Best Children's Books Age 12

Best Children's Books Age 12

Stacy C. Bauer

Meet Cami, a spirited kangaroo who has a bit of trouble following the rules.

Cami Kangaroo loves sweets. In fact, she can’t stop thinking about them. Even after Mommy catches her eating from a bucket of ice cream, she still finds ways to sneak them. Will she ever be able to listen? Cami Kangaroo is a funny, uplifting story about the importance of honesty and following the rules, even when you don’t want to.

A book about honesty, self control and respect.

Cami Kangaroo faces common challenges and temptations in this book. Too Many Sweets uses beautiful illustrations and gentle language to support parents as they discuss the natural consequences of sneaking treats and not following directions with their children. Author Stacy C Bauer was encouraged by authors such as Laura Markham (Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids), Adele Faber (How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk) and Daniel J. Siegel (No-Drama Discipline: The Whole Brain Way to Calm the Chaos and Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind).

The Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins (Oak Forest Book 1)

Young Geraldine longs to have adventures as thrilling as those in the Book of Tales, the book her papa reads to her and her brother Button at night. More than that, she wants to be brave–a seemingly impossible task in a world where ravens throw black shadows over the earth and wolves prowl barren lands in search of their prey. But Geraldine is a mouse. The weakest of ground things. Why was she, who wants so much to be brave, created by God to be small and quivering?

The book’s ten stories follow the Woolkins family—Papa, Mama, Geraldine, and Button—from October to December, as they face their rather human trials and tribulations and Geraldine struggles to understand Very Very Big Hands, the creator of all, including ravens and wolves.

Suitable for readers of most ages. Parents will want to read the book to younger children, preferably after making them a cup of cocoa.

Books in the Series:

  • Book 1: The Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins
  • Book 2: More Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins
  • Book 3: The Book of Tales (coming in 2019)

Dr. Seuss

A perfect gift for new parents, birthday celebrations, and happy occasions of all kinds, this collection of five beloved Beginner Books by Dr. Seuss—The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, and Fox in Socks—will be cherished by young and old alike. Ideal for reading aloud or reading alone, they will begin a child on the adventure of a lifetime!

P.D. Eastman

This must-have classic about a baby bird in search of his mother is the perfect for every day!

A baby bird goes in search of his mother in this hilarious Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. When a mother bird’s egg starts to jump, she hurries off to make sure she has something for her little one to eat. But as soon as she’s gone, out pops the baby bird. He immediately sets off to find his mother, but not knowing what she looks like makes it a challenge. The little hatchling is determined to find his mother, even after meeting a kitten, a hen, a dog, and a Snort. The timeless message of the bond between mother and child make P. D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? a must for baby showers, beginning readers, and Mother’s Day.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrationsthat give clues to their meaning.

E. B White

This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children’s literature that is “just about perfect.” This paper-over-board edition includes a foreword by two-time Newbery winning author Kate DiCamillo.

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.

E. B. White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, love, life, and death that will continue to be enjoyed by generations to come. It contains illustrations by Garth Williams, the acclaimed illustrator of E. B. White’s Stuart Little and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series, among many other books.

A. A. Milne

Happy 90th birthday, to one of the world’s most beloved icons of children’s literature, Winnie-the-Pooh!

Since 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends—Piglet, Owl, Tigger, Kanga, Roo, and the ever doleful Eeyore—have endured as the unforgettable creations of A. A. Milne, who wrote two books of Pooh’s adventures for his son, Christopher Robin, and Ernest H. Shepard, who lovingly gave them shape through his iconic and beautiful illustrations. 

These characters and their stories are timeless treasures of childhood that continue to speak to all of us with the kind of freshness and heart that distinguishes true storytelling.

This deluxe volume brings both Pooh stories—Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner—together in one beautiful, full-color edition. The texts are complete and unabridged, and all of the illustrations, each gloriously recolored, are included. Elegant yet simple, whimsical yet wise, this classic edition is a book to savor and treasure.

The perfect gift for holiday, to welcome a new baby, or for your favorite collector and book lover.

E. B White

This box set contains paperback editions of the Newbery Honor-winning Charlotte’s Web, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal-winning Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan—three beloved, timeless classics by E. B. White, with black-and-white illustrations by Garth Williams and Fred Marcellino.

Charlotte’s Web

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter. E. B. White’s Newbery Honor Book is a tender novel of friendship, family, and adventure.

Stuart Little

Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his family. But when Stuart’s best friend goes missing, he’s determined to leave home and take an epic journey to find his friend.

The Trumpet of the Swan

Louis is a trumpeter swan, but unlike the rest of his family, he can’t make a sound. And since he can’t trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays no attention to him. But when his father steals him a real brass trumpet, Louis has to find out if it’s the key to what he’s wanted all along. E. B. White’s classic book is a tender novel of overcoming the odds and learning to do things on your own terms.

The Indian in the Cupboard

Lynne Reid Banks


It’s Omri’s birthday, but all he gets from his best friend, Patrick, is a little plastic Indian toy. Trying to hide his disappointment, Omri puts the Indian in a metal cupboard and locks the door with a mysterious skeleton key that once belonged to his great-grandmother. Little does Omri know that by turning the key, he will transform his ordinary plastic Indian into a real live man from an altogether different time and place! Omri and the tiny warrior called Little Bear could hardly be more different, yet soon the two forge a very special friendship. Will Omri be able to keep Little Bear without anyone finding out and taking his precious Indian from him?

by Carrie J , Paper Peony

Rosalie, rather suddenly and fully aware of being different from all the other children she knows, chooses to navigate this newfound hardship by showing kindness. She soon finds that her brave choice leads to some of Life’s most treasured Gifts…

Through Rosalie Colored Glasses is a charming novelette about choosing kindness and creating meaningful friendships. It emphasizes standing up for oneself and others in a kind way, as well as embracing one another’s differences with understanding and compassion, and choosing to see the good in others.

  • 178 beautifully illustrated pages in hardback edition with gold foil cover
  • Advanced vocabulary words are highlighted in pink throughout the book
  • Glossary at the back for advanced vocabulary words
  • Suited for readers ages 8-12 (and 3-7 if being read to!)
  • Wonderful story to spark conversation about dealing with bullying or unkindness, as well as the qualities it takes to be a true friend.

by J.B. O'Neil

His name is Milo Snotrocket and he has the same problems any kid has. School is boring, he has a bully and sometimes he farts. Well, more than sometimes. What nobody else knows about this special kid is that he’s more than just you average everyday child, he’s also a Fart Ninja — taking on bullies and all evildoers with the amazing power of his horrible farts!

Warning: This book has farts. Lots of them. And if you focus on farting as much as the people in this book, you might want to check your pants when you’re done!

by Robert Louis Stevenson

A tale of buccaneers and buried treasure to shiver yer timbers!

In Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure, “X” marks the spot! Captain Billy Bones arrives at an innkeeper’s lodge and tells young Jim Hawkins to keep a weather eye open for a one-legged seafaring man. But after several nefarious fellows show up, Jim is left with the map to buried treasure. All ages will enjoy this timeless tale of treachery and heroism that has shaped the modern image of pirates. Bound in a beautiful cloth cover with full-color illustrations inside and foil stamping on the front, this exciting volume in our Illustrated Classics series will be a welcome addition to any home library.