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Best Books for 10-Year-Old Girls


Being ten is hard—but choosing books to give the ten-year-old girl in your life doesn’t have to be.

She's finally hit double digits, and middle school is looming ahead of her. Everything is starting to change—her body, her emotions, her friends, her interests. The right books can help empower her to take the reins and stay in control through those changes.

At American Girl, we create books that build girls of strong character and help them reach their full potential. While any book in our collection is a great choice, here are the top five best books for ten-year-old girls, as chosen by American Girl editors. 

The Care & Keeping of You 2

By Dr. Cara Natterson

Girls deserve accurate and straightforward information about what to expect during puberty. This bestselling advice book will guide ten-year-old girls through the next steps of growing up, including navigating periods, breasts, hormones, personal care, body image, peer pressure, and more. Importantly, it gives girls the vocabulary to talk about their bodies confidently, and to ask questions when they’re feeling unsure of things.

Picking up where The Care & Keeping of You 1 left off, this book for girls ten and up talks more about changing bodies, changing brains, and changing emotions. This guide—filled with helpful facts, doctor tips, and answers to questions from real girls—helps girls smoothly navigate the bumpy road known as puberty.

Girl reading Joss Book


By Erin Falligant

When the surf’s up, Joss Kendrick™ pops out her hearing aid, hops on her board, and paddles into the waves. When it comes to surfing, she’s all in, 100%. But when her brother dares her to try out for cheerleading, things start to change. No way can she be a cheerleader and a surfer, right?

In this first book of the 2020 Girl of the Year™ series, Joss teaches girls to keep an open mind and break down stereotypes. Just because she’s a surfer doesn’t mean she can’t be a cheerleader, too! Joss’s themes connect with girls growing up today—from overcoming the challenge of living with hearing loss, to breaking down stereotypes, to trying again and again after a failure. Joss provides one more voice telling girls why it’s important to try new things and that there is, indeed, more than one way to fly.

A Smart Girl's Guide™: Worry

By  Nancy Holyoke and Judy Woodburn

Every girl worries about something from time to time. Maybe it’s an argument with a friend, or a big test, or a performance in front of a crowd. Maybe it’s her body. Maybe it’s even something fun, like a slumber party or overnight camp—or something reallly big, like moving away or her parents’ divorce. For many girls, worries can get in the way of enjoying life. This book can help.
In this book, girls can learn tried-and-true ways to overcome fears and create a sense of calm. She can take quizzes to discover more about herself and her concerns, and read advice from real girls who found ways to deal with their own worries. The book is packed with proven techniques for handling worry and creating confidence—freeing her to be the girl she’s meant to be. 

Girl reading Addy Book

Finding Freedom: An Addy Classic 1

By  Connie Porter

Living on a plantation during the time of slavery, Addy Walker and her family must take life-threatening risks to gain the freedom they deserve. Together, the Walkers face challenges most girls will never endure, proving to readers that life may be tough, but so are they. Addy teaches girls that there’s no room for hate when there’s love in your heart—and there’s no greater love than that of family.

Addy’s story helps bring history to life in a girl-sized way, perfect for ten-year-old readers. Helping kids understand America’s history of slavery can be a daunting task, but it’s essential to their growth as citizens of the United States. Whether this book is your girl’s first introduction to American Girl’s historical character collection, or she’s a longtime reader, Addy’s first book is a perfect choice.

A Smart Girl's Guide™: Liking Herself

By  Laurie Zelinger

Has a bad day got her down? In this advice-packed book, girls will learn how high self-esteem can turn a good day into a great day, while low self-esteem can make a bad day even worse. She’ll learn tips for trusting herself, ideas for boosting her self-esteem (or for keeping it up), and how to feel her best in all kinds of situations. She is perfect just as she is, and this book will help her believe that to be true!

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