Tweens aren’t quite ready to the mushy romance novels on the shelves for teens, but I think they’ll love these ten books about, friendship, family, and of course, Valentine’s Day! While I’ve tried to select book recommended for kids between the ages of 9-12, some may be too mature, or to young for your child. Be sure to look over the description before buying.
10 Chapter Books for Tweens to Read for Valentine’s Day
The ten books I’ve chosen for tweens to read around Valentine’s Day aren’t all about candy hearts and school crushes. Most of the books on the list are silly but a couple are serious and even sad. As tweens near their teen years Valentine’s Day takes on a more serious meaning with dating, rejection, and love. I think it’s important to share books about family love during those years, along with the funny books that kids can relate to in their tween years.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Jess finds that the new girl in school can outrun him and the two become fast friends. In the woods behind her house the two invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One day Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. The love of his family and strength Leslie gave him helps him deal with his grief.
Geronimo Stilton #36: Geronimo’s Valentine
Valentine’s Day is one of Geronmio’s favorite holidays and this year he has a date with Petunia Pretty Paws! But his plans change when a famous painting in New Mouse City is stolen and he has to impress Petunia while helping his friend Hercule solve the mystery.
Crush: The Theory, Practice, and Destructive Properties of Love by Gary Paulsen
Kevin has finally worked up the courage to ask Tina out, but will his trademark scheming get in the way?
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Tuck family tries to live a life as normal as possible after drinking from a magic spring. Ten year old Winnie finds out the family’s secret of eternal life, and she is taught a lesson in family love.
The kids aren’t feeling love this Valentine’s Day now that they’re a little older. But once they each start getting messages from a secret admirer things start to be a whole lot more fun!
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
The new girl in town meets a mysterious boy in her high school science class. But he can’t stand to be around her and she is determined to find out why. She uncovers a secret that nobody in their small town has discovered-Edward Cullen is a vampire.
Valentine’s Day Secret (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #12) by Carolyn Keene
Bess receives a mean valentine and she’s sure it is from George. The two are in their worst fight ever and Nancy is caught in the middle. Now she has to figure out a way to help the Clue Crew get back together!
Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell
It’s the biggest dance of the year and Nikki is hoping her crush will ask her to be his date. But what if he doesn’t want to go with her? What if he wants to go with someone else to the dance?
Geronimo Stilton #23 Valentine’s Day Disaster
Geronimo is so excited to give valentine cards to all his friends and family, but why is his mailbox empty on Valentine’s Day? Did everyone forget about him?
The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 7) by Jeff Kinney
Greg has a plan to find someone-anyone-to go to the middle school dance with him. He is determined no to be the odd man out. But things don’t go as planned and in a hilarious twist of fate he has to attend the dance with his best friend and a female classmate.