Every book recommended on the Butterfly Books blog is a favourite, a carefully chosen and much loved book. So choosing one over another is a tough job! But for the end of 2017 I thought I’d choose the best of the best of this year’s recommendations.

Butterfly Books recommends all sorts of books, but this list will be the kinds of books that set this blog apart: books to support kids and teens through hard times, and a focus on books that reflect diversity.

This week: 9 to 11 year olds (click on the link to see the full review)


cover image of when mischief came to townWhen Mischief Came to Town

Inge Maria’s mother has died and she’s been sent to live with her grandmother, who does not seem happy to have her. But Inge Maria’s adventurous spirit and sweetness win over her grandmother–and create a wonderful, funny story along the way.

A child who has experienced the death of a loved one will find comfort in this book. Inge Maria expresses both her grief and her slow process of healing so clearly and honestly, and the ending gives children hope that they too will get through their hardest times.



cover image of Gaby lost and foundGaby, Lost and Found 

Gaby’s mother has been deported to Honduras, while Gaby lives with her not very dependable father in the US. Her class is helping at an animal shelter, and Gaby’s love of animals helps her cope with missing her mother and the uncertainties of her future.

There are some heavy topics in Gaby, Lost and Found. But the animal shelter story line softens the story, and Gaby is a strong and likable character that children can relate to. It’s an interesting read and well told story, so tweens can both learn from and enjoy it.


Next week, find out my favourite choices for  12 – 14 year olds!

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