately face his most terrifying nemesis: Lord Voldemort.

6. Harry Potter Colouring Book

Warner Brothers

If your young witch or wizard has finished reading the novels and been left with horrendous Harry Potter cravings (don't worry, it happens to the best of us!), fear not - this spellbinding colouring book will whisk them back to the magical world in no time. They can embellish the intricate drawings of their favourite characters - including Harry, Dobby, Lord Voldemort and more - in whatever way they choose; all they need is a bit of colour!

7. The Chronicles of Narnia

C. S. Lewis

Generations of children have been enchanted by these exciting, action-packed stories. Discover a magical land, inhabited by all sorts of enchanting creatures, as well as a witch who imposes an eternal winter. Be swept away by incredible quests, exhilarating battles and all sorts of fantastical beasts, including centaurs, giants, fauns, and the wise, magnificent lion, Aslan.

8. Journey to the River Sea

Eva Ibbotson

It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at just thirteen, is sent from England to faraway Manaus, to live with relatives hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an enigmatic and eccentric governess who has her own mysterious reasons for making the journey. Before long, both will discover a lush, exotic world, filled with new experiences that will enchant and challenge them both. Young readers will be captivated by this mesmerising tale.

9. War Horse

Michael Morpurgo

In this gripping tale, a horse named Joey witnesses the deadly reality of battle from both sides of the trenches in the First World War. He will come to understand the chaotic power of war, and the boundless beauty of peace. His owner, Albert, is determined to bring his beloved horse home safely. This engrossing story is a favourite with kids, parents and teachers alike, and has been adapted for film and stage.

10. 100 Things to Know about Space

Alex Frith

Perfect for inquisitive minds, this inspiring book reveals the answers to lots of important questions, like why astronauts need wilderness survival skills in space and how they can escape a black hole. Bursting with 100 fascinating facts, this interstellar read will captivate kids, and keep budding astronauts thoroughly engrossed.

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    The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory for adults and children alike. All seven Chronicles are bound together in this new paperback edition (rebranded with HarperCollins logo). The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory. For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants and Fauns.
  • The Complete Harry Potter Collection - 7-Book Box Set - Collection - 9781408856772 - JK Rowling
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    If you're lucky enough to have tickets to see The Cursed Child on stage or are already excited for the next Fantastic Beasts film later this year, then why not head back to Platform 9 3/4, climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and enjoy the Complete Harry Potter Collection for a magical price. Presented in a gorgeous slipcase, these editions of J. K. Rowling's classics come complete with stunning cover illustrations from Jonny Duddle.

    A phenomenon like no other, Harry's incredible journey begins with The Philosopher's Stone. Unhappily living in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt's, he's visited by a giant called Rubeus Hagrid who delivers the most astonishing news - Harry's a wizard. As he heads to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, meets oh-so-wise Professor Dumbledore and the complex Severus Snape and their incredible adventure begins. But evil in the shape of Lord Voldemort is getting ever closer - and the Dark Lord has his sights set firmly on Harry.

    Throughout the seven books, Harry learns what it means to be a Gryffindor student and the value of friendship and trust. The eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were a record-breaking success and now you can relive the stories where it all began time and time again with this amazing Harry Potter box set - Expecto Patronum!
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    Packed with disgusting details and horrible hygiene, Poo! A History of the World from the Bottom Up reveals how much of an influence human poo has had on civilisation!

    How humans have removed their waste has changed the world in ways you can't imagine - and young readers who are obsessed with the stinkier side of human nature will find this book endlessly fascinating. From how many toilets you'd find in a pyramid to how moats were used for more than just a defence against enemy attacks, the book is full of stinky facts that will delight and disgust!

    Written by Sarah Albee and illustrated in a hilariously quirky yet informative style by Sam Church, this is sure to become a number one read about number twos for children aged 9+.
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    If you have an inquisitive child who is fascinated by space and wants to know the answers to the important questions like why astronauts need wilderness survival skills and how they can escape a black hole, this out-of-this-world book is perfect.

    Packed with 100 fascinating facts that span across space, the book features bright illustrations to add extra appeal and will keep any budding astronauts happily engrossed.
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    In War Horse, award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo allows readers to understand the horror of the First World War by recounting the experiences of a farm horse who is commandeered to join the front line.

    The unbeatable storytelling skills of Michael Morpurgo make War Horse a stunning, unputdownable tale that won't fail to move all readers from 9+. As Steven Spielberg's epic film version gained a whole new audience for this stunning piece of literature, there's never been a better time to read the book.
  • The World of David Walliams: Best Boxset Ever - 5-Book Collection - Collection - 9780007532216 - David Walliams
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    David Walliams is one of the greatest storytellers around at the moment and his stories are inspired by the devilish humour of Roald Dahl.

    Presented in a keepsake slipcase, this collection includes his first five novels. We start with The Boy in the Dress, a book all about a boy who just doesn't fit in. When he tries on a dress, his life changes. But should he keep this a secret? Mr Stink follows and this is a book about a stinky tramp who has a surprising past.

    Billionaire Boy is a book all about how money can't buy you everything, especially friends; and Gangsta Ganny proves that grandmas may have hidden traits - including being a jewel thief. Finally, Ratburger follows Zoe as she tries to keep her beloved rat safe from Burt of Burt's Burgers.

    Books that will make children think, cry and laugh (a lot!), these belong on every young reader's bookshelf. Don't be surprised if you end up enjoying them just as much as your children!

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  • Marsh Road Mysteries Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781408881491 - Elen Caldecott
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    Written by award-winning author Elen Caldecott, the Marsh Road Mysteries are filled with friendship and adventure.

    This three-book collection combines classic Blyton-esque stories with the more contemporary style of Lauren St John and will keep children aged 9 and over gripped and entertained throughout.

    With a wicked humour also present, the series starts with Diamonds and Daggers, a book that finds our heroes - Piotr, Minnie, Andrew, Flora and Sylvia - hot on the trail of a thief who stole a Hollywood sensation's diamond necklace. But then the prime suspect turns out to be Piotr's dad...

    Crowns and Codebreakers finds Minnie's Nigerian nan coming to stay. When she picks up the wrong suitcase at the airport, she's not impressed, but then Minnie's house is burgled and the only thing taken is that very suitcase. Full of boys' clothes, the gang will have to find out why this case is so important...

    In Spooks and Scooters, someone has stolen the precious blueprints of Flora and Sylvie's dad's latest scooter invention. But who has stolen it and why?
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    Head to Hogwarts and colour in some of the most magical scenes and artwork from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with this spellbinding colouring book.

    An official book, it contains intricate line drawings that have been used in the making of the Harry Potter films and features some of the most beloved (and not-so-beloved!) characters including Harry, Dobby and Lord Voldemort. All you need to do is add some colour.

    A treat for Harry Potter fans of all ages, we expect this to be flying out as quick as the Knight Bus, so if you're a Muggle and want to add it to your collection - place your order today!
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    It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at thirteen, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson's highly colourful, joyous adventure.
  • R.L. Stine's Goosebumps Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407179896 - R.L. Stine
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    Prepare for your children to be sleeping with the lights on... our latest 10-book Goosebumps collection is sure to give them the creeps!

    R.L. Stine's spooky books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide and have helped to ensure generations are terrified of ventriloquist's dummies... following the success of the film starring Jack Black, the books have been brought to a whole new audience and here are 10 adventures that are twisted, funny and rather dark. They'll be top of every child's reading list.

    This collection features the classic Night of the Living Dummy alongside other memorable titles including Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes and The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena. Great books for encouraging a love of reading, will your kids dare to read through all 10?