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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

Go West! explores the history of the railway in North American from 1830 to the present, at the same time taking readers on an exciting journey west across this vast continent.

The DK Smithsonian Timelines of Everything presents information in the form of a chronologically ordered set of time-lines, ranging from the events of pre-history through to the modern world, and drawn from cultures all over the world.

Whether your kids have a fascination with ocean animals or coral reefs or simply the salty water, these books are sure to enthrall all and inspire promising marine biologists and environmentalists.

As the title touts, The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids is filled with over 800 family-friendly jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, fun facts, and more.

The Best Family Friendly Podcasts for Kids: One way to keep readers interested and boost various aspects of literacy is by listening to podcasts.

OwlCrate Jr. is a monthly book box subscription for kids ages 8 through 12 that certainly creates excitement around reading.

Lindsay Lackey has trained as an opera singer, worked in children’s and teen services at a public library, and worked for a major publishing house in publicity and marketing. All the Impossible Things is her debut novel.

As an adult, I still love books featuring sneaky spies, clever detectives, and intriguing mysteries. Here are a few great books to jumpstart a lifelong love of this genre.

Alane Adams is an author, professor, and literacy advocate. Here we discuss her latest book series Witches of Orkney.

Best read in succession of book one, The Rubicus Prophecy: Witches of Orkney: Book Two is a fast read that will likely appeal to fans of Harry Potter or the Septimus Heap series.

Get to know Filigree from Dorothy Hearst and Pam Berkman’s Filigree's Midnight Ride, a middle grade novel inspired by important events and told through the eyes, ears, and noses of dogs.

Children’s books that have an entrepreneurial theme and can inspire your kids to start their first businesses.

Here are some great New York books, completely ensconced in their time and place.

At its core, Up for Air is a story about where we find our self-worth. Author Laurie Morrison discusses her reading ad writing life.

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is a book from our list 27 of the Best Kids Chapter Books and Middle Grade Books of 2019, So Far: Spy Runner by Eugene Yelchin.

Explore the world of engineering and technology with these exciting books that bring STEM to life right in your home.

5 Mindfulness and Meditation Books for Kids: If you're looking for books with child-friendly visualizations or methods for helping kids discover how they can slow down, breathe, become aware of their bodies both mentally and physically, and fall asleep and stay asleep easier, then this list of books is exactly what you're looking for.

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.