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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

If you’re a huge fan of middle grade novels and a socialite, digitally speaking, and feel that we must know about one of your favorite books for ages 9-12, then you can send us suggestions on books for preteens and tweens through our Twitter handle, and share your most distinguished books on Instagram or Facebook with #thechildrensbookreview. We’re looking forward to connecting with our fellow bookworms!

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Boos for Ages 9-12

It's here! Our list of the best picture books from 2017. These picture books have it all—brilliant literary value and an illustrative quality that will sweep you away into the world of the pages!

Which five words best describe The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate: Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch? Lara Starr: Yummy Funny Spacey Easy Fun!

Catherine Newman is the author of the memoirs Catastrophic Happiness (Little, Brown 2016) and Waiting for Birdy (Penguin, 2005), the middle-grade novel One Mixed-Up Night (Random House 2017) and the kids’ craft book Stitch Camp (Storey, 2017), which she co-wrote with her friend Nicole.

Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the 101 Series for Kids from Walter Foster Jr., an imprint of Quarto.

Great Moves: Learning Chess Through History is an active book that offers both a historical and instructional journey of chess through time that will please both the chess amateur and master.

For the month of January, 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up is the best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store.

6 New Release Kids & Teen Books We have 6 books to share with you this month: 1 board book, 2 picture books, 1 chapter book, and 2 young adult novels.

My Brigadista Year is the latest middle-grade book from the Newbery Medal-winning author of Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson. It's a historical novel that follows a young Cuban teenager as she volunteers for Fidel Castro’s national literacy campaign.

Here’s author Tony Abbott's choice of five middle grade books that he thinks will last forever.

Here are five family favorite children's books selected by Kate Coombs, Author of Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems.

Bumble Bees: Buzzing, Beautiful, Beneficial, Big Bees is an informative book that focuses on the science behind bumblebees.

Best Selling Books for Kids: Over the past month, our most popular kids series sold was the Dragon Loves Tacos series from Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri.

For the month of December, Bound By Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story is the best selling middle grade book from our affiliate store.

TCBR's 12 Days of Bookmas: Kids Books for Christmas Gifts and Beyond Here are the books and bookish items that we think will make great gifts for all of the kids in your life.

In The Splendid Baron Submarine, author Eric Bower regales readers with the adventurous tales of Waldo Baron and his quirky family. This is the second installment in the aptly named Bizarre Baron Inventions series.

Since partnering with Schiffer Publishing, Timothy Young has authored and illustrated several picture books.

We’ve picked 6 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of November.

Magic cookies! Volcanoes! Penguins! Sea monsters! And a girl hero with the strength and imagination to spring into action.

When a Bookstore Provides a Portal to Adventure and Dreams, an article written by Mike Rich, a screenwriter best known for films like The Rookie, Radio, and Secretariat.

Which five words best describe Nobody Sang Like Katy Did? Holly Schindler: Sing your own unique song! In this story in verse (a short, illustrated book great for readers age 9-12), Katy Did is a singer in her own band.