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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

The stories in It’s Okay! provide neat illustrations of mindfulness concepts and give young readers concrete examples of how to manage their emotions in different scenarios.

Book of Bones, by Gabrielle Balkan, is engaging, fun, and different – great as a gift or for the classroom.

We’ve picked 13 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that released during the month of May.

We have selected 13 excellent picture books as the best of May.

You will find a few of our favorite coloring books that feature quality paper, great designs, and some beloved characters from some very treasured books

Brimming with humor and action, Chris Rylander's The Legend of Greg turns dwarf lore on its head, delivering an adventure readers won't be able to resist.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling, is not to be missed by any reader, young or old.

Here are five of Julie Falatko's favorites, with apologies to all of her other favorites.

Nothing beats a good series when you have an avid reader on your hands! Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore.

 For every kid who's ever come in second place, this is a middle grade story about chasing your dreams.

In Muchokids: Galaxia and Her Quest to Save the Universe, readers are introduced to a young space girl named Galaxia. The opening book in this new space-themed series sets the stage for a galactic battle that is sure to intrigue readers young and old.

The Big Sticker Book of Beasts and The Big Sticker Book of Bugs are two wonderfully enjoyable books perfect for the classroom or at home. 

My First Book of My Body blends complex facts with engaging activities.

Evolution: How Life Adapts to A Changing Environment covers a wealth of different topics, from what DNA is and how it functions (p. 3), to genetic drift (p. 17), speciation (p. 25), Linnaean and phylogenetic classification (p. 44), and even the evidence for evolutionary theory (p. 60). 

The characters in You Gotta Have Heart are so well developed that they will surely reel readers in to see what happens next.

We can’t protect kids from everything they’ll see and endure in middle school. But chances are, there’s a novel out there that can accompany them on the journey.

Biographies of African Americans are important to the overall education of young readers, reminding them of the historical challenges that were faced by ordinary people.

An excellent entrée in to serious works of fiction, THE PREHISTORIC MASTERS OF LITERATURE will delight and engage children. Highly recommended.

In To the Sacred Valley with Koko,author Ayyappan R. Nair tells the story of two life-like monkey robots named Bolo and Koko that are to star in an upcoming, blockbuster film.

Each month, we have fun checking out which kids book series' were the best sellers from our affiliate bookstore. The most popular kids book series sold this past month was Raina Telgemeier's graphic novel versions of Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club.