Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive list for readers 10-12

Books for readers aged 10-12 for Christmas
Posted on December 6, 2022

Tweens can be a difficult group to buy gifts for, but books are always the answer.

If you’re looking for books to give as gifts for readers aged10-12 this festive season, I’ve got a shopping list for you!

Every year I ask the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community to share the ONE book they’re buying as a gift in different age groups, so I can pull them together in one handy book list.

This year, we’re calling them the Your Kid’s Next Read #Bookstive lists and this one is the list of gift books for 10-12 year olds. (Find links to book lists for younger readers at the end of this post.)

It’s a collection of recommendations from the group as well as from team members Megan Daley, Allison Rushby and me. Click the title of the book to read more about it, and to purchase*.

Hope it helps!




The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris


books for 10 year olds for ChristmasKeeper of the Lost Cities: Stellarlune by Shannon Messenger


Paws by Kate Foster


The War That Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley


The Last Bear by Hannah Gold, ill. by Levi Pinfold


books for 10 year olds for ChristmasThis Is Not A Maths Book by Anna Weltman


When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed


A Reluctant Witch’s Guide to Magic by Shivaun Plozza


The Wintrish Girl by Melanie La’Brooy


Books for 10 year olds for christmasBig Magic by Sarah Armstrong


Seven Wherewithal Way by Samantha-Ellen Bound


Evie and Rhino by Neridah McMullin


The Jammer by Nova Weetman


books for 10 year olds for ChristmasThe Ghost Locket by Allison Rushby


Swift and Hawk Cyberspies by Logan Macx


Cop and Robber by Tristan Bancks


The Book of Secrets by A. L. Tait


books for 10 year olds for ChristmasWe Run Tomorrow by Nat Amoore and Mike Barry


How to Tackle Your Dreams by Fiona Hardy


The Colourful World of Poppy Starr Olsen by Poppy Starr Olsen and Jess Black


The Goodbye Year by Emily Gale


books for 10 year olds for ChristmasTricked: A How-To Guide to Magic and Illusions by Cosentino, ill. by Paul Daviz and Sonny Ramirez


Brilliant Minds: 30 Dyslexic Heroes Who Changed The World by Shannon Meyerkort


Barefoot Kids by Scott Pape


The Book Of Wondrous Possibilities by Deborah Abela


books for 10 year olds for ChristmasMars Awakens by H. M. Waugh


The Bookseller’s Apprentice by Amelia Mellor


Wylah The Koorie Warrior by Jordan Gould and Richard Pritchard


All Four Quarters Of The Moon by Shirley Marr



YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 0-3

YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 4-6

YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 6-8

YKNR #Bookstive list for readers 8-10


Allison Tait Your Kid's next ReadAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

If you’re looking for book recommendations for young readers, join the Your Kid’s Next Read Facebook community, and tune in to the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast!


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