Top 10 Best Books for 9-year-olds

From poignant stories to hilarious tales to absorbing educational titles, we have a wide range of fantastic books for 9-year-olds, whether they're reading for pleasure or looking to learn. See below for some of the best ones.

1. My Brother is a Superhero

David Solomons

Eleven-year-old comic book fan Luke shares a tree-house with his big brother, Zack. In a horribly unlucky twist of fate, Luke decides to go for a wee just as an alien arrives, and gives the undeserving Zack superpowers so he can go and save the universe. This is extremely annoying for Luke, but when Zack is kidnapped, it's up to Luke and his friends to save him - and the world.

2. Get Coding!

Developing the increasingly important skill of coding is huge fun with this engaging book, which kids can use to build their own websites, apps and games, and master HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Kids must help to keep the Monk Diamond safe from jewel thieves with six exhilarating "missions", making this book both exciting and instructive, and a must-have for the modern age!

3. Roman Mysteries Stories

Caroline Lawrence

Take your child back in time to the exciting, perilous world of the Romans with these thrilling fictional tales! They feature authentic period detail and follow natural problem-solver Flavia Gemina, who, with her friends, Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus, set forth to solve a series of perplexing mysteries.

4. Doctor Who: Time Traveller's Journal

Would your young Time Lord like to know how to destroy evil monsters, design innovative gadgets and use their imagination to create whole new worlds? Look no further than this brilliant activity book, perfect for fans of the much-loved TV show, which divulges all of the Doctor's secrets! It has hours of activities to complete and lots of Doctor Who trivia to enjoy.

5. Goodnight Mister Tom

Michelle Magorian

This heart-breaking but illuminating tale follows young Willie Beech, an unhappy, deprived child who lives in London with his abusive mother. But when war breaks out and Willie is evacuated to the countryside, he is taken into the home of Tom Oakley, an old man who turns out to be kind and loving. Willie also makes a wonderful friend in Zach, who loves to go cycling. But what will happen when Willie's mother demands he come home?

6. A Maths Journey Collection

This wonderfully vibrant series of books will help kids tackle the core tricky topics of numbers, geometry, statistics and algebra in a fun and exciting way. Not only does it enhance their learning, it also shows them how the maths they learn at school can help them go on adventures, complete a computer game or even compete in extreme sports.

7. For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story

Rebecca Langston-George

This powerful book introduces children to the shocking but uplifting story of Malala Yousafzai. Brought up in a world where girls were expected to be silent and obedient, Malala defied the Taliban when she passionately stood up for women's rights - and was shot for it. Now a ground-breaking activist, Malala is helping children worldwide to get the education they deserve. Learn more with this wonderful retelling of her famous story.

8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

J. K. Rowling

This somewhat well-known book (ahem) is the first in the utterly spellbinding Harry Potter series. Join our eponymous young hero, Harry Potter, as a half-giant wielding a magical umbrella tells him on an island in the middle of a storm that he is, in fact, a wizard, and then gives his cousin Dudley a curly-wurly pig tail - and that's not even the craziest part!

9. Explore History Collection

These fantastically fun history books will give your child an exciting introduction to all sorts of eras in history, from Ancient Egypt to the Tudors, the Stone Age to the Victorians. Full of facts on art, science, technology and more, as well as heaps of crafts, ideas and recipes, kids will love exploring history through these interactive books.

10. The Usborne Creative Writing Book

Louie Stowell

Budding writers will love this wonderfully resourceful creative writing book. With lots of helpful advice and inspiration, from choosing a genre to writing a screenplay and so much more, there are prompts for writing stories, poems, blogs and more. With lots of interactive activities, your child will be writing literary masterpieces in no time.

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    In Michelle Magorian's classic Goodnight Mister Tom, a young Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside due to the outbreak of the Second World War.

    A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of a kind old man, Tom Oakley. But then his cruel mother summons him back to war-torn London... Will Willie ever see his friend Mister Tom again?

    Full of characters to both love and hate, moments of grief and joy, and a marvellous, emotion-grabbing narrative, Goodnight Mister Tom will captivate adults and young readers aged 9 and over.
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    Dear time-traveller, this is no ordinary book. This book will allow you to destroy monsters, design gadgets and use your imagination to create new worlds. The perfect gift for a young Time Lord aged 9+ you know, the Doctor Who: Time Traveller's Journal, will keep them entertained for hours and hours...

    With images to complete, pages to fill with notes and favourite things about the show, space to create gadget designs and much, much more, the book encourages young fans of the best-loved show to use their imagination and celebrate everything they love about the Doctor, his companions and his many foes.

    With the new series of Doctor Who coming in September, this is the ideal book to whet young fans' appetites.
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    Full of exciting activities, this four-book collection will help children get into maths or delight and entertain those who already know their stuff.

    Using colourful diagrams, pictograms, illustrations, photographs and infographics, the Go Figure! books are innovative and engaging. They use real-life examples to help children understand the core topics of numbers, geometry, statistics and algebra.

    This collection shows children how the maths they learn at school can help them go on adventures under the sea, discover the wonders of the world, complete a computer game or even compete in extreme sports.
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    The ideal complement to your child's history lessons, this 10-book collection provides handy and accessible introductions to some of the most important historical eras.

    From Ancient Egypt to the Stone Age and the Tudors to the Victorians, the books will teach children so much. They're also bursting with information, crafts, ideas and recipes, giving an interactive edge to the learning.

    Full of facts, the books aim to make history relevant to everything a child learns about at school, including geography, art, science, technology and numeracy.
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    This is a super story for superhero-mad children! An award-winning book written by David Solomons, it's a zesty and refreshing read full of funny situations.

    Luke is a comic book-mad 11-year old who shares a tree house with his geeky older brother, Zack.

    Luke's only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he's gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe.

    Luke is massively annoyed about this, but when Zack is kidnapped by his arch-nemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world...
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    With authentic period detail, these 10 books from Caroline Lawrence are set in Ancient Rome and the mysteries are sure to keep children at with an interest in history guessing and racing through the pages as they discover the answers.

    The stories follow Flavia Gemina, a natural at problem solving, as she teams up with her friends Jonathan, Nubia and Lupus to solve a series of puzzling mysteries.

    Very readable, highly addictive and accessible enough for younger readers to enjoy, these are books children will return to again and again.
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    Coding is becoming an increasingly important skill for all children as they progress through their studies and this book can help them get to grips with the sometimes complex world of writing code and learning computer programming.

    Working in conjunction with the website, this fun and accessible book doesn't use existing programming languages like Scratch and Python, but instead teaches children how to write code all by themselves. By learning how to do this, they will be able to build their own website and master the likes of HTML, CSS and Javascript.

    Published in association with Young Rewired State - the leading worldwide community of digital makers aged 18 and under - the chapters cover the basic concepts of coding in six 'missions' that give children the chance to help Professor Bairstone keep the Monk Diamond safe from dangerous jewel thieves.
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    Head to Hogwarts and discover where it all began with this special children's edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

    Living at number four, Privet Drive, Harry Potter has never even heard of the Wizarding school when the letters start arriving (and are subsequently confiscated by his aunt and uncle, Petunia and Dudley Dursley). On his 11th birthday, Harry learns from a giant of a man named Rubeus Hagrid that he is, in fact, a wizard... And that's when the most magical adventure really begins!

    Compete with Jonny Duddle's eye-catching, new artwork - this is a wonderful introduction to the Wizarding World.
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    From the experts at Usborne, this is a write-in book filled with a wide range of creative writing activities, tips and advice to inspire a new generation of authors, poets, journalists and scriptwriters.

    From creating characters to choosing a genre and even writing a screenplay, there is so much advice and inspiration. The book encourages children to write reviews of books they love or hate; learn how to use flashbacks effectively; and writing a speech for when they rule the world.

    There are prompts for writing poems, comics, blog and scripts as well. With plenty of space to write in, the book has no scary blank pages.
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    With images inspired by the animated aspects of the documentary He Named Me Malala, this is a powerful book all about activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai.

    Vibrantly presented, it will introduce children who may not be familiar with her to Malala's incredible story Growing up in a world where women are supposed to stay silent, Malala defied the Taliban's rules and spoke out for her rights - getting shot for her beliefs.

    A passionate believer of education for all, this is a retelling of the story of one of the world's most extraordinary - and brave - figures.