Welcome to the Fiction Books for Kids site! We recognize that a child who reads books tends to become a more educated, successful and prosperous adult. Therefore, this website is dedicated to selecting the best fiction books for kids ages 9-12 and to supporting parents and teachers in their quest to find great fiction books that will increase a child’s interest in reading.
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By our definition, the best fiction books for kids tell positive, edifying stories while keeping kids glued to the page and thoroughly entertained. To that end, we plan to review the books your 9-12 year old is guaranteed to adore, everything from beloved children’s classics to the hottest new fiction.
Click here to learn why “Saving Bluestone Belle” gets our highest recommendation.
In addition, we maintain a special focus on the family. We encourage family bonding by identifying books that are suitable for all ages and can be read aloud to the whole family.
Click here to learn why reading books aloud is one of the most positive and enjoyable activities your family can share.
Teachers will also want to bookmark this site and return often for great suggestions about the best fiction books for kids to read aloud in the classroom.
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Finally, this site also aims to help parents deal effectively with the reluctant reader in their midst and to locate those special books that both an avid reader and a reluctant reader will love.
Click here if you would like to learn one of the easiest ways to encourage your child to read books.
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We are pleased to announce that the Fiction Books for Kids 2010 Family Choice winner for children ages 9-12, Saving Bluestone Belle by Strawberry Shakespeare, is now available on Amazon Kindle! This means that you can enjoy this popular adventure novel in three exciting formats: paperback, hardcover and the new Kindle digital edition.
Click here to check out Saving Bluestone Belle in the Amazon Kindle Store. When you arrive, follow these three easy steps: first, note the incredible cover art, which hints at the delightful illustrations awaiting you inside. Second, read the colorful book description. Third, download Saving Bluestone Belle instantly to your Kindle e-reader or related device and enjoy!
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For parents interested in learning more about Saving Bluestone Belle, which is one of our favorite fiction books for kids, click here to read our review of Saving Bluestone Belle and check out what Amazon customers have to say about this book.
Did you know that fiction books for kids are selling like hotcakes on Amazon’s ebook reader, the Kindle? It’s true – sales of electronic Kindle books on Amazon have far outpaced print book sales in 2010 and that includes children’s books.
More kids than ever before have their very own Kindle ebook reader, with the numbers steadily growing. Why? Because the Kindle is easy to use, fully adjustable for reading comfort and much lighter to transport than a stack of books. It means that wherever your child goes, they have access to the massive and ever-growing library of high quality children’s books available on Kindle. Finding great fiction books for kids has never been so easy!
And it gets even better. Amazon.com has now released its list of the best Kindle fiction books for kids for 2010. Here are the top 10 bestselling Kindle fiction books for young readers.
After you’ve purchased your Kindle from our store, check out our large selection of Kindle fiction books for kids and order a starter library of Kindle books for your child’s enjoyment. Whether you use the Best of Kindle 2010 list above as your guide or make your own selections, don’t wait. Hurry over while we still have the Kindle in stock as well as the selections from the list of Kindle Fiction Books for Kids 2010.
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Amazon’s eagerly awaited annual list of the Best of 2010 Fiction Books for Kids ages 9-12 is finally here! And best of all, every one of these marvelous books are stocked in our Amazon-powered Fiction Books for Kids Store. Read on for a complete rundown.
Best of 2010 Fiction Books for Kids Ages 9-12
Amazon has divided their Best Books of 2010 into two top 10 lists: one for Editors’ Picks and the other for Customer Favorites. Editors’ Picks are selected for excellence by Amazon book editors. Customer Favorites refers to the most popular books on Amazon for books published in 2010.
Here are the two book lists:
1) The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero - by Rick Riordan
2) The Search for WondLa - by Tony DiTerlizzi
3) Scumble – by Ingrid Law
4) The Night Fairy – by Laura Amy Schlitz
5) Mockingbird - by Kathryn Erskine
6) Word After Word After Word – by Patricia MacLachlan
7) Countdown – by Deborah Wiles
8) Cosmic – by Frank Cottrell Boyce
9) Reckless – by Cornelia Funke
10) Museum of Thieves (The Keepers) – by Lian Tanner
Bonus Pick: Fiction Books for Kids 2010 Family Choice Award
11) Saving Bluestone Belle – by Strawberry Shakespeare
1) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth – by Jeff Kinney
2) The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, Book 1) – by Rick Riordan
3) The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero – by Rick Riordan
4) The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) – by Jeff Kinney
5) Fablehaven, Book 5: Keys to the Demon Prison – by Brandon Mull
6) The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) – by Michael Scott
7) The Atlantic Complex (Artemis Fowl, Book 7) – by Eoin Colfer
8) The Kings of Clonmel: Book Eight (Ranger’s Apprentice) – by John Flanagan
9) The 39 Clues, Book 9: Storm Warning – by Linda Sue Park
10) The 39 Clues, Book 10: Into the Gauntlet – by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Bonus Customer All-Time Favorite (based on sales in our own Fiction Books for Kids Store):
11) Saving Bluestone Belle – by Strawberry Shakespeare.
There you have it - the best books of 2010 for ages 9-12 (middle readers) broken down by Editors’ Picks and Customer Favorites.
All of these books and much, much more are available right now in our Fiction Books for Kids Store. So do yourself a favor and go there now. You’ll find everything you need, from detailed information about each book to lowest price to customer reviews.
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“Saving Bluestone Belle” by Strawberry Shakespeare is one of our favorite, teacher-approved fiction books for kids ages 9-12. It tells the story of Homer Easton, a lonely ten year old who runs an online business from his bedroom selling horse merchandise. The boy’s best friend is a magnificent white horse named Bluestone Belle, who he calls ‘Blue’ for short because of her clear blue eyes.
Could Homer be so unlucky that on his tenth birthday his best friend is stolen by a couple of really bad guys? Unfortunately–he is! But before you can sing, ‘Happy Birthday To You,’ Homer has already hit the road with a motley special forces team–his housekeeper, his personal trainer and his personal psychiatrist–to retrieve his precious horse from the evil thieves. Little does he know how much danger both he and Blue are in!
Before all is said and done, Homer will have crossed desert and sea in search of Blue and will have to figure out how to escape from a dungeon in the fortress belonging to the head of the evil gang. Can he save his own life and rescue Blue? You’ll have to read this fiction book to find out!
For parents seeking uplifting fiction books for kids, “Saving Bluestone Belle” hits all the right notes. It not only makes kids laugh at Homer’s funny antics and keeps them glued to the page with breathless adventure and heart-pounding suspense, but it also inspires kids to be true to themselves and to care about the most vulnerable creatures among us.
Its underlying animal rights theme gives “Saving Bluestone Belle” much in common with beloved literary classics that take a stand against animal cruelty, such as “Black Beauty” by Anna Sewell. You will be proud of choosing “Saving Bluestone Belle” for your child from among the many fiction books for kids. The charming illustrations and poignant message of this remarkable novel will resonate in your heart and theirs for a very long time.
For teachers and parents, this is one of the best read aloud books for the classroom or the whole family. Together you will laugh over Homer’s quirky nature, you will gasp when danger lurks or weep when the end seems near for Blue. Ultimately you will cheer for a ten year old kid who attempts to outfox his deadly opponent.
Both avid and reluctant readers agree that “Saving Bluestone Belle” is one of the most exciting fiction books for kids they’ve ever read. Get it for your resistant reader and watch them devour it like cotton candy! It is also among the few books for children that are enjoyed by both boys and girls. So make your child happy with the gift of this rollicking novel. You’ll be glad you did!
Written by Strawberry Shakespeare, “Saving Bluestone Belle” is available in hardcover and paperback or as an Amazon Kindle download. The print editions can be ordered from your favorite bookstore or purchased online from trustworthy sites such as Amazon.com.
Children are like little sponges, absorbing all that happens around them and storing in their memory banks images of you and how you live. Everything you do offers an example to your child of how an adult behaves and what it means to be an adult. It is no different when it comes to reading books. Seeking out excellent fiction books for kids and giving them the gift of a great read is important, but it’s not the only way to help your child enjoy reading. Another way is to give your child the memory of you reading books.
Do your children see you quietly reading books or magazines? If so, you have contributed mightily to their appreciation and love of reading. Do your children go with you to the library or bookstore and watch you search for and acquire books? If so, you are imprinting upon their minds the indelible image that adults seek out and value books.
There is no greater encouragement for reading that you can offer your child than the example of your own love for reading. If there is some resistance to reading in your child, look to yourself and most especially to the parent of the same sex. For example, a boy who is a reluctant reader often has a father who has either pushed him to read books that he doesn’t enjoy or who is himself a non-reader. Children may respond with avoidance and withdrawal when feeling pressured to read, even if the pressure is sensed and not spoken. Similarly, they will pick up on your lack of interest in reading subconsciously and out of their love for you and natural desire to be like you, will imitate that.
Your sincere love of books and reading will automatically be conveyed to your children at a subconscious level. Be aware of how important you are in shaping every aspect of your child’s future, including their love of reading. Give your child the gift of a high quality life filled with the ongoing enjoyment and exploration reading books provides. Seek out the best fiction books for kids and read books aloud to your family. Better yet, be a reader yourself and you will have a family of readers.
“Saving Bluestone Belle” by Strawberry Shakespeare is a stand-out as one of the best fiction books for kids that parents also enjoy. Targeted for children ages 9-12, it has become popular reading for all age groups – from teens to grandparents. Check out this rollicking tale here.
Being read to is one of childhood’s favorite activities. All those precious moments of reading to your child before bedtime or when they are ill are impressed upon their young minds, merging the telling of enjoyable tales with a parent’s love and care. So what better way to unify your family than to read books aloud as a whole family?
Everyone loves a story, and your family is no different. When you read books aloud to your family you enjoy a marvelous shared experience. Not only does it afford enjoyable time together for a unified purpose, but it also provides an opportunity to discuss the values and choices expressed in the story and helps to focus attention on positive and wholesome solutions to the problems of life.
How do you find fiction books for kids that are suitable for the whole family? There are many books suitable for reading aloud to the whole family, including many classics of children’s literature. But if you want a more contemporary feel, check out the family favorite, “Saving Bluestone Belle“ by Strawberry Shakespeare. A delightful comic-adventure that makes you laugh out loud and turn the pages like there’s no tomorrow, “Saving Bluestone Belle” also gives much food for thought and discussion. It touches on topical issues of broken homes, animal cruelty, emotionally neglected kids, and the importance of being true to yourself. This book provides both a highly entertaining and high quality experience for every family member while inviting discussion of family values, life choices and the consequences of behavior.
Whatever book you choose to read aloud to your family, know that you are helping your family grow closer through this shared experience. In your discussions about the books or stories, you are reaffirming the values you hold most dearly. And perhaps most importantly, when you read books aloud as a family it instills an appreciation and love of reading in your children. And what greater gift is there?
No matter what your kid’s past behavior has been in regard to reading — total avoidance, full enjoyment or anything in between — in selecting fiction books for kids you can be certain they will gladly read books that bring them pleasure. Whether it’s allowing their imagination to soar in a fantasy tale, feeling the excitement of adventure in an action-oriented story, enjoying the fun and laughter of a humorous fable, or being compelled to turn the pages of a suspenseful saga, pleasure is what drives reading in kids.
By understanding this basic concept, you can find high quality fiction books for kids that offer some or all of the above features. As a result, you will suddenly discover that your child is reading like a champ or seems more motivated to overcome their reading weaknesses. And isn’t that what it’s all about? A lifelong love of reading and learning, as you know, produces a more intelligent, more financially successful and more socially effective adult.
So start with the idea of pleasure in selecting fiction books for kids and you won’t go wrong. That does not mean that you need to throw quality out the window. Pleasure and quality can and do exist hand and hand, if you choose wisely. Ideally, you want to give your child books that they will enjoy but which will also edify them in some way. But the problem with the books your child has rejected in the past is that they are missing the pleasure factor. Allow yourself to let go of the idea that your children should force themselves to read books that have undeniable quality but which they do not enjoy, and instead allow them to find their own level in reading, even if this means comic books or graphic novels. This is the route to developing a dedicated and avid reader in adulthood. Don’t be afraid you’ll create an adult who only reads comic books if you allow reading pleasure to come first in childhood.
Did you know that the brain does not complete its structural development until the age of 21? It’s true — your child will be developing their mental powers all the way through early adulthood. They will eventually find their own way in choosing and enjoying books. But until kids discover for themselves the importance of reading and are internally motivated to read, you can cultivate their attraction to reading by recognizing the ways in which books bring pleasure to children and seek to provide those types of books for your child.
Of the fiction books for kids that combine pleasure and quality, did you know that both avid and reluctant readers ages 9-12 love the teacher-recommended “Saving Bluestone Belle” by Strawberry Shakespeare? Kids are not only swept away by this funny and suspenseful action tale, they are uplifted and encouraged to be true to themselves and to the vulnerable creatures in their care. Click here for more information about this and other fiction books for kids.