5 Best Free Kids Books for 9-12 Year Olds

We are coming into the last lazy days of summer before school starts back which means I’m hearing a lot of “Moooom… I’m BORED.” from my 9 year old son.

He is exhausted when he gets home from summer camp and just wants to veg out on the couch, so I let him do just that most nights. The Kindle app on the iPad has been a lifesaver because it’s a way to keep him occupied that doesn’t include mindless hours of playing Roblox or watching tv.

Thankfully he is an avid reader, so I started searching for really good books to keep him occupied. I stumbled upon a treasure trove of free kids books offered by Amazon Prime, so I thought I would share them with you guys in case you’re searching for free books, too! A little disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. 

You’ll need Amazon Prime along with the FREE Kindle Reading App to read these books, but both of those are totally worth having if you don’t already!

Here are my top five book recommendations from the many that I saw:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


We listened to the entire Harry Potter series on Audible during our commute last school year, and it was the greatest way to spend time stuck in traffic. Most days he was begging me to slow down so he could listen longer. I have to confess that I had never picked up a single book in the Harry Potter series until I started listening with my son, but I’m so very glad that I did. I was instantly hooked.

There is a reason Harry Potter books are the bestselling books of our time.  If you have not read them with your kids or grandkids yet, DO.  The Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book in the series, and it’s completely free on Amazon.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD HARRY POTTER FOR FREE


The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson and the Olympians


I have heard so many great reviews about this book so I decided to buy the Audible version for our car.  We are not all the way through it yet, but so far it’s been highly entertaining for both of us.  Garrett is getting a thorough lesson on all the Greek gods and mythology and doesn’t even realize he’s learning because it’s so entertaining.

This is also the first book in the Percy Jackson series, so if we like this one we still have plenty more to read after this. It’s might be a little bit mature for a 9 year old, but that depends on your kid.  Read the reviews and you decide.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE LIGHTING THIEF FOR FREE


Artemis Fowl

He is a 12 year old criminal mastermind who takes on the challenge to steal some fairy’s gold. This book is exciting and witty, and will keep your kids entertained for hours. Plenty of action and adventure. There are a few mature themes mentioned like cigar smoking and drinking, but think of them as a teachable moment.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ARTEMIS FOWL FOR FREE


The Fairy Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm


Good versus evil is a common theme in most fairy tales, but this book gives it a different spin, casting all your favorite fairy tale characters in modern day real-life roles. There is violence and suspense, but nothing too dark that most kids 9-10 couldn’t handle it.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SISTERS GRIMM FOR FREE


Island of the Blue Dolphins


I remember reading this book as a child and being captivated by this brave girl.  The scene where she clings to a cliff face to survive a tsunami is still vivid in my mind.  If your kid likes survival stories as much as mine does, this one is a great read.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS FOR FREE


What are your older kids or grandkids reading right now?  I’d love to hear in the comments!

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  1. Hi Beth! I also have a 9 year old and we listen to audio books in the car. I just checked out “Island of the Blue Dolphins” out from BPL on Overdrive. We recently listened to “The Cay” and she was absolutely wrapped up in it, speaking of survival stories. Also, for a change of pace, we listened to “The Terrible Two,” a story about some kid pranksters in a small town. It was funny and not mature subject matter. We’re currently listening to “The Best Man” by Richard Peck, which is a story about a kid in a Chicago suburb. It is probably too mature of content for age 9 but she’s really enjoying it – read a review before downloading. We listened to “Fortunately, the Milk” by Neil Gaiman and it was almost the perfect length for a drive between Birmingham and Atlanta. We’ve done the first Harry Potter book and will dive into the next one soon.

  2. Yolanda McLean says:

    Great post! It looks like your Blue Dolphin link isn’t working.
    Thanks for sharing!

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