Book Club Picks for Kids

Looking for a book to jump-start discussion with your tweens and teens? Or something you could use for a kid-friendly book club choice? Then look no further: This list is full of great titles to talk about. From inspiring true stories to award-winning classics, these must-read books are loved by kids as well as adults. Keep in mind that some have difficult themes or touch on sensitive issues, so you might want to check out our review for discussion questions before reading. For more recommendations, see our lists of Coming-of-Age Books and Books to Help Kids Understand the Immigrant Experience.

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The Best of Iggy: Iggy, Book 1

age 8+

Funny look at boy whose impulsive ideas get the best of him.

By: Annie Barrows (2020)
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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

age 8+

The blues and forgiveness fuel emotional family grief tale.

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Escape from Aleppo

age 8+

Gripping, moving tale of Syrian teen fleeing war-torn city.

By: N.H. Senzai (2018)
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The First Rule of Punk

age 8+

Creative Latina finds her voice and pride in spirited tale.

By: Celia C. Pérez (2017)
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From the Desk of Zoe Washington

age 8+

Girl works to clear her father of a crime in smart tale.

By: Janae Marks (2020)
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New Kid, Book 1

age 8+

Funny, heartfelt middle school tale explores race, class.

By: Jerry Craft (2019)
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The Season of Styx Malone

age 8+

Heartwarming story of friendship and adventure.

By: Kekla Magoon (2018)
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Simon B. Rhymin', Book 1

age 8+

Fun story about boy whose creativity sparks his empathy.

By: Dwayne Reed (2021)
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When You Trap a Tiger

age 8+

Superb family tale of loss has mystery, folklore, sadness.

By: Tae Keller (2020)
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Bridge to Terabithia

age 9+

Honest, moving story of friendship and loss.

By: Katherine Paterson (1977)
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Merci Suárez Changes Gears: Merci Suárez, Book 1

age 9+

Upbeat coming-of-age story explores culture, class, aging.

By: Meg Medina (2018)
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The Only Road

age 9+

Harrowing, heartfelt tale of Central American teen refugees.

By: Alexandra Diaz (2016)
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When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

age 9+

Young WWII refugee's story told with warmth and wonder.

By: Judith Kerr (1971)
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A Wrinkle in Time

age 9+

Classic sci-fi story still inspires and gets kids thinking.

By: Madeleine L'Engle (1962)
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Better Nate Than Ever

age 10+

Terrific tale of misfit taking bold step to remake his life.

By: Tim Federle (2013)
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Black Girl, White School: Thriving, Surviving, and "No, You Can't Touch My Hair"

age 10+

Remarkable anthology brims with solidarity for Black girls.

By: Olivia V. G. Clarke (2020)
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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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Esperanza Rising

age 10+

Historical fiction at its best in story of '30s farmworkers.

By: Pam Munoz Ryan (2000)
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Inside Out and Back Again

age 10+

Inspiring, educational immigrant story told in free verse.

By: Thanhha Lai (2011)
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Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero

age 10+

Boy adjusts to father's death in bittersweet tale.

By: Kelly J. Baptist (2020)
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