Do you love to read and with you could instill that in your child? Reading is a big thing in our family and we started our kids love for reading early. My 11-year-old son helped me come up with this list for you of 10 book series for tweens, kids ages 9-12 to celebrate National Reading Month.
Since they were born we’ve read to them before bedtime. It’s not only made them love books, but their teachers all say they have a more advanced vocabulary. These days kids get so hooked into playing games on tablets that I very often would find when my son was trying to wind down at night reading he would sneak and play games on his tablet.
I was so excited to get a Kindle Paperwhite. For $79 it is a great investment and there are no games for the kids to get distracted by. My oldest son has a loft bed and when he reads a paperback or hardback book he has to have the light on, he falls asleep reading and having the light on all night does not create a great sleeping environment. The Kindle is backlit so he can read in bed with the lights off and fall sound asleep with no worries. Let’s also not fail to mention he’s a BOY and BOYS are messy so you can see the reason this is a GREAT idea below!
Our 11-year-old has had to read at least 10 books for school this year and being able to download them onto his Kindle is great. We have run out of bookshelf space and once I download them they are there for when our 6-year-old get’s old enough to read them. Each week they have to turn in questions that popped into their mind while they read as well as definitions of new words they find. The Kindle allows him to highlight, bookmark and look up definitions automatically while he’s reading so he can go back and make his notes to hand to his teacher. No more highlighters and sticky notes everywhere.
Garrett and I sat down and made you a list of the top 10 Book Series available on Kindle Unlimited*. Kindle Unlimited is available for as little as $2.99 a month and allows kids to download as many books as they want every month in the Kindle Unlimited Library. You may be saying I bet they are all uncommon books no one knows about, but you will be very surprised when you see our list of how many popular series there are!
Developing a love of reading does not always have to be educational, they also need to read things just for fun and enjoyment. It stimulates creativity.
10 of the best books for kids ages 9-12
The Minecraft Diary of Series – Minecraft is all the rage online with kids these days and this series that is a take off on Diary of a Wimpy kid provides a funny look into all the Minecraft characters they love. Let’s face it this is a much better way for your kids to get their Minecraft fix! There are at least 8 books in the series as well as some other extras.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series – This is one of my son’s all-time favorite series. A lot of kids can relate to one or more characters in these books as the follow Greg Heffley and his sidekick and best friend Rowley through he turmoil of middle school. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series averages over 70,000 readers online per day so you know it has to be fabulous. There are 9 books in all.
The Hunger Games Series – This 3 book action adventure series is more for the older side of this age group and is one that I would recommend parents making a judgement call on depending on the maturity level of their child. The Hunger Games is based on the premise of reality TV and follows the characters as they form friendships, alliances and overcome unbelievable challenges.this age group and is one that I would recommend parents making a judgment call on depending on the maturity level of their child.
Secret Agent 6th Grader Series – Kids follow Brody Valentine as he navigates 6th grade as a secret spy. It’s often hilarious and helps kids realize they can fit in anywhere and help their school. There are 9 books in this action packed mystery series.
Harry Potter Series – This is my all time favorite series and I have to say I think I went through a depression when it ended! There is no child or adult that should not read it! You will follow Harry and his friends as he learns about being a wizard and fights a terrible wizard Voldemort. It shows the bonds of love, friendship, and loyalty. It will make you laugh and cry and you won’t be able to put it down.
The Lemonade War Series – Follow two siblings Evan and Jessie Treski through an exciting summer. This brother and sister set out to outsell each other at their respective lemonade stands. Follow Evan’s and Jessie’s business endeavors, the ups and downs of their relationship and their conflict and find yourself rooting for both of these creative and hard-working children all the way to the end.
Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja Series – Follow Chase Cooper as he starts a new school and is recruited to be a Ninja. This diary like humorous thriller series taps into many of the things kids face in middle school like bullying and shows how to handle them with humor, wit and how to make the right choice. There are 10 books in this series.
The Lord of the Rings Series – This is a series kids and adults will read over and over again. It’s one of the best selling novels ever written and is a follow up to Tolkien’s first book The Hobbit. Follow Frodo Baggins as he sets out to destroy an evil ring by returning to the flames of Mount Doom. It’s a perilous journey with many twists and turns and teaches the bonds of friendship with Frodo and his best friend Sam.
The Boxcar Children Series– This book is for the younger in this group who will follow Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny, four orphaned brothers and sisters, who are frightened to live with a grandfather they have never met. They take residence in an abandoned red boxcar in the forest. They eventually meet their wealthy loving grandfather who moves the boxcar to his back yard to use as a playhouse. The original book has been named by the National Teachers Association as one of its Teachers Top 100 Books for Children.
The Colby Collins Series – This 5 book series a blend of humor and mystery and the long time friendship of 4th graders Colby and Antione. Laughing as you read along about this typical third grader. It is a sci-fi mystery as they try to get to the bottom of everything that’s happening with a girl named Suzy Trudell and the teachers at Marley Elementary School. This book is a fast-paced mystery that’s full of adventure, suspense, and some poop humor!
All of these books for tweens are available on Amazon FreeTime. These are some of our favorites but there are thousands available for every interest including early readers like my 6 year old. All of the ebooks are selected for age-appropriateness, so you don’t have to spend time or waste money guessing what’s right for your kids. If you have a Kindle e-reader, Fire Tablet or Amazon Fire TV you can order it for only $2.99 per month. One ebook a month is going to cost you as much as Amazon FreeTime so you can’t loose. If you own or purchase a Fire tablet or Amazon Fire TV it also includes access to over 5,000 kid-friendly books, games, educational apps, movies, and TV shows. Now the cool part is that Kindle
Ways to Reward Your Kid for Reading
Now the cool part is that Amazon FreeTime rewards your kids for reading Here’s how:
Kindle e-readers offer books and the opportunity to get achievement badges. You can also give your own personal incentives when they earn badges.while FreeTime on tablets offers books, apps, games, TV shows and movies).
Fire Tablets offer books, apps, games, TV shows, and movies as a reward
* Books on this list were available on Amazon FreeTime at the time of publishing, some books in the series may not be available and removed at the discretion of Amazon. Miss Information Blog is not responsible or liable for any changes after the publish date.
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