Best Books of the Last 15 Years

It's Common Sense Media's 15th anniversary, and we're celebrating with one of our favorite things: great books for kids and teens! We've come up with a list of the 15 best books and series that were published since we were founded in 2003. Most of these became instant classics and best-sellers, but more than that, they helped encourage a love of reading in kids of all ages. And thanks to your votes, we now have a list of the best of the best, with Wonder at the top. For more excellent media from the last 15 years, try these lists: Digital Game Changers and Best Movies of the Last 15 Years.

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Wonder

age 10+

Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.

By: R.J. Palacio (2012)
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Harry Potter, Book 4

age 10+

Fourth Potter has brilliant plotting -- and dragons.

By: J. K. Rowling (2000)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1

age 9+

Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.

By: Jeff Kinney (2007)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

age 9+

Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.

By: Rick Riordan (2005)
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The Hunger Games, Book 1

age 12+

Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.

By: Suzanne Collins (2008)
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The Fault in Our Stars

age 14+

Heartrending love story told by teen dying of cancer.

By: John Green (2012)
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The Hate U Give

age 13+

Powerful story of police shooting of unarmed Black teen.

By: Angie Thomas (2017)
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Press Here

age 3+

Delightful, interactive fun -- no batteries required!

By: Hervé Tullet (2011)
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Dragons Love Tacos

age 4+

Taco party has fiery consequences in funny dragon tale.

By: Adam Rubin (2012)
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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

age 2+

Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.

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Ivy + Bean, Book 1

age 6+

Friendship tale a sure hit with kids starting chapter books.

By: Annie Barrows (2007)
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Brown Girl Dreaming

age 10+

Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.

By: Jacqueline Woodson (2014)
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Eleanor & Park

age 14+

Intense '80s romance is a fabulous pick for mature teens.

By: Rainbow Rowell (2013)
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March: Book One

age 12+

Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.

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The 5th Wave, Book 1

age 13+

Super intense apocalyptic alien-invasion nail-biter.

By: Rick Yancey (2013)
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