'If you are going to get anywhere in life, you have to read a lot of books', beloved author, Roald Dahl, once said.
When you're nine, reading a lot of books is wonderfully possible. Nine-year-olds straddle two worlds as readers: their reading fluency allows them to be exposed to more sophisticated subject matter, with many starting to look towards the YA section for new literature (some supervision probably required).
Of course, that doesn't mean nine-year-olds don't love simple, straightforward reads – or having a parent read them a story.
A popular genre for this age group is the illustrated biography compendium: think Rebel Girls or Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different.
These best-selling books combine exciting illustrations with interesting and inspiring real-life figures, from the past and present, and allow kids to discover someone (and something) totally new, in just a couple of pages a night.
Nine is also a brilliant age for getting your child stuck into the classics: they probably won't fly through a 500-page book from the 19th century in an evening, but they'll enjoy learning about worlds so unlike their own, yet so easy to relate to.
Plus, you can always escape back to when you were 9 or 10 and live the book with them by reading a bit to them each evening. You're never too old for a bedtime story, after all.
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