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Title: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2007, 11:18:03 AM
I got an Angel from our Angel Tree this year who's 9 years old.  It's a girl, and she wants books.  I need help with some ideas on what to get, as it's been a couple of years since I was 9. ;)

I'd really like to get some classics rather than "pop" stuff now.  What would be good?  Probably every girl needs some "Nancy Drew", right?  Would this be age-appropriate for a 9 year old?

What else fits that age group that "every little girl needs in her library"?

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: LiveLoveLearn on November 30, 2007, 11:40:11 AM
What about The Little House on the Prarie series?  Any of Shel Silverstein's books.  Black Beauty.  Little Women.  Island of the Blue Dolphins.  My Side of the Mountain.  Trumpet of the Swan.  Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing or Are you there God?  It's me Margaret by Judy Blume.

Happy hunting :)
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: jais on November 30, 2007, 11:41:44 AM
DD is 11.  Two years ago, the Junie B. Jones books were HUGE with her and her friends.  Also, Judy Moody was pretty popular.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: cicero on November 30, 2007, 11:51:02 AM
definately little women! is narnia for that age group? I don't remember.

my 10 YO niece is devouring the little house the prarie series.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: aline on November 30, 2007, 11:52:59 AM
Definitely Nancy Drew. Some good suggestions already, but I might also recommend:

Anne of Green Gables
Heidi
The Little Princess
The Secret Garden
The Wizard of Oz (but I'm sure you've already thought of that one! :) )
A Wrinkle in Time
Any of the Trixie Belden series
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
Any of the Marguerite Henry books (I loved the Misty books)
Alice in Wonderland
Peter Pan

That's all I can think of right now, but I'm sure more will come to me later.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2007, 11:54:19 AM
Ok, how in the world did someone who LOVES the "Little House on the Prairie" tv series, grew up watching them and still watches it every chance she gets NOT think of those books first?!  (DottyG's head hits the wall several times here! :D)

Thanks for these suggestions, y'all.  These are all wonderful!!!

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2007, 11:55:12 AM
The Wizard of Oz (but I'm sure you've already thought of that one! :) )

But, of course! :D  That's ALWAYS on my gift list.  It's also my favorite Baby Shower gift as well!

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: jais on November 30, 2007, 11:55:23 AM
I hate to say this, but DD doesn't like the Little House books.  She has one friend who likes them, but they seem to have lost some popularity. 

It crushed me! They were some of my favorites as a girl.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: cicero on November 30, 2007, 11:56:30 AM
and another thought: when i was that age (more or less) i really enjoyed reading "hero/heroine" books. you know - like the books about hellen keller, and florence nightingale. I think that it is so important to expose kids these days to true heroes and heroines.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2007, 11:57:21 AM
and another thought: when i was that age (more or less) i really enjoyed reading "hero/heroine" books. you know - like the books about hellen keller, and florence nightingale. I think that it is so important to expose kids these days to true heroes and heroines.

Ooooo!  Good thinking!

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2007, 11:59:16 AM
I know this is a weird thought.  But, I guess I'm visualizing this girl in her 20s or 30s thinking back and saying, "You know, when I was 9 years old, some stranger gave me a book that changed my life.  It made me who I am today."

I know that's strange!  :D  But, wouldn't it be totally cool if it could happen.....?!

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: aline on November 30, 2007, 12:05:55 PM
I know this is a weird thought.  But, I guess I'm visualizing this girl in her 20s or 30s thinking back and saying, "You know, when I was 9 years old, some stranger gave me a book that changed my life.  It made me who I am today."

I know that's strange!  :D  But, wouldn't it be totally cool if it could happen.....?!



Absolutely! I still have my favorite books from childhood. They're all still very special to me and I can remember what it was like to read them when I pick them up again. :)

Oh! I thought of a few more.

The Jungle Book
Lassie
Pippi Longstocking
Swiss Family Robinson
Mary Poppins
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Pollyanna
Dr. Dolittle
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Bijou on November 30, 2007, 12:22:49 PM
I got an Angel from our Angel Tree this year who's 9 years old.  It's a girl, and she wants books.  I need help with some ideas on what to get, as it's been a couple of years since I was 9. ;)

I'd really like to get some classics rather than "pop" stuff now.  What would be good?  Probably every girl needs some "Nancy Drew", right?  Would this be age-appropriate for a 9 year old?

What else fits that age group that "every little girl needs in her library"?


I got our 9 year old GGD a book on building fairy houses.  She loves fairies and so I think she'll love this book.  Did the angel tree indicate any interests of the child?
I'm with you on the classics.  I think the Little House books are a good safe choice. (whereas a book on fairies may be considered metaphysical or something).
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: ladiedeathe on November 30, 2007, 12:37:42 PM
Terry Pratchett kid's books if she can read pretty well (also great for Mom/Dad to read aloud at bedtime)-

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Wee Free Men
A Hat Full of Sky
Wintersmith

If she ends up liking them, she will be able to start reading his adult books at about 12/13- and there are 35+ of those to enjoy!
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: artk2002 on November 30, 2007, 12:43:26 PM
Animal fiction...   "Redwall," (series) "Stuart Little" "Guradians of Ga'Hoole" (series), "Dr. Doolittle" (series)

"The Borrowers" (any of the series.)  "The Magic Treehouse" (series -- my sons loved these when they were about 8-9.)  Anything by Edward Eager ("Half Magic")
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: extranormal on November 30, 2007, 01:02:24 PM
Harriet the Spy.

And anything by Daniel Pinkwater.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2007, 01:23:30 PM
Animal fiction...   "Redwall," (series) "Stuart Little" "Guradians of Ga'Hoole" (series), "Dr. Doolittle" (series)

"The Borrowers" (any of the series.)  "The Magic Treehouse" (series -- my sons loved these when they were about 8-9.)  Anything by Edward Eager ("Half Magic")

I remember "Half Magic"!!!  Great idea!

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2007, 01:24:43 PM
Ok, I have a problem with this thread now.  Now I'm going to have to go to the library and check out each and every book mentioned here to (re)read MYSELF!  I'm not going to have to time to sleep for days! :D

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: artk2002 on November 30, 2007, 01:41:25 PM
Find a bookstore that specializes in children's books.  If you were in SoCal, I'd send you straight to Children's Book World (http://www.childrensbookworld.com/).  The people who work at independent stores like this tend to be very good and can make some great recommendations.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Sharnita on November 30, 2007, 02:07:44 PM
The Secret Garden
Little Women/Little Men/Jo's Boys
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
A Wrinkle in Time
The Little Princess
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Virg on November 30, 2007, 02:11:41 PM
Dottyg wrote:

"I know this is a weird thought.  But, I guess I'm visualizing this girl in her 20s or 30s thinking back and saying, "You know, when I was 9 years old, some stranger gave me a book that changed my life.  It made me who I am today.""

Well, if that's what you're going for, try "A Clockwork Orange".

Kidding, folks, kidding!

I'll second the Little House series.  And of course, some of the classics aren't bad.  "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster was a big one for me.  Shel Silverstein is also a good choice (although I'd avoid "Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book" if I were you).

Virg
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: jais on November 30, 2007, 02:32:21 PM
My I suggest maybe a mixture of old and new?

We all know that people like different types of books..........
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: at5115 on November 30, 2007, 02:41:53 PM
If you want something more contemporary and Librarian vetted - ALA (American Library Association) publishes several lists of recommended books for children ranked by age, grade, reading level, awards, etc... etc...  via their group, Association for Library Service to Children:

http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/alscresources/summerreading/recsummerreading/recommendedreading.htm

You can also find lots of info for young adults (maybe too old for your 9 year old) through YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association):

http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/booklistsawards/booklistsbook.cfm

MA

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Ondine on November 30, 2007, 03:10:44 PM
The Babysitters Club Series
I know we read 'Where the Red Fern Grows' in fourth grade, but I'm not sure if that would work. It's a good book though.
Goosebumps Series
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Telmereth on November 30, 2007, 03:30:51 PM
The books I was given as a child really did change my world at that age  ;D

I loved:
What Katy Did
Anne of Green Gables
Little Women
The Chalet School series (these are very very old fashioned, but I adored them)
The Saddle Club books
The Babysitter's Club books
Goosebumps

If you want something new, too, I highly recommend the Series of Unfortunate Events books. They are beautifully presented and pitched at the right level for a 9 year old with good reading ability. I would have been over the moon to have them at that age because they're hard back and absolutely gorgeous!


Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: NowNow on November 30, 2007, 06:48:19 PM
Oooh, I've got to delurk for this one ...  I'd recommend anything by Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume (the kid-friendly stuff, of course!).  There is also a new series with a girl who discovers she is actually a mermaid. The first book is The Tail of Emily Windsnap.  Just as an aside, my daughter is 7 and in second grade and she and most of her friends have already outgrown Junie B and are on their way out of Magic Treehouse.  A 9 year old (especially if she is an avid reader) may find those books too young for them.  They are moving in Judy Moody and Amber Brown series which are at a little higher reading level.

Slinking back into lurking ... 

:) Lisa
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: wazzer on November 30, 2007, 06:51:45 PM
Understood Betsy, by Dorothy Canfield Fisher.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: hobish on November 30, 2007, 06:56:36 PM
The Secret Garden
Little Women/Little Men/Jo's Boys
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
A Wrinkle in Time
The Little Princess

Oh, YES!

I am about the least girly girl i know and The Little Princess gets me every time. I loooove that story.

I think it was at about 9 that i first read The Hobbit.

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: hobish on November 30, 2007, 06:58:31 PM

Oh!
Bonnie of the Wolves
There is another book that goes with that one and i can never remember the name of; i have yet to read it. That, along with The Wind in the Willows were kids books i read as an adult that would probably be age appropriate.

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: LissaR1 on November 30, 2007, 07:58:45 PM
Ballet Shoes!  (They've made it into a BBC movie, too, with Emma Watson.  SO want to see it.)

We gave my niece The Princess Academy for her birthday- she loved it.  :)   (Sorry I don't remember the author!)
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: MDefarge on November 30, 2007, 08:07:02 PM
Understood Betsy
Half Magic
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (might be too mature for 9)
Trixie Belden (they have recently been re-issued)

Unfortunately the Babysitters Club books are no longer in print - they would have been perfect.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2007, 10:33:33 PM
Oooh, I've got to delurk for this one ...  I'd recommend anything by Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume (the kid-friendly stuff, of course!).  There is also a new series with a girl who discovers she is actually a mermaid. The first book is The Tail of Emily Windsnap.  Just as an aside, my daughter is 7 and in second grade and she and most of her friends have already outgrown Junie B and are on their way out of Magic Treehouse.  A 9 year old (especially if she is an avid reader) may find those books too young for them.  They are moving in Judy Moody and Amber Brown series which are at a little higher reading level.

Slinking back into lurking ... 

:) Lisa

Alexerin-WELCOME!  I feel honored that this thread brought you out of hiding!  Thanks so much for your suggestions and please post again soon. :)
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: kareng57 on November 30, 2007, 11:00:49 PM
Oooh, I've got to delurk for this one ...  I'd recommend anything by Beverly Cleary or Judy Blume (the kid-friendly stuff, of course!).  There is also a new series with a girl who discovers she is actually a mermaid. The first book is The Tail of Emily Windsnap.  Just as an aside, my daughter is 7 and in second grade and she and most of her friends have already outgrown Junie B and are on their way out of Magic Treehouse.  A 9 year old (especially if she is an avid reader) may find those books too young for them.  They are moving in Judy Moody and Amber Brown series which are at a little higher reading level.

Slinking back into lurking ... 

:) Lisa


The classics are great of course - and I too loved the Little Women books and the What Katy Did series.  I think these really are timeless.  But I liked your mention of Beverley Cleary.  Apparently it was when she was a childrens' librarian in the 1950s and 60s and for the most part, the childrens' section had only the classic-stuff.  Young children and adolescents kept asking her "aren't there any stories about kids like us?"
There weren't, so Cleary decided that she'd better start writing some.  40 years later I still remember her stories about Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Beatrice and Ramona etc. - and she wrote quite a few stories geared towards older teenagers, besides.

What really grinds-my-gears is that many teachers assert that if kids are not reading the "classics" , then they are not really reading.  Who's to say?  My boys loved reading the Goosebumps series about 10 years ago, when they were about 9 and 10.  I could have gotten all anal about it an insisted that they read Jules Verne instead (which they both did later on anyway) - but the main thing is - get them reading!  If it's The Babysitter's Club rather than the Chronicles of Narnia - who cares for now?  Nothing will turn a kid off reading faster than a teacher or parent insisting  that he/she is not reading the "right" stuff.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: mddg4 on November 30, 2007, 11:52:34 PM
Don't forget the Phantom Tollbooth!
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on December 01, 2007, 12:28:46 AM
Wanted to clarify a bit - I consider things by Blume and Cleary as part of the "classics" I was asking for! :D  To me, they fit that criteria!
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Brentwood on December 01, 2007, 01:17:01 AM
Fairy books are very popular now - there are any number to be found in bookstores. :)

You might also consider one of my personal favorites: From The Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Sandi Papaya on December 01, 2007, 02:51:42 AM
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Just as an aside, my daughter is 7 and in second grade and she and most of her friends have already outgrown Junie B and are on their way out of Magic Treehouse.  A 9 year old (especially if she is an avid reader) may find those books too young for them.

Yeah, I was gonna say. Junie B. Jones is WAY young for a 9-year-old. I would have been reading those books in kindergarten - but I wouldn't go by my reading level, because I was reading in 2 languages by the age of 4 and at a college level by the age of 9.

I wouldn't recommend "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret" for a girl of 9 - it's a bit more "mature" (albeit dated) than she might be able to handle. At age 9, I could read the book well enough, but the subject matter would have been way beyond my grasp. I'd stick with more kid-friendly Judy Blume titles - "Blubber," "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" (and the whole rest of the Fudge series), and "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great."

As far as I can recall, even though the books were a bit below my reading level, I still enjoyed Beverly Cleary, particularly Ramona and the Henry Huggins books, at that age. I worked my way painstakingly through every single volume of the Little House books, fiction and nonfiction, including a biography of the real Laura Ingalls Wilder, which is very different from the account of life given in her books, though no less interesting.

I remember reading (and really loving) "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "The Phantom Tollbooth," "The Borrowers," "The Witch of Blackbird Pond," "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks." I also loved the "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" series by Betty McDonald, although I'm not sure how easy those books would be to find these days. Other favorites were "The Egypt Game" by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, the "Anastasia Krupnik" series by Lois Lowry, and the very oddball "Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth," by E.L. Konigsburg, as well as a fairly creepy book which I'm not sure is in print anymore, called "Behind the Attic Wall" (not sure of the author) and "The Indian in the Cupboard," by Lynne Reid Banks.

A lot of the books I've mentioned are really, really dated, but hopefully she'd devour them anyway. I did.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: nolechica on December 01, 2007, 05:55:20 AM
Baby Sitters Club and Saddle Club books are what I read at that age, but a random must read for that age is Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sacher. And if she's in 4th grade, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is hilarious.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: snoopygirl on December 01, 2007, 06:26:17 AM
When I was in fourth grade my friends and I loved the book Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. It is about a tough time in history ( World War Two and the Holocaust) but it is a lovely story and very well written.  But almost every girl in my fourth grade class who read seemed to have read that book. We had a best book contest and that book came second in the grade behind Sideways Stories of Wayside School which I also recomend.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Brentwood on December 01, 2007, 10:59:10 AM
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Just as an aside, my daughter is 7 and in second grade and she and most of her friends have already outgrown Junie B and are on their way out of Magic Treehouse.  A 9 year old (especially if she is an avid reader) may find those books too young for them.

Yeah, I was gonna say. Junie B. Jones is WAY young for a 9-year-old. I would have been reading those books in kindergarten - but I wouldn't go by my reading level, because I was reading in 2 languages by the age of 4 and at a college level by the age of 9.



I agree. My son is in kindergarten and reading Junie B. My daughter is in 2nd grade and has read all of her Junie B. books several times and has moved past them now. I just gave her a stack of my old Nancy Drew books, which are more challenging for her (not only for their outdated language, but also just because of bigger words she needs to learn from context). I love seeing her read those books as avidly as I did.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: jais on December 01, 2007, 11:05:38 AM
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Just as an aside, my daughter is 7 and in second grade and she and most of her friends have already outgrown Junie B and are on their way out of Magic Treehouse.  A 9 year old (especially if she is an avid reader) may find those books too young for them.

Yeah, I was gonna say. Junie B. Jones is WAY young for a 9-year-old. I would have been reading those books in kindergarten - but I wouldn't go by my reading level, because I was reading in 2 languages by the age of 4 and at a college level by the age of 9.




I agree. My son is in kindergarten and reading Junie B. My daughter is in 2nd grade and has read all of her Junie B. books several times and has moved past them now. I just gave her a stack of my old Nancy Drew books, which are more challenging for her (not only for their outdated language, but also just because of bigger words she needs to learn from context). I love seeing her read those books as avidly as I did.


I'm starting to feel a little bad about teh Junie B books now.  DD loved them and read all she had several times.  She reads other books, too, and is at a high school reading level.  Perhaps children like the occasion bit of 'fluff' too?  Popular didn't mean best option.  :-[  Forgive me.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Brentwood on December 01, 2007, 11:10:04 AM
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Just as an aside, my daughter is 7 and in second grade and she and most of her friends have already outgrown Junie B and are on their way out of Magic Treehouse.  A 9 year old (especially if she is an avid reader) may find those books too young for them.

Yeah, I was gonna say. Junie B. Jones is WAY young for a 9-year-old. I would have been reading those books in kindergarten - but I wouldn't go by my reading level, because I was reading in 2 languages by the age of 4 and at a college level by the age of 9.




I agree. My son is in kindergarten and reading Junie B. My daughter is in 2nd grade and has read all of her Junie B. books several times and has moved past them now. I just gave her a stack of my old Nancy Drew books, which are more challenging for her (not only for their outdated language, but also just because of bigger words she needs to learn from context). I love seeing her read those books as avidly as I did.


I'm starting to feel a little bad about teh Junie B books now.  DD loved them and read all she had several times.  She reads other books, too, and is at a high school reading level.  Perhaps children like the occasion bit of 'fluff' too?  Popular didn't mean best option.  :-[  Forgive me.

Oh, jais. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. Junie B. is very funny and authentic, and I think a lot of kids can relate to her. I didn't mean to imply that I thought it was a bad suggestion. :(
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: jais on December 01, 2007, 11:15:24 AM
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Just as an aside, my daughter is 7 and in second grade and she and most of her friends have already outgrown Junie B and are on their way out of Magic Treehouse.  A 9 year old (especially if she is an avid reader) may find those books too young for them.

Yeah, I was gonna say. Junie B. Jones is WAY young for a 9-year-old. I would have been reading those books in kindergarten - but I wouldn't go by my reading level, because I was reading in 2 languages by the age of 4 and at a college level by the age of 9.




I agree. My son is in kindergarten and reading Junie B. My daughter is in 2nd grade and has read all of her Junie B. books several times and has moved past them now. I just gave her a stack of my old Nancy Drew books, which are more challenging for her (not only for their outdated language, but also just because of bigger words she needs to learn from context). I love seeing her read those books as avidly as I did.


I'm starting to feel a little bad about teh Junie B books now.  DD loved them and read all she had several times.  She reads other books, too, and is at a high school reading level.  Perhaps children like the occasion bit of 'fluff' too?  Popular didn't mean best option.  :-[  Forgive me.

Oh, jais. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. Junie B. is very funny and authentic, and I think a lot of kids can relate to her. I didn't mean to imply that I thought it was a bad suggestion. :(

Oh no! I just meant that I didn't think they were at the level, but they had been very popular.  DD is becoming like me and reads what she can get her hands on.  I looked at her reading the Junie B books like when I pick up a trashy gossip mag or read a silly romance book.  It's for fun.  There's nothing wrong with reading for the sole purpose of fun.

I just didn't want anybody to think "poor jais, her daughter doesn't read well".  :)
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Sandi Papaya on December 01, 2007, 01:10:32 PM
Oh no! I just meant that I didn't think they were at the level, but they had been very popular.  DD is becoming like me and reads what she can get her hands on.  I looked at her reading the Junie B books like when I pick up a trashy gossip mag or read a silly romance book.  It's for fun.  There's nothing wrong with reading for the sole purpose of fun.

I just didn't want anybody to think "poor jais, her daughter doesn't read well".  :)

Oh, there's nothing wrong with reading "fluff" at all!! I read trashy romance novels, gossip rags, even the backs of cereal boxes when I get desperate and there's nothing else to read. I just think the Junie B. Jones books skew a little young for a 9-year-old, but again, it's hard for me to judge because I was always a scarily advanced reader.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Twik on December 01, 2007, 01:43:42 PM
When I was that age, I adored the "Black Stallion" series, but perhaps that is too dated now.

If there's a horse (better yet, a wild horse) in it, most girls will love it.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Sandi Papaya on December 01, 2007, 02:50:31 PM
When I was that age, I adored the "Black Stallion" series, but perhaps that is too dated now.

If there's a horse (better yet, a wild horse) in it, most girls will love it.

See, I loved those kinds of series when I was a kid. Even if they were dated, it gave me a glimpse into another world, another time, another life. And isn't that the whole point of reading for pleasure, anyway?

I really don't understand people who think that just because a book or movie or other entertainment isn't something that was just put out five minutes ago, kids today wouldn't understand or appreciate it.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: jais on December 01, 2007, 03:03:01 PM
When I was that age, I adored the "Black Stallion" series, but perhaps that is too dated now.

If there's a horse (better yet, a wild horse) in it, most girls will love it.

See, I loved those kinds of series when I was a kid. Even if they were dated, it gave me a glimpse into another world, another time, another life. And isn't that the whole point of reading for pleasure, anyway?

I really don't understand people who think that just because a book or movie or other entertainment isn't something that was just put out five minutes ago, kids today wouldn't understand or appreciate it.

I don't think it's that at all.  IMHO, you have a 9 year old.  Someone old enough to know things aren't financially wonderful without knowing all of the details.  Someone who may even think they are getting nothing for Christmas.  We all know anyone getting a gift should be gracious. 

Imagine the child finding out there are gifts this holiday.  "Books" is a pretty vague description.  What if the books bought aren't this childs 'cup of tea'?  That's why I suggest something classic and something contemporary.  You just don't know the audience in this angel tree situation.   

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Sandi Papaya on December 01, 2007, 03:18:45 PM
When I was that age, I adored the "Black Stallion" series, but perhaps that is too dated now.

If there's a horse (better yet, a wild horse) in it, most girls will love it.

See, I loved those kinds of series when I was a kid. Even if they were dated, it gave me a glimpse into another world, another time, another life. And isn't that the whole point of reading for pleasure, anyway?

I really don't understand people who think that just because a book or movie or other entertainment isn't something that was just put out five minutes ago, kids today wouldn't understand or appreciate it.

I don't think it's that at all.  IMHO, you have a 9 year old.  Someone old enough to know things aren't financially wonderful without knowing all of the details.  Someone who may even think they are getting nothing for Christmas.  We all know anyone getting a gift should be gracious. 

Imagine the child finding out there are gifts this holiday.  "Books" is a pretty vague description.  What if the books bought aren't this childs 'cup of tea'?  That's why I suggest something classic and something contemporary.  You just don't know the audience in this angel tree situation.   



That's very true - just because you are a reader doesn't mean any old book will do. My family automatically assumes that just because I like books, I will like ANYTHING that comes as a collection of pages bound together with glue, a bit of cardboard and some cloth (or just heavier paper, in the case of paperbacks). Even if it's a book about a subject I'm totally uninterested in. If it's a gift, I'll accept it graciously and donate it to the library or a nursing home or someplace where someone is bound to like it, but it's just not to my taste.

I can't suggest too much contemporary stuff because I don't have kids and I don't really have a reason to keep up with what kids today are reading, with the exception of the stuff that appeals to adults as well (Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, etc). But I do know my classics and the stuff that was pretty contemporary when I was a kid (I still read those old books on occasion).
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: SheltieMom on December 01, 2007, 10:37:23 PM
I still love the Black Stallion books and I'm 52. (I'm just weird that way, I have over 700 children's books, and I love to read them.)

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: MDefarge on December 01, 2007, 11:06:34 PM
I also second "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenwieler" Great story.

Another fantastic one - The Last Silk Dress by Ann Rinaldi - she writes really good historical fiction - this was one of the first I read (@ 10 or 11 maybe?) and it tells the story of a girl raised in the south just before the Civil War - one of the main points of the story is that she and her friend are collecting silk dresses so the Confederate Army can have a hot air balloon to spy on the Northern troops.
Here is a description from Amazon.


High-spirited, beautiful Susan Chilmark, fourteen, vows to do something meaningful to support the Confederacy during the Civil War.  Despite the wishes of her mother, Susan and her best friend, Connie, collect silk dresses from all the ladies of Richmond to make a balloon that will be used to spy on the Yankees.

But the issues behind the war aren't as obvious as Susan thinks.  When she meets her dashing, scandalous older brother and discovers why he was banished from the family, Susan unlocks a Pandora's box of secrets that forces her to rethink and challenge the very system she was born into.  Does she have the courage to do what is right even though it may hurt the ones she loves?
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Etikate on December 01, 2007, 11:23:05 PM
I think that 9 is a great age for the American Girl series. I know that I loved reading them and learning about what life was like from girls my age at different points in American history.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: nolechica on December 02, 2007, 12:24:19 AM
I also second "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenwieler" Great story.

Another fantastic one - The Last Silk Dress by Ann Rinaldi - she writes really good historical fiction - this was one of the first I read (@ 10 or 11 maybe?) and it tells the story of a girl raised in the south just before the Civil War - one of the main points of the story is that she and her friend are collecting silk dresses so the Confederate Army can have a hot air balloon to spy on the Northern troops.
Here is a description from Amazon.


High-spirited, beautiful Susan Chilmark, fourteen, vows to do something meaningful to support the Confederacy during the Civil War.  Despite the wishes of her mother, Susan and her best friend, Connie, collect silk dresses from all the ladies of Richmond to make a balloon that will be used to spy on the Yankees.

But the issues behind the war aren't as obvious as Susan thinks.  When she meets her dashing, scandalous older brother and discovers why he was banished from the family, Susan unlocks a Pandora's box of secrets that forces her to rethink and challenge the very system she was born into.  Does she have the courage to do what is right even though it may hurt the ones she loves?


I loved Ann Rinaldi, but I was older than 9, so the historical context made sense for me.  In My Father's House, also about the Civil War, was my favorite.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on December 02, 2007, 04:55:36 AM
There are already so many wonderful suggestions on this thread that I won't clutter your mind further, but I do want to share a bit of extremely simple advice that a number of my education professors have shared with us.  Generally, the quickest way to check to see if a book is age appropriate is to see how old the main character is.  Of course, reading levels vary, but if you don't have much to go on, and you're looking for a book for a 9 year old, get a book about a 9 year old.  It's not foolproof, and I don't think I'd ever give a kid a book I hadn't read myself, but it's somewhere to start at least :)
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: NsWife on December 02, 2007, 10:59:16 AM
DD (8) was reading my old collection of Cherry Ames books this summer.  Dated but gave her a totally different purspective on time.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Shea on December 02, 2007, 04:36:56 PM
I'm a big fan of Marguerite Henry's books
   Misty of Chincoteague
   Mustang, Wild Spirit of the West
   King of the Wind
   Black Gold
Have you seen the Dear America series? They're fictional diaries of girls from different times in American history (I don't remember if you're American or not, but you don't have to be to enjoy them). I think there are more now than when I read them, but these are the ones I remember:
   Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell
   A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower 1620
   I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, South Carolina 1865
   The Winter of Red Snow: The Revolutionary War Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart
   A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, A Slave Girl, Virginia 1859
Looking on Amazon, I see there are many more now if you want a different time period! I'd forgotten about these until now. I think I might get one or two for my cousin this Christmas...
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Brentwood on December 02, 2007, 04:38:10 PM
DD (8) was reading my old collection of Cherry Ames books this summer.  Dated but gave her a totally different purspective on time.

I have several Cherry Ames books as well as Vicki Barr books. I've always loved them. :)
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on December 02, 2007, 09:12:07 PM
Oh my goodness, y'all, I had a BLAST in the store yesterday!  I went to Half Price Books, so I got a great deal on all my books.  Including the ones I got listed below, I also was able to get a Bible Dictionary for my sis-in-law.  My total bill for everything was only $44, and I could hardly carry everything out!

For my Angel, I got 8 books:

The Wizard of Oz (OF COURSE! :D)
Little House on the Prairie
Anne of Green Gables
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
One of the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books
Harriet the Spy
A Word Search Puzzle book (it was on sale, and I thought it might be fun for her)

I, actually, have another Angel as well.  A 2 year old.  She wanted a "baby doll" (ok, how cute is that?! Like I could possibly resist this child?!).  I got two baby dolls at Target and a little nightgown outfit for her.  But, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get this one started on reading as well.  Three guesses as to which of the above books I got for her, too! ;)  Everyone needs a little Oz, you know. :)  I'm going to write a little note in it about how this is for her future library and that I hope the book one day means as much to her as it always has to me.

It was so hard to stop at just the books I got, though!  I so wanted to keep buying more and more!  I may have to see if I can find another child who wants books, so I can go back and buy more!

I had to bring a couple of the books in and read them before I give them.  I'm being VERY, VERY careful with them - I'm not doing anything that will bend the bindings or make it even look like the books have been opened.  But, I had to quickly reread Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and Harriet!  They're bringing back memories for me.

I tried to find Half Magic and Mixed Up Files.... but I couldn't find them on the shelf.  I'll have to keep looking for those, as they're both excellent as well.

Ah, books!  Do you know how hard it was to leave that store without buying tons of books for myself?!  It's my weakness! :D

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Just Lori on December 02, 2007, 09:35:49 PM
My daughter is a fan of Peg Kehret.  She has written many books for children, including "Small Steps," her own story of contracting polio as a young girl.  We have been reading it out loud in the evening (although I confess I had to finish it myself one evening because I wanted to know if she ever recovered.)
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on December 12, 2007, 09:45:35 PM
bumping up for hobish

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: beingkj on December 12, 2007, 10:20:56 PM
I didn't read every reply, so I don't know if it has been suggested yet, but try and get your hands on "Helen Keller's Teacher"

I read it as a 10 year old and it is deeply moving, gives insights in the Helen Keller's life that my book about Helen Keller didn't, and just made me want to go out there and make the world a better place :)

Other than that - if you're an Aussie I suggest Jackie French's "Stories to eat with a..." (1 - Banana, 2 - Watermelon, 3 - Blood Plum). They're quirky and funny and have a very independent, tomboyish lead character. And a punk fairy.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: hobish on December 12, 2007, 10:38:18 PM

This list has been a great inspiration for books to buy for a 10 year old.   :)
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Nightboomfer on December 12, 2007, 10:51:55 PM
It's been a while, but I think Superfudge (and its predecessor, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing) are pretty fun books for that age level.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: nolechica on December 13, 2007, 12:57:06 AM
It's been a while, but I think Superfudge (and its predecessor, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing) are pretty fun books for that age level.

True, but books with grades in the title were always more fun to read in that grade...for me at least.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on December 13, 2007, 01:48:30 AM
Betsy~Tacy- Maud Hart Lovelace- it's a growing series, with each book getting progressively longer and more complicated. It takes place in turn-of-the-century Minnesota, with the final books taking her through European travel and marriage at the eve of WWI.
Caddie Woodlawn- Carol Ryrie Brink. Great for anyone who loves the Little House books. Caddie's much more tomboyish than Laura, though both are really great fun.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain. Classic, and my absolute favorite book at 8, so she may enjoy it.
101 Dalmatians- Dodie Smith. The movies are based on this book, but they are nowhere near as charming.
The Wizard of Oz series- L. Frank Baum. My favorite of these was The Road to Oz, all about Ozma's birthday party.
Matilda- Roald Dahl. Great for any child who loves reading. Actually, any books by Roald Dahl are good except the adult ones (My Uncle Oswald, Kiss Kiss, and Switch *word for woman that rhymes with switch*). I particularly suggest Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Danny, Champion of the World.
The All-of-a-Kind Family- Sydney Taylor. Details the lives of a Jewish family on the East Side of New York in the early 1900's with humor and warmth. Has a full series, if you can find it.
Alice in Wonderland and Her Adventures Through the Looking-Glass- Lewis Carroll. Even if she can't understand the political satire now, she'll probably enjoy the whimsy.
Catherine Called Birdy- Karen Cushman. Fiesty mideval lady and a lot of fun all around.
Young Joan- Barbara Dana. The story of the life of young Joan of Arc. I loved this around that age, but it depends on whether you want to buy her religious books.


Some other books I loved- Peter Pan, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, Little Women, Star Wars books (though those are a bit specific...), The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, books on Greek mythology- my favorite being D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths, Tanglewood Tales, Number the Stars, The Indian in the Cupboard, the Little House series, and books by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.

And those are just the ones I have on my shelves :P I also have A Series of Unfortunate Events and Harry Potter, but these are ones I read somewhere around the same age. Of course, ever since I was 2, I've been reading everything I could get my hands on. I absolutely loved The Hiding Place and Pilgrim's Progress, but those might be a little heavy for her. My favorite book at 10 was Catch-22, and my favorite at 11 was The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but again, I was a really weird kid.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: momto3daughters on December 13, 2007, 05:50:19 AM
I got an Angel from our Angel Tree this year who's 9 years old.  It's a girl, and she wants books.  I need help with some ideas on what to get, as it's been a couple of years since I was 9. ;)

I'd really like to get some classics rather than "pop" stuff now.  What would be good?  Probably every girl needs some "Nancy Drew", right?  Would this be age-appropriate for a 9 year old?

What else fits that age group that "every little girl needs in her library"?


As a mom to a 9 year old may I suggest Animal Ark Series. Its a huge series all about animals, teaches about responsibility and gives them a lesson.

Also something You MAY want to do is give a book and then a gift card, I know my daughter (the oldest one) who loves books enjoys nothing more in the world than shopping for her own books.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: momto3daughters on December 13, 2007, 05:55:00 AM
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Just as an aside, my daughter is 7 and in second grade and she and most of her friends have already outgrown Junie B and are on their way out of Magic Treehouse.  A 9 year old (especially if she is an avid reader) may find those books too young for them.

Yeah, I was gonna say. Junie B. Jones is WAY young for a 9-year-old. I would have been reading those books in kindergarten - but I wouldn't go by my reading level, because I was reading in 2 languages by the age of 4 and at a college level by the age of 9.

My daughters were reading Junie B Jones in third grade, they were struggling readers but if you look at the JBJ series in the AR reading they are classified older second grader and third grade reading level.




I agree. My son is in kindergarten and reading Junie B. My daughter is in 2nd grade and has read all of her Junie B. books several times and has moved past them now. I just gave her a stack of my old Nancy Drew books, which are more challenging for her (not only for their outdated language, but also just because of bigger words she needs to learn from context). I love seeing her read those books as avidly as I did.


I'm starting to feel a little bad about teh Junie B books now.  DD loved them and read all she had several times.  She reads other books, too, and is at a high school reading level.  Perhaps children like the occasion bit of 'fluff' too?  Popular didn't mean best option.  :-[  Forgive me.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: RainhaDoTexugo on December 13, 2007, 10:16:57 AM
Momto3daughters, LOTS of kids like fluff!  So do adults, for that matter!  I read and loved Of Mice and Men in 3rd grade, but I didn't abandon my Sweet Valley Twins books, and I know plenty of intelligent women on this board still read gossip magazines, which may be fun, but don't have much value as "literature."  There's nothing wrong with your DD reading Junie B books, and there's nothing wrong with you suggesting them.

For the record, I've worked with a few third graders who love Junie B.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: extranormal on December 13, 2007, 01:19:38 PM
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Actually, any books by Roald Dahl are good except the adult ones (My Uncle Oswald, Kiss Kiss, and Switch *word for woman that rhymes with switch*).


Pod. I can't wait until my DS is old enough that I can foist Roald's grown-up books on him, as I think many of those stories are magnificent. Every time my husband dawdles when I'm in a hurry, I point out that I will NOT rescue him when he gets trapped in the elevator. And Royal Jelly creeps me out to this day.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on December 13, 2007, 01:39:17 PM
Heh, I loved those books, but definitely not for kids.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: lowwinddays on December 13, 2007, 03:00:04 PM
Diary of Anne Frank.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: nolechica on December 13, 2007, 10:27:51 PM
I love fluff as a kid, read Baby-Sitters Club and many versions of Sweet Valley (Kids, Twins, High, University) as brain candy.  I never enjoyed classics honestly, and I never read for a challenge, but for enjoyment.  Authors that were paid by the word are not something I ever enjoyed.  Only long book I read as a kid and liked was Gone With The Wind.  Plus, I'm not much of a fiction fan, so many classics were wasted on me.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on January 11, 2008, 12:21:57 PM
Bumping this thread up

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: hobish on February 15, 2008, 05:02:11 PM

Bumping again. This is a really helpful thread!

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on December 01, 2008, 10:27:35 AM
Bumping this up in case anyone's in the market for books this Christmas season.

I have another Angel this year.  This one's 8, so I might be able to use the ideas in this thread again this year. :)

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Zen Angel on December 02, 2008, 07:28:56 AM
I was a big fan of the Trixie Belden books at that age; I think they are considered "classics" now. I agree with the poster who suggested the "Little House" books as well.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: readingchick on December 02, 2008, 10:03:26 AM
I also recommend the Ann Rinaldi historical fiction series. The Last Silk Dress, In My Father's House, A Break With Charity, The Fifth of March, and the one about Sarah Revere are all very good.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: hyzenthlay on December 02, 2008, 10:12:07 AM
Terry Pratchett kid's books if she can read pretty well (also great for Mom/Dad to read aloud at bedtime)-

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents
Wee Free Men
A Hat Full of Sky
Wintersmith


I didn't care for The Amazing Maurice, but the Tiffany Aching trilogy is excellent! And perfect for a 9 year old with a solid reading level. The heroine is bright and strong and funny, but still makes errors and is very much still a child.

I also recommend 'Talking with Dragons' by Patricia Wrede. I don't think the rest of the series was as strong but the firts book is excellent.

If any girls like unicorns the Firebringer Trilogy has them. Not the greatest books, but hey, unicorns!

I adored the Trixie Belden series when i was younger, but find them tedious now. But the Oz books still get an occasional read. Make sure to stick with the ones written by Mr. Frank Baum. Any by other authors are dreadful.

Adding support to "Matilda" by Roald Dahl.

Throwing in the first of the Potter books. Should be readable for a 9 year old with a solid reading level.

Also throwing in the Warriors series for boys (its about cats, think Tailchaser's Song). My 9 year old boy is going through the series at full speed.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Ferrets on December 02, 2008, 10:47:50 AM
A few of my favourite authors (either at age nine, or reading now. Yes I still love decent children's books. ;D), with sample titles recommended:

Jack London
White Fang
The Call of the Wild


Anne Fine - website at http://annefine.com/

Brilliant, brilliant children's author. Pretty much anything in her "middle readers" section, and most of the "older readers" ones.

Frozen Billy
The More the Merrier
Bad Dreams
Charm School

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Goggle Eyes
Step By Wicked Step
Flour Babies
Up On Cloud Nine*
The Book of the Banshee


Jacqueline Wilson is also insanely popular over here. (N.B.: Some of her titles, such as the 'Girls...' series, have more mature, teenage-aimed content than others.)
The Suitcase Kid
The Lottie Project
The Story of Tracy Beaker
Double Act
The Bed and Breakfast Star
Midnight*
The Illustrated Mum*


*Not unsuitable for a nine-year-old as such, but darker themes.

Rosemary Sutcliff
The Eagle of the Ninth series
Sea Dragon [also published as Blood Feud]

Jan Mark
Thunder and Lightnings

Anthony Buckeridge
Jennings series

Capt. W.E. Johns
Biggles series

ETA - Joan Aiken
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase Alternate-history adventure
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: bluebirds on December 02, 2008, 01:47:26 PM
Sophie's World - I read it the first time around that age and it was fantastic; I couldn't understand everything, but it made me think.

Pride and Prejudice - again, one of those books that can be devoured, and then rediscovered every time you read them again  :)

Any Dickens novel will be good.

Ann Frank (again  :))

Medieval romances - Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Merlin, etc...

Agatha Christie novels


Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: nolechica on December 02, 2008, 05:03:57 PM
I also recommend the Ann Rinaldi historical fiction series. The Last Silk Dress, In My Father's House, A Break With Charity, The Fifth of March, and the one about Sarah Revere are all very good.

Haven't read those in years, but they are partly responsible for my history degree.  In My Father's House and Wolf By The Ears are my favorites.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: Sandi Papaya on December 02, 2008, 07:56:36 PM

The All-of-a-Kind Family- Sydney Taylor. Details the lives of a Jewish family on the East Side of New York in the early 1900's with humor and warmth. Has a full series, if you can find it.

Until you mentioned this series, I didn't remember the name of it!! I was going to mention these books a lot sooner, but I couldn't remember the name...
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: dietcokeofevil on December 03, 2008, 08:33:33 PM
The Westing Game was a favorite of mine at that age.

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: hyzenthlay on December 03, 2008, 09:31:49 PM
The Westing Game was a favorite of mine at that age.

Ooo POD POD POD

I recently bought a copy after many a year missing it :D
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: dietcokeofevil on December 03, 2008, 09:37:04 PM
The Westing Game was a favorite of mine at that age.

Ooo POD POD POD

I recently bought a copy and many a year missing it :D

Yeah...I reread my copy a couple of times a year.
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on October 26, 2009, 05:50:16 PM
Bumping up

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: MrsODemus on October 26, 2009, 06:07:45 PM
The Black Stallion Books - LOVE :)
Trixie Belden - do they even print these still? Those books were wonderful
The Wizard of Oz Books - I didn't realize until I was in my 20's there was a whole series and I loved them.

Best of Luck
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: DottyG on November 30, 2012, 07:23:19 PM
(Bumping up for Lindley.)

Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: jedikaiti on November 30, 2012, 08:59:22 PM
How about one or more of Andrew Lang's Fairy Books - the <Insert Color Here> Fairy Books (Yellow, Red, Green, etc...)?
Title: Re: Books for 9 year olds
Post by: mrsbrandt on November 30, 2012, 10:02:03 PM
My 8 year old loves the Junie B. Jones books and the Judy Moody books. But for a 9 year old I'd recommend the Nancy Drew Juniors series.  My 8 year old is really beginning to love them. Also the Dork Diaries are really popular now too for around that age group.