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

by Melissa Taylor

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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. Tuck into one of these classic or contemporary bedtime stories for 9- to 12-year-olds with your big kid tonight.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2016 and updated in 2021.