There’s a big trend of Facebook asking people to share the top ten books that have stayed with them or influenced them. I’m loving reading these lists. What fascinates me is how many of the books I keep seeing listed are great books that are often first read during the tween years.
Here are the top 10 tween books that I have seen make appearances on several lists:
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Diary of Anne Frank
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Bonus book #11: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (This may be a little young but I’m willing to stretch it as I remember reading it third grade, and many kids then are 9, which counts as an early tween. The same may be true for others of these)
The lists also serves as a reminder of the many wonderful books available to our kids.
Seeing the lists of books that have stuck with people has reaffirmed for me the importance of reading as a tween. As busy as our kids are these days, it can be tough to carve out time for just sitting with a great book. That book may be one that stays with them throughout their lives, and what a gift that is.
What great books would you add to the list?
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