The Best Children’s Books of 2010 (Ages 8 -12)





This is our list of the 5 Best Childrens’s Books of 2010 (Ages 8-12). This list is has been compiled using some of the internet’s most reliable sources. You may view these sources at the end of this post. We hope you find your next great read and remember to bookmark this page for future reference. This list is in no particular order.


The Red Pyramid CoverThe Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan

Winner of the Children’s Choice Book Awards of 2011, this fantasy adventure book is our choice for the number one best young readers books of 2010. Predominantly based on Egyptian Mythology, The Red Pyramid follows Sadie and Carter Kane, estranged brother and sister, around the globe as they discover the legendary beings of ancient Egypt still exist, their family ancestry is somehow connected, and the worst of the Egyptian Gods (Set), is awakening and must be stopped.

Diary of a Wimpy KidDiary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney

This series began only as small stories written in blog type form on a website for young children called Funbrain. With popularity growing, the stories later went to print and there are now 5 books and counting. Diary of a Wimpy Kid addresses the hardships of adolescence by telling the story of a young boy named Greg just entering middle school, his dysfunctional family, and his best friend Rowley who he often worries about.

The Lost Hero CoverThe Heroes of Olympus, by Rick Riordan

A thrilling and mysterious 5 book series begins with book 1, The Lost Hero. When Jason wakes up on a school bus for “bad children” with no recollection of his life and how he got there or the fact that he has a girlfriend named Piper and a best friend named Leo, strange things begin to happen. Piper’s horrible nightmare, her father missing for 3 days, and Jason’s amnesia all plays a part in why the three children were whisked away to a place called Camp Half-Blood with mythical creatures and gods.

The Lightening TheifPercy Jackson and the Olympians, by Rick Riordian

Very similar to the Kane Chronicles by Author Rick Riordan who is topping the charts for our Best Young Readers books of 2010. With replacing Egyptian Mythology with Greek Mythology, this 5 book series takes you on an adventure with protagonist Percy Jackson who discovers he is the son of Poseidon, Greek God of the Sea or Neptune Roman God of the Sea, and is frequently attacked by monsters and powerful Gods for being born to one of the 3 most powerful Gods.

39 Clues CoverThe 39 Clues Series, by Assorted Authors

The 39 Clues series is an incredibly unique and educational concept designed by Author Rick Riordan who wrote the first book in the series. The remaining 9 books are intended to be written by a handful of other authors. Many well known names in history are said to be part of the “Cahill Family” and many of them appear in these books as clues. Amy and Dan Cahill, the protagonists of the story, and a handful of heirs are proposed an exciting opportunity after their grandmother passed. Take a million dollars and walk away now, or find the 39 clues and become the most important and influential person on the planet. Amy and Dan accept the challenge and begin their journey to finding the 39 clues. Definitely one of the best series and best young readers books of 2010.

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