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 Book Poster Image
Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.
By R.J. Palacio
(2012)
(2012)
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Book Poster Image
Fourth Potter has brilliant plotting -- and dragons.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
(2000)
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Poster Image
Laugh-out-loud-funny series start tucks lessons in stories.
By Jeff Kinney
(2007)
(2007)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
(2005)
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The Hunger Games, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Exciting, provocative tale of lethal reality show.
By Suzanne Collins
(2008)
(2008)
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The Fault in Our Stars Book Poster Image
Heartrending love story told by teen dying of cancer.
By John Green
(2012)
(2012)
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The Hate U Give Book Poster Image
Powerful story of police shooting of unarmed black teen.
By Angie Thomas
(2017)
(2017)
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Press Here Book Poster Image
Delightful, interactive fun -- no batteries required!
By Hervé Tullet
(2011)
(2011)
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Dragons Love Tacos Book Poster Image
Taco party has fiery consequences in funny dragon tale.
By Adam Rubin
(2012)
(2012)
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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Book Poster Image
Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.
By Sherri Duskey Rinker
(2012)
(2011)
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Ivy + Bean, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Friendship tale a sure hit with kids starting chapter books.
By Annie Barrows
(2007)
(2007)
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Brown Girl Dreaming Book Poster Image
Captivating poems depict coming-of-age in tumultuous 1960s.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2014)
(2014)
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Eleanor & Park Book Poster Image
Intense '80s romance is a fabulous pick for mature teens.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
(2013)
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March: Book One Book Poster Image
Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
(2013)
(2013)
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The 5th Wave, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Super intense apocalyptic alien-invasion nail-biter.
By Rick Yancey
(2013)
(2013)
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