25+ Books for Boys aged 8-12+ (and girls will like them too!)

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I've had a lot of discussions on my East Coast Mommy Facebook page about trying to find books for my boys to read. They are active boys, and it is often difficult to get them excited about settling down with a book. I'm ALWAYS on the lookout for a book that my boys won't want to put down. Today, I am sharing some fantastic recommendations for books that boys (and girls) between the ages of 8 and 12 (and above) will love

I have broken the book recommendations into categories to make it a little easier to find the book that suits your child's interests and reading level. Below, you will find: books for kids that like graphic novels, books for kids making the transition from picture books to chapter books, and books for more advanced readers. 

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Books for kids that like graphic novels

Some children prefer reading graphic novels because of the pictures and humorous/ adventurous content. These are a few of my boys' favourite choices:

Big Nate
series by Lincoln Peirce

Jedi Academy series by Jeffrey Brown

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

City of Embers by Jeanne DuPrau

Dog Man Series by Dav Pilkey

Books for kids making the transition from picture books to chapter books

Some children are reluctant readers or are intimated by long chapter books. These choices are perfect for kids that are in between picture books and more advanced chapter books. They are easy to read, have interesting plots, and often include a few pictures. Here are some of my boys' favourite choices:

Ballpark Mysteries series by David A. Kelly

Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne

Dragon Masters series by Tracey West

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie series by Zack Zombie

Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

Geronimo Stilton series by Geronimo Stilton

Beverly Cleary booksHenry Huggins, Henry Ribsy, and Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary

Fudge series by Judy Blume

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Books for more advanced readers

After children have gained their confidence and honed their reading skills, they will be ready for more advanced stories, characters, and plot lines. Kids older than 12 will enjoy many of these books too. Here are some of my boys' favourite choices:

Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan

Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling

I Funny series by James Patterson

David Walliams books: particularly Mr. Stink and The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams

Wonder by R.J. Palicio

A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket 

Swindle series by Gordon Korman

Slapshot series by Gordon Korman

MasterMind series by Gordon Korman (My 10 year old LOVED the humour and adventure in this series.)

Wings of Fire series by Tui T Sutherland

Robert Muchamore books - My 12 year old loved the CHERUB series.

Treasure Hunter Series by James Patterson

And here are a few book recommendations from some of my readers (that my boys haven't had a chance to read yet... but we are totally going to check out!)

The Amulet series

Timmy Failure series

Super Hero series

Dragon Slayers Academy series

Galaxy Zack series

Do you have books you would like to add to this list? I am always anxious to instil a love of reading in my boys, and good books are the key. If you have a suggestion, please leave it below, and I'll be sure to check it out. Thanks!

Gina (aka East Coast Mommy)


  1. Dragon Slayers Academy by Kate McMullan (20 book series, very funny and not too hard to read) Gordon Korman I want to go Home (hilarious book about summer camp)

    1. Thanks for the recommendations. I think my middle son would really like the Dragon Slayers Academy books. I'm definitely going to check them out!

    2. I read I Want to Go Home when I was a kid and loved it! I bought it last year for my 9 year old but he hasn't read it yet.

  2. Great list! Will be adding some of these as stocking stuffers for Xmas 😉

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  4. Rick Riordan has a few series out besides Percy Jackson that my boys like...Kane Chronicles, Magnus Chase, Heroes of Olympus.


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