Readers List for 9-12 Years Old

My 9 and 12 year olds love to read and sometimes, it can be quite a challenge to find good books for them to read through. I have been researching and have come up with this readers list for them. I’d like to share it with you and hope that it will help you too!

  • The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein
  • A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Ides of April by Mary Ray
  • Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan
  • The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill
  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
  • Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray

The Learning Basket Online Book Shop

How did my children become voracious readers? Well, I believe it was because when they were young, we intentionally bought them books that were engaging and read together. It didn’t matter what time of the day it was, but whenever we could, we would cuddle up together and read books together.

Now that they can read books on their own, I could hardly keep up with them. They finish chapter books on their own and we just discuss the books together afterwards. I can really see how love of reading has helped them to learn faster and improved their comprehension.

Thankfully, a few years back, I had found The Learning Basket. The Learning Basket is an online bookstore of pre-loved children’s books. They carry some hard to find titles and titles which were carefully chosen. I often bought from them and filled our own library with quality picture books.

If you are looking for ways to raise a reader at your house, it is important that you give them access to quality books, you can get them from The Learning Basket.

The Learning Basket

Note: This post contains affiliate links. Thank you. 

5 New Books from CSM Publishing for MIBF 2015

For the previous years of the Manila International Book Fair, CSM Publishing has been setting a benchmark in promoting Filipino authors and has pioneered the P100 pesos book sale. This year, CSM will be launching a solid all-Filipino book lineup from different people for all generations to enjoy!

Here are some of the interesting books they are launching!



Money-Smart_cover-171x300How to Be A Money-Smart Parent by Dr. Marnie Prudencio


Who Would Have Thought? by Acel Bisa Van OmmenLightsAndShadows_final

Light and Shadows by Grace Shangkuan Koo

Heirlooms by various authors

And there are many other books for only 100 pesos each! Just visit CSM Publishing webpage or their Facebook page at for more information.

Tahanan Books New Releases at MIBF 2015

Quality books that celebrate Filipino life and culture, that is  Tahanan Books. We’ve often seen their books at Fully Booked and The Learning Basket but every Manila International Book Fair, we always visit their booth. Their booth often showcases Filipino culture and they have unique items like stationary and novelty items as well.

This year, I am looking forward to their new releases:


A story of a young girl who accompanies her mother back to Manila. A story that most Filipinos can relate to as it teaches about Filipino culture and heritage. Best for 4-8 years old.



A learn to read filipino book best for ages 0-4.


Teach the children to become law abiding citizens through Mang Andoy’s Signs and many more. The book is best for 4-8 years old.

Here’s the schedule of Tahanan’s Meet and Greet Our Authors and Artists for Manila International Book Fair 2015.


Inspiring Filipino Books from Bookmark Inc. Publishing

We love reading. Most of what we are reading are English classics where we learn about the different characters and their beliefs and how it affects their lives. Yesterday, I was at Fully Booked when I saw several inspiring Filipino authored and published picture books that seems interesting and I wanted to get for my children so we can discuss Filipino values and modern Filipino heroes as well.

On this post, I will share with you what I found from Bookmark Inc Publishing.

The Bookmark Inc Publishing has this series called Modern Heroes for the Filipino Youth Series. Each story exemplifies a moral value which we can all learn from.

Made Perfect
Pangat Cover

JAS Cover
They also have a series called Great Men and Women of Asia. These are inspiring real-life stories of  people from Asia.

The BRIDGE Builder
The Publics Servant Cover

Vietnams Son
They also have some fictional books which children might enjoy.

Pipisin the Pangolin

Day of Darkness Cover
I saw from their Facebook page that they will be joining the 36th Manila International Book Fair which is happening on Sept 16-20 at SMX Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. If you are planning to go there, be sure to check out their books. I am going and planning to buy some of these titles myself!