22 Chapter Books for PreTeens {Ages 8-12}

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22 Chapter Books for PreTeens {Ages 8-12}

Ah the Tween years. The preteens. Most children in this age group can read chapter books easily on their own, and your hope is to really get them hooked on books during this phase. You need good, quality books that are entertaining and keep your child coming back for more, but you also want clean language, pure content, and storylines that won’t keep him up at night.


These are some of our favorite books for this age group. All of these books are books that my preteens have read and loved. Most are books we had to own because they are liked so much. You can find more great suggestions in my 15 Chapter Books for Girls post and my Chapter Books for Boys post. These books are in no particular order. This post contains affiliate links. 


Wonder by R. J. Placio
Kaitlyn declares this book the best book ever written.


Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland
Kaitlyn and McKenna are both completely obsessed with this series right now.


The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
If your child handles this book well, have him/her move on to the Lord of The Rings series as he/she gets on the older half of the preteen age.


The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

22 Chapter Books for PreTeens {Ages 8-12}

This is Brayden’s current favorite.


Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
Huge hit in my house, and a huge hit among all fourth graders at our school right now.

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
A great follow-up for the Percy Jackson fans.


The Giver by Lois Lowry
One of the best books ever written. Save it for an older preteen age range–10-12.


Five Kingdoms by Brandon Mull


Five Kingdoms by Toby Neighbors
I accidentally found this book when searching for the Five Kingdoms above. It has come to be a favorite of Brayden and my husband.


Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
A must-have for any book list.


Fablehaven by Brandon Mull


The Sorcerer’s Ring by Mogan Rice


100 Cupboards by N. D. Wilson

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Ranger’s Apprentice by John A. Flanagen


Michael Vey by Richard Paul Evans


Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card


Spirit Animals by Various Authors


Survivors by Eric Hunter

I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis


Beyonders by Brandon Mull


The Unicorn’s Secret by Kathleen Duey



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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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