Tweens are at the perfect age for enjoying books of every type. There’s an engaging book out there for even the most stubborn of tweens. Books for this age level (8 -12) should be interesting, as well as educational in some way. As a mother of tweens, we have gone through so many books – practically as quickly as we go through water. Here are five of what I feel are some of the best educational and engaging books for tweens.
Bubba Goes National by Jennifer Walker
Bubba Goes National is about a girl named Leslie and her horse. This book teaches kids not only about relationships with others, but also about caring for horses. There are many ‘girl and her horse’ stories, but both of my tweens agree there are none like Bubba Goes National. This engaging story will take kids on an exciting journey full of hopes, dreams, and inspiration. Sasha, age 11 says “Bubba Goes National is so good I would recommend it to all my friends. It was the best book I ever read.“
Math Doesn’t Suck by Danica McKellar
“This book proved that math really doesn’t suck,” said Amber, age 12. Before reading Math Doesn’t Suck, Amber had always hated math – not anymore. It’s great for kids in middle school who are still trying to understand that transition between basic math and the more difficult processes. Kids will learn tips and tricks that help them solve problems faster when doing homework and taking tests. They’ll also gain insight and a deeper understanding of the hows and whys – but in a language that won’t bore them.
Kiss My Math by Danica McKellar
Kiss My Math does the same thing as Math Doesn’t Suck, but with pre-algebra in mind. Is your pre-teen struggling with pre-algebra lingo? Confused about what exactly exponents, variables, absolute values, and other such words mean in the world of math? Your tween won’t just learn the definitions. This book will explain what to do, including real-life scenarios presented in an enjoyable way.
Girls Rule: A Very Special Book Created Especially for Girls by Ashley Rice
This is a great book to encourage self-esteem and the accomplishment of goals and dreams. Every girl is special and she should know it. Ashley Rice has done a good job at creating this story in which a young girl narrates her life experiences and how she gets through them. In this inspirational tale, girls learn that they have what it takes to make all their dreams come true.
The Secret of Zoom by Lynne Jonell
The Secret of Zoom is about a young girl named Christina, who is sheltered from many things in life, as her father believes them to be dangerous. Her home consists of a mansion surrounded by an electric barbed wire fence on the outskirts of a forest. Deep within the forest is the science lab where her mother was apparently blown to pieces when Christina was just a baby. While trying to help a forbidden friend named Taft escape, they discover more than they may have ever cared to know or even suspect. This is an adventurous and engaging story that teaches kids how many things in life are not always as they seem.
Interview with Sasha, age 11
Interview with Amber, age 12