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Older School-Age Literature

The fascination that older children (9 to 12 years old) have for specialized topics can be tapped through exposure to well-chosen books. It is not unusual for children in these later years to spend hours pouring over books on a particular interest of theirs like magic, model making, or ethnic dolls. Thus, reference books that enable children to explore a special interest or skill are especially appropriate during this stage of childhood. Do not be surprised or concerned, however, if your child's interests appear to change from day to day.

More complex characters and sophisticated storylines are now necessary to hold the interest of nine- to twelve-year-olds. Children of these years are capable of more complex thought and have developed the ability to put themselves in another's place. They can appreciate books that highlight different points of view.

Adventure and fantasy books are popular, as are more realistic historical or contemporary stories about interpersonal relationships. Children of this age find biographies appealing: explorers and adventurers, artists and composers, scientists and inventors, sports figures, presidents, and ethnic heroes.

For more information see:

Importance of Books

Suggested Reading Activities

Using Books to Help Children Cope

Children's Books Listed by Subject

Written by Donna Warner Manczak, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Copyright 1999 Clinical Reference Systems