Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
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