Books for 9 year olds
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Books for 9 year olds – a panel of educators from schools around the country asked 9 year olds to name their favourite book, and these are the results. For more details about how these books were selected, please see our Children’s Favourites article which explains the survey process. This list includes titles by authors including Rob Biddulph, David Walliams, Terry Deary, Maz Evans, Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, Matt Haig, Roald Dahl, Joanna Nadin, R.L. Stine, Sharna Jackson, David Baddiel & Kate Pankhurst.
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Books for 9 year olds – favourites chosen by children
(In randomised order)
Guinness World Records
With new records, exciting snippets and fascinating features each year, this is the ultimate non-fiction book to dip into. Perfect for children who love facts and interesting information.
Draw With Rob by Rob Biddulph
A lockdown hit, this is the book that persuaded children to draw. Complete with website activities, Youtube videos and a plethora of sequels, Draw With Rob really does make art accessible to 9 year olds.
The World’s Worst Parents series by David Walliams
Will bold full colour illustrations and a fast-paced, funny and easy-to-read storyline, children will love the perfectly horrible and disgusting parents in this bestseller. Also in the series are The World’s Worst Children and The World’s Worst Teachers.
Horrible Histories series by Terry Deary
Is there a more popular non-fiction history series for children? With fun facts, short bursts of information and cartoon illustrations, this series comprises guides that are easy to read, informative and accurate. Numbering over 60 titles this series has been a hit since 1993.
Who Let the Gods Out series by Maz Evans
Achingly laugh-out-loud funny, this middle-grade comedy series is unputdownable. Guaranteed to inspire reading for pleasure, it’s a modern cult classic for 9-year-olds.
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
Empowering, uplifting and compelling – with a sprinkle of rule-bending, these illustrated modern twists on classic fairytale plots tell the stories of 100 important women to inspire 9-year-old children to succeed.
The Truth Pixie series by Matt Haig
An easier and comforting read, this reassuring tale tells the story of a young pixie who, whatever she does, is simply not able to lie. There are lots of exciting resources and activities on the author’s website for 9-year-olds at home or at school.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Matilda is a book-loving child who lives with book-indifferent parents and has a child-hating teacher. With colourful characters and hilarious situations, this 1980s classic is a wonderful story for book lovers of every age.
The Worst Class series by Joanna Nadin
Headteacher Mrs Bottomly-Blunt is a force to be reckoned with, but with class 4B, she might have met her match. Expect your 9-year-old to spontaneously dissolve into giggles when reading this multi-award-winning first-chapter book.
Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine
Gripping, scary and packed with twists, turns and the unexpected, there are over 100 titles and spinoffs in this bestselling series that first emerged in the 1990s. When one child is seen reading a Goosebumps book, others will follow.
These books received a very high number of votes in some schools but did not make the top 10 overall.
The Good Turn by Sharna Jackson
A gripping and relatable adventure book for 9-year-olds, with a modern and contemporary setting. With lots of talking points and social situations in the plot, this book is ideal to provoke discussion.
The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous by David Baddiel
Surprising and thought-provoking, this rollercoaster bestselling comedy adventure will spark nine year old children into thinking about the consequences of fame, notoriety and the social media influencer lifestyle.
Fantastically Great Women series by Kate Pankhurst
Brightly illustrated and fun, these books are inspirational, informative and empowering. These titles always prove to be popular in junior school libraries.
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10 Fantastic Books for 9 Year Old Girls (Must-Reads!)
Keep reading for 10 simple chapter books that your 9 year old girl will love!
Can I let you in on a little secret? My oldest daughter didn’t learn to read until she was almost 9 years old! Thankfully we are homeschoolers so she could learn at her own pace and not feel rushed.
Can I tell you another secret? IT DROVE ME CRAZY!! She understood letters, she loved books, but she just couldn’t make that last connection. But when she finally did, she was reading like gangbusters. She wizzed through all the easy readers and was reading chapter books in no time.
Because my kids were late readers (my younger daughter just turned 8 when she learned to read) I tend to underestimate reading levels which I think is a good thing! It’s better for a book to be slightly under their reading level and enjoy the book than the book be too hard for them to read and they give up.
Maybe your daughters are like mine or maybe they are more advanced for their age. Either way, I have 10 books for 9 year old girls that should apply to all girls. Some are beginner chapter books, while some are chapter books. Let’s get started!
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Books for 9 Year Old Girls
Beginner Chapter Books
Judy Moody Was in a Mood by Megan McDonald
“To start, Judy Moody doesn’t have high hopes for third grade. Her new desk won’t have an armadillo sticker with her name on it. Her new classroom will not have a porcupine named Roger. And with her luck, she’ll get stuck sitting in the first row, where Mr. Todd will notice every time she tries to pass a note to her best friend, Rocky. An aspiring doctor, Judy does have a little brother who comes in handy for practicing medicine, a cool new pet, and a huge Band-Aid collection. ”
Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
“To Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Mercy is not just a pig — she’s a porcine wonder. And to the portly and good-natured Mercy, the Watsons are an excellent source of buttered toast, not to mention that buttery-toasty feeling she gets when she snuggles into bed with them. This is not, however, so good for the Watsons’ bed. BOOM! CRACK! As the bed and its occupants slowly sink through the floor, Mercy escapes in a flash. Welcome to the wry and endearing world of Mercy Watson.”
I adore Mercy Watson. These books feature wonderful illustrations and an adorable storyline. I love this porcine wonder!
The Absent Author (A to Z Mysteries) by Ron Roy
“Help Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve mysteries from A to Z! A is for Author . . . A famous writer is coming to Green Lawn! Dink rushes to the bookstore to meet his favorite author, Wallis Wallace, and get all his books signed. But the author never shows up! Where is Wallis Wallace? It’s up to Dink and his friends Josh and Ruth Rose to track him down. ”
Amelia Bedelia Means Business by Herman Parish
“Amelia Bedelia’s parents say they’ll split the cost of a new bike with her, and that means Amelia Bedelia needs to put the pedal to the metal and earn some dough! With Amelia Bedelia anything can happen, and it usually does. Short, fast-paced chapters, tons of friends, silly situations, and funny wordplay and misunderstandings make the Amelia Bedelia chapter books an ideal choice for young readers. Look out! Here comes Amelia Bedelia, and she means business!”
Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
“There are lots of children on Hill Street, but no little girls Betsy’s age. So when a new family moves into the house across the street, Betsy hopes they will have a little girl she can play with. Sure enough, they do, a little girl named Tacy. And from the moment they meet at Betsy’s fifth birthday party, Betsy and Tacy become such good friends that everyone starts to think of them as one person, Betsy-Tacy.”
We read this book aloud for our state unit study, and it is just darling. This story of wholesome friendship will be a joy for any girl to read!
Keeper of the Doves by Betsy Byars
“Amen McBee, the youngest of five sisters, gobbles up words the way other children gobble up sweets. She couldn’t be more different from her elder twin sisters Arabella and Annabella, called the Bellas. The mischievous Bellas constantly frighten Amen with stories of Mr. Tominski, the old recluse who lives in the woods nearby and mysteriously tends to a flock of doves. The Bellas insist that Mr. Tominski is a dangerous bogeyman who eats children whole, but Papa vows that the ‘keeper of the doves’ wouldn’t hurt a soul. When tragedy strikes the family Amen must decide once and for all who is right.”
Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary
“Newbery Award-winner Beverly Cleary delivers a humorous portayal of the ups and downs of sisterhood. Having a little sister like four-year-old Ramona isn’t always easy for Beezus Quimby. With a wild imagination, disregard for order, and an appetite for chaos, Ramona makes it hard for Beezus to be the responsible older sister she knows she ought to be. Will Beezus find the patience to handle her little sister?
All kids should read the Ramona series. They are THAT good! My kids have reread them 4-5 times.
Tumtum & Nutmeg by Emily Bearn
“Tumtum and Nutmeg lead cozy and quiet lives, secretly looking after Arthur and Lucy, the disheveled human children of the cottage, never dreaming that so many exciting adventures will soon find them. But when evil Aunt Ivy, a squeamish schoolteacher named Miss Short, and pirating pond rats threaten the safety of those they hold dear, the courageous pair will stop at nothing to save the day.”
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
The first in a series of six books. “When Clementine’s best friend and neighbor, Margaret, comes to her with a problem, Clementine goes to many lengths to help her friend. This sets off a rollicking adventure-filled week that finds Clementine getting into and out of further trouble, while learning valuable life lessons.”
Happy Little Family by Rebecca Caudill
“Winter or summer, something is always happening in the Fairchild house, tucked amidst the pine trees of the Kentucky hills one hundred years ago or more. And, four years old or not, Bonnie usually manages to be in the middle of the action! Whether it be sliding along the ice, searching for arrowheads, or going on that journey of all journeys across the swinging bridge to school.”
Another heart-warming tale of a family who lived long ago. It’s a wonderful book if you child likes the Little House series or if they aren’t quite ready for it yet.
Whether your child was an early reader or a late reader, we all need to choose books for our kids. I always recommend books that I would or have read myself but, more importantly, books that I would have my own kids read. I hope you found a new book on this list!
Tales for children 9 years old
Tales for children 9 years old — a collection of the best works that immerse you in a fabulous and wonderful world of magic. It seems that a child at 9 years old is already an adult. But children are in no hurry to part with a fairy tale at this age. A nine-year-old child is already interested in listening to long stories, and he easily determines the line between good and evil. Favorite fairy tales of domestic and foreign authors play a significant role in the process of raising a child, and their dynamic plot will captivate from the first lines.
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Samuil MarshakAbout Santa ClausFor girlsNew YearFor children 5 years oldFor children 6 years oldFor children 9 years oldFor children 10 years oldFor children 11 years old For children 12 years old About the seasons For schoolchildren For grade 4 For kindergarten For senior group For preparatory group
Valentin Kataev For girls For children 7 years old For children 9 years old About flowers For children 8 years old For schoolchildren For grade 2 For grade 3 For grade 4 For kindergarten For senior group
Tatyana Alexandrova For children 9 years old BigFunnyFor kindergartenFor senior group
Russian folkPro Ivan the Fool For children 9 years old About princesses For schoolchildren For grade 3 For grade 4
Alan MilneForeign writersAbout the bearAbout the donkeyFor children 9yearsLargeFunny
Lewis CarrollFor children 9 years oldFor children 10 years oldLargeFor schoolchildrenFor 5th gradeFor 6th gradeForeign writers
Alexei TolstoyFor boysFor children 6 years oldFor children 7 years oldFor children 9 years old For children 10 years old About gold Big About friendship For kindergarten For preparatory group
Alexander PushkinFor children 9 years old For children 6 years old For children 7 years old For children 8 years old For schoolchildren For grade 3
Hans Christian AndersenForeign writers For girls For children 7 years old For children 9yearsFor children 10 years oldAbout loveAbout princessesFor children 8 years oldFor schoolchildrenFor 4th grade
Hans Christian AndersenForeign writersFor girlsNew YearFor children 7 years oldFor children 9 years oldFor children 10 years oldFor children 11 years oldFor children 12 years oldAbout loveKindAbout seasonsAbout winterAbout princessesFor children 8 years old For schoolchildren For grade 5
Wilhelm Hauff For children 10 years old For children 9 years old For boys Oriental Instructive Foreign writers
Wilhelm Hauff For boys For children 9yearsFor children 10 years oldFor schoolchildrenFor 6th gradeForeign writers
Evgeny ShvartsBy ageFor children 6 years oldFor children 7 years oldFor children 9 years oldInstructiveFor children 8 years oldFor schoolchildrenFor 3rd gradeFor 4th gradeFor 5th gradeFor 6th gradeFor kindergartenFor preparatory group
Vsevolod GarshinAbout animalsAbout the frogFor children 9 years For children 10 years old For schoolchildren For grade 2 For kindergarten For preparatory group
Deniska’s storiesStories for children 7 years oldyearsStories for children 10-11 years oldSovietFor children 9 years oldFor children 10 years oldViktor DragunskyFor schoolchildrenFor the 3rd grade
Hans Christian AndersenForeign writersFor children 7 years oldFor children 9 years oldPro princeAbout brothersAbout princessesFor children 8 years oldFor schoolchildrenFor grade 4For kindergartenFor preparatory group
Vitaly Gubarev For children 9 years old Large
Alexander PushkinAbout the roosterFor children 9 years oldAbout the kingFor children 8 years old For schoolchildrenFor 4th grade
The editors of VashDosug. ru have chosen the most interesting book novelties and tested them on my children! About how the book turns into an interactive game, where the text and illustrations come to life, and why adults read children’s editions even with more pleasure than the children themselves.
“Visible-Invisible”, Valeria Ordinartseva
M.: «Pink giraffe», 2013. (4-8 years old)
Quite girly, tender and airy, both the story itself and the wonderful illustrations by Polina Bakhtina (theatrical designer and set designer). A book for those who like to fantasize and imagine extraordinary worlds. The story of a girl who had a favorite horse, long-maned, dappled, but unfortunately invisible. One day the horse lost its invisible horseshoe and began to limp, and the poor girl did not know at all how to help her, because she did not know any invisible blacksmiths. I don’t know which of us and my daughter enjoyed this book more. A great occasion to dream with your child and discuss what the “invisible” is in general, and what can be seen by closing your eyes for just 4 seconds. ..
“Tosya Bosya and darkness”, Lina Zutautė
M.: Clever, 2013. (4-8 years old)
A book from a series by a well-known Lithuanian artist and writer about the adventures of the little prankster Tosi Bosi. This is not just a book, it is a real interactive game, where text and illustrations not only complement each other, but live and act as a single organism. Even the flyleaf of the book is involved, it shows a variety of variations on how to fold your fingers so that you get a bunny, a wolf, a goose and even an elephant for shadow theater. You can already play with it! And inside is the story of Toshi Boshi, who was terribly afraid of the dark and went in search of her in order to get rid of her once and for all… The investigation turns into a board game with mazes-rpg. Moreover, each picture has a lot of wonderful details, for example, a spider lives behind the closet, which not only spins a web, but knits sweaters and hats out of it =) There is not much text in the book, but looking at the illustrations is a separate program item for the little reader.
« Pumpkin, a mouse from a pumpkin «, Andrey Usachev
M.: Rosmen, 2014. (4-8 years)
«Pumpkin, a mouse from a pumpkin» — a fresh joint project of two, so to speak, mastodon children’s book publishing: the famous writer Andrey Usachev and the no less famous artist and illustrator Evgeny Antonenkov. In general, this is quite enough to make the book a hit. A story about a little mouse that settled in a pumpkin. And not in some ordinary, but in a pumpkin carved for Halloween, that is, with eyes, a nose, a mouth, and even a candle inside for lighting and heating. To be honest, I somehow did not expect to read about the disguised dead and draculas in a Russian book, and I was even a little dumbfounded by these same characters under wonderful pictures. But a child growing up on foreign cartoons treated them calmly, as a matter of course.
The main idea of the book is very instructive — it is not possible to become happy alone, even if you have a comfortable home and delicious food. For happiness, someone else is always needed, and therefore joy must be shared with others.
«We are all from Bullerby», Astrid Lindgren
M.: Makhaon, 2014. (4-8 years old)
The book is written on behalf of a 7-year-old girl who tells about life in the small village of Bullerby, where there are only 3 houses with 6 children. And of course, Bullerby is the best place on earth. How else can children count? Astrid Lindgren herself grew up in the same small village in southern Sweden.
A book about how little neighbors in Bullerby live and make friends, about their adventures and everyday life, about their relationship with themselves and adults. As you know, children are great inventors. And friends from Bullerby are constantly coming up with new interesting ideas. Some of their notions can even be taken into account.
Amazing illustrations, similar to small paintings on canvas (even tiny strokes and streaks of paint are visible), are made by a young talented Ukrainian artist Ekaterina Dudnik.
«Vietnamese in panama», Olga Volkova
Moscow: Pink Giraffe, 2011. (4-8 years)
a lavishly illustrated textbook that sensibly and figuratively explains what homonyms, homographs, homophones and paronyms are. Saying “Dutch”, we mean both a resident of Holland and a stove decorated with tiles (if the former are quite common, then children come across stoves, and even with tiles, less and less; only in fairy tales). The key that springs and the key in the door lock are called the same for a reason: in ancient times it was believed that the spring opens the earth so that the locked water freely pours out. Linguistic examples are backed up by poems by various poets, from Mayakovsky to Lukomnikov, and generally set in a poetic mood. The book once again testifies to the richness and diversity of the Russian language and is intended for the widest range of readers. In the end, the best of us are sometimes able to say something, confusing an excavator with an escalator. You will wind up ( a . get tired; b . for some reason with twine), then that.
«Royal rhyme», Marina Boroditskaya
Moscow: Pink giraffe. (4-8 years old)
Examples of humorous English poetry, which generations of Russian children loved in the adaptation of Chukovsky, Marshak and Zakhoder for their signature dose of absurdity. With psychedelia, everything is in order here too: see the story of the simpleton Simon, who, having climbed a pine tree in search of gingerbread, naturally receives only abrasions and bumps. Marina Boroditskaya translates (and Mikhail Fedorov, a classic of book graphics, draws) both folk rhymes and poems by prominent writers, whom we know primarily from prose. The author of «Treasure Island» Robert Louis Stevenson confidently turns the helm in the direction of maritime romance in tiny rhymes for children. And Alan Alexander Milne warms up before writing his main novel with small poetic vignettes, where there is a place for sybaritism, sung in Winnie the Pooh, and Christopher Robin, and the teddy bear himself, who, if he is soaring about being overweight, is just a little. On this topic — not too pedagogical in our age of burning carbohydrates, but a heartfelt ballad about the secular friendship of a bear, a couch potato and a couch potato, and King Louis, a couple of self-sufficient, self-satisfied and each other fat people.
«Panda Confucius», Olga Yarikova
M.: Clever, 2013. (6-9 years old)
A good book for thoughtful children. They have not yet heard of a Chinese scientist, but Panda Kung Fu is similar in sound and closer in age. Panda lives on a high mountain and preaches a wise approach to life, in other words, in different cases he gives different advice. The Toropyga Bear says that before starting a new business, one should consult with relatives, and the Sluggish Bear — to start a new business immediately. All right, if you think about it. Among the heroes are the famous Krylov dragonfly (albeit in the guise of a grasshopper) and the goose that lays golden eggs (albeit with an unexpected ending). The narration in the style of an oriental parable is spiced with oriental flavor with pictures from Igor Oleinikov: bright and at the same time a little blurry, as if in watercolor. You can look at them almost longer than reading the text itself (large, calligraphic). And although the book seems to be designed for preschoolers and younger students, but of my two children, the 12-year-old son, who is prone to philosophy, was more interested in the 8-year-old daughter, who said something along the lines of: “Mom, I don’t Understood». Although the pictures looked with pleasure, yes.
« Various stories are described in this book. Only they are rewritten for children 6-9 years old. The main character is Panda Confucius, who tells various stories to his students. They teach to be generous, friendly, not to steal and remain calm in different situations. I liked the book. It has a large font, pictures take up half a page and even more. If you start reading, it will be difficult to tear yourself away from it » .