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24 Best Books For Tween Girls

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This article showcases our top picks for the Books For Tween Girls. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Black Birds in the Sky by Brandy Colbert

This product was recommended by Sarah Walker from Dog Food Desire

In this sweet novel, 12-year-old Pauline leads a double life as a budding scientist and as a witch with the amazing power to change her appearance. Pauline’s family wants her to move to their big mansion in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she will have doctors and nurses who specialize in kids with strange diseases. Pauline doesn’t want to leave behind her friends or her grandmother in New York City alone. Even if she could do that, how could she hide what really ails her? Would sugarcoating cure her transformations? Her birdcage disease seems to be cured by her sweet freedom from all these questions.

Whole Girl by Sadie Radinsky

This product was recommended by Andrea Burnett from WholeGirl

“Smile!” “Don’t eat too much.” “You’re so bossy.” Society constantly squelches girls and young women and tells us all the ways that we’re wrong. But author Sadie Radinsky says reject these limitations. We are all strong, different―and complex. In this unique book, teen writer and recipe creator Sadie Radinsky offers practices, tips, and exercises to help young women embrace their whole selves. Each chapter welcomes a different mood (like mad, blue, wild, cozy) to empower all parts of their lives.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

This product was recommended by Ava Hathaway from Dashboard Beauty

This is a New York Times best seller. This book is about a girl who wishes and dreams to be a pilot in a very dangerous world who is at war. The main character, Spensa is brave, courageous, and miserable. Go on an adventure with Spensa, help her uncover life mysteries. Discover what her future holds. This book will inspire any young girls to be brave and strong. This is a great book for any young lady who craves adventure and motivation.

I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful by Hopscotch Girls

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

This is the best book for tween girls because it puts the science of learning into practice with every inspirational and empowering page. The innovative coloring book offers a much-needed opportunity for children to slow down and engage in imaginative play. It is one of the best ways for tween girls to discover no limit to what one might accomplish. Young girls get empowered using affirmations through coloring. Images accompany each affirmation to reinforce each statement creating a path to heal with coloring and inspiring our girls to believe in themselves.

You’re God’s Girl! by Wynter Pitts

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

Tween girls will indeed find this book inspiring as it captures the joy of God to get them excited about him. It is a fun, relevant, and highly readable resource conveying deep wisdom in a simple format to give it broad appeal and lend itself to various applications. You can always read it with your daughters, share it with your Bible club, or buy it for a girl that shares a special place in your heart.

The Secret Identity of Devon Delaney by Lauren Barnholdt

This product was recommended by Will Henry from Bike Smarts

This book is a series of shorts in the life of Devon Delaney, who has to deal with typical tween stuff like mean girls, an annoying younger sister, and finding her identity. The book is perfect for every pre-teen girl who wants good advice in their life.

Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. by Betsy Bird

This product was recommended by Warren Dai from OurPCB Tech

Funny Girl is a collection of uproarious stories, rollicking comics, rib-tickling wit, and more, from 25 of today’s funniest female writers for kids. What could be funnier than family? Read stories about Ursula Brown’s grandmother driving her on a road trip to disaster, Lisa Brown’s little brother getting a Tic-Tac stuck up his nose, and Carmen Agra Deedy’s mom setting the bathtub on fire. What could be funnier than friends? Pretty much nothing, as Rita Williams-Garcia shows two besties hatching a bird-brained scheme to get on to a TV talk show, and Deborah Underwood introduces a dynamic dog-and-cat duo teaming up on a pet advice column. What could be funnier than YOU? Tell your future with Mad Libs, discover your Chinese Zodiac sign with Lenore Look, and learn the best tricks of the comedy trade from professional humorists like Adrianne Chalepah and Delaney Yeager. With clever contributions from award-winning and bestselling authors including Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Libba Bray, Shannon Hale, Lisa Graff, and Raina Telgemeier, this anthology of funny girls will make you laugh until you cry. Or cry until you laugh. Or maybe you won’t cry at all. Either way, you’ll definitely laugh. Funny Girl isn’t just an anthology: it’s a cause, a mission, a movement. Girls are funny. Now it’s time for the world to know it.

The Teen Girl’s Survival Guide by Lucie Hemmen PhD

This product was recommended by Warren Dai from OurPCB Tech

As a teen girl, you are likely feeling pressure and stress from every direction. Having good, healthy relationships with friends you can count on makes all the difference. In this guide, psychologist and teen expert Lucie Hemmen offers ten tips to guide you toward creating and maintaining the social life you want. Even better, the real experts that make this guide special are older teen girls who have recently been where you are now—and have plenty to say about it. As you move through this fun and engaging guide, you will get a sense of who you are as a friend, appreciate authentic qualities you can share with others, and get moving toward expanding the quality and quantity of your social connections. Before you know it, small steps will lead to big changes and you will find yourself more confident, connected, and happy. Grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the ten tips guide you in developing yourself in both simple and significant ways. You will engage in thought-provoking exercises and take fun quizzes spaced between tips to get you thinking more deeply about yourself and others. If you’re ready to get going on your social life, this book will show you the way.

Just As Long As We’re Together by Judy Blume

This product was recommended by Warren Dai from OurPCB Tech

From the New York Times bestselling author of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and the adult bestseller In the Unlikely Event comes a tale of family, friendship, and pre-teen life like only JUDY BLUME can deliver. The companion to Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson. Can you have more than one best friend? Stephanie’s best friend is Rachel. Since second grade they’ve shared everything, good and bad. But now it’s the start of seventh grade and Alison has just moved to their neighborhood. Stephanie immediately clicks with her—she’s cool and fun and totally humble even though she’s the daughter of a famous actress. Stephanie hopes all three of them can be best friends, but the more she pushes Alison on Rachel, the more Rachel seems to drift away. Is it possible to have two best friends? Or is it true that two’s company, three’s a crowd? “Judy Blume does it again in what may be her best book yet!” –American Bookseller

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

This product was recommended by Eden Cheng from PeopleFinderFree

Mental health is a problem that is now more common than ever, both among children and adults alike. The Science of Breakable Things tells the story of a girl named Natalie and her efforts to cheer her mother up. In the synopsis, Natalie’s mother is a botanist who happens to be going through depression and as a result, almost never leaves her room. So, when Natalie is informed by her science teacher about a contest that offers substantial prize money, Natalie decides to compete with two of her friends, as she is convinced that she can make her mother happy again by using the prize money to fly her mother to see the Cobalt Blue Orchids. And it is because these flowers are said to have the resilience to survive in any climate that Natalie is convinced their magic can inspire her mom to overcome her mental struggles and hopefully fall in love with life again.

Matilda by Roald Dahl

This product was recommended by Jamie Croft from DiscountsCode UK

Tween girls are really delicate and even the slightest thing can have great impacts on their brains. This makes it even more imperative that the books they read are contributing in nature to shape their personality and mindsets. Matilda is the book that addresses the problems that go on in their minds gently and with care. We recommend this book as it is about an exceptional girl but her parents find her annoying and nothing but a nag. She fights the ignorance by her parents and finds her happiness by helping students and teachers at her school. It’s a great book that would teach the tween girls to fight, and encourage & motivate them.

My Body’s Changing by Anita Ganeri

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

At the ages of 10 to 12, a girl begins to notice changes in herself, mind, and body. During puberty, a girl needs to have proper knowledge of things changing within herself. Thus, author Anita compiled a book for all those girls wondering about themselves. Ranging from menstruation to etiquettes, this book is the perfect guide for a tween girl.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

Compiled during the holocaust, this is the daily diary of a young girl named Anne Frank. Her experiences of being a Jew in Nazi Germany are all written in the journal about her time in hiding from the nazi troops, the boredom, and irritation. The vivid instances she had excites the reader.

Harry Potter Box Set by J. K. Rowling

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

A fictional series of 7 books, taking the reader on a magical journey through the protagonist’s life, Harry Potter. His experiences being the Chosen One, the child of prophecy. The story entails how Harry and his friends fight off the evil Voldemort. The books advance as Harry learns the truth about himself and his parents, equally progressing with his skills. His guide, Dumbledore, has much more in a plan for the talented boy.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

When Roz the robot first opens her eyes, she finds herself alone on a distant island surrounded by nothing but wildness. Roz is certain that the only way to survive is to adapt, watch, and learn from the island’s creatures, thanks to a strong storm and a ferocious bear assault. Roz gradually adapts to the creatures, and before long, the island feels like home. But, even if her makers come hunting for her, can Roz enjoy a wild, free life? Peter Brown, the author/illustrator, delivers a thrilling and moving narrative about nature, technology, and what it means to belong.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Mary Lennox is orphaned by a cholera pandemic and travels to live on her uncle’s Yorkshire farm. She is left alone to wander, lonely and forlorn, and soon meets the high-spirited Dickon and her ill and haughty cousin Colin. Then she comes into the greatest treasure of all: a walled, enclosed garden that is overgrown and in serious need of attention. And as she, Dickon, and Colin begin to tend to the garden, something unexpected happens: Mary and Colin begin to blossom as well. This timeless novel, filled with beauty and emotion, will undoubtedly inspire your Mighty Girl, as it did centuries before her.

Live Fearless by Sadie Robertson Huff

This product was recommended by Alex Shute from FaithGiant

Sadie Robertson is not a new name to the Christian publishing fraternity. She has produced numerous and epic masterpieces that talk about personal issues affecting her generation. In Live Fearless, she gave us a glimpse of her past life when insecurity, loneliness, and fear engulfed her. As an agent of change, Sadie provides insights on how to overcome youthful challenges. Her main focus is to remind you of your identity in God. Her words are powerful, personal, emotional, encouraging, relieving, and make the weak strong. You are wrong if you think the book is specifically for young adults. She knows how to craft compelling pieces that rhyme with different ages but still target one age group. The 224-page book is not about Sadies’ Life. She uses her life as an example to teach you how to maneuver through common challenges without fear and emerge victoriously.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

This product was recommended by Ashley from The Novel Thief

This is a super cute teen romance about 18 year old shy Eliza who (similar to me) spends her entire life only writing a webcomic. When a new boy at school shows up and urges Eliza to live her life outside the box she created, she’s unsure what to do. This is a great book about self discovery, finding your passion and connecting with us! It deals a lot with anxiety and overcoming it

Graceling series by Kristin Cashore

This product was recommended by Ashley from The Novel Thief

This is such an incredible series! It’s fantasy, so you know it’s amazing. In this book we’re put in a world, the Graceling realm, where rare people are Graced – meaning they have exceptional skill whether that be fighting, cooking, lying, dancing etc. It’s clear to tell the Graced apart as they have two different eye colors. Our main protagonist is Katsa, niece of the tyrannical king, who believes she is Graced with the skill of fighting or so she believes. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her skill for evil. That is until she discovers what she truly was meant to use it for.

You Are Revolutionary by Cindy Wang Brandt

This product was recommended by Emily Bond from PR by the Book, LLC

This is the empowering message parenting author and podcaster Cindy Wang Brandt wants every child to hear and embrace. In this inspiring picture book she speaks to every child who sees injustice in the world, revealing that they already have inside themselves everything they need to make big, transformative change in the world–just as they are. Every kid is a revolutionary! You don’t need to wait until you grow up. You don’t even need any special skills. Kids who are loud, kids who are quiet, kids who make art, kids who are good at math, kids with lots of energy, kids who are good listeners–all kids have what it takes to make a difference.

The Land of the Pines by Summer Nilsson

This product was recommended by Summer Nilsson from Loodor

Summer Nilsson’s debut novel, The Land of the Pines, launched as Amazon’s #1 New Release for Intermediate Readers. As Nilsson’s nieces got older, she noticed the girls dealing with more stress around social media pressures, a lack of confidence in their pre-teen years, and an overall lack of self-identity. Nilsson crafted The Land of the Pines as a resource for tweens to tackle difficult conversations, address the obstacles facing young adults today, and showcase the positive impact of finding self-identity at an early age. The 256-page novel is full of lush illustrations that take readers on a journey of discovering identity and the gift of compassion — such important topics for pre-teens today. The Land of the Pines is a thought-provoking fantasy tale of friendship and fortitude, and is sure to capture the imaginations of readers of all ages.

The Girl Who Ruined Christmas by Cindy Callaghan

This product was recommended by Yuuna Morishita from The Japanese Way

This is a great book, you even can send it as Xmas gift for any twins in your life. Cindy the author brings the spirit of the holiday alive for her tween audience, and the audience will absolutely love this book. The author craft a heartwarming book that (the tween and you) won’t put down. you won’t believe the power of the love of the book until you read it. Highly recommended!

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Boxed Set by Michael Scott

This product was recommended by Sandra S. from AbsoluteDoha

This is a great book for the tween to read especially if they are keen on reading. For sure, this is a perfect gift for Harry Potter fans. This book is full of fantasy in ancient times, and the events are exciting and thrilling. Also, the books are well-written and delightful.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This product was recommended by Krista Haws from Dripped Coffee

This heartwarming story of four friends is just what a tween girl needs to discover how to grab all that life will soon be sending her way, with open arms and a wide smile. Bringing together four characters that are as different from each other and yet, so similar in the most important of ways, Ann Brashares weaves a story that is captivating and heartwarming. Stories of friendships are always wonderful to read. This #1 New York Times bestseller reveals to us stories of life too.

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