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Children's Books and Books for Teens


Sometime between grades 4 and 8 (upper elementary - middle school), kids tend to begin the transition from reading children's books exclusively to reading both children's books and books for teens (also known as young adult books). Here you'll find information about recommended books, fiction and nonfiction, as well as resources for kid who are not that interested in reading: reluctant readers. You will also find information about books for both young and older teens.
  1. Recommended Fiction for 9-12 Year Olds
  2. Recommended Nonfiction for 9-12 Year Olds
  3. Books and Tips for Parents
  4. Resources for Reluctant Readers
  1. Harry Potter
  2. Popular Middle Grade Authors
  3. The Hunger Games
  4. Young Adult Books and Information

Recommended Fiction for 9-12 Year Olds

cover art of Love that Dog by Sharon Creech

These books include novels, picture books, and chapter books that appeal to middle grade readers. They include fiction and nonfiction and cover a variety of topics and genres.

Recommended Nonfiction for 9-12 Year Olds

Cover art of childrens nonfiction book Hurricanes Earth’s Mightiest Storms

These books include history, science, language, and more.

Books and Tips for Parents

Cover Art of The Read-Aloud Handbook 2006-2007 Edition by Jim Trelease

Here are some books and tips to help you raise a reader, who is enthusiastic about books. Learn about the importance of reading aloud to your child at every age, the value of audiobooks, and resources for locating exceptional books for elementary and middle school students.

Resources for Reluctant Readers

Cover art of book Wired for reluctant readers

Is your child a reluctant reader? Some children are not that interested in reading and need help in finding reading material that will arouse their interest. Others read below grade level and consider the books they can read to be "babyish." Here you will find tips on encouraging your child to read and information on some good hi/lo books. The books are at the reader's interest level (hi stands for high interest) but written at a lower reading level (lo stands for low readability) to encourage reading.

Harry Potter

Cover art of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series by J.k. Rowling continues to be wildly popular and to be challenged by those who think it promotes witchcraft. Learn all about the series, the censorship battles, and the last book.

Popular Middle Grade Authors

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Some of these authors have remained popular for a number of years. Others are rising stars. Their writing includes fantasy, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and humor.

The Hunger Games

Photo of Hunger Games Trilogy Boxed Set

Here you'll find an overview of the Hunger Games trilogy, book reviews of The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, as well as The Hunger Games Tribute Guide. Learn how others feel about The Hunger Games and share your opinion.

Young Adult Books and Information

Cover art of the young adult book The Giver courtesy of Houghton Mifflin

Young adult books (YA books) are generally written for kids or teens somewhere between the ages of 12 and 18 and are often referred to as books for teens. As your tweens and middle school students begin to select YA books, they may need your help in finding appropriate books.

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