Advanced search


(17 Posts)
teabag20048 Fri 25-Jan-19 19:20:46

What classics would you recommend for a 10 year old.

haverhill Fri 25-Jan-19 19:23:19

A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
When Marnie was There by Joan G Robinson
Little Women
The Chalet School series
The Family from One End Street
Anne of Green Gables

LadyMonicaBaddingham Fri 25-Jan-19 19:24:43

The Runaways by Ruth Thomas

haverhill Fri 25-Jan-19 19:26:50

Peter Pan
Toms Midnight Garden
The Secret Garden
Tom Sawyer/ Huckleberry Finn (although you will have to explain the use of the N word)

INeedNewShoes Fri 25-Jan-19 19:28:52

All of the complete Chronicles of Narnia (they get more sophisticated as the series progresses)

Swallows & Amazons

teabag20048 Fri 25-Jan-19 19:38:34

Thank you some great suggestions here.

Imfinehowareyou Fri 25-Jan-19 19:40:32

I loved The Family from One End Street!

DippyAvocado Fri 25-Jan-19 20:11:26

Anne of Green Gables
What Katy Did
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
The Secret Garden/ A Little Princess
Ballet Shoes

Witchend Fri 25-Jan-19 23:11:52

How classical do you want?

Traditional ones, going on to less traditional in general:
What Katie Did etc
The Treasure Seekers
The Railway Children
The Would be Goods
Little Women etc
Tom's Midnight Garden
The Secret Garden
Sara Crewe
The Little Princess
Children of the New Forest
Peter Pan
Black Beauty
Little House books
I am David
The Silver Sword
Cue for Treason
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Box of Delights
Jungle Book
Anne Frank's Diary
Just So stories
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Children of Green Knowe
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Mary Poppins
Brat Farrar
The Bullerby Children
Lassie Come Home
Winnie the Pooh
Family from One End Street
Anne of Green Gables etc
Narnia series
The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings
Little White Horse (and Linnets and Valerians if you can get it)
Swallows and Amazons etc.
Traveller in Time
Minnow on the Say
Lone Pine Series
Chrestomanci series
Famous Five/Adventure series
Wolves of Willoughby Chase series
The Black Riders (and other Stormy Petrel books)
Antonia Forest's stories (especially her historical ones)
Chalet School series
The Young Detectives
Ballet Shoes (and other Noel Streatfield)
Books by Gwendoline Courtney
Monica Edward Romney Marsh series
James Herriot Vet books
The 39 Steps
Prisoner of Zenda

Enough there? I can continue along the bookshelf further if you like! grin

QueenMabby Sat 26-Jan-19 09:19:33

My 10 yo liked Heidi, Tom’s Midnight Garden, What Katy Did (and What Katy Did Next), Pollyanna, Ballet Shoes, The Secret Garden and The Little Princess.

Ricekrispie22 Sat 26-Jan-19 13:25:27

My dc enjoyed:
Stig of the Dump
Five Children and It
The Chronicles of Narnia
I, Houdini
War Horse
The Hobbit
Northern Lights
The Twits

teabag20048 Sun 27-Jan-19 08:40:02

Thank you all. Wow! Witched that's some book list, thanks. We went to the library yesterday they only had Treasure Island, which I was surprised at! Looks like a trip to waterstones.

UrbaneSprawl Mon 28-Jan-19 20:53:09

What they all said, but also:
The Borrowers
Eagle of the Ninth
Sword in the Stone
Swish of the Curtain
We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea (the best of the Swallows and Amazons books)

UrbaneSprawl Mon 28-Jan-19 20:55:51

Have you got an Oxfam bookshop near you, OP? Our local one always has loads of Puffin Classics etc. for a couple of quid.

ALittleBitofVitriol Mon 28-Jan-19 21:06:41

Some great suggesrioso far! I'd add:

The Saturdays
Princess and the Goblin
Tuck Everlasting
Bridge to Terabithia
Captains Courageous
A Wrinkle in Time
Gulliver's Travels
Lamb's or Nesbit's Shakespeare stories

ALittleBitofVitriol Mon 28-Jan-19 21:07:24

**Suggestions so far

Sorry, typo.

Bloodybridget Sun 03-Feb-19 02:12:34

Hear hear for The Saturdays (Elizabeth Enright), the whole series is terrific, some of my favourite ever children's books. I don't think they are in print in the UK but you would find secondhand copies.

For any child with an interest in ponies, Ruby Ferguson's Jill books are very funny, pure wish fulfillment!

Join the discussion

Registering is free, quick, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Get started »