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Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Preteen books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing Up for Kids Ages 9-13 (Chicken Soup for the Soul) (2012)

 Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfWritten by and for preteens, this uplifting collection of stories touches on the emotions and situations they experience every day: making and losing friends, fitting in while keeping their personal identity, discovering the opposite sex, dealing with pressures at school including violence, and coping with family issues such as divorce….
Author(s): Jack Canfield , Mark Victor Hansen, et al.

2. Tween You & Me: A Preteen Guide to Becoming Your Best Self (2009)

 Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfDear Tween, Have you ever felt as if no one understands the way you feel? Do you sometimes worry that you don’t fit in? You’re not alone! In this positive and empowering book, Deb Dunham, tween self-esteem expert and mentor, provides the tools you need to feel really good about yourself. Learn how to use your feelings as teachers; feel confident in your ability to face challenges as opportunities; develop your True Inner Strength-the kind of strength that allows you to be who you really want to be in every situation. TWEEN YOU & ME, examines typical life challenges for tweens, offering mature…
Author(s): Deb Dunham

3. Girl Time: A Mother-Daughter Activity Book for Sharing, Bonding, and Really Talking (2016)

 Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfSometimes it’s hard to talk with your mom about feelings and situations that tween girls these days have to deal with—like stress, frustration, feeling in control, and being bored. Girl Time is full of fun activities that you can do with your mom that will also show you great ways to calm down, chill out, express yourself, feel positive, and become really confident! This book includes:·         Games, mazes, and fill-in-the-blank activities to help you learn more about yourself—and your mom…
Author(s): Nuanprang Snitbhan

4. Growing Strong Girls: Practical Tools to Cultivate Connection in the Preteen Years (2017)

 Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfGirls today face an astounding degree of pressure to grow up fast. They yearn to connect, but sometimes this yearning turns into negative, even destructive behavioral patterns such as gossiping, being passive aggressive or mean, becoming screen-addicted, or disengaging from school. It’s heartbreaking to watch even the most confident little girls disconnect and lose their sparkle as they hit the preteen years.In Growing Strong Girls, Lindsay Sealey reveals the tremendous power of connection to activate self-awareness, inner strength, and confidence in girls. It all starts with a nurturing and secure connection…
Author(s): Lindsay Sealey, Vanessa Lapointe

5. On Becoming Pre-Teen Wise: Parenting Your Child from 8-12 Years (2001)

 Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThe middle years, 9 to 12 years of age, are perhaps the most significant attitude-forming period in the life of a child. It is during this time that the roots of moral character are established. From the foundation that is formed, healthy or not-so-healthy family relationships will be built. During the preteen years, patterns of conduct are firmly established patterns that will impact your parent-child relationship for decades to come. Rightly meeting the small challenges of the middle years significantly reduces the likelihood of big challenges in the teen years. On Becoming Preteenwise is based on the familiar…
Author(s): Gary Ezzo, Bucknam M.D., Dr Robert

6. Chicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul: Real Stories by Real Girls About Real Stuff (2012)

 Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfFrom Barbies to your first bra, from holding your teddy bear to slowdancing with your first boyfriend, from knowing everyone in elementary school to trying to make new friends in middle school. . . . When dealing with these changes, it's no wonder preteen girls can freak out from time to time. This collection of stories from other girls just like you can be your survival guide!…
Author(s): Jack Canfield , Mark Victor Hansen, et al.

7. The Girl with the Silver Eyes (2011)

 Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfKatie Welker is used to being alone. She would rather read a book than deal with other people. Other people don’t have silver eyes. Other people can’t make things happen just by thinking about them! But these special powers make Katie unusual, and it’s hard to make friends when you’re unusual. Katie knows that she’s different but she’s never done anything to hurt anyone so why is everyone afraid of her? Maybe there are other kids out there who have the same silver eyes…and the same talents…and maybe they’ll be willing to help her….
Author(s): Willo Davis Roberts

8. Instant Bible Lessons for Preteens: Equipped for Life (2009)

 Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfFully-Reproducible Kids’ Bible Lessons for Preteens (Ages: 10-12). Features 8 all-inclusive lessons with over 60 flexible Bible activity options. Perfect for Kids Sunday School, Christian Home School Curriculum, kids church, youth groups, and more! Length: 96 pgs. Being a preteen isn’t always easy, but these reproducible Bible lessons will show your kids how to trust God. Packed with cool stories, fun games, discussion questions, and awesome Bible activities (crafts, skits, and creative projects)– these reproducible Bible lessons cover key Bible passages that will equip them for…
Author(s): Mary J. Davis, RoseKidz

9. The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls, Revised Edition (American Girl Library) (2012)

 Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfOur best-selling body book for girls just got even better! With all-new illustrations and updated content for girls ages 8 and up, it features tips, how-tos, and facts from the experts. (Medical consultant: Cara Natterson, MD.) You’ll find answers to questions about your changing body, from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to bras, periods to pimples, and everything in between. Once you feel comfortable with what’s happening, you’ll be ready to move on to the The Care & Keeping of You 2!…
Author(s): Valorie Schaefer, Josee Masse

10. Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2: Stories About Facing Challenges, Realizing Dreams and Making a Difference (2012)

 Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfFilled with relevant, inspiring and fun stories written mostly by kids, this new volume features a unique, innovative chapter, “Rockin’ Our World”, that highlights real kids achieving real dreams, helping less fortunate people, starting your own business, and utilizing your unique abilities….
Author(s): Jack Canfield , Mark Victor Hansen, et al.

11. The Feather Chase: (The Crime-Solving Cousins Mysteries Book 1) (2014)

 Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfThey start chasing a mystery—then it chases them. Twelve-year-old cousins Sophie and Jessica don't have much in common. Sophie loves hiking and her small town. Jessica would rather be shopping in a city. The only mystery is how they'll be able to spend the summer together.Then . . . they find a briefcase in the forest with a surprise inside. When they hear footsteps behind them and bad guys run after them, they have no choice but to work together to solve the mystery of The Feather Chase.The Feather Chase is the first book in the Crime-Solving…
Author(s): Shannon L. Brown

12. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Preteens: 101 Stories of Inspiration and Support for Tweens (2011)

 Best Preteen Books That Should Be On Your BookshelfChicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Preteens helps readers as they navigate those tough preteen years from ages 9 to 12 with its stories from others just like them, about the highs and lows of life as a preteen. It’s a support group they carry in their backpack!Being a preteen is harder than it looks! School is more challenging, bodies are changing, relationships with parents are different, and new issues arise with friends. But this collection will help preteens, showing them they are not alone. Readers will be encouraged and inspired by stories from other…
Author(s): Jack Canfield , Mark Victor Hansen, et al.

Best Preteen Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some preteen books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Girls. What's So Bad About Being Good?: How to Have Fun, Survive the Preteen Years, and...

Author(s): Harriet S. Mosatche, Ph.D.
Publisher: Random House;Crown/Archetype;Three Rivers Press, Year: 2011, Size: 4 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1346311

To be a boy, to be a reader : engaging teen and preteen boys in active literacy

Author(s): William G. Brozo
Publisher: International Reading Association, Year: 2010, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1330918

Chicken soup for the preteen soul 2 : stories about facing challenges, realizing dreams, and making a difference

Author(s): Canfield, Jack; Hansen, Mark Victor; McNamara, Heather; Simmons, Karen
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., Year: 2004, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2079605

Chicken soup for the preteen soul : 101 stories of changes, choices, and growing up for kids ages 9-13

Author(s): Canfield, Jack
Publisher: Health Communications, Year: 2000, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1488569

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul: 101 Stories of Changes, Choices and Growing Up for Kids, ages 9-13

Author(s): Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, Irene Dunlap, Rusty Fischer
Publisher: HCI;Health Communications, Inc, Year: 2000, Size: 860 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2079604

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul 2: Stories About Facing Challenges, Realizing Dreams and Making a Difference

Author(s): Canfield Jack, Hansen Mark, Hansen Patty, Dunlap Irene.
Publisher: , Year: , Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1931512

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really record-breakers according to USA Today, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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