Fostering a love for reading in children is a gift that lasts a lifetime. With a plethora of series available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right book series for 9 to 12 year-olds. We will explore six captivating book series and authors that have captured the imaginations of young readers around the world. These books have changed the idea of reading for many children, turning them from dispassionate to avid readers.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series has become a literary phenomenon, enchanting readers of all ages. J.K. Rowling’s imaginative storytelling, relatable characters, and the magical world of Hogwarts have captivated millions. The seven books in the series takes readers on a spellbinding journey of friendship, bravery, and self-discovery.

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series blends Greek mythology with modern-day adventures, creating a thrilling and action-packed reading experience. Beginning with “The Lightning Thief,” it follows the adventures of a demigod navigating a world of gods, monsters, and quests. The combination of mythology, humour, and relatable characters makes this series a favourite among young readers.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series has captured the hearts of children with its humorous and relatable storytelling. Presented in a diary format, these books chronicle the ups and downs of Greg Heffley’s middle school life. With titles such as “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul,” the series resonates with young readers navigating the challenges of adolescence.

Beast Quest by Adam Blade

The Beast Quest series by Adam Blade combines fantasy, adventure, and quests, making it an exciting choice for young readers. Each book follows the journey of Tom as he battles fierce creatures to save the kingdom of Avantia. The series offers thrilling escapades and encourages readers to embark on epic adventures.

Horrible Series (Horrible Histories/Science/Geography) by Terry Deary & Others

Terry Deary’s Horrible series, including Horrible Histories, Horrible Science, Horrible Geography etc. takes a unique and entertaining approach to learning. These books present fascinating facts, hilarious illustrations, and engaging narratives that make learning fun and memorable.

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl’s timeless stories continue to capture the hearts and imaginations of readers young and old. With beloved classics like “Matilda,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” and “The BFG,” Dahl’s imaginative tales, whimsical characters, and captivating storytelling celebrate the power of imagination and the triumph of good over evil.


The six book series and authors mentioned above offer an exciting array of storytelling that can ignite the passion for reading in 9-12 year old children. From the magical world of Harry Potter to the thrilling quests of Percy Jackson, these series provide unique and attractive narratives that engage young readers. Whether they delve into the humorous diary entries of Wimpy Kid or explore the fascinating worlds of Beast Quest and Horrible Series, children will find themselves captivated by the power of storytelling. Roald Dahl’s timeless classics add a touch of magic and wonder to their reading journey. By introducing children to these captivating book series, we can inspire a lifelong love for reading and open the doors to endless imagination and learning.

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Find out more books and book series for 9 to 12 year-olds from the leading publishers Penguin Random House and Pan Macmillan.

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