My Favorite Books for Boys Age 10-13!



Favorite Kids Books Age 10-13 Katie Woodard Photography-1

I love reading and it seems that I passed that gene fully onto one of my boys and partly onto the other (when I can find the right books for him!).  I definitely inherited the reading gene as well. My mom read for fun a lot, one of my aunt’s world for a publishing company, another aunt was a librarian, and my great aunt owned a bookbinding business!

It is such a great habit and I think one of my favorite memories is reading to my boys at night before bedtime. This summer my youngest (11 years old) and I even started reading The Old Man and the Sea out loud together. I can’t remember the last time we read out loud together!


Here are a few books that both of my boys have enjoyed at around the ages of 10-13.

Auggie and Me by R.J. Palacio (part of the wonder series)

Harry Potter series or anything by JK Rowling

the Dangerous Book for Boys (ok maybe I like this more than the boys!)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

El Deafo by Cece Bell

the Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (for older kids)

Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (for my older one)

I Survived series (for younger kids)

Survivors series by Erin Hunter

Warriors series by Erin Hunter

Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

A few reasons I love reading and love seeing my kids read: 

  • You can practically read anywhere and almost anytime.
  • It’s a great bonding experience to read aloud with your kids, even when they are not so little!
  • Reading takes you away to the most amazing places.
  • It teaches you about the most amazing things, people and places.
  • Reading stimulates your imagination!
  • You can use reading as a great stress reducer.

See photo for a few bonus books that I did not mention here. I’d love to hear your ideas, as my kids have read all of these!

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Katie Woodard
Katie has lived in Flagstaff for 22 years and grew up in North Carolina. She has 10 and 12 year old boys who are certainly an adventure! Her family is by far the most rewarding part of her life. Katie loves hiking and running in our beautiful hills, skiing, river rafting, traveling, health and clean eating (thanks to a whacky thyroid). She is also always taking small steps to clean up our environment, and she is currently learning meditation and just loves learning in general! Katie and her college roommate drove to AZ from VA after college and Katie has only left briefly but Flagstaff is her home for sure! She met her wonderful husband while river guiding in the Grand Canyon. Katie is a family photographer at, here in Flagstaff and loves capturing the natural love and beauty in families. Her newest fun adventure is co-founding Women Empowering Northern Arizona.