What books are your 9-12 year olds enjoying?


I was just wanting to get some different ideas.

Right now my 9 y/o daughter is currently working on the Madeline L’Engle Wrinkle in Time series

Well, it took me awhile to get my now 12 year old interested in reading. After trying several types of books the ones that she likes are the Babysitting Club books. I used to read those all the time when I was her age. We were at the library one day and I saw them and started reminiscing. She checked one out and absolutely loves them. She’s also into the Chronicles of Narnia books and they read the Diary of Anne Frank in school and she enjoyed that one as well.

My 12-year-old loves to read. Her tastes have changed quite a bit between ages 9 and 12, so you may not want to assume that your 9-year-old would enjoy the same things as an older girl, even if she’s an excellent reader.

My daughter LOVED the “Little House” books when she was nine. She also would read anything by Roald Dahl, including “Matilda,” “The BFG,” and “The Witches.” As she turned 10, she moved on to the Gail Carson Levine books (“Ella Enchanted,” “Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep,” etc.).

Now that she is 12, she is very much into Holocaust literature such as “The Cage,” “The Diary of Anne Frank,” and “The Devil’s Arithmetic.” She also just recently read “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” and “To Kill A Mockingbird.”

If she likes the Wrinkle in Time books, she’ll probably like the His Dark Materials books by Philip Pullman: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass, and Lyra’s Oxford. Also Harry Potter if she hasn’t already read that series.
Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis.
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg.
The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin.
Holes, by Louis Sachar
The ten-year-old girl I nanny is reading the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but she doesn’t particularly like it.
Gregory Maguire’s children’s books are quite good. Also check out authors like Ann M. Martin, Judy Blume, Kate DiCamillo, Katherine Paterson, and Lois Lowry.

My daughter will be 9 in a month and is reading Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain series and “George’s Secret Key to the Universe” by Stephen Hawking. She’s also reading a lot of Encyclopedia Brown and Nancy Drew.

We’ve started reading some of the older classics together. Recently we’ve read Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

My daughter will be 9 next month and is in third grade, but she’s on a 4th grade reading level, and she really enjoyed those books.

Probably Enjoy Jacqueline Wilson Books As I Used To Enjoy Them

For me (13) The Clique Series, The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants, etc.

My nine year old (3rd grade) is reading the LM Montgomery “Anne of Greene Gables” series. She also loves all the Goosebumps books, but they scare the pants off my 7 year old (2nd grade) daughter. We also read a lot of books together that are classics, like Charlotte’s Web, Alice In Wonderland, ect.

It depends on the child. Right now my almost 11 year old is reading “King Lear” by William Shakespeare, the last book she read was “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu, it’s mentioned in the movie “Wall Street”, she likes that movie and decided to read the book.

Below is a link to the Association for Library Services to Children (part of the American Library Association).

It includes loads of reading ideas!

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