These picks from librarians, editors, and parents work for a mix of ages.

By Real Simple
Updated August 02, 2017

Big-Kid Picture Books

Ideal for ages 7 to 15, these explore deeper ideas but are still engaging for prereaders.

Greek Myths

Same stories (for the most part), different tellings based on age. Have kids compare and contrast, says Parrott.

  • Greek Myths (first grade and up) by Marcia Williams; $8,
  • Treasury of Greek Mythology (third grade and up) by Diana Jo Napoli; $18,
  • Olympians Series (fourth grade and up) by George O’Connor; $5-$10 each,
  • Gods Behaving Badly (teens and adults) by Marie Phillips; $8,

Just for Teens

And with adult supervision, we add. But these timely titles will spark good discussion.

  • Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates; $16,
  • Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera; $17,
  • How Dare The Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana; $14,
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon; $8,

Series Spin-Offs

Each of these books is a new version of a best seller for a different age. Big kid reads one, little kid reads the other.

  • Original: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate; $7,
  • Spinoff: Ivan by Katherine Applegate; $10,
  • Original: Fancy Nancy Series by Jane O’Connor; $10,
  • Spinoff: Nancy Clancy Series by Jane O’Connor; $13,
  • Original: Wonder by R.J. Palacio; $11,
  • Spinoff: We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio; $14,
  • Original: Amelia Bedelia Series by Peggy Parish; $9,
  • Spinoff: Amelia Bedelia Series by Herman Parish; $27,