It’s really hard to choose gifts for kid who are too old for Transformers or My Little Pony but not quite old enough for a cell phone or iPod. I have a strict rule — I refuse to buy anything for a child under the age of 13 that requires batteries or electricity… so books are great! I’ve done some digging to find out which book series are good for tweens, and here’s what I’ve found!
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
Best for: Boys (of any age)
Start with: Book One – Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Price: $7.70 at amazon.com
Reg is a typical junior high boy — he’s tormented by his older brother, Rodney, and gets into minor trouble and school with his silly schemes. He does have his best friend, Rowley, and of course, his Diary. The simple stick-figure illustrations are hilarious and expressive, and you’ll be swiping them from your tween boy as soon as he’s done with them.