Saturday, November 9, 2019

Holiday Book Gifts: Ages 9 – 12 - bookwraps to enjoy

Guest Post -

Holiday Book Gifts: Ages 9 – 12

by Melissa Taylor

Photo credit: YinYang, E+ Collection/Getty Images

Melissa Taylor, MA, is a teacher, mama, and writer from Colorado. Her goal in childhood was to read every book in the children's section of the library. She loves (in no particular order) children's books, her Kindle, Pinterest, and knitting rectangles. An education expert, she’s written for many publications, including, USA Today Health, and Scholastic Parent and Child. Connect with Melissa on her learning blog, Imagination Soup, or on Pinterest.


With so many great books for tween readers out there, it can be overwhelming to know where to start! From science fiction to zombie fighting, graphic novels, humor, and more, we’ve put together the best books to gift to your tween readers during the holidays. There’s something for everyone — from budding environmentalists to those looking to tickle their funny bone.

by E.B. White, read by Meryl Streep and Full Cast

Meryl Streep and a full supporting cast of actors bring this endearing story of friendship to life. Thanks to Fern’s act of kindness when he was a runt piglet, Wilber grows up in the barn surrounded by his friends. But he grows so big that his life is in danger again. Can Charlotte, Wilber’s wise spider friend, save his life with her web-woven messages?

by Raina Telgemeier

Document the details of your life, your dreams, and your big goals in this whimsical diary filled with blank pages and bordered with Telgemeier’s characteristic comic-style artwork, as well as handwritten prompts for deeper reflection. 

  • by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate

    Newly released, this fifth book in the action-packed Last Kids on Earth series takes place after Jack and his friends survive the Monster Apocalypse. In this story, Jack uses his Louisville Slicer blade’s incredible powers to fight zombies and Vine-Thingies. Meanwhile, Dirk’s acting suspicious and a new villain arrives in town. 

  • by Anna James

    Tilly spends her free time at her grandparents’ bookshop where she discovers that she’s a Bookwanderer — meaning her favorite characters can leave their books for the real world and Tilly can enter any book world herself. But once she enters the stories, Tilly’s dangerous adventures begin — leading her to the truth about her mother’s disappearance. It’s the perfect story for any bibliophile. 

    Strange Birds 

    by Celia Perez

    A shared passion to stop the Floras from using a hat made of endangered bird feathers unites a unique group of girls. As the girls become passionate activists around their cause, they learn important lessons about friendship and doing the right thing. Tweens who appreciate activism and friendship stories will enjoy this one.

    by John Flanagan

    Eighth in The Brotherband Chronicles, Hal and his Heron crew arrive home just in time to defend their country of Skandia against the dangerous Temujai — a group of Eastern Steppes warriors. Nonstop action and a harrowing conflict will keep adventure-loving readers on the edge of their seats.

    by Cassie Beasle

    Following the magical Circus Mirandus, Micah is adjusting to training as a magician and living at the Circus. But before he can adapt completely, the dangerous birdwoman attacks his new home. Micah must unravel the mysteries of his magic so he can help defend the Circus … against his own grandmother.

    by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

    When summer vacation brings painful changes in a close friendship, Delsie feels a sharp longing for the mother who abandoned her. Yet, as the summer progresses, a new friendship and supportive experiences in her community help Delsie realize that her definition of family can be of her own making.

    by Ibi Zoboi

    During the summer of 1984, science fiction enthusiast Ebony-Grace leaves the comfort of her grandfather’s home in Huntsville, Alabama to visit her father in Harlem. Initially, she’s overwhelmed and retreats to her imagination, but soon she embraces the parallels between Harlem and the world of science fiction adventures.

    by Jennifer L. Holm

    Remember when Ellie’s scientist grandpa Melvin became a 14-year-old? In this sequel to The Fourteenth Goldfish, Ellie invites Melvin to help with a science fair project, considers dating her friend Raj, and mourns the death of her beloved cat. Give this book to science-loving kids who like quirky stories.

    by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer

    Avery and Bett can’t believe their dads are dating behind their backs. And when their dads finally tell them, the girls are shipped off to summer camp to befriend each other. Told in genuine emails and letters, the girls vow two things: to never be friends and to break up their dads. Of course, things don’t go as planned…

    by R.J. Palacio

    Written by the author of Wonder, this meaningful graphic novel about Julian’s Jewish GrandmΓ¨re shows that kindness takes bravery. Despite the fact that Sara’s friends bullied him, when the Nazis come for Jewish children, a boy and his family hide Sara from the soldiers — saving her life and showing her the power of forgiveness.

    by J.J. and Chris Grabenstein

    Both at home and at her new school, astronomy-loving Piper is surrounded by people who excel at everything they do. She finds a group of misfits who welcome her into their friend group and help her with the Excelsior Competition. Throughout the competition, Piper begins to realize that she has nothing to prove; she shines as she already is.

    by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Shane Devries

    Anyone who likes their books to be hilarious with a side of heart-warming will love this illustrated chapter book about William’s best Christmas present ever: a real, live dinosaur. Since William can’t keep the Christmasaurus, the duo travel to the North Pole while trying to avoid a villainous rare-creatures hunter.

    by Mark Siegel and Alex Siegel; illustrated by Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, and Boya Sun

    Don’t miss the third book in the stunningly beautiful graphic novel series 5 Worlds. Determined to save the galaxy, Oona and her friends must light the next beacon: the Red beacon. But it won’t be easy. They’ll have to navigate a challenging maze, triumph over Jax’s former starball team owner, and combat the Moon Yatta’s manipulative government.

    by Chad Sell

    In this graphic novel about one summer vacation, readers are immersed in stories about 16 diverse neighborhood children who engage in creative play using cardboard boxes. Their make-believe play helps them process serious topics such as inclusion, bullying, gender, and divorce.


    Happy Saturday everyone!  This is how I feel this morning ... like I need an oversized coffee and a muffin the size of Prince Edward Island!  (with loads of chocolate chips embedded of course). Hope you all had a great week here on Storywraps with me and enjoyed all the fabulous books that I unwrapped for you.  

    Please join me again next week as we recover from Hallowe-en and get ready for the Christmas season.  You are so invited and welcome here on my blog.  I love having you.  Remember that it's fabulous kid's books that bind our us together.  May the spirit of reading always reside in our hearts now and forever!  

    Follow Storywraps

    *Instagram: Storywraps
    *Twitter: Storywraps@Storywraps1
    *Pinterest: Storywraps

    I put hours of work finding the best kid's books to review for you each day.  If you enjoy visiting Storywraps and would like to donate something for my time and effort I would greatly appreciate it.

    Go to the top of my blog at the right hand corner (below my photo) and please donate what you feel lead to give.  The amount you donate and the frequency you donate is totally up to you.  

    I also have added a new button...  Simply buy me a cup of coffee if you would rather.  That would be fun.  Coffee and blogging go together like two peas in a pod as I'm always brewing up something here on Storywraps. 

     I thank you in advance for your support.  I adore what I do and would appreciate any amount that you may give so that I can make our Storywraps' community more thriving and exciting.  Thanks a million!  Books bind us together.   

    Read on...
    Read always.
    It's a wrap! 


No comments: