Best Books of the Decade (2000-2009): Top 10 for Kids 6-10

These are the kids' books that have captured the imaginations of independent readers for the last 10 years. Handpicked by our editors, this list encompasses both the best of the best and the books that did the best job getting kids to read. They cover books for boys, books for girls, school stories, reluctant hero tales, slacker antihero laughs, deliciously dark humor, moments of extreme kid resourcefulness and great childhood sadness, and -- of course -- Harry Potter.

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Heartless toy finds love in a cruel world.
By Kate DiCamillo
(2006)
 
Spectacular cinematic book has lots of heart.
By Brian Selznick
(2007)
 
Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
 
The misery ends at last -- or does it?
By Lemony Snicket
(2006)
 
Creepy AND warmhearted -- one of Gaiman's best.
By Neil Gaiman
(2008)
 
Modernized Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
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Enchanting tale will leave readers grinning.
By Andrew Clements
(2003)
 
Funny, fascinating, and exquisite historical tale.
By Richard Peck
(2004)
 
Fourth Potter has brilliant plotting -- and dragons.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
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A must-read for middle-schoolers to discuss.
By Jerry Spinelli
(2003)