10 Amazing Books for 10 and 11 Year Old Boys

Ten and eleven year old boys crave adventure and these books will deliver! These amazing books for 10 and 11 year old boys feature stories about boys who are growing up, trying to solve comical and unbelievable situations, or overcoming unique challenges. All of them are entertaining and memorable. Check one out today!

1. Medallion

Prince Trave wants nothing more than to become king in place of his usurper uncle. Under the tutelage of a powerful and wise king from a neighboring kingdom, Prince Trave sets out on an adventure that could save his country from disaster. But, in order to truly help his country, Prince Trave must learn what it means to be a leader, as well as the importance of humility, faith, loyalty, and friendship.

2. Dear Mr. Henshaw

Leigh Botts is the new kid in sixth grade, which is hard enough by itself. Leigh is also trying to come to grips with his parents’ recent divorce which is the reason for his new life. Leigh finds himself stuck in a small “shack” of a house with a mother that must work all of the time, a father who frequently forgets to call Leigh, and a thief at school who keeps stealing Leigh’s lunch right out of his lunch box. Sullen and angry, Leigh learns to cope through writing letters to his favorite author as he works through his own frustrations and emotions and finds solutions to his problems. This book is not action-packed, but is full of real life frustrations, honest emotions, and growing up.

3. Mishmash

While Pete dreads being the new kid in fifth grade, his family’s recent move does have a silver lining. For the first time in his life, Pete will be allowed to get a dog. Unfortunately, Pete’s new dog, Mishmash, literally terrorizes Pete’s new neighborhood, ringing doorbells, planting weeds, closing guests in the coat closet, and taking over Pete’s bed. Will Pete be able to come up with a solution to the “Mishmash” problem? This book is fairly easy to read and would be great for a fifth grader who wants to read about kids his own age but is still be struggling with reading long chapter books.

4. Homer Price

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey combines beautiful, nostalgic ink drawings with humerus tall-tales in this captivating book about American life in the 1930’s. Homer Price is a typical boy who has huge adventures such as capturing thieves (aided only by his pet skunk), or working a doughnut machine whose “off” button malfunctions, or finding out that his favorite comic super hero is not quite so “super” after all. The fun continues in the sequel, Centerburg Tales. These are the kind of stories that you will read once and never forget.

5. My Side of the Mountain

Sam Gribley is tired of New York City and tired of never being able to be alone. He longs for a quiet life, far away. And so, Sam runs away to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York where he learns how to live off the land with only his pet falcon for company. With a story reminiscent of Robinson Crusoe or The Swiss Family Robinson, My Side of the Mountain is an adventure book of survival, courage, and ingenuity. It is a perfect fantasy story for any outdoor-loving boy.

6. Rascal

This is the true-to-life story of the summer that an eleven year old boy and his pet raccoon spent together in the wilderness of Wisconsin in 1918. This is a growing-up story, beginning with a boy who just enjoys having fun fishing, riding his bike, and working on his canoe without much thought to the consequences of his actions but ending with a boy who realizes that he must take his neighbors’ needs and his beloved pet’s needs into consideration before his own desires.  Rascal is a poignant and beautiful adventure, but it is easily the most difficult book to read on this list. If your outdoor-loving boy is ready to read or listen to something a little harder, give this book a try!

7. Justin Morgan Had a Horse

If you think that horse books are only for girls, think again! There is hardly a girl mentioned in this fast-paced story of the love between a boy and a horse that he can’t afford to buy. Justin Morgan Had a Horse tells the true story of a poor school teacher who was given a horse that he didn’t want as a payment of a debt owed to him and the student that sees the horse’s value when no one else does. This book touches on historical American facts of apprenticeship, the war of 1812, President Monroe, and the origins of the famous American Morgan horse breed.

8. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh

In a laboratory experiment gone wrong, a bunch of rats are injected with a solution that makes them very intelligent – intelligent enough to escape their cages and set out together to create their own society. When they come into contact with a poor widowed mouse who is trying to save her gravely sick son, adventures result for all involved. On the surface, this is a fun adventure story, but there are deep undertones to this book as well. (Are the rats good? Are they heroes? Or are they only self-seeking?) This is an excellent book to read together with your son.

9. Dinosaurs for Kids

I was fascinated by dinosaurs when I was in fifth grade, and I loved flipping through a much older edition of a dinosaurs book published by Answers in Genesis. This book is written by Ken Ham, and, as such, it is teaching a young earth, creationist perspective on dinosaurs. If you do not believe in a Biblical account of the creation, then this book is not for you. But if you do believe in the Biblical account of creation, then this is an excellent way to introduce science apologetics to your son in a fascinating book full of beautiful illustrations and intriguing facts about some of the most amazing creatures that have ever lived.

10. The Chronicles of Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia are great adventure stories that can be read for the enjoyable fantasy, or tied in with the spiritual truths they teach. These stories are about children who are pulled into a magical world called Narnia where they meet new friends, make enemies, and discover who they really are when they are put to the test. The characters are well developed, the stories intriguing, and the morals excellent without being “preachy”.  This is excellent literature on many levels. I do not recommend the last book of this series, The Last Battle

 

 

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This is such a great list of books for an seven to ten year old animal lover. Am pinning this to keep it handy for the next time I go to the library.    Here's a great list of enjoyable books selected just for 8 and 9 year old boys!    This list includes some of the books I remember reading when I was growing up. I can't wait to share these with my girls!

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4 thoughts on “10 Amazing Books for 10 and 11 Year Old Boys

  1. Why don’t you recommend The Last Battle? I’ve read all of the Narnia books and that was one of my favorites. I cried through most of it though. Just curious. This is a great list, BTW!

    • Great question, Theresa! I found the Last Battle to be a bit depressing, the theology rather strange (Examples: In The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Aslan proclaims that “Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia”, yet Susan has lost her faith and is no longer a queen of Narnia in The Last Battle. I believe that the Bible teaches that Jesus is the only way to heaven (John 14:6), and yet a Calormene named Emeth gets to heaven through serving Tash, not Aslan, and Aslan counts Emith’s service to Tash as service to himself because Emith’s service was “noble”. Finally, many dwarves make it into heaven, yet cannot enjoy heaven’s peace and delights.) Aside from that, I feel that the story may scare some younger readers and I have a hard time with the fact that the Calormenes are frequently called “Darkies”. I would prefer that my children not hear different races referred to in derogatory terms. However, I think that it is a good read for adults to think through. I know not everyone will share my theology concerns, too.

  2. I’m excited to get some of these books for my boys this summer. It is so hard to find good literature and appropriately innocent fun stories with heroes for my kids to look up to. A few years ago I found a copy of Homer Price in a thrift store. I read it to the boys while we were camping and loved it. It reminded me of the Henry Huggins series, one of our favorites! Thank you for the recommendations! I’m also curious about reading Rascal as we have seen the old Disney movie rendition!