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Mia absolutely adores reading, she has from a very young age. She never fails to astound me with her ability to completely immerse herself in literature. If I listed what she’s read in the last six months alone, this post would not be a short read! Thanks to her extensive collection of books, and some fantastic recommendations from our followers, I have a good idea of the reading material 7-11 year old’s look for. With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I’d share some of the titles recommended to us and my own top tween book recommendations. If you are searching for gift inspiration, you’re in the right place.
- The Harry Potter collection (aff) is a timeless classic. Mia has well and truly become a ‘Potterhead’. She’s even been to Warner Bros. Studios – The Making of Harry Potter. Every single book is brilliant, but it’s worth noting that the last few in the series are quite dark, if your tween is sensitive you may wish to supervise.
- The Princess Diaries is a hugely popular movie, but did you know it begun as a series of books by Meg Cabot? Both myself and Mia enjoyed reading the bestselling Princess Diaries Book Collection (aff).
- Dork Diaries collection (aff)
- Tom Fletcher Christmasaurus/The Creakers (aff)
- A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (aff) is not a series I thought I’d be including in a list of book recommendations. I’m ashamed to say I’ve never taken the time to read any of the books – but Mia is a huge fan!
- Tom Gates collection (aff)
- David Walliams writes phenomenal books whilst juggling a TV career and fatherhood. Mia loves all of the books he has written so far, but she’s particularly fond of Gangsta Granny (aff) and Billionaire Boy (aff).
- I can’t wait until Theo is as old as Mia is now, he’s going to adore the Captain Underpants 10 Book Set (aff).
- The creator of Captain Underpants also wrote a series of books called Dog Man. Both Captain Underpants and Dog Man (aff) are fantastic for those who aren’t keen on heavier reads like Harry Potter.
- Can you believe I’d never heard of Cressida Cowell until recently? You can check out her fantastic range of books here (aff).
- Mia owns, but is yet to read, the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid collection (aff). I’ve heard lots of good things about it though and the series was highly recommended when I asked our followers for suggestions.
- You can’t beat The Chronicles Of Narnia (aff) – it’s been many years since I read the books or watched the movie so I can’t wait to introduce Mia to the magic.
- I remember discovering my Mum’s collection of Enid Blyton books when I was a child and being utterly captivated. I’m hopeful that the highly recommended Magic Faraway Tree Series (aff) will be a hit with both of the children – and yours too!
- Enid Blyton also wrote the Famous Five (aff) and St Clare’s (aff) series – both of which I’m told are great reads for both tweens and teens.
- As a child I absolutely adored anything written by Jacqueline Wilson. My favourites were The Story Of Tracy Beaker (aff) and Bad Girls (aff). Mia already owns a few Jacqueline Wilson titles and I can’t wait for her to read them.
- One of the author’s recommended to me over on our Facebook page was Madeleine L’Engle. She wrote A Wrinkle In Time (aff) as part of the Time Quintet series. A Wrinkle In Time was recently transformed into a motion picture by Disney.
- The Beast Quest series (aff) was another fantastic recommendation from one of my readers. The series is hugely popular with tweens/teens of both genders.
- The late Terry Pratchett (aff) is somewhat of a household name. He was the author of 50 best-selling books and even received a knighthood for his services to literature. The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (aff) is just one of many titles that has been recommended to us by our readers.
- The author of the Goosebumps Series (aff) is one of the most popular children’s authors in history. 300 million copies of his books have been sold to date and it’s easy to see why. The series is timeless and adored by generations of avid readers.
- The Something Wickedly Weird series (aff) is a series I hadn’t heard of until I asked for book recommendations over on Instagram. The series has some fantastic reviews on Amazon and is illustrated beautifully.
Even if your child doesn’t find reading comes naturally to them, you’re sure to find something they’ll enjoy reading amongst this list. If you have any other recommendations please do feel free to let me know in the comments below.