14 Best Chapter Books For 9 Year Olds Update 05/2022

The list of great books for 9-year-olds was so much fun to put together. There are so many great books for fourth-graders!

I’ve broken the titles down into a number of different genres, such as realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, fantasy and adventure, and more. Many of these titles could easily fit into a number of other genres. I hope you can find some new books to read with your 9-year-old. Each of our great books for 9-year-olds picks is linked to both Amazon and The Book Depository (these are affiliate links), where you can find reviews and age recommendations for any books you don’t know about. You might also enjoy…

Tales of Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume:

Peter, who is 10 years old, tells us about the times when his parents ask him to help them deal with his 3-year-old brother, Fudge. Fudge is always funny, but he can also be very annoying at times. At the moment, there are four books in the series.

Pippa’s Island: The Beach Shack Cafe (book 1 in the series) by Belinda Murrell:

Pippa has just moved to a new town, but even living on a beautiful island doesn’t cheer her up. Pippa is also worried about her new school and making new friends. Her mom wants to turn a rustic, old boathouse into a bookshop and cafe. Will they lose everything?

The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

This next school year, Evan and Jessie will both go to school in the same fourth-grade class. Jessie is going to skip a grade. Evan isn’t happy about it because Jessie is smart and he doesn’t want to be embarrassed by her. Jessie doesn’t know why Evan is so angry. She knows that he’s popular with the other kids and that he could help her fit in. Siblings don’t even know they’re in The Lemonade War, where the person who makes the most money selling lemonade gets to be the winner. If the siblings use sleight of hand and sabotage, will they lose more than just money.

Kate the Great, Except When She’s Not (the first of two books) by Suzy Becker:

It’s Kate Geller’s ninth birthday. When she’s in fifth grade, she’s learning how to get around the world with her friends and family. Kate’s mother wants her to be friends with another fifth-grader, Nora. Nora is a loner and not in Kate’s group of friends, so Kate doesn’t want to be friends with her. In the beginning, Kate thinks of Nora as a project she has to deal with. As time goes on, the two develop a friendship, though there are still bumps in the road.

The Boy At The Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf:

He’s nine years old, just like me. He’s very weird. He doesn’t talk or smile, and he doesn’t like candy. But then I found out the truth: Ahmet isn’t very weird at all, and he’s not even that different from other people. He’s a refugee who fled a war. A real person.

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

The story of Wanda Petronski, a young girl who was poor and had a strange name. She had one faded blue dress that she wore every day to school, and it was the only one she had. They make fun of her because she only has one dress that isn’t very fancy. Other people can tell Wanda isn’t telling the truth. When Wanda is taken out of school, the class feels bad, but it’s too late to say sorry.

Inside Out & Back Again by Thannh Lai

One of the best stories I’ve ever read about family and immigration. Hà has only ever known the city of Saigon. Now that the Vietnam War has reached her home, Hà and her family are forced to flee. They board a ship that is going to America.

Stella By Starlight by Sharon M Draper

Stella and her family live in Bumblebee, North Carolina, during segregation. They have to deal with the hardships of being an African American person living in the South, which is not easy. The KKK is still going strong. In the book, Stella learns that anyone can be a hero, no matter how big or small they are or what color their skin is. Her parents tell her to always act with courage.

An Elephant In the Garden by Michael Morpurgo:

These words are taken from the story of an unusual animal who got caught up in the war between humans. It’s based on real events. Lizzie and Karl’s mother works at a zoo. All dangerous animals have to be killed before the town is bombed, so their mother moves Marlene the elephant into their back yard. She does this because she doesn’t want to kill her. But what if they have to leave the city with an elephant in tow?

I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic (book 1 of the I Survived series) by Lauren Tarshis:

You will read about an important historical event from the point of view of a young person who survived and can now tell the story.

Horrible Histories book series by Terry Deary:

These books show that history is not boring at all! In fact, it was disgusting, bloodthirsty, gory, silly, and downright nasty. That’s why kids love them! Over 30 books in the series cover different time periods and historical events.

Do You Dare? series by various authors:

This is a series of adventure-themed stories that bring important events in Australian history to life. Full of action, thrills, and great people in exciting times.

Our Australian Girl series by various authors

You can read the Our Australian Girl books to learn more about a group of girls who are kind, clever, brave, and independent. Each of them tells her own story over the course of four stories. Each book tells the story of eleven girls who lived through things like the gold rush, the women’s suffragettes and more. There are more than 40 books total that tell the stories of these girls!

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli:

What would happen if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming but instead went on to become an astronaut instead? What would happen if the step sisters were supportive and kind to each other? Ada Lovelace to Malala to Amelia Earhart are just some of the 100 women who make up Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

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