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The Best Kids' Books of the Decade (2010–2019)

The years between 2010 and 2019 were overflowing with incredible stories for kids, so it was a near impossible challenge to narrow down a decade's worth of great books to our 10 favorites. The books on this list -- arranged by age rating from toddler to teen -- are true instant classics that today's kids may read to their own kids down the line. For more of our top media picks from the past 10 years, check out the Best Kids' Movies of the Decade and the Best Kids' Video Games of the Decade.

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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

age 2+

Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.

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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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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Book 1

age 6+

Inspiring, kid-friendly tales of extraordinary women.

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The One and Only Ivan

age 8+

Heartwarming story of a heroic, artistic, captive gorilla.

By: Katherine Applegate (2012)
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Other Words for Home

age 10+

Hopeful, relatable story of Syrian refugee in middle school.

By: Jasmine Warga (2019)
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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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age 10+

Moving tale of facially different boy with inner beauty.

By: R.J. Palacio (2012)
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March: Book One

age 12+

Powerful graphic novel captures spirit of desegregation.

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Legend, Book 1

age 12+

Stylish dystopian thriller in a not-so-future Los Angeles.

By: Marie Lu (2011)
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The Hate U Give

age 13+

Powerful story of police shooting of unarmed Black teen.

By: Angie Thomas (2017)