The Best Bedtime Stories for
9- to 12-Year-Olds

by Melissa Taylor

Photo credit: Jason Edwards, National Geographic/Getty Images

It’s easy. Anyone can do it. And, if you do it every day, it makes a big impact on your child’s reading success.

Reading aloud to your kids.

By reading kids a bedtime story (even your older children) you’re building important literacy skills. Many parents stop reading to their kids around 4th grade, but if you keep reading to your kids, research shows you’ll help keep them reading on their own.

Plus you can read kids more advanced books than they can read to themselves. All this while spending some good quality time together.

So tuck into one of these classic or contemporary bedtime stories with your big kid tonight.


  • These are great suggestions! Some others I would recommend are Dragonrider by Cornelia Funke (actually, anything she writes reads aloud well, and my son and I read several together), the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull, Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George, and My Father’s Dragon (series) by Ruth Stiles Gannett. Happy Reading! 😀