Are you ready for part 2 of our list of geeky children’s books that every awesome parent should know of? Part 1 had books that were best for the younger set. But what if you have kids who want to be challenged or are ready and raring to read more mature content? Don’t reach for Battle Royale just yet! Here are the last five books on our list that every young boy and girl definitely has to read.
10 Geeky Children’s Books To Read To Your Kids
Bilbo Baggins, like everyone, enjoys living a quiet and comfy life. But Bilbo Baggins is also a hobbit who gets taken away on the adventure of a lifetime. While The Lord of the Rings might be more of a slog to get through, especially when you’re reading to your kids, The Hobbit is perfect for bedtime reading. It’s a tale filled with dwarves, gold, a dangerous dragon named Smaug, and a mysterious, magical ring that will keep you turning the pages.
Trenton Lee Stewart
This first book in a series revolves around a group of children going on adventures while using their wits to solve puzzles and problems. Does it sound like every other children’s book you know? Don’t write The Mysterious Benedict Society off just yet. Geeky parents and kids will be able to relate to the main characters in this series. The four young protagonists have to work together and use their unique skills and smarts to fight baddies and save the world. Kids who want to read stories about intelligent children who become heroes will definitely connect with this series. With challenging mysteries waiting for you, it’s time you grab a copy for you and your children!
The latest award-winning children’s novel to be made into a movie, The Giver is one of the few books that people can cite as those that sparked the dystopian fever we’ve been having lately. (Who else is excited to see Jeff Bridges in it?!) In the world of The Giver, there is no war, pain, or hunger. Everything is as picture perfect as fairy tales would want us to hope for. No one is in need and everything is provided. When a child turns twelve, the Committee of Elders chooses a task for them–one they will have to fulfill for the rest of their life. Jonas is chosen as the Receiver of Memory, and though he once thought that there was nothing wrong with his world, he soon discovers that there are many shadows hiding beneath the surface.
A Wrinkle in Time is one of the select few books that don’t just appeal to children, but to adults of all ages as well. In fact, many list it way up high on their list of the best sci-fi/fantasy books ever published. This book was written by Madeleine L’Engle in 1962 and it follows a young girl who finds out her father is missing while he was working on a very mysterious project called a ‘tesseract’. This is perfect for reading aloud and if you’re looking for a book that’ll last many nights (and multiple readings!).
Orson Scott Card
I’ve anticipated being yelled at for including Ender’s Game in a list of books recommended for 8-12 year olds. While I do agree that it’s a bit of a stretch to consider it appropriate for 8-9 year olds, I think those who are 10 and up (and are reasonably mature) will have no problem with the mature themes. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin was born to be drafted into Battle School. This is where he goes through rigorous military training to defend the Earth from aliens, but at a very grave cost. Ender is a character that kids will relate to and root for, but make sure they can handle it!