Looking for gift ideas for a pre-teen girl or boy? Books make great gifts for this age group. If you’re not sure of what book to buy, here are our top suggestions of popular books for tweens.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney
This series for middle schoolers is written in the format of a journal by a middle school weakling named Greg, complete with hand written notes and simple drawings of his daily adventures. There are eight books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and two additional books: The Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, and The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary. The most recent book to be released is #8, Hard Luck.
The Lego Play Book contains a collection of all-new LEGO building ideas to inspire kids to play with their favourite LEGO models in new and exciting ways. With over 500 building ideas and tips, including suggestions for “quick builds”, “cool brick” features and “a handful of bricks”, they’ll discover endless LEGO possibilities.
Tweens love Rick Riordan’s books about Greek and Egyptian mythology with a modern twist. Choose from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Heroes of Olympus series or The Kane Chronicles series.
Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
This incredible, original story captures all of the humour, 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…
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester
Described as a mixture of “Little House on the Prairie and X-Men,” or alternatively “Anne of Green Gables meets Harry Potter” this heartwarming and whimsical tale is a great read for tweens.
Lemony Snicket books include the A Series of Unfortunate Events series, What Could That Be at This Hour? and the latest book When Did You Last See Her? These darkly humorous books combine suspense and fun all in one.
The Dork Diaries series by Rachel Renee Russell
The Dork Diaries series chronicles the oh-so-fabulous life of Nikki Maxwell as she navigates the halls of middle school, mean girls, BFF drama and first crushes. The Dork Diaries: OMG All About Me Diary is a special guided journal for tweens that features questions for every day of the year.
Filled with thousands of fun, fascinating facts and essential homework help on a wide range of subjects, this engaging, full-color almanac has been completely updated, with hundreds of new photographs, dozens of completely new features, and a wealth of puzzles, games, activities, maps, websites, and much more.
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