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Books for Young Readers Pre Teens and Tweens, Ages 9-12


Pre Teens, tweens, and middle grade readers (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.


Books for Young Readers Pre Teens and Tweens


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.

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 Gorgeous Animal Adventure Novels for Middle Grade Readers

Best Selling Middle Grade Books | Book List

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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Books for Ages 9-12

In this interview with Vivian Kirkfield, we talk about her latest non-fiction book, From Here to There: Inventions That Changed the Way the World Moves.

Shani Mahiri King is the father of a nine-year-old daughter and a six-year-old son, for whom he wrote Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter (2021).

In this interview, Jarrett J. Krosoczka talks about the highlights from his career, what he hopes readers will take away from reading his books, and his highly entertaining new YouTube series.

The Sea in Winter, written by award-winning author Christine Day, tells the story of Maisie, a seventh-grader who is coming to terms with a knee injury that is keeping her from dancing ballet.

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The Miracle of Monarchs is a fact-filled rhyming story book. Author Cathie Moog shares her insights and photographs of the majestic Monarch butterfly.

Scruffy: Our Loyal Pandemic Pooches and the Good, the Bad, and the Crazy Haircuts We Gave Them would make a lovely gift for any dog-loving family.

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Wildly funny and inventive, this interactive book pulls you, the reader, into the action. Yes, YOU!

YOU, the reader, are the star of the Mightier Than the Sword books. Your survival is not guaranteed. Grab a pencil to write and draw your way through the suspenseful peril in these witty, pun-filled novels.

Recently, a selection of new books was published, giving some perspective of Mister Rogers to the young and old. An entire generation has yet to be introduced to such a gentle-man.

Entertaining and engaging, the Reading Eggs platform is genuinely egg-cellent! It is great for homeschooling families and an excellent supplement for any in-person and remote school learners.

This month, the book that tops off the best-selling middle-grade book list from our affiliate store is a book we featured in Three Kids Books That Explain the United States Constitution To Kids (and Their Grown-Ups): The Constitution Decoded by Katie Kennedy.