Best Reads for Tweens on Your Holiday List
Compiling a list of great reads for tweens for the ultimate gift? Top picks range from mysteries and classic stories to a series that helps girls consider careers. Nothing beats curling up with a great book on chilly winter afternoons.
The Girls Know How® series, a Mom’s Choice Award honoree, receives top marks from parents, children, educators and librarians. The fictional chapter books are ideal for children in second through sixth grades, and help them explore careers in a fun way with engaging characters. At the end of each, readers learn about the woman who was the inspiration for the book’s career theme and about her profession, discovering a world of career opportunities at their doors.
“Tweens fall into that nebulous period between childhood and full-fledged adolescence, and books are a terrific way to introduce them to new ideas, stimulate their imaginations or bolster their self-esteem,”
For boys (though girls will love it, too), consider the All the Wrong Questions series by Lemony Snicket. The recently released Who Could That Be at This Hour?, the first volume of the new mock-autobiographical series which serves as a prequel to A Series of Unfortunate Events, is a holiday must-read. Each chapter shares stories of the eccentric author’s childhood and his involvement as an apprentice with a mysterious, secret society.
A magazine subscription might be the perfect solution if you are unsure or want variety, plus subscriptions are a great way to keep the fun going year round. Sports Illustrated for Kids, Discovery Girls and American Girl Magazines are sure to please.
“Tweens develop at different rates, so consider reading level, interests, and attention span,” says Langas. And take time to discuss the books your kids read. Ask them about the characters, what they would do differently, and what they liked (or didn’t) about the story. Whichever books you choose, the gift of reading will always be appreciated!