September Kid’s Reading List!! (ages 8 – 12)

My kids loves his books.

I decided that besides posting a Reading List for adults every month, I should also throw in one for the kiddos now and again.

Maybe it will help when your son whines, “I have nothing good to reeeeeeeead-uh”.

Just mine?

I have found that this above mentioned phrase is usually paired with a writhing/flopping on the couch sort of thing.  Not pretty, guys.  Not at all.

So.  Here are some books we are loving this month, as well as a couple that I’m planning on buying.  Hope your little guys love them too!!



Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman

Jon David has not read this one yet, but it sounds super cute and right up his alley.  It’s available on Kindle too, which is great — he can download it right to his Kindle Fire.

The synopsis, via Amazon:

“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.”

“Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.”

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.

I love that this book is illustrated — I’ve found that Jon David still loves looking at pictures in books.



Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko

I actually read the first book in this series years and years ago…it was a lot of fun to read, even as an adult!!  This is the newest book in the series and the reviews are great!!

The synopsis, via Amazon:

Alcatraz Island in the 1930s isn’t the most normal place to grow up, but it’s home for Moose Flanagan, his autistic sister, Natalie, and all the families of the guards. When Moose’s dad gets promoted to Associate Warden, despite being an unlikely candidate, it’s a big deal. But the cons have a point system for targeting prison employees, and his dad is now in serious danger. After a fire starts in the Flanagan’s apartment, Natalie is blamed, and Moose bands with the other kids to track down the possible arsonist. Then Moose gets a cryptic note from the notorious Al Capone himself. Is Capone trying to protect Moose’s dad too? If Moose can’t figure out what Capone’s note means, it may be too late.

The last heart-pounding installment in the New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor-winning Alcatraz trilogy is not to be missed!




Wonder by R.J. Pacacio

I will never ever stop recommending Wonder.  Honestly, it should be required reading for kids AND adults.  Not only does it reminds us grown ups of what it’s like to be a kid — the drama, the meanness, the stressing out about things that we find trivial, but it also does a great job of teaching empathy.

The thing I love the most is that it’s so easy to relate to August — reading his dialogue, he’s just like every kid.  He’s funny and interesting.  It’s easy to forget that he’s dealing with a severe facial deformity — and that is the whole point.  This book does a fabulous job of conveying the message that “different on the outside isn’t different on the inside” without feeling like a lecture.  The book is funny, sad at times, but ends on a great note.

The synopsis via Amazon:
August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

“Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year,” said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.



100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

Jon David just started this book — at first we were worried it would be a bit long or difficult for him, but he’s loving it.  It started a little slow but the story has really sucked him in!!  I am sure he will want Book 2 in the series soon!!

The synopsis, via Amazon:

Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.

100 Cupboards is the first book of a new fantasy adventure, written in the best world-hopping tradition and reinvented in N. D. Wilson’s inimitable style.


Star Wars:  Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

This book is so cute and fun.  It’s more like a comic/graphic novel type book…almost like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  Great for Star Wars fans or kiddos who respond better to books with tons of illustrations.

The synopsis, via Amazon:

This incredible, original story captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school–all told through one boy’s comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. The setting? A galaxy far, far away…

Roan’s one dream is to leave home and attend Pilot Academy like his older brother, father, and grandfather. But just as Roan is mysteriously denied entrance to Pilot School, he is invited to attend Jedi Academy–a school that he didn’t apply to and only recruits children when they are just a few years old. That is, until now…

This inventive novel follows Roan’s first year at Jedi Academy where, under the tutelage of Master Yoda, he learns that he possesses more strength and potential than he could have ever dreamed. Oh, and he learns other important things too–like how to make a baking soda volcano, fence with a lightsaber, slow dance with a girl, and lift boulders with the Force.


That’s it for this month!  I’d love for you to share any books your kiddos have been loving!!

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    Ali G says:

    Thanks for the reading list! My conundrum is that my son is 6.5 years old and reads at a grade 4/5 level and I’m starting to find it difficult to find books that are age appropriate and a reading challenge for him. Any suggestions?

    He’s very much into Geronimo Stilton books. I’m trying to get him into Beverly Cleary but its a tough sell so far. He’s also reading the Magic Treehouse books but they don’t seem to be holding his attention as much as before.

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      Kristan says:

      Has he read the Magic Treehouse Fact Trackers? Jon David loves those more than the fiction Magic Treehouse Stories because he learns a lot!! I’d also suggest The One and Only Ivan or maybe the Henry and Ribsy books.

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      Danielle says:

      We had the N.E.R.D.S series recommended to us. My seven year old ate it up. He also loved the gertie in training series by joann holub. Also the time warp trio series by jon sciezca is excellent. And the stink series.

      • Danielle says:

        Heroes not gertie

        • Ali G says:

          Thank you so much for the suggestions! I’ll track some of them down at the library ASAP! I think the Fact Tracker one will be right up his alley; he loves books with facts and tidbits of info.

      • Julie says:

        Both my boys also tore through the N.E.R.D.S series and loved it. The latest book is being released any day now :) We’re already in the number one “hold” spot at our library!

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    Kristina says:

    I have read the whole 100 Cupboard series and I loved them. I also read Gregor the Overlander series this summer (I was able to read a book a day), and now I’m reading the Artemis Fowl series (about a book a week due to less time). I have loved both series and I’m trying to get my 11 & 9 year olds to read them since I know they would love them too.

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    Amy Bickmore says:

    Together with my 6.5 year old, we only started reading chapter books together (for no reason other than laziness on my part)…..but anyway, we have read Captain Underpants and have now broke out Charlotte’s Web.

    I remember hearing in a seminar I went to about reading to kids that is suggested that there is no reason you can’t read your child Moby Dick or some other “adult” type novel. Don’t immediately assume that something is too “mature” for them. By reading books you wouldn’t normally, you are opening them up to a whole new world and vocabulary. Part of the fun for me with my son is reading words that I know he has no clue as to what they mean and explaining it to him.

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      Marie M.C. says:

      You’re right. My mother never read to me. No idea why. But when I was seven or eight years old I discovered Jules Verne and Charles Dickens and sucked into their fantastic and wondrous worlds. (I was reading at 12th grade level, so basically I could read anything.) However, I did wait until I was in my twenties to read and enjoy Moby Dick. Love it hear what a seven or eight year old’s reaction would be.

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    Erin F. says:

    My 10 y/o daughter has gotten into the Babysitters Club books!! I loved those books when I was a kid, so I am loving how much she enjoys them!

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    burgundy says:

    My boys love the fly guy books. Also I would recommend the nancy drew and the clue crew books, ivy and bean books, and also the junie b. jones books. I read the junie b jones and they cracked me up.

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    Tina says:

    Oh my gosh, thank you SO much for posting this list! We ordered “Fortunately, The Milk” and “100 Cupboards.”
    Started reading “100 Cupboards” together last night, and both my 10-year-old and I are in love with it!

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