Top 10 Best Classic Books for 9-year-olds

We've put together a wonderful selection of the very best classic books for 9-year-olds, featuring spellbinding stories and beloved characters such as Mowgli, Aslan and Bilbo Baggins.

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Kids can immerse themselves in a dreamlike world with this exciting and magical book. Follow the white rabbit down the rabbit hole and topple into a world where all your normal worries disappear, and you must instead contend with the grinning Cheshire Cat, the nonsensical Mad Hatter and the cruel Queen of Hearts. Full of wonderful wordplay and perplexing puzzles, children will love this riveting read.

2. The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

If you're looking for mystery, adventure, secrets and friendship, you'll find it all in this beautiful classic novel. Spoiled orphan Mary Lennox is sent to live at the isolated Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire - but she will discover a magical world she could never have imagined on the other side of a locked garden door. She decides to bring the neglected garden she finds there back to life, and in doing so, will change the course of her own destiny forever. An enchanting tale, this book will captivate young readers.

3. Skellig

David Almond

This stunning story brilliantly combines magic and realism for an enthralling story, making this book impossible to put down. Young Michael is lonely and struggling to cope as his baby sister battles for survival and his family moves into a dilapidated house. But an unbelievable discovery in the form of a strange, emaciated creature is set to change everything...

4. The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling

This much-loved adventure story was published in 1894, and has enthralled generations of children ever since. It stars man cub Mowgli as he's raised by wolves in the Indian jungle and meets amazing creatures, such as Baloo the 'sleepy brown bear', the python Kaa, black panther Bagheera and terrifying tiger Shere Khan. Discover the excitement of this captivating tale and be whisked away to the lush (but perilous) Indian jungle.

5. Roald Dahl Stories

Roald Dahl

Discover the bizarre, hilarious and phizz-whizzing tales of the wonderful Roald Dahl, including The Twits, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and more. Explore his wondrous worlds and quirky characters in these truly gloriumptious stories, featuring Roald Dahl's distinctive wit and spellbinding storytelling.

6. Goodnight Mister Tom

Michelle Magorian

This heart-breaking, illuminating tale follows Willie Beech, a 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 - and tragedy strikes?

7. The Chronicles of Narnia

C. S. Lewis

Children have been enchanted by these exciting, action-packed stories for decades. Discover a magical land, inhabited by all sorts of curious creatures, as well as a witch who imposes an eternal winter. Be swept away by incredible quests, exhilarating battles and plenty of fantastical beasts, including centaurs, giants, fauns, and the wise, magnificent lion, Aslan.

8. Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Follow Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they must face the hardest of times and pull together, whilst their father goes to fight in the civil war. Though they may be poor, their lives are rich with colour and fun as they play games, put on dramatic theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with vices, learn from mistakes, nurse each other, and get into all sorts of trouble. This stunning tale is sure to enchant young readers, featuring the unconditional love between sisters and the challenges they face.

9. Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Based on Wilder's real-life childhood adventures, this captivating series follows a family in Wisconsin, who set up their home amongst Indians and wild bears. The books describe the way the different groups learn to live together in harmony, as well as what happens once the family leaves the prairie and Mary and Laura start school...

10. The Hobbit

J. R. R. Tolkien

Bilbo is a hobbit. He likes to keep himself to himself and enjoys a peaceful, uneventful life. But one day, a group of dwarves turns up at his door, and his life is changed forever. He must embark on an epic quest to help the dwarves reclaim their mountain and slay the malicious, miserly dragon, Smaug - all rather difficult for a homely hobbit! This riveting story features themes of courage, friendship, and action-packed adventure!

  • LIG2 9 years +
    David Almond
    9 years +
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    David Almond won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Award for his stunning story of a young boy who discovers an amazing secret.

    In Skellig the author expertly combines magic and realism to create an absorbing story for readers aged 9 and over. Michael is lonely and struggling to cope as his baby sister battles for survival and the family moves into a dilapidated new house. But his incredible discovery looks set to change everything...
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    CS Lewis
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    The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory for adults and children alike. All seven Chronicles are bound together in this new paperback edition (rebranded with HarperCollins logo). The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory. For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants and Fauns.
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    JRR Tolkien
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    Likeable and unassuming hero Bilbo Baggins is unwittingly caught up in an epic adventure in one of the most imaginative and captivating children's classics ever written. Although Bilbo sets out on his quest for a dragon's gold rather reluctantly, as he is a cautious hobbit who likes a quiet life, his journey helps him find courage, strength and hidden resources that are sure to inspire readers young and old.

    The Hobbit is a fantastic book for confident readers aged 9+, but it's also a great book for parents to read aloud to their child at bedtime, especially with the success of An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug - the first two of Peter Jackson's award-winning trilogy of films based on The Hobbit starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo - bringing the story to a new audience.
  • Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Books - Collection - 9780141371337 - Roald Dahl
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    There are no other authors quite like Roald Dahl. A supreme storyteller with a wicked sense of humour, his characters and stories are timeless and unforgettable.

    With striking new artwork to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations and a keepsake slipcase featuring Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, this 15-book collection brings together all Dahl's classic children's novels.

    From Mr. Hoppy and Mrs Silver to Mr & Mrs Twit; and from giant peaches to magic medicines; this is a collection bursting with unique characters, hilarious situations and unforgettable storylines - as well as Dahl's wicked sense of humour.

    An essential addition to any bookshelf, the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches and Fantastic Mr Fox have shocked, excited and entertained generations of children and now's your chance to own them all - whatever your age!

    Format: paperback
  • SRH2 9 years +
    Frances Hodgson Burnett
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    What are you looking for?

    Friendship! Mystery! Adventure! Secrets!

    When spoiled, selfish orphan Mary Lennox is sent to live at lonely Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire, she discovers a magical world on the other side of a locked garden door. Mary decides to bring the abandoned garden she finds there back to life; and in doing so, changes her own forever.

    Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden is a children's classic that has enchanted generations.
  • Little House on the Prairie Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780603571688 - Laura Ingalls Wilder
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    Laura Ingalls Wilder
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    With fresh new covers from award-winning illustrator Jonathan Burton, this seven-book collection will introduce a whole new generation to the delights of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie books.

    Timeless tales that have continued to grow in popularity ever since the 1970s' TV adaptation, the Little House on the Prairie book and continuing series were actually based on Wilder's real-life childhood adventures.

    Starting with the Ingalls family building their house in Wisconsin and setting up home amongst some wild bears and Indians, the books describe how the different groups learned to live together and even look at what happened after the family left the prairie and Mary and Laura started school...
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    A beautiful Oxford Classics edition of Lewis Carroll's inspired fantasy Alice in Wonderland. This surreal story has truly enduring appeal and is a must-read book for all readers aged 9 and above.

    On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a rabbit hole and an extraordinary adventure begins. In a strange world, she meets some even stranger characters including a grinning cat, a rabbit with a pocket watch and a queen who plays croquet using hedgehogs and flamingos!

    Packed full of nonsense poems and songs, quirky characters and bizarre goings-on, Alice in Wonderland is a timeless classic!

    Please note this edition does not contain any illustrations.
  • The Jungle Book Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781509827213 - Rudyard Kipling
    JNBK 9 years +
    Rudyard Kipling
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    With the new Disney live-action/CGI adaptation of The Jungle Book proving to be one of the hits of 2016, now is the perfect time to rediscover Rudyard Kipling's book of short stories that inspired the animal adventure - and this collection includes its sequel and Just So Stories as well.

    First published in 1894, the most famous story in The Jungle Book follows man cub Mowgli as he's raised by wolves in the Indian jungle and comes face-to-face with incredible creatures including Baloo the 'sleepy brown bear', the python Kaa, black panther Bagheera and the fearsome tiger, Shere Khan. There are also many other short stories and poems to enjoy and The Second Jungle Book continues where this left off.

    Featuring Kipling's own illustrations, Just So Stories contains 12 magical tales that reveal how the camel got his hump, how an elephant got his trunk and how a leopard got his spots.
  • GMR2 9 years +
    Michelle Magorian
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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.
  • AEVJU 9 years +
    Louisa May Alcott
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    Rich or poor, we will keep together and be happy in one another' Christmas won't be the same this year for Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War, and the family has fallen on hard times. But though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble.