9 Best Books for 9-Year-Old Kids

By the time kids are nine years old, they should have developed the ability to read books, concentrate for longer period of time and should have the interest to pick up a book by themselves and read their time away. With consistent reading, children gain better comprehension skills, vocabulary, reading strategies and confidence. Introducing them to different genres is also important so they are exposed to all types of stories and slowly figure out what they love the most. The right books can also build a child’s love of reading as they progress toward middle school, and help them grow!

Keeping these factors in mind we’ve come up with a list of 9 books your nine year old will surely love! So keep reading!

1. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Clever Matilda defies her rotten parents by teaching herself to read and getting herself to school. Here, her prodigious talent propels her beyond her mum, dad and nasty headmistress, supported by her teacher, Miss Honey. Matilda blossoms, but it’s not all easy. Roald Dahl’s larger-than-life novel is a triumph over bullying.

Through this book, Roald Dahl wants kids to be brave and strong-headed like Matilda. Matilda succeeds but it’s been a difficult journey for her.

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Matila book for 9 year old kids

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2. The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

A simple and enchanting fairy tale for kids by Kelly Barnhill. The story takes place in a small town near a volcanic peak encircled by dark forests. The townsfolk believes a Witch lives in the forest who’ll harm them all if a baby isn’t sacrificed each year. So they leave the youngest child of the Protectorate, in the forest, as an offering to the Witch. But the witch, Xan, doesn’t understand why these people abandoned one of their own in the forest each year. So she took care of them, travelled far to place them in the arms of another loving family who wanted them. But one time, the kind witch fed a child moonlight, instead of starlight. This results in the child, Luna, receiving extraordinary magic. As Luna’s thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge – with dangerous consequences. She couldn’t understand her powers and Xan had to lock away the magic inside of Luna by binding it to her own. Luna’s magic will return when she turns thirteen. This also meant Xan will die when Luna’s magic comes back.

A compelling fantasy for all the kids indeed!

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon book for 9 year old kids

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3. The Hidden Oracle The Trials of Apollo Book 1 by Rick Riordan

As a punishment Apollo has been punished by his father, Zeus and he ends up in New York City as a regular boy without any powers. Without his powers, Apollo must learn to survive as a normal teen until he can find a way to regain Zeus’s favour. But Apollo has many enemies in the form of Gods and Monsters who are waiting to destroy him permanently. Get your kids to read what happens in the end!

If they’ve watched Thor, they’ll love this book too! This book is quite similar to the film.

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The Trails of Apollo book for 9 year old kids

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4. Grandma’s Bag of Stories by Sudha Murty

We all have heard grandma’s stories while growing up and we know they’re simply delightful, just like Sudha Murty’s Bag of Stories.

The story starts with Anand, and his cousins arriving at their grandparents’ house in Shiggaon. Overjoyed about this, the grandparents get the house ready, while Ajji prepares delicious snacks for children. Finally, times come when everyone gathers around Ajji, as she opens her big bag of stories. She tells stories of kings and cheats, princesses and onions, monkeys and mice and scorpions and hidden treasures.

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Grandma's bag of stories book for 9 year old kids

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5. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

In the Valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli who lived with her family in a tumbledown hut. When her father tells her old folklore stories, she’s inspired by them and sets off on a journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change the fortune of the family! She meets various creatures along her journey, including a dragon who accompanies her to find answers.

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Where the mountain meets the moon book for 9 year old kids

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6. The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond by Max Brallier

A fun fiction book about two boys and a girl as they plan of fighting zombies. This one’s a hilarious book with appealing illustrations for all the kids out there!

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The Last Kids on Earth and the cosmic beyond book for 9 year old kids

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7. Wish by Barbara O’Connor

Powerful stories like Wish are important for kids because it brings their compassionate and emotional side out! It’s a heart-warming and touching story!

Charlie, a young girl belongs to a broken family, spends all her energy wishing for one thing she wants the most. After a series of events, she realises that what she wants and what she needs are two different things and she must decide.

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Wish book for 9 year old kids

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8. Charlie and the chocolate factory by Roald Dahl

If you’ve seen the movies, you’ll surely know how much fun it was to watch it and how amazing the story is. The book and the movie alike has a great message in it- that children who are honest and well-behaved will be rewarded.

The story shows the protagonist, Charlie Bucket who luckily wins the last golden ticket which is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The tour is a dream for all the kids but because the kids are unable to control their temptations or behave well, they end up losing the big surprise in the end!

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Charlie and the chocolate factory book for 9 year old kids

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9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney

An unexpected inheritance gives the Heffley family a chance to make improvements in their home. But there’s so much more than just construction! When things get rough, will the family be able to stay? Or will they be forced to move? Read this one to know what happens in the end!

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Wrecking Ball book for 9 year old kids

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Let us know which one’s your favourite and if there’s anything you want us to add to the list!

Don’t forget to read: 10 Best Books for 10-Year-Old Kids by us!

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