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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

In Si mi mamá fuera un ornitorrinco, readers are introduced to fourteen different mammal babies as they travel from birth to maturity. This book is a Spanish translation of If My Mom Were a Platypus, which was published in 2002.

Get To Know Roona Louise Mulroney from Shaunta Grimes’ The Astonishing Maybe, a middle grade novel that beautifully portrays the meaning of family and friendship.

To celebrate Unicorn Day (and every other day a little magic is required), here are some of our favorite books about these splendid icons of wonder

Emma Strack and Guillaume Plantevin’s What’s the Difference? is a celebration of difference, and an exploration of the minute detail so important for diversity.

Beautifully designed and produced, Ocean: A Visual Miscellany would be equally wonderful as an educational tool or as a gift.

So many amazing new novels have been released in 2019, so far. The books featured here are the our favorite new books from January through March.

Feast your eyes on this list! Here are some of the best picture books of 2019 that have released so far.

These 2 kids books take nonfiction to a new level!  Using poetry and clever word plays, these picture books are playful, yet educational for ages 5-95!

So many women have worked incredibly hard for equality and it is an honor to read about them. Here are 12 inspiring kids books about women who changed the world in their own special way

This month, the book that tops off the best selling middle grade book list from our affiliate store is Kelly Yang's fabulous Front Desk.

Simone LaFray and the Chocolatiers’ Ball is a fantastic addition to the mystery book genre and concludes with, what feels like, the promise of a sequel.

Both enjoyable narrative and thorough historical exploration, this is a non-fiction volume sure to be enjoyed by mystery fans young and old alike.

Get To Know Duck Embry from Brad McLelland and Louis Sylvester’s The Fang of Bonfire Crossing, "rip-roaring" middle-grade adventure.

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth explains how our planet works—and how we can protect it—from its diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants, to the levels of ecology, the importance of biodiversity, the cycles of nature, and more.

Jake Burt is an award-winning author of middle grade fiction, including Greetings from Witness Protection!, The Right Hook of Devin Velma, The Tornado (Fall 2019), and Cleo Porter and the Body Electric (Fall 2020).

From the beloved author of Because of Mr. Terupt, Rob Buyea, comes the sequel to The Perfect Score. Learn about The Perfect Secret and Rob's writing and reading life.

he Fox Girl and the White Gazelle presents many great talking points such as: the idea of belonging and what that means to each of us, and how we treat people who we see as outsiders.

The Big Book of 100 Outdoor Activities not only provides a wealth of such activities but – even better – it situates them outside, keeping the living-room carpet blissfully free of glue. 

Alley-Oop! Ez and the Intangibles grabs the reader and dunks them right into this sports-story-with-a-valuable-twist.

Catherine Doyle has created a magical story that will delight young readers looking for a fresh fantasy.