Favorite books as rated by readers’ kids

septimus heapWe hope you found some good ideas in last week’s “most used” toys post for your holiday shopping lists.

This week, it’s books. Once again, sorted by age: 3 and under; 4-5; 6-7; 8-9; 10-11; 12-13, 14+ so scroll down to find your target age (and peek above and below depending on your kids!).

Where possible we’ve provided links for easy exploring.




3 and Under 


Kevin and Katie

Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site

B is for Bear

CAT Book about trucks with Sounds


4 and 5 Year Olds

And Tango Makes Three

Batman Books

Dr Seuss: Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Froggy’s Baby Sister

Hello Kitty Phonics Books


6 and 7 Year Olds


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Harry Potter

Highlights Magazine

Ivy & Bean**

Lucy Walks the Dogs

Mercy Watson Series

Ramona and Beezus**

Roal Dahl Books (BFG, James &GP)

Tacky the Penguin Series


8 and 9 Year Olds

A to Z Mysteries Series

American Girl (Smart Girls’ Guides) e.g. Friendship Troubles

Eragon Series – Christopher Paolini

Harry Potter**

How to Train Your Dragon


Molly Moon Series

Nancy Drew Series

Percy Jackson Series

Roal Dahl Witches

Stone Soup (Magazine)

Star Wars

The Wings of Fire Series


10 and 11 Year Olds

13 Planets

Canterwood Crest Series



Heroes of Olympus Series

Heart of a Samurai


Hunger Games**

Kids Discover (Magazine)


Lisa Frank Coloring Book

Naruto (Manga Series)

Out of My Mind

Ranger’s Apprentice Series

Septimus Heap Series

Stone Soup (Magazine)

Tales of Despereaux

The Genius Files**

The Lightening Thief

The Mysterious Benedict Series

The School for a Good and Evil

The Wanderer

When You Reach Me



12 and 13 Year Olds

Thirteen Reasons Why

Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty

Bobbi Brown Beauty Rules: Fabulous Looks, Beauty Essentials, and Life Lessons


Just Listen

Hunger Games**

Out of My Mind


Liar and Spy

Under a Blood Red Sun

When You Reach Me

The House of the Scorpion

The Wanderer


14 +

Life of Pi

Divergent Series

Bobbi Brown Teenage Beauty

Maze Runner


People Style Watch (Magazine)


Game of Thrones

The Book Theif

The Fault in Our Stars


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