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Ultimate Book Recommendation List

Posted December 5, 2018 by Magan Vernon in Books / 0 Comments


It seems like once a week, or even daily around the holidays, I get asked for book recommendations for different age groups.

This has even happened while being in the middle of Barnes & Noble and a teen boy was looking for a book for his mom who loved Fifty Shades.

So, I thought it would be good to compile a list of my favorite book recs for all age groups. I feel like I’m a little bit of an expert being an author but also because of having two little girls of my own and being an avid reader all of my life, I know what’s appropriate for each age and what they’ll actually like. (Most of the time. Because saying they’ll always like something is like me saying the kids loved when I made pasta last night and will love it when I make it again. And we all know that doesn’t happen).

Enjoy and hopefully, you find the next great read or gift!


(Updated as of 12/5/18)


Books Ages 0-5 or baby shower gift

  • Yummy, Yucky by Leslie Patricelli (A favorite by my girls and good for interactiveness as a toddler and early reading)
  • Blankie by Leslie Patricelli (Really all of her books are great but this is another good early reader book and interactive for babies)
  • Llama Llama box set by Anna Dewdney (Nice rhyming, repetition, for easy reading, and some good messages in the stories)
  • Pinkalicious and Peteriffic books. (For boys or girls. Now also a show on PBS that both girls and boys really like).


Books Ages 6-10

  • Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel (These were my daughter’s first chapter books in kindergarten. Easy reading, graphic novel format.)
  • Babysitters Club graphic novels by Raina Tegelmeier (Another favorite of my daughters she started reading in second grade. I read the non-graphic novels as a girl so it’s fun to watch her enjoy the same books I did).
  • Isle of The Lost (Descendants 1) by Melissa De La Cruz, graphic novel (We loved the movies as a family and when I saw the graphic novel for my seven-year-old, I knew we all needed it.)
  • Junie B Jones by Barbara Park (This was a gift from my mom to my oldest when she started first grade. I’m pretty sure my oldest read all of these books within a few days and wanted more).
  • Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey (I didn’t realize how big of a deal this series was until I worked the school book fair and every single boy came up to me asking where these books were.)

Books Ages 10-13

  • Warriors by Erin Hunter (A warrior cat series that I bought for my niece and she at least pretended she loved it!)
  • The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (My niece just started reading these last year and my oldest keeps asking when she can read the books. The obsession starts young.)

Books Age 14-16 (And can go up honestly)

  • The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer(Some may say their kids can read this earlier, but I think this is a sweet spot in age to start this series)
  • Dumplin by Julie Murphy (One of my favorite books of all time and now a Netflix movie. A good one for body image for girls especially)
  • The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (This one is up to parental discretion as well, but good for boys and girls)

For your mama, grandmother, BFF, who loves Fifty Shades

  • The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst (The number 2 book left in hotel rooms after Fifty Shades)
  • One Night with Soul Regret by Olivia Cunning (Will make your mama blush)
  • The Dare series by Carly Phillips (Yep…I got in trouble in middle school for passing around sex scenes in a Carly Phillips book. In my defense, there wasn’t much for young adult books at that time and wasn’t what they were showing on PBS for sure!)



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