Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Age 7–12
Our editors' picks for the season's best movies, books, TV shows, and games for big kids.
Great gifts for 7-year-olds
Mac Undercover: Mac B., Kid Spy, Book 1
"Rollicking spy adventure is loaded with humor."
Bad Kitty Camp Daze
"Silly identity mix-up reveals sweet lesson on getting along."
"Informative, imaginative, gorgeous intro to natural history."
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
"Monster threequel is silly fun, with a few scary parts. "
"Fresh Pokémon perspective perfect for younger fans."
Planet Earth: Blue Planet II
"Stunning nature documentary is excellent watch-together TV."
Great gifts for 8-year-olds
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
"Irreverent, immature comedy cleverly mocks superhero genre."
"Terrific, action-packed superhero sequel was worth the wait."
Super Mario Party
"Brand-new party filled with fun and laughs for all."
Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment
"Orphan uses science to save world in fast-paced adventure."
The Parker Inheritance
"Kids investigate past racist incident in thrilling mystery."
Nintendo Labo Toy-Con Vehicle Kit
"Creative vehicle kit adds large new world to explore."
Great gifts for 9-year-olds
The Cardboard Kingdom
"Kids make up own brave adventures in fun tale of free play."
The Journey of Little Charlie
"Tense, powerful novel of boy and slave catcher in 1858."
You Go First
"Sweet, hopeful tale of friendship, family, and perseverance."
"Thoughtful, arty take on excellent Selznick novel."
Mega Man 11
"Classic side-scrolling action with mild robot destruction."
"Strong female characters shine in classic book adaptation."
Great gifts for 10-year-olds
Solo: A Star Wars Story
"Satisfying, action-packed prequel explores Han's roots."
"Inspiring, entertaining docu about an American icon."
Rad Girls Can: Stories of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women
"Inspiring stories of girls who made their mark on the world."
Scribblenauts Mega Pack
"Entertaining puzzlers bring loads of fun with bonus content."
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge
"Funny, creepy tale of elf and goblin's uneasy friendship."
Lego DC Super-Villains
"Sometimes the best good guys for the job are the bad guys."
Great gifts for 11-year-olds
"Tense, gripping WWII drama has powerful cost-of-war message."
Bluecrowne: A Greenglass House Story
"Engaging fantasy adventure trades ghosts for magic."
March Forward Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine
"Must-read memoir of a childhood in the segregated South."
Isle of Dogs
"Wondrous, bittersweet, funny, edgy animated canine story."
"Gorgeous, challenging, atmospheric underwater thriller."
"Long-running British sci-fi series still thrills fans."
Great gifts for 12-year-olds
"Masterful Marvel film has depth, diversity -- and violence."
"Boy, wolf face intense peril in epic prehistoric adventure."
"All action and cool tech in Uglies Quartet spin-off."
I Am Still Alive
"Teen survives alone in the wilderness in gripping thriller."
Metroid: Samus Returns
"Great sci-fi remake reinvents itself for a new generation."
"Charming VR story immerses players in a living fairy tale."