In anticipation of the new movie, I recently handed my 12 year old a copy of Judy Blume's beloved Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
Not only did she love it just as much as I did when I was 12, but she also said, "Find me more books like that!".
When I asked my daughter what she loved about the book, she cited the following:
- Deals with issues important to tweens (puberty, friendship, crushes, etc.)
So, my daughters and I read our way through a stack of books like Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret and put together a list of our 17 favorite books for kids (girls and boys!) between the ages of 10 and 14.
These books tackle big issues, with humor and honesty, and they're refreshingly realistic so kids can find comfort and camaraderie in all the awkwardness of growing up.
Note: I've included older books from the 1970's, 80's, and 90's as well as contemporary coming of age books. Because of the sensitive nature of some of the topics in these books, especially the older books, parents/teachers may want to preview them or check for content concerns on Common Sense Media.
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What humorous, realistic, coming of age books would you add to this list? I'd love to find more!