Reading for kids: 10 titles to start inspiring a love of books in 2023.

Reading is one of life’s secret joys. And whether you’re an educator or parent, you might find reading for kids is important too. After all, when you’re lucky enough to discover that book that just clicks with you, it’s gold dust. Stories stick to you like glue.

When you’re younger, finding that special book can be tough. Nothing stands out. And the thought of picking one can feel like you’re climbing a mountain with less and less footholds.

So if you’re a young person, or recommending books to inspire a love of reading for kids, you’ve come to the right place. This snappy, little listicle is set to recommend some new titles for starting 2023 with a book in your hand.

Reading for kids who are under 10 – a starting point:

  • Mind and Me, by Sunita Chawdhary. A lovely story about working together and asking for help.
  • Mirabelle and the Magical Mayhem, by Harriet Muncaster. A whimsical tale of mischief and magic. 
  • The Squeaker, by Twinkl Originals. A daring story of bravado and adventure from the wonderful world of Twinkl. It also comes with activities and resources for teaching your children too.
  • Rabbit & Bear, by Julian Gough and Jim Field. A warm and fuzzy tale about learning how to be a good friend.
  • Supernan’s Day Out, by Phil Earle and Steve May. A laugh out loud tale that is perfect for superhero fans.

Reading for kids who are 10 and older – a starting point:

  • When I See Blue, by Lily Bailey. A powerful tale for children about friendship and mental health, highlighting the challenge of living with OCD.
  • If You Read This, by Kereen Getten. A beautiful story about family and dealing with loss. 
  • Like A Charm by Elle McNicoll. Set in historic Edinburgh, teenagers with a love for magic will get happily lost within its pages.
  • Murder Most Unladylike, by Robin Stevens. If you like murder mystery, then these boarding school detectives will win you over in a heartbeat.
  • Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good, by Louie Stowell. A fun and funny take on Norse Mythology for young readers.

This is just the tip of the iceberg…

The best part about recommending books: there are countless worlds out there. You can take these books as a starting point, and like a compass, they’ll lead you on to so many more.

If you do wish to explore further, you can find other recommendations on Book Brilliance, using the search bar or by joining their book club. There are also wonderful book lists for very little readers and 11+ readers on Twinkl as well.

Happy Reading!

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook 

This is a picture of a pile of children's books with a mug on top to inspire ideas about reading for kids.

2 thoughts on “Reading for kids: 10 titles to start inspiring a love of books in 2023.

  1. Jruggf says:

    Odd that the book that almost single handedly got half a billion kids into reading, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, is absent. Very odd indeed.

    1. Adam Morris says:

      You’re right. It’s a very popular book. But I think it motivated me to focus on other titles. Encourage the exploration of other stories. It wasn’t a conscious decision. The books I chose just felt like something different.


Leave a Reply