10 Classics That 8- to 12-Year-Olds Say Are Worth Reading Today

by Kari Ness Riedel

If you have read any of my other articles on Brightly, you will know that I’m a firm believer that kids will want to read more if they have voice and choice in their book selection, rather than us parents pushing “classics” or other highbrow literature that that we might want our kids to read.

That said, there are lots of classic books that have stood the test of time and continue to be beloved by 8- to 12-year-old readers today. Here are 10 timeless classics that kids on, a site where young readers share book reviews and recommendations with peers, are raving about these days.

What other classic books have your young readers enjoyed? Share with us in the comments below!