Suggested Books for Tweens
This post is sponsored by Amazon, but all thoughts, opinions, and list of suggested books for tweens are my own.
It took many, many years for me to actually sit down and enjoy reading a book for pleasure. I would read magazines, but comic books growing up didn’t even appeal to me. I loved TV and movies. Oh, and did I love my MTV music videos. But the thought of reading for “fun” was so off my radar. And I’m not even sure “tween” was a word. So hearing the phrase “books for tweens” was basically a form of gibberish.
Then I started high school and Sr. Mona whips out The Outsiders. “Wait, I know that story!” For the first time in my life, I could read the black and white pages word for word, and actually, understand what was going on. It kept my interest, and even though there are differences between the book and movie, I could point them out, and remember the details.
But this was never the case with Kiddo, from the time she could hold a book she would devour anything she could get her hands on. “Who is this kid?” I would often think. “She has blonde hair, blue eyes, and loves to read, I know the hospital totally gave me the wrong child.” But she’s mine, we share the same passion for music videos, she was obsessed with Yo Gabba Gabba! and loved just exploring. Anything from parks, to beaches, to cities, she was my child, alright.
On-The-Go: Personalized Mobile Library
Having a passion for reading also means lugging any four to six books that she’s in the middle of at any given moment around the world. Trust me, it’s happened and spring break is no different. Especially when a plane and long flights are involved, and airline costs for checked baggage are soaring. Oh, and we’re not dealing with scrappy paperbacks either, we’re talking full-on hardcover novels.
Kiddo has also expressed a liking towards The Classics. This makes me happy because now I get to re-read them all over again for fun, but let’s face it, most of those books are really BIG. She finished Gone With The Wind this summer and it was the size of an old-school phone book. Who wants to be carrying something like that around? Certainly not me. With the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet Kiddo can have her very own entire personal library at her fingertips wherever we may roam.
Books for Tweens
The summer going into second grade we were at the bookstore and she asked me if she could read, “Little Women” by Louisa Mae Alcott. This instantly gave me PTSD because my mom made me read it in third grade and I’m pretty sure I didn’t get beyond page three, but Kiddo? She couldn’t put it down. Clearly, reading is a true passion of hers and I’m jealous. Personally, I would love for this to be a sweet escape for me, and nothing makes my heart happier than hearing the words, “Mom, this is such a gooooooooooood book.”
So what are the “tween” years anyway? “Tween” is short for the “between” years. From 8 – 12 when children are transitioning from elementary school to middle school. This is also the period where they are growing out-of-control both physically, mentally, and emotionally. It’s an important time when parents should keep tabs on what their children are subjected to online, in books, in the media, and on television. Use this time to have heart-to-heart discussions about what the heavier topics, and ask your child how it made or makes them feel. Use this as an opportunity to encourage open dialogue which your “tween” might otherwise find uncomfortable or somewhat boring because it has to do with school.
During a recent assessment at school, Kiddo’s reading level was identified as just a few months shy of 7th grade. This is fantastic news, but as a parent, she’s still only 11, so I need to find a way to match books with her maturity level and the content. In order to do this, I rely heavily on Common Sense Media which I can use directly from my daughter’s Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet. She may be able to read books written for 13-year-olds, but that doesn’t mean she’s quite ready for the subject matter.
Reading List for Tweens: Middle School Books
Finding good books for young adults can be a challenge, so with the help of reviews and recommendations on Common Sense Media, we came up with our own list of approved Classics and contemporary stories which included:
4th Grade Books for Tweens
- The Secret Garden
- Anne of Green Gables
- Black Beauty
- The Westing Game
- The Princess Bride
- Harry Potter Series
5th Grade Books for Tweens
- Johnny Tremain
- A Long Walk to Water
- One for the Murphy’s
- A Wrinkle In Time
- Treasure Island
- The Hobbit
- The Girl Who Drank The Moon
6th Grade Books for Tweens
- All Quiet On The Western Front
- The Apothecary
- One Crazy Summer
- Lord of The Flies
- A Tree Grows In Brooklyn
- The Hunger Game Series
7th Grade Books for Tweens
- To Kill A Mockingbird
- The Outsiders
- The Old Man and The Sea
- Call of The Wild
- Animal Farm
- The Book Thief
- And Then There Were None
- Murder on the Orient Express
- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
- Pride and Prejudice
- A Separate Peace
- The Good Earth
I Am Malala
Encouraging reading, but also creating boundaries is something as a parent I value. The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet allows me to do both. Sometimes Kiddo can’t put a book down, but she does need her sleep. And she needs uninterrupted rest. So even though her room is already an “Unplugged Zone,” I do let her use her tablet in her room because I can control the settings and monitor things as needed directly from the Parent Dashboard.
The Ultimate Travel Companion
Just because we’re on vacation, doesn’t mean learning comes to a halt. Kiddo even researches our trips on her tablet educating herself on everything from geographical location, fun facts, and places we “must-see” while visiting making her feel even more part of the planning.
So what else makes the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet so revolutionary? It is not only an educational tool, but it’s fun as well. As Kiddo enters the “tween” world, the table permits her to make her own choices, while staying within parent/child-approved parameters. It comes with a 2-year worry-free guarantee and has access to thousands of age-appropriate books, videos, apps, and games made available courtesy of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited which is included in a one-year subscription.
Mommy’s Little Helper
Amazon FreeTime mode keeps track of what Kiddo is viewing and how much time she’s spending attaining the educational goals and limits her “fun” screen time. The Learn First and Bedtime features helped leaps and bounds when it came time to get back into a back-to-school routine. Kiddo could still turn in at 7:00, but read until “lights out” when the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet timed out at 8:00 pm.
But the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet is not only great for books, she can watch all of her favorite movies, shows, and play games as well. Its user-friendly interface makes navigating any accessing all of its capabilities a pleasure. You also can’t beat the durability or price point. Available in three bright case colors (pink, yellow, and blue,) it should come as no surprise that Kiddo went with her signature hue.
What Is Your Favorite Classic Book?
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