Here is a roundup of books for ages 8 through 14 (see age above each title).
“Mommy, there’s nothing to read!” yelled by a child staring at a bookcase containing 500 books is the equivalent of the “I have nothing to wear” every woman thinks while looking at a closet full of clothing.
Sometimes, you just need something new. I know. And I am not complaining.
I am lucky that my children love to read, it’s a true blessing. We own every single book mentioned in this post. Most evenings the house is quiet and every couch is taken. They even re-read favorites like the entire Harry Potter series and The Mysterious Benedict Society (See this post for more series you should own.)
But, sometimes, I feel like their appetite for the written word is insatiable. I cannot buy books fast enough.
No, I have no issue buying books. I think it’s the best investment. My problem? Knowing which books are appropriate. I’m sure you have the same issue. Teen books are taking a weird turn these days, focusing on topics we prefer our children not read about. So, when I met a friend who has the same issue and an insane amount of books, I begged her to compile a list so that we can share ideas.
And she did! It’s mostly classics, and some, even thought-provoking books.
DISCLAIMER: * These are not Jewish books. Please read the books to make sure they are to your family’s standard. Between Carpools takes no responsibility whatsoever; there are different levels of sensitivity in every family.
* This is just a list of books we felt were ok, but, you should do your own research (aka reading).
* Another great website to check if books are appropriate, and if not, why, is commonsensemedia.org. Just type in a title and (most of the time) it’s there. A great resource! Saves you hours of reading and they do a very thorough job. The first 3 reviews are free and after that they charge $3 a month. Worth it!