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Good Books for 9 Year Olds

Updated on September 10, 2014

The Best Books For 9 Year Olds

There are a many good books for 9 year olds. At this age, the level of reading ability can vary tremendously so this article provides suggestions of a range of books suitable for 9 year olds from the reluctant reader to the 9 year old who will devour everything. There are so many good books for this age group which cater for a wide range of tastes. Humorous, fantasy, science fiction, factual and classic books are all covered.

If you can't find a book which a 9 year old will like in the article there are lots of ways you can search for recommended books. Here are some ideas:

The library - Don't forget the library. Best of all it's free and you can explore lots of different kinds of books. Don't forget to ask the librarian for some recommendations. She should know the books that others have borrowed and enjoyed!

The bookstore - A good way to encourage a reluctant 9 year old to read is to give them a book voucher and let them spend it on what they want. Take them to the bookstore and let them explore and choose.

Ask their friends - Ask other 9 year olds what they are reading? The likelihood is if their friends enjoyed it they will be more likely to give it a try to like it too.

The Internet - There are hundreds of websites with book reviews for kids and lots of suggestions. Check out bestseller lists for kids, websites with reviews like amazon.com and common sense media which allows you to search for books based on the age you are choosing for.

Read on for some great suggestions of good books for 9 year olds.

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Funny Books for 9 Year Olds

Make reading fun by choosing some funny, laugh out loud books!

For more ideas of fun books for kids aged between 6 and 11 - check out this list of 252 funny books by Good Reads

Dog Days  (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 4)
Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 4)

This is a highly recommended book. It's very funny and both adults and kids love it. It is especially good for the reluctant reader as it's fun and highly entertaining.

 
My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy!
My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy!

Dan Gutman is a great author which I would especially recommend for 9 year old boys who are reluctant readers but most boys around this age will find this book fun.

The Weird School Series by Dan Gutman starts with Miss Daisy and is told through the eyes of second grader AJ who hates school. AJ tells about Miss Daisy, a teacher like no other he has encoutered before. She likes TV and eating chocolate just like AJ. She asks the children to help her solve maths problems as well considering suggestions like turning the school into a video game arcade. The story of Miss Daisy is funny but also highlights how teachers can make learning fun!

 
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

The stories are the humerous version of classic fairy tales, like "The Stinky Cheese Man" and "Little Red Running Shorts". Great for the reluctant reader too. If you have younger kids they will love hearing you tell these stories out loud with funny voices but a 9 year old with will enjoy laughing along to these tales reading through them on their own.

 

Classic Books and Authors for 9 Year Olds

Here are some books that parents of 9 year olds will probably remember reading. The classic books are often the best because they have stood the test of time.

Want more recommendations of classic books - check out this list for 9 to 12 year olds.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

There are so many great Roald Dahl books, it's hard to know which one to features.

Chalie and the Chocolate Factory is one of my favorites. Telling the story of Charlie Bucket, only gets one chocolate bar a year but manages to get a Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

 
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Movie Tie-in Edition (Narnia)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Movie Tie-in Edition (Narnia)

The magical story of four children who enter the world of Narnia through a wardrobe door.

 
The Borrowers
The Borrowers

The Borrowers tells the story of the Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen year old daughter, Arrietty, who are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor.

 
The Tower Treasure
The Tower Treasure

The Hardy Boys have really stood the test of time as parents and even grandparents will remember the mystery books.

 
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Judy Blume has written a series of books which appeal to 9 year olds. Tales of a 4th grade nothing tells the story of Peter who is in 4th grade and has to deal with the problems his younger brother Fudgie brings including meddling in his stuff and his super cuteness. Other books in the series include Fudge-a-mania, Superfudge and stories of Shelia the Great.

 

Make Reading Fun!

The best way to get your kids to read lots is to make it really fun. Not sure how? Check out three ways to make reading more fun.

Reading together - At age 9 kids still love to be read to by their parents. Why not read to your kid at bedtime. Choose a book you both enjoy and then you can discuss it with them afterwards too. Perhaps you could take it in turns to read a chapter each. Kids will love spending one and one time together.

Choose a wide variety of reading material that interests them - There should always be reading material around the house that kids want to read. The best way to do this is to always choose books, comics and magazines with topics that they are interested in. Reading material doesn't always have to mean books - in fact its beneficial if there is a wide variety of reading material to choose from.

Give your child a gift of a book - Perhaps if they've done something good you can reward them with a book they would like to read as an unexpected present. This helps them see books and reading as a reward rather than a chore.

More Good Books for 9 Year Old Boys

This article has already featured some good that 9 year old boys will love. Start with Diary of a Wimpy Kid (see above) boys will love the humor.

If you need more good suggestions for boys, the books below may make good choices. Girls may like them too but they are based on topics that boys traditionally love such as heroes, fantasy, science fiction and adventure.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)
The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1)

This is an especially great fantasy book that all Harry Potter fans will love. Percy Jackson is a New Yorker who has been kicked out of several schools. He has ADHD and an abusive stepfather so many problems to cope with. However, when he is 12 he discovers he is a demi-God who the son of one of the Greek Gods from Mount Olympus and a mortal. Percy then must go on a quest to retrieve Zeus' stolen thunderbolt to prevent a world war between the Gods.

 
Beast Quest #1: Ferno the Fire Dragon
Beast Quest #1: Ferno the Fire Dragon

The Beast Quest stories are simple stories which are particularly great for 9 year old boys who are reluctant readers.

It tells the story of 12 year old Tom who is sent on a quest to confront the beasts who are destroying the Kingdom. The hero has to unlock the collars of the beast to make them become friendly again.

 
The First Captain Underpants Collection (Books 1-4)
The First Captain Underpants Collection (Books 1-4)

Join George and Harold on five funny adventures with the amazing Captain Underpants, as they duel Dr. Diaper, tackle the talking toilets, clash with the crazy cafeteria ladies, plot against Professor Poopypants, and wrestle the wicked Wedgie Woman.

 
Star Wars: Jedi Academy
Star Wars: Jedi Academy

Boys will love the theme and visual nature of this book.

It tells the story of Roan who is invited to intend the Jedi Academy, a school in a galaxy far far away.

The story is told through comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings.

 

Popular Books for 9 Year Olds 2014

Here are a couple of books which are very popular with 9 year olds at the moment.

If your interested in checking out what's popular with this age group its also worth checking out the New York Bestseller list for middle grade.

Wonder
Wonder

This is a New York Times Bestseller and has been on the list for months.

It tells the story of August Pullman, a 10-year-old boy. He likes Star Wars and Xbox but he has a facial deformity which causes people to avoid him.

It begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. Ultimately, this a book about kindness and how a community comes together.

 
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

This is winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal.

The author is Kate Dicamillo who is author of several bestselling books for kids.

Flora, obsessed with superhero comics, immediately recognizes and gives her wholehearted support to a squirrel that, after a near-fatal brush with a vacuum cleaner, develops the ability to fly and type poetry.

 

More Online Help for Finding Books

There are lots of really great websites that can help you find the best books for 9 year olds.

Check out two below.

Good Books for 9 Year old Girls

Here are a couple more books for 9 year old girls - although you don't have to be a girl to read them.

JUDY MOODY WAS IN A MOOD (BOOK #1)
JUDY MOODY WAS IN A MOOD (BOOK #1)

Recommended by a reader in the comments section.

Judy doesn't have high hopes for third grade, but when Mr. Todd assigns a very special class project, she really gets a chance to express herself!

 
The Hundred Dresses
The Hundred Dresses

This is a classic book that actually won the Newberry Meal in 1945 but hasn't been out of print yet and it's not hard to see why. The story seems to me to be even more relevant to girls today.

It tells the story of Wanda who goes to school in a faded pale blue dress everyday. But when she tells the other girls she has 100 other dresses at home, she starts to get bullied by the other girls in her class.

However, the class feels terrible when one day Wanda is pulled out of school.

This is a story about friendship, bullying and for one little girl Maddie the realisation that she can never stand by and say nothing again.

 

Non Fiction Books for 9 year olds

We often forget that there are a fantastic range of non fiction books for kids.

Many children prefer reading non fiction and are actually discouraged from reading because nobody suggests factual books to them.

There are some really fun non fiction books like the ones suggested below.

But there are hundreds of others too. Some ideas include:

Books about their hobbies and sports - Kids will be more likely to read about what interests them. So if they have a specific hobby or sport, look for a book to give them more information on it. They will be happy to read it without being nagged.

Books on computers and video games - Can't drag them away from the video games. Then buy them a book about it. There are books featuring angry birds, the history of video games, video

Books to teach skills - Do they want to learn to cook, fix their bike, make paper aeroplanes - whatever they may want to learn look for a book on it. Then they will be learning and reading at the same time.

Kids Weird But True: 300 Outrageous Facts
Kids Weird But True: 300 Outrageous Facts

The title says it all about this book.

It contains 300 outrageous, weird and true facts.

Some include:

The tallest known snowman was bigger that a 12 storey building

Girls have more tastebuds than boys do

From the Earth you always look at the same side of the moon.

There's some interesting stuff in here and lots of color illustrations to show the facts too. 9 year olds will love to read the facts outloud and teach their parents a thing or two. Adults will probably enjoy a look through this book as well.

 
Time for Kids: Big Book of Why - 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know (TIME for Kids Big Books)
Time for Kids: Big Book of Why - 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know (TIME for Kids Big Books)

Another interesting fact book with 1001 facts.

There's a bit more detail and explanation to accompany the facts as they are presented as questions and answers.

Again, lots of color illustrations and photos will appeal to kids.

Find out why we have a belly button and eyebrows. What is a black hole? And what's the fastest a human being can run?

 
TIME For Kids President Obama: A Day in the Life of America's Leader
TIME For Kids President Obama: A Day in the Life of America's Leader

Find out what President Obama gets up to in a typical day. Should be interesting for adults and children

 
Guinness World Records 2014
Guinness World Records 2014

Full of color photos to illustrate the records. Be inspired by some of the greatest human achievements. Be amazed by some natural and technological wonders. Learn about the shortest and tallest humans and strange animals like the furriest cat.

What I really like about this book is that it introduces kids to a large range of different stats with different measurements for them to understand (for example, distance, height, length, time). This is great for literacy and for their understanding of numbers and math. It also introduces them to lots of different countries and places around the world that they may never previously have heard of (great for geography). They will be learning all this but not realizing it as the book is just fascinating in itself.

 

Please let add any feedback on books for 9 year olds below. Comments on the recommended books or any further suggestions are all greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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      noner 3 years ago

      When I was 9 I was reading R.L. Stein's "Goosebumps" books and "The Babysitters Club." Sadly I don't think either series is still in print. (boy, I feel old)

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      KidsMagazineEmporium 4 years ago

      I agree with Purple Power. Harry Potter and Percy Jackson have been great with my son and my daughter. They love the Narnia series too.

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      pdxdonna lm 4 years ago

      My daughter LOVES the Weird School series.....I am a fan of Ramona....I grew up in Portland so all the landmarks Ms. Cleary writes about are familiar. I also like to order my kid magazines.....America Girl Magazine is great for this age.Donna...http://magazinesforwomen.org/

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: i love the harry potter series.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i love the roahl dahl series...............................................................................................................................

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I recommend the Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Kingdom Keepers, Emily Windsnap, Heroes of Olympus, Kane Chronicles, and Series of Unfortunate Events. I've read all of them (except for kingdom keepers which I am still reading) and they are awesome

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I recommend the Harry Potter series

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i think judy moody and sister club sould be on there

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: woooo

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really recommend the rose series by Holly Webb

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi! I'm nine years old and in school I was in the bookworm bunch!!!!!! So....... I have some suggestions for you like The Books of the Beginning, Percy Jackson, Emily Windsnap, Kingdom Keppers, and Pegasus The Flame of Olympus

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi there - check out Eeek! The Runaway Alien - it's about an alien who runs away from space to Earth during the World Cup - I wrote it to get my sport-crazy son to read and it's just been published. In the UK it has shot to the top of the Readers' Choice Top 10 List on LoveReading4Kids website. You will find it on Amazon and in the Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble etc. It is fast-paced and funny with black & white illustrations scattered throughout :)Here are the LoveReading reviews - http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/book/7523/Eeek!-... - more reviews on Amazon UK & Goodreads...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The books are great here. There is also another great book for nine year old girls called a mango-shaped space.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I now I've. Read It

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      pacrapacma lm 5 years ago

      You share some great books here. Matt Christopher has sports related stories. Gary Paulsen writes some great adventure books. Ivy and Bean series and The Sisters Eight series are good for nine year old girls.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      You've got some wonderful selections of good books for 9 year olds. I just created a lens about the Baseball Card Adventure Series by Dan Gutman and will lensroll whenever it goes live. Dan Gutman is also the author of the Weird School Series

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      love a series of unfortunate events!!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Tales of a fourth grade nothing is a good book. :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It's so important to draw attention to reading, and attract reluctant readers to it,especially boys. In fact, I've recently completed a feature magazine article on this subject that came out in October, "Help for Struggling, Reluctant Readers." I grew up as a reluctant reader, in spite of the fact that my father published over 70 books. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for tween boys, that avid boy readers and girls enjoy just as much. My blog, Books for Boys http://booksandboys.blogspot.com is dedicated to drawing attention to the importance of reading. And my new book, Lost Island Smugglers - first in the Sam Butler Adventure Series - is coming out in June.Keep up your good work. Max Elliot Anderson