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