10 Great Adventure Books for Tweens

What was your favorite adventure book when you were a kid? I always think of My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. While I love the book I can’t just pick one, so I’m sharing with you a list of my favorite adventure books for kids. I’ve picked books I read as a child and that bring memories of adventure to me even today. These books are sure to get your child’s imagination going on a great adventure!

Great Adventure Books for Kids to Read

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 

by Roald Dahl

Willie Wonka is opening his famous chocolate factory to five lucky winners! Charlie goes on the adventure of his life inside the giant chocolate factory keeping your kids entertained with the interesting personalities of the four other winners and the strange occurances during his tour.


Pippi Longstocking

by Astrid Lindgren

You may remember seeing this on my Best Books for Tweens list over at CraftCreateCalm. The story of Pippi Longstocking has had kids giggling for years. From a herose that lives on a porch to a monkey that lives in the house, every day is a great adventure for Pippi!

Charlotte’s Web

By E.B. White

Fern saves a runt pig from sure death on the farm and tried to raise him herself. When Wilbur becomes too much for a little girl to handle he moves to her uncles farm where Fern visits him everyday. Spider Charlotte befriends the sad Wilbur and soon magical things start happening at the farm. Kids love to read about all the characters, especially Templton the rat who is always on the lookout for a good meal.


The Borrowers 

by Mary Norton

There’s a timy family living under the kitchen floor of an old country manor who “borrow” discarded odds and ends to turn them into furnishing for their home. They live there undetected with postage stamp wall art and chamapagn cork chairs until one of them is spotted by the boy who lives in the manor. The idea of a tiny family using everyday objects as their furniture is fun for kids.

The Indian in the Cupboard

by Lynne Reid Banks

A small toy worrior comes to life and forms a friendship with the boy who put him in the cupboard and turned the mysterious magic key that brought the Indian to life. How long can the little boy keep the secret of his new friend from a time long ago?

Little House in the Big Woods

by Laura Ingills Wilder

The books that started an entire series and one of my favorite reads as a kid. Pioneer life in 1871 wasn’t easy but home-made Christmas presents and favorite pets keep the family cozy in their little house on the edge of the woods in Wisconsin.

Island of the Blue Dolphins 

by Scott O’Dell

Karana, a young Indian girl, is left behind on a beautiful island where dolpins leap nearby and otters play. While she waits for one of the passing ships to take her from the island, she builds shelter, fights wild dogs and most important of all, discovers herself.


The Mouse and the Motorcycle

by Beverly Cleary

Newbery Medal–winning author Beverly Cleary tells a story about a mouse named Ralph who just can’t resist trying out the toy motorcyle a boy leaves in his room. It’s not quite what Ralph expected but he has a great adventure!

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

by E. L. Konigsburg

Brother and sister, Claudia and Jamie run away to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. While living at the museum the siblings find some surprising information while trying to solve a mystery about a piece of art on display.


My Side of the Mountain

by Jean Craighead George

Go on an epic adventure with Sam as he tries to live alone in the wilderness. He connects with nature and learns more about himself than he ever thought he would while living the mountain.

Find even more great books for tweens on my Books for Tweens Pinterest booard!

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