Classics Your Child Must Read Before They Are 13!

I have read most of these as a child and all of them have been devoured by my 11-year-old and this is the final approved first list of must-read classics from both of us, and we hope you enjoy them as

The age 11-13 years is a very lonely time for a child. They haven’t yet hit the full-blown adolescence but they still see bits of the hormones flashing before them now and then. Their bones are growing fast, causing pain discomfort and to that mix add on peer pressure and family problems and life in general.

I have read somewhere that tweens are like the Roman soldiers; tough, brave, and strong soldiers who can face anything with focus and perseverance. These stories below show-cases resilient young children who have seen loneliness, peer pressure or discouragement from family and friends but will continue to march on – with perseverance.

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 have read most of these as a child and all of them have been devoured by my 11-year-old and this is the final approved first list of must-read classics from both of us, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (1908)

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How can anyone not like the bright, sweet, and witty Anne of Green Gables? This beautifully written classic 1908 children’s novel is full of ambitious Anne’s adventures and mishaps. The novel is heavy with description and the characters are human. This story is an ode to love, loyalty, friendship and family and Anne will be their charming companion.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)

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10-year-old Mary Lennox is a spoilt child living in India with her parents and maids. She is suddenly orphaned when her parents die of Cholera, she is alone and unaware and is sent away to live with her uncle in Britain! There she discovers a secret garden and a new friendship.

For over a century now this beautiful classic has inspired children to befriend nature and showcased the power of friendships. The book reveals the gratifying impact of nature on the human spirit. A beautiful, heartwarming coming of age story.  

The Black Beauty by Anna Sewell(1877)

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A classic tale of Black Beauty (a horse) written a 100 years ago. The narrative is autobiographical in nature. Such a wonderful reminder that animals need love and have feelings too.

**Sensitive content alert : The cruelty meted to the animals may tear your child’s heart. Lots of whipping and even a mercy killing.

Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)

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Meg is insecure and not sure about many things but that doesn’t stop her from taking the most adventurous journey ever to find her missing father. The story is about inner strength and family loyalties. The most perfect amalgamation of adventure, fantasy and science-fiction.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (1908)

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Is the world not a better place when we forgive wholeheartedly and love fiercely?

A whimsical story of Mole, Badger and Water Rat’s life on the river bank and the very ridiculous Mr Toad! The characters make mistakes in the book and suffer the consequences too.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)

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A group of dwarves shows up at the door of Bilbo, the hobbit, to take him on an extraordinary journey. He must follow them and they will lead him on a terrifying journey where he will recover gold safeguarded by a brutal dragon. This story offers interpretation, perspectives and much needed life lessons for your 12-year-old on greed. How far will you go to get what you want? Where will you stop? What will you lose? I haven’t yet met anyone who can’t take a bit. J.R.R. Tolkien .

Some of these classics were written even a century ago! They may offer companionship and also leave a very lasting impact on your children through their ‘awkward silent years’. Do you have more names to add to this list? Tell us in the comments below. 

Also read: KSP’s Curated Book List For 8-11 Year Olds 

Look at the reel below to know our favourites!

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