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Book Reviews and Recommendations:

Preteen and Tween, Ages 9-12


With maturity developing and a wide range of reading abilities among preteens and tweens, middle grade novels (books for ages 9 and up) begin to soar with well-developed fantastical worlds, a gentle increase in the complexities of social and emotional plot developments, smaller fonts, and more pages.


Children's Book Reviews for ages 9 to 12

While kids used to read books featuring characters around their age, preteens and tweens begin to “read up”–they often like to read about characters older than themselves, while also reserving the right to “read down” at any moment in time. We believe that our job here at The Children’s Book Review is to select excellent middle grade books that cover the many interests, maturity levels, and varying ranges of emotional readiness of kids ages 9-12. Our middle grade book reviews and book lists cover everything from the simply fun to stories that begin to raise difficult questions. You’ll find fantasy novels, mystery books, historical fiction, graphic novels (books that are formatted in comic book style), and much, much more.

Here are a few middle grade book lists to get you started:

5 Laugh-Out-Loud and Reach-for-the-Kleenex Middle Grade Novels

5 Amazing Middle Grade Books

5 Middle Grade Books That I’ll Never Lend Out to Anyone Ever

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Boos for Ages 9-12

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission! These incredible books will guide readers through amazing Apollo missions, inspire them with stories of the many people that make space travel possible, and shed light on Earth's incredible moon. Prepare for takeoff

If you’re looking for a book to get your young reader’s nose into, this enjoyable and relatable chapter book will surely reassure families with school-aged children that may be preparing for a surgery.

The Blue Pebble is a beautiful and thoughtful picture book that should be viewed as a treasure. There is a magical aura to this book that can’t be explained with words.

Which five words best describe Rocket to the Moon!: Big Ideas That Changed the World? Don Brown: Surprising, provocative, revealing, informative, and funny! 

Out Loud: June’s Venture is a helpful tale for those looking to share a well-defined anti-bullying message.

The Shop on Peculiar Hill, with its quirky language and dry humor, is reminiscent of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Pirates and Spooks, Beware is Susan Weiner's collection of fifteen lively and spine-tingling poems.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is a book reviewed recently by Dr. Jen Harrison, Turn This Book into a Beehive!  by Lynn Brunelle.

The Making of America: Susan B. Anthony is a volume likely to be valuable to any young person's investigation of American history and civil rights.

Here are some magical books to absolutely love!

This book is fun, informative, and—most importantly of all—a wonderful, practical, hands-on guide to supporting these amazing creatures.

Boots on the Ground offers young people a taste of historical documentary that feels relevant and fresh in the modern world.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is the amazing Newbery Medal winner The One and Only Ivan.

This month the best selling picture book from our affiliate store is a book from our list 5 Books for Teaching Your Kids About Body Safety and Consent: Jayneen Sanders' My Body! What I Say Goes! 

Gift-wrapped books that are delivered directly to the home can only have a positive impact on young readers.

James Riley lives in Virginia. He is the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time, Story Thieves, and Revenge of Magic series.

The volume focuses its exploration of the role of African-American women in the WWII military around the figure of Charity Adams and the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC).

From fossils, facts, and favorite foods, here are six non-fiction books that cover the world of dinosaurs. 

Spring, summer, fall, or winter, these books embrace the seasons beautifully, highlighting the delights of our extraordinary weather and ecology here on Earth!

Sandy Stark-McGinniss uses beautifully lyrical prose to make this tender story sing like the extraordinary birds that she describes throughout her unique debut novel.