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Books for a 9-year-old

Updated on September 18, 2014

What books do you get for a 9-yr-old?

The Scholastic book pamphlet comes home from school once a month. Each month I find it on my desk with the choices for the month marked off with a big "X". I think that's a hint.

If your child is not a reader, it is can be difficult to choose books. These have captured the attention of our (aah, I hate to read!) child and we find him reading them over and over again. Reading is not his favorite pastime so when he checks off the books he wants, we know that they are something he will read.

Children who love to read will also love these books. All of them are interesting enough to capture their imagination and keep them reading.

Finding books to capture your child's interest

All children are different and by the time they get to 9-years-old, have formed their opinion on the types of literature they like. Some children love fiction and read for just the fun of it. They are transported to another time and place. Then, there are those who find fiction boring and like the more fact based books. Sometimes there are cross-over books that appeal to all children. One of our favorites is Bad Kitty. This series of books is easy reading and the Kitty is really, really bad.

Most 9-yr-olds sill like their parents to read to them. This is a fun series to share and sometimes we read it and sometimes he reads it to us. Every time a new book comes out, it is a family reading affair. It's also more fun because we have a "bad kitty" too.

"Bad Kitty"

Bad Kitty
Bad Kitty

All the books are a fun read but this is the original. I shouldn't admit it but there are times I reread it for fun.


9-yr-old kids aren't learning to read, they are reading to learn. Give them the books they want.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

This series was not one of the ones our child wanted to read. First of all, it is fiction and secondly because it was not on his list of approved 4th grade books. In California, the kids do not get credit for reading them until they reach middle school. Throw the list out. 9-year-old children love these books. They are not too hard to read and provide needed support for children who may have issues at school. While funny and entertaining, they have real messages for real kids.

While they are all great books, the "Do it yourself" is a way for kids to create their own wimpy kid diary. It's interactive and helps kids express themselves. There is plenty of wimpy kid cartoons. Some of the questions the kids can answer are:

The worst thing you ever ate?

The most trouble you ever got in for something that wasn't even your fault to begin with?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books (1-7 & The Do-It-Yourself Book & Journal)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Box of Books (1-7 & The Do-It-Yourself Book & Journal)

If your child is interested, get the whole set. That way, you don't have to keep tracking down the next book. This set includes the Do it Yourself book which lets the kids create their own book.


Our 9-yr-old child is not fond of fiction and prefers fact based reading.

What does your child or grandchild like to read?

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1: The Lightning Thief

This award winning series of books by Rick Riordan is new to us, It was the release of the movie that captured out child's attention. After seeing the movie, he now wants to read the series. They are action packed and perfect for 9-year-olds.

Our child was not so much interested in reading the books until we saw the movie. It is almost easier to introduce the children to the characters from the book in the movie itself as the Greek Gods also confuse adults. The movie sorts them out. He found himself more interested in reading the books after seeing the movie which has worked our really well. This will also be helpful when he has to study ancient times and folklore.

The boxed set.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set

This is a wonderful Christmas gift for the child who liked the movie and in interested in reading the rest of the series.


These are the books my kid wants

These are books that appeal to boys more than girls. Since we don't have girls, I will share what 9-yr-old boys like.

Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records 2015
Guinness World Records 2015

I don't know about your child but we can't live without this book. Guinness Book of World Records is something expected under our Christmas tree and we buy it every year. This is our child's favorite bedtime book, whether we read it with him or he reads it with us. This is also the book he reads to us when we travel. He can read it for hours without being bored.


Uncle John's Top Secret Bathroom Reader for Kids Only

Uncle John's Top Secret Bathroom Reader for Kids Only!
Uncle John's Top Secret Bathroom Reader for Kids Only!

Another favorite with enough boy humor to tickle any 9-yr-old. If you don't know what boy humor is, basically is revolves around bodily functions and smells. Not that this book is completely about boy humor because girls enjoy it too.


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    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Yvonne L B 

      7 years ago from Covington, LA

      You are so right about letting your 9 year old catch the reading bug by reading books that appeal to him. Hopefully he will go on to read books with a little more depth. ;) Sprinkled with dust from the Angel of the farmyard on a Back to School Field Trip and featured on 70 Super Angel Blessed Squidoo Pages.

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      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      â9-yr-old kids aren't learning to read, they are reading to learn.â

      When my children started reading books, I thought that they just wanted to improved their reading skills. Proved me wrong because they are nourishing their interests through feeding it with information that they get from books.

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      My sister turned her kids on to reading, by using it as an enticement to stay up past bedtime. If they were in bed and reading at the appointed bedtime, they were allowed to stay awake and read longer. Her son even read under the covers with a flashlight.

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      8 years ago

      Ah yes, the Scholastic pamphlet! I used to love browsing through it when I was a school librarian, picking out books for the kids! Great lens, am hoping my one-year-old will sustain her current love of books right up to nine and beyond into adulthood!

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      8 years ago

      My 9-year-old daughter - and her male counterparts - are very big into the Magic Tree House books. She read them in order, up to the current one. I like how the difficulty level progresses w/each book. Really nice lens!

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      8 years ago

      It is very tough when your child doesn't like reading.......... My 14 year old daughter hates it...... :( I feel very sad because I am a bookworm!! I've tried everything to make her interested in reading but nothing works...... All she wants to do is stay on Facebook....


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