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Much to my delight, Max is a voracious reader. I was one of those kids who read constantly too; cereal boxes at breakfast, shampoo bottles in the bathtub, I was always on the search for words. From identifying the letters “DKNY” on his babysitter’s shirt when he was tiny, he’s always been a word guy, and now I’m thrilled that he’s getting into reading books that I love as much as he does! We’ve worked together to round up a list of books that he loves, or wants to read.
We’re always looking for more suggestions, too, so please leave them in the comments below, or on my Facebook page!
Books for 9-year olds
I’m not sure what I need to say, other than leave Max’s review here: “Harry Potter is about a kid who is special, let’s put it that way. He has a scar (I know, that doesn’t seem important right now) I like it because they’re good books. I don’t know why people wouldn’t like Harry Potter!”
These have a special place in my heart because I remember my dad reading them aloud to my sister and I. Max says: “I like these ones because they were exciting and I really liked them. I think The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was my favorite.”
“I also have the Gamer’s Edition one, which I like the most. It has lots of cool world records and I just like it.”
I met the author of this last year, and got really excited about this. It’s kind of a cross between Goonies and a secret history lesson. “I’ve only read some of this one, but it’s really cool so far.”
This one is often recommended for post-Harry Potter readers, and I was kind of obsessed with myhtology when I was this age, so I’m planning to read these ones along with Max. His thoughts: “Wow! That sounds really complicated but cool. Did you say I already have this to read? Where is it?”
I’m all in on anything that happens in the Harry Potter universe, and I wasn’t familiar with these until recently. “I really like that this has to do with Harry Potter, since that’s my favorite.”
This was another one of my favorites when I was Max’s age, so I can’t wait to introduce him to it ahead of the movie coming out next year (Which looks amaaaaazing!)
This series by James Patterson (Kiss the Girls) come pretty highly recommended by several other moms I know, and Max and I both love a good mystery!
Who knew? Chris Colfer is multi-talented! This Glee alum wrote this series of books; the covers caught my eye at Target recently, and I plan to read them along with Max.
Not necessarily challenging to read, but the problem-solving part of these really benefits from an older kid. I loved these when I was Max’s age, and he loves them now.
The ones that follow here are ones that often pop up in these sorts of threads on Facebook, so Max and I don’t have specific opinions on them. (Feel free to chime in!)