Best Books for 9-year Olds
Gifts for 9 Year Old Girls
Rainbow Gummy Candy Lab
Learn about polymers and color mixing in a yummy activity making delicious gummies — unicorn, cloud, and rainbow-shaped in a spectrum of flavors and colors.
Match any outfit with one of these colorful hair scrunchies.
Alien Slime Lab
Get messy as you mix up batches of unidentified “alien” slime and conduct tests on them to analyze and investigate their special properties.
Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle by Dana Simpson
HUMOR / GRAPHIC NOVEL
Sarcastic and hilarious, this is a laugh-out-loud comic book story about a precocious young girl and her reluctant unicorn “best friend”. 9-year-old girls are going to adore this series! (So will parents!)
Help the Sleeping Queens wake up by waking them up with the Kings. The goal is to be the first player with queens that add up to 50 points. Steal queens, put opponents queens back to sleep, and fight dragons. What will be your kids’ favorite queens and kings? This is a family favorite game that we play every week and can’t recommend enough!
Create with Clay Mythical Creatures
Create a unicorn, dragon and phoenix sculptures with this colorful clay set!
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
FANTASY / GRAPHIC NOVEL
This popular graphic novel series is about two siblings trying to save their mom who was taken to an underground world of elves, demons, robots, and talking animals. Beautiful artwork with compelling characters and an adventurous plot make this a sure-fire hit with young readers.
Klutz Mini Bake Shop
Create and decorate your own mini clay cakes, cookies, and pies. Helpful, step-by-step directions in a full-color 48-page book plus all the materials you’ll need.
Open this to discover over 60 surprises including new dolls and accessories.
LEGO Friends Olivia’s Mission Vehicle
Build a cool truck for rescue missions and you’ll get a rooftop control center, secret compartment, computer, 5 mini-dolls, and more!
Dragon Slippers trilogy by Jessica Day George
We can’t recommend these books enough. Young and brave Creel wants nothing more than to own her own seamstress shop. In her pursuit of this dream, she encounters and befriends a special dragon who will change the course of her life along with the magical dragon slippers that can help her speak or control her most esteemed dragon friend.
Sherlock Express is great for both thinking and visual discrimination because kids use the alibi clue cards to eliminate suspects and find the culprit. THINKING. So much thinking. For example, if your kids turn over an alibi card picture of the library, it means that any of the suspects with a library background are eliminated as the culprit.
Love magical fairies? Now you can design your own skirts, tops, flower crowns, and fairy wings for your fairy dolls!
Paint by Sticker Kids: Zoo Animals by Workman Publishing
Isn’t this a clever idea? Find the right stickers and use them to create a zoo animal.
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall
Ok, I admit it. I WANT this pretend play and building toy, too! But probably not as much as your Harry Potter fans do? (Debatable.) Use the 878 pieces to build Hogwarts Great Hall featuring house banners, movable spiral staircase, potions room, treasure room, and magic items.
Barbie Dream House
My kids played and played with their Barbie Dream Houses — so I feel nostalgic in recommending this new model. It has a working elevator, lights and sounds — plus more!
Magnetic Mini Tile Art
Create works of art, attach to tiles, and apply magnets to make fridge or locker decor.
Tear Up This Book! by Keri Smith
Your 9 year old girl will be thrilled to get this very popular American Girl gift book for fun, creativity, and crafts. My kids highly recommend this book.
Belt out your favorite songs! Besides as a normal microphone, this new microphone also can be used as a speaker and a recorder. With 48 colorful LED lights flicking with the rhythm, it must be very funny to get it.
L.O.L. Surprise O.M.G. Crystal Star
So pretty! This winter disco 2019 collector edition fashion doll, crystal Star, has a twinkling light-up stage and doll stand, accentuated by a disco ball. Her show-stopping fashions include a shimmery, crystal-studded jumpsuit and full, platinum sequined skirt.
Mabot B: Programmable Robots
Use the modular components to create your own robots with unique functions like moving and sensing the surroundings.
Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens
My kids LOVE to write with these yummy smelling and spar sparkly set of 12 pens. These last forever, too!
National Geographic Mega Slime & Putty Lab
Do your kids love slime? This is a great starter kit for kids to make 8 types of slime and putty including magnetic putty, fluffy slime, and glow0in0the-dark putty. Includes storage tins and accessories and a 16-page guide. Non-toxic.
60 cards = gazillions of stories. Draw a blue and a yellow card and CREATE!
We’re big fans of Gamewright games like Rat-a-Tat-Cat and Sleeping Queens so I was thrilled to see this newest card game with charming raccoon characters tipping over trash cans and racing to amass the most points.
Foldable Hi-Fi Wireless Headphones
These aren’t just highly-rated, they’re really a good price, too! We also love that they fold up and come in 7 colors! Other features: stereo sound, ear cushion, wireless mode or wired, and a built-in mic.
National Geographic Rock Tumbler
Get your kids into geology! Start polishing your own gems with the included half lbs of gemstones, rock information, and jewelry fastenings.
Klutz Make Your Own Soap
Learn soap making basics (chemistry) from melting to molding, adding fragrance and glitter, in designs like a cat, a fish, a cupcake, a star, and more.
iPad Pro + Apple Pencil
Both the Pro and the Apple Pencil have been much-used, favorite gifts for both my girls. They’re loving the pencil for drawing apps and think that the functionality of the Pro rocks.
The Curious Cat Spy Club by Linda Joy Singleton
What a fantastic new book series — my daughter and I devoured this first book. Three kids from seemingly different social circles band together to rescue kittens they found in a dumpster — and solve the mystery of who would try to kill the kittens.
LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Magical Ice Palace
Just in time for the 2nd movie! Frozen fans can build Elsa’s ice palace with a revolving staircase and sliding bridge. This kit comes with Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Marshmallow, and 4 Swogie minifigures.
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox Building and Coding Kit
I love how this cool gift combines coding with LEGO blocks. Build any of five robots then control them by coding using the coding blocks on the free app. Includes a playmat for specific activities.
KLUTZ LEGO Make Your Own Movie Kit
This 80 page book will help you learn stop motion animation and regular movies. Set the stage with any of the six included background settings and thirty-six LEGO elements including a pizza, banana, baseball cap, six mini-figure heads, and more!
Paint Your Own Porcelain Bowls and Vases
I like these because if you give them early, kids can make other people presents. Get 3 bowls and 3 vases to decorate with paint; paints are included.
Kid Made Modern Studio in a Box
We regularly by the Kid Made Modern art supplies just like you’ll find in this incredible kit that is filled with paints, brushes, pencils, markers, four canvas boards, and two quality paper pads. I love that this kit gives kids supplies to allow them open-ended imaginative creation, don’t you?
Creative Cosmetics Lab
Mix personalized soaps, bath bombs, salt scrubs, and more. A 32-page guide shows the science, history and step-by-step directions. Safe chemicals and substances, jars and stickers included.
Squeeze and watch as the toys slowly go from squished to full size. Kids love the tactile fun of these.
LEGO Harry Potter Hagrid’s Hut
Who doesn’t love Buckbeak the Hippogriff? You’ll get Buckbeak plus Harry, Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, Executioner, and the Minister of Magic and a really cool hut kit!
Blank Comic Book for Kids
With over 100 pages and lots of templates, use this to write and draw your own stories.
Code your own personality-filled robot, play games, and explore Cozmo’s world. Sure to become a favorite toy for your young STEM learners.
Color Me Powerful
LOVE this!! Inspiring prompts, coloring pages, list starters, phrases, and patterns—all featuring DC’s female superheroes—jump-start the imagination. Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Batgirl, Bumblebee, Katana and other beloved characters appear throughout colorful pages that encourage girls to doodle their own superhero name, design a motto, create a costume, and other creative pursuits befitting a superheroine.
Mermaid Tail Plush Blanket
Soft and cozy fleece blankets for cuddling up. Comes in multiple color combos, all perfect for snuggling.
Just Joking Jumbo by National Geographic Kids
Holy Smokes! Your kids will loved this book. It’s packed full of awesome jokes and photographs; it’s hefty and impossible not to love. Fun facts added throughout make it extra interesting.
The Nintendo Switch is a fun, compact, and portable gaming system that kids absolutely love.
We highly recommend this fast-paced, fun and easy dice game.
Everyday Angel by Victoria Schwab
My daughter loves these sweet stories about an angel named Aria who is earning her wings by helping girls who are struggling in some way. In the first book, Aria helps Gabby. Gabby’s brother is hospitalized indefinitely and her mom is totally focused on her brother. It’s up to Aria to help Gabby at her new school and discover who she is apart from her family. These are charming, uplifting stories any 9 year old girl would like as a gift.
LEGO The Nether Railway
Minecraft fans will want this new rail system kit for the Nether. Inclues a Steve minifigure, a zombie pigman, two magma cubes and more.
Stampy’s Lovely Book by Stampy (Joseph Garrett)
Popular on YouTube, now there’s an official Stampy book with info, games, jokes, activities and comics. This will keep Minecraft addicts engaged for hours!
Klutz Decorate This Journal
Decorate the outside of your new journal, then explore the guided pages inside. It will be a great memory and self-awareness writing activity.
Mixed By Me – Thinking Putty Kit
Make your own putty! Each kit includes five tins of clear putty, three concentrated color putties, three special effect putties, and an instructional mat.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, headlamps beat book lamps for reading hands down. Because they’re hands-free AND have much better light! (All over the page light, not just in one spot.) Plus, how cool are you when you sit in bed with a headlamp?! These really motivate young readers.
Doodle Games Activity Book by Joe Rhatigan, illustrations by Anthony Owsley
We’ve loved this book, particularly because it facilitates a fun parent-child time. JJ and dad so far love The Mutant Game (players give each other weird mutant animal combos to draw), Doodle Dare Circles (draw as many things as you can using only circles), and Squiggle Masterpieces (squiggles that become something wonderful).
Magformers Walking Robot Set
Magformers Walking Robot Set includes a battery pack and a walking block so you can make many different types of moving robots.
My daughter makes erasers from this kit like crazy — little monsters, animals, you name it. It’s not just creative, it’s useful!
Sphero BOLT Robot
This is the latest Sphero app-enabled robot. Isn’t it the coolest looking one yet? 11 year old girls will learn to code through hands-on activities to program infrared, compass, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and motor encoders. Drive BOLT and play games. 2+ hours of battery.
Pass the Pigs
This is my husband’s favorite game to play with the kids. This Pass the Pigs classic party game consists of 2 pigs you use as dice, pad, 2 pencils and carrying case. Roll them as many times as you dare on your turn to score points. Just don’t role a “pig out” or an “oinker”. The first person to 100 points wins.
LEGO 3 in 1 Forest Animals
Your 9 year old girl will love this 3 in 1 LEGO building toy set. You can make a monkey, teddy bear or a squirrel! I like that it gets taken apart and built again and again.
Beanie Bo Plush Penguin
Cuddly and sweet.