Boys vs. Girls

An Honest-to-Goodness Disclaimer: Just because a book is listed under Boys or Girls doesn’t mean it should only be read by that gender. All of these books have great aspects that kids and young adults of many interests will enjoy. These are just our breakdowns based on interests and trends we see every day in bookstores. Don’t let the divisions deter you — if a book looks or sounds good, the best rule of thumb is to read it!

 

Boys and Girls…All together now!
  • Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever by Richard Scarry (age 2-6)
  • Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots! by Debbie Dadey (The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids Series, age 7-10)
  • We the Children by Andrew Clements (Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School Series, age 8+)
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (age 8-12)
  • The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (The Books of the Beginning Trilogy, age 8-12)
  • City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (City of Ember Series, age 8-12)
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg (age 8-12)
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry (age 8-1
  • Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater (age 8-12)
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (Fablehaven Series, age 8-12)
  • Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors (Smells Like… Series, age 9-12)
  • Storm Runners by Roland Smith (Storm Runners Series, age 9-12)
  • Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure by B.K. Bostick (Huber Hill Series, age 9-13)
  • A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull (Beyonders Series, age 9-13)
  • Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith (Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast Series, age 9-13)
  • First Light by Rebecca Stead (age 9-13)
  • The Invasion by K.A. Applegate (Animorphs Series, age 9-13)
  • The Dragon’s Tooth by N. D. Wilson (Ashtown Burials Series, age 9-14)
  • Savvy by Ingrid Law (age 9+)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; illustrated by Ellen Forney (age 12+, mature content)
  • Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (Incarceron Series, age 12+)
  • Gone by Michael Grant (Gone Series, age 12+)
  • The Pigman by Paul Zindel (age 12+)
  • Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer (age 12+)
  • No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz (age 13+, mature content)
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (age 13+, mature content)
  • The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones (age 14+, mature content)
  • Ashfall by Mike Mullin (Ashfall Trilogy, age 14+, mature content)
  • Subject Seven by James A Moore (age 15+, mature content)
Boys Will Be Boys
  • Masters of Disaster by Gary Paulsen (age 8-12)
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary (age 8-12)
  • Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith (Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast Series, age 9-13)
  • Holes by Louis Sachar (age 8-12)
  • Cheesie Mack is Not a Genius or Anything by Steve Colter (Cheesie Mack Series, age 8-12)
  • How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell (age 8-12)
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (age 8-12)
  • Stuart Little by E.B. White (age 8-12)
  • Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White (age 8-12)
  • Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look (Alvin Ho Series, age 8+)
  • Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors (Smells Like… Series, age 9-12)
  • boom! by Mark Haddon (age 9-12)
  • Harris and Me by Gary Paulsen (age 9-13)
  • Science Fair by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson (age 10+)
  • Acting Up by Ted Staunton (Hope Springs Trilogy, age 12+)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; illustrated by Ellen Forney (age 12+, mature content)
  • Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going (age 12+)
All in the Family
Adventure
  • Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (Underland Chronicles, age 8-12)
  • Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye (Circles of Heck Series, age 8-12)
  • The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (The Books of the Beginning Trilogy, age 8-12)
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (Fablehaven Series, age 8-12)
  • City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (City of Ember Series, age 8-12)
  • No Such Thing As Dragons by Philip Reeve (age 8-12)
  • Smells Like Dog by Suzanne Selfors (Smells Like…Series, age 9-12)
  • Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz Series, age 9-12)
  • boom! by Mark Haddon (age 9-12)
  • Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure by B.K. Bostick (Huber Hill Series, age 9-13)
  • A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull (Beyonders Series, age 9-13)
  • Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith (Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast Series, age 9-13)
  • First Light by Rebecca Stead (age 9-13)
  • The Invasion by K.A. Applegate (Animorphs Series, age 9-13)
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (age 11+)
  • Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz (Power of Five Series, age 12+)
  • The Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale (Pendragon Series, age 12+)
  • Incarceron by Catherine Fisher (Incarceron Series, age 12+)
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Maze Runner Trilogy, age 12+)
  • Gone by Michael Grant (Gone Series, age 12+)
  • No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz (age 13+, mature content)
  • X Isle by Steve Augarde (13+)
  • The Compound by S.A. Bodeen (age 13+)
  • Lockdown: Escape from Furnace 1 by Alexander Gordon Smith (Furnace Penitentiary Series. age 13+)
  • Ashfall by Mike Mullin (Ashfall Trilogy, age 14+, mature content)
Relationships
  • Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith (Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast Series, age 8-12)
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials Trilogy, age 9+)
  • Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure by B.K. Bostick (Huber Hill Series, age 9-13)
  • The Gardener by S.A. Bodeen (age 12+)
  • Acting Up by Ted Staunton (Hope Springs Trilogy, age 12+)
  • Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; illustrated by Ellen Forney (age 12+, mature content)
  • Annexed by Sharon Dogar (age 13+, mature content)
  • Ashfall by Mike Mullin (Ashfall Trilogy, age 14+, mature content)
  • The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones (age 14+, mature content)
Self Image
  • Stand Tall by Joan Bauer (age 10+)
  • Flip by Martyn Bedford (age 13+)
Abuse (DRUG and PHYSICAL)
Bullying
Dealing with Life/Growing Pains
  • Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; illustrated by Ellen Forney (age 12+, mature content)
DEALING WITH DEATH
  • So Shelly by Ty Roth (age 15+, mature content)
Peer Pressure
  • Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli (age 8-12)
  • Acting Up by Ted Staunton (Hope Springs Trilogy, age 12+)
  • Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; illustrated by Ellen Forney (age 12+, mature content)
  • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (age 13+)
Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
  • Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows; illustrated by Sophie Blackhall (Ivy + Bean Series, age 7+)
  • Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper (Just Grace Series, age 8+)
  • Cinderella Smith by Stephanie Barden (Cinderella Smith Series, age 8+)
  • Athena the Brain by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams (Goddess Girls Series, age 8+)
  • Emily’s Fortune by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (age 8-12)
  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (age 8-12)
  • Ramona and Beezus by Beverly Cleary (Ramona Quimby Series, age 8-12)
  • Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin (The Babysitter’s Club Series, age 8-12)
  • Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (The Shoes Series, age 8-12)
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl (age 8-12)
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (age 8-12)
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables Series, age 8-12)
  • Moving Day by Meg Cabot (Allie Finkle Series, age 9+)
  • First Light by Rebecca Stead (age 9-13)
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (March Family Series, age 10+)
  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (Books of Bayern Series, age 11+)
  • What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell (age 12+)
  • The Candidates by Inara Scott (Delcroix Academy Series, age 12+)
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart (age 12+)
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things by Carolyn Mackler (age 12+)
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (Jenna Fox Series, age 13+)
  • Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin (age 13+, mature content)
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series, age 13+)
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (age 13+, mature content)
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (age 14+, mature content)
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (age 14+, mature content)
All in the Family
  • The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (The Books of the Beginning Trilogy, age 8-12)
  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (age 8-12)
  • The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (The Hard Pan Trilogy, age 9+)
  • Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles (age 9+)
  • First Light by Rebecca Stead (age 9-13)
  • Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt (Tillerman Series, age 12+)
  • Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin (age 13+, mature content)
  • The Extraordinary Secret of April, May and June by Robin Benway (age 13+)
  • Ruby Tuesday by Jennifer Anne Kogler (age 13+)
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (age 13+, mature content)
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (age 14+, mature content)
  • The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones (age 14+, mature content)
Adventure
  • Emily’s Fortune by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (age 8-12)
  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (age 8-12)
  • City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (City of Ember Series, age 8-12)
  • The Emerald Atlas by Jon Stephens (The Books of the Beginning Trilogy, age 8-12)
  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House Series, age 8-12)
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables Series, age 8-13)
  • Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye (Circles of Heck, age 8-12)
  • Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers (Adventures of Theodosia Series, age 8+)
  • Fablehaven by Brandon Mull (Fablehaven Series, age 8-12)
  • Huber Hill and the Dead Man’s Treasure by B.K. Bostick (Huber Hill Series, age 9-13)
  • A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull (Beyonders Series, age 9-13)
  • Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith (Intergalatic Bed & Breakfast Series, age 9-13)
  • First Light by Rebecca Stead (age 9-13)
  • The Invasion by K.A. Applegate (Animorphs Series, age 9-13)
  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale (Books of Bayern Series, age 11+)
  • A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee (The Agency Series, age 11+)
  • The Naming by Alison Croggon (Books of Pellinor Series, age 12+)
  • Starters by Lissa Price (Starters Trilogy, age 12+)
  • No Safety in Numbers by Dayna Lorentz (age 13+, mature content)
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (Fire and Thorns Trilogy, age 13+)
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassin Trilogy, age 13+)
  • Soulbound by Heather Brewer (Legacy of Tril Trilogy, age 13+)
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Series, age 13+, mature content)
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Series, age 13+, mature content)
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Series, age 13+, mature content)
  • Ashfall by Mike Mullin (Ashfall Trilogy, age 14+, mature content)
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (age 14+, mature Content)
Relationships
  • Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables Series, age 8-13)
  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials Trilogy, age 9+)
  • Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen (age 10+)
  • The Candidates by Inara Scott (Delcroix Academy Series, age 12+)
  • Matched by Ally Condie (Matched Trilogy, age 12+)
  • Abandon by Meg Cabot (Abandon Trilogy, age 13+)
  • Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin (age 13+, mature content)
  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Garden Trilogy, age 13+)
  • Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway (age 13+)
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (Fire and Thorns Trilogy, age 13+)
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (His Fair Assassin Trilogy, age 13+)
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Series, age 13+, mature content)
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Series, age 13+, mature content)
  • Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (Graceling Series, age 13+, mature content)
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (age 13+, mature content)
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (age 14+, mature content)
  • Ashfall by Mike Mullin (Ashfall Trilogy, age 14+, mature content)
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (Perfect Chemistry Series, age 14+, mature content)
  • Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles (Paradise Duology, age 14+, mature content)
  • Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky (age 14+, mature content)
  • The Uninvited by Tim Wynne-Jones (age 14+, mature content)
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (age 14+, mature content)
Self Image
  • The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler (age 12+)
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (age 12+)
  • Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin (age 13+, mature content)
  • Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler (age 14+)
Abuse (DRUG AND PHYSICAL)
  • Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin (age 13+, mature content)
Bullying
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (age 12+, mature content)
Dealing with Life/Growing Pains
DEALING WITH DEATH
  • Fracture by Megan Miranda (age 12+, Fracture Series)
  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (age 14+, mature content)
  • So Shelly by Ty Roth (age 15+, mature content)
PEER PRESSURE
  • Manaic Magee by Jerry Spinelli (age 8-12)
  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (age 8-12)
  • Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin (age 13+, mature content)
  • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous (age 13+, mature content)
  • Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (age 14+, mature content)

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