Last night I was helping Kassie organize our hallway bookshelf. It’s the bookshelf that holds our mostly played board games and some of the girls’ books. We started going through the books, putting aside books that they wanted to donate. We came across some books that Kassie absolutely loved when she was a pre-teen. Now she is able to pass them down to her sisters. She even put a couple of them aside so she could read them again and reminisce.
We shared them with Nicole and Emily and they are excited to read them, which is surprising because they typically don’t all read and like the same things. I am glad that we’ve kept them over the years. But I remember when Kassie was 10 or so, we had a hard time finding books for pre-teen girls that interested her. So just in case you have a pre-teen girl or boy, here is a list of books and series that she absolutely recommends and loves to this day.
The Sisters Grimm: Written by Michael Buckley – It’s a nine books series that features Sabrina and Daphne Grimm who go through a series of foster care homes after their parents disappear. They end up living with their grandmother in the town of Everafters. They learn that they are the descendants of the Brothers Grimm. Each of the characters that they meet throughout the series are based off of Grimm Fairy Tales characters.
The Cupcake Diaries: Written by Coco Simon – It’s a series about Katie, who on her first day of middle school is miserable because her best friend is now in the popular girls club and Katie is not. At lunch Katie bites into the cupcake her mother packed her for lunch and the sweet treat makes her happy and she forgets her troubles for a brief moment. She makes three new friends and they form a club as a way to spread the cupcake love to help make others happy and earn some cupcake cash. Currently the series is ongoing with a new book debuting every 2 months.
The Flower Power Series: Written by Lauren Myracle — It follows the lives of four girls who have flower names. They each have different personality and interests. They aren’t friends: how could they be? They are total opposites, right? This four-book series, is a funny, honest depiction of the shifting alliances and rivalries that shape school days, and of the lasting friendships that blossom.
The Winnie Book Series: Written by Lauran Myracle—It follows the life of Winnie, who is eleven. The big and little moments of Winnie’s year are captured with honesty and warmth, and her sharp observations and infectious enthusiasm make for hilarious storytelling. Eleven-year-olds of all ages will discover themselves in this winning young heroine on the brink of adolescence. This four book series follows Winnie starting at 11 years old all the way to 14 years old.
The Candymakers: Written by Wendy Mass– Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to create the world’s best new chocolate. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Yellow Lightning Chew? The book is told by four of the contestant’s perspective which is filled with mystery, friendships and other delicious revelations.
Birthday Book Series: Written by Wendy Mass (waiting on Kassie’s synopsis of this series)
Every Soul A Star: Written by Wendy Mass– (waiting on Kassie’s synopsis of this series)
I am going to adding a recommendation from Nicole.
The Land of Stories: Written by Chris Colfer—Alex and Conner are given a family treasured fairy tale book. They are taken to the Land of Stories when the fairy tales that they thought they knew are untrue. Goldilocks is a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother! They try to get back home, but the Evil Queen is making it very difficult for them.