Books for eight-year-old children
Children's book lists go from Snuggle Puppy to The Stand. That's fine, but as an auntie, it's hard to know where in the spectrum a particular child might fall. So this list is of books you or children you know loved at around age eight.

As part of this series:
Books for one-year-olds
Books for two-year-olds
Books for three-year-olds
Books for four-year-olds
Books for five-year-olds
Books for six-year-olds
Books for seven-year-olds
Books for eight-year-olds
Books for nine-year-olds
Books for ten-year-olds
Books for eleven-year-olds
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Books for thirteen-year-olds
1 Charlotte's Web
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2 Little House on the Prairie...
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3 The Lion, the Witch and the...
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4 Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (Ramon...
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5 Charlie and the Chocolate F...
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6 The Boxcar Children (The Bo...
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7 The Hobbit
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8 Island of the Blue Dolphins...
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9 The Secret Garden
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10 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ...
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11 From the Mixed-Up Files of ...
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12 How to Eat Fried Worms
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13 Turtle Wish
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14 Culloo
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15 The Vincenzo Adventure (Fin...
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16 Pippi Longstocking
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17 A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)
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18 Little Women (Little Women,...
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19 The Doll People (Doll Peopl...
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20 Bunnicula (Bunnicula, #1)
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21 Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
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22 Because of Winn-Dixie
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23 Flat Stanley (Flat Stanley,...
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24 Half Magic (Tales of Magic,...
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25 Junie B. Jones and the  Stu...
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26 The Magic of Finkleton (Fin...
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27 Peter Nimble and His Fantas...
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28 Peter Pan
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29 The Phantom Tollbooth
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30 The City of Ember (Book of ...
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31 Harriet the Spy (Harriet th...
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32 D'Aulaires' Book of Greek M...
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33 Five on a Treasure Island (...
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34 The Adventures of Captain U...
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35 The Indian in the Cupboard ...
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36 The Witches
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37 The Secret of the Old Clock...
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37 Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magi...
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39 Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sara...
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40 Harry Potter and the Prison...
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41 Kit: An American Girl (Boxe...
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42 Athena the Brain (Goddess G...
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43 The Lightning Thief (Percy ...
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44 Alice's Adventures in Wonde...
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45 The Midwife's Apprentice
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45 Fallen Idols (Sons of the K...
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47 The Flying Classroom
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48 The Trumpet of the Swan
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49 Kirsten's Boxed Set
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50 The School Story
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50 Five Children and It (Five ...
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52 The Moffats (The Moffats, #1)
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53 The Witch Family
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54 The Voyages of Doctor Dolit...
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55 Josefina: An American Girl
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56 James and the Giant Peach
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57 The Bravest Squirrel Ever (...
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57 Declan Grows Up: It's Just ...
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57 Fruzzle's Mystery Talent: A...
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60 New Kids on the Rock (Small...
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61 Chemistry: The Atom and Ele...
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62 Cellular Biology: Organelle...
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63 Down Under Thunder (Small W...
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64 Happy Niners (Sons of the K...
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65 Mystery of the Secret Room ...
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66 Bulls and Burglars (Small W...
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67 Lottie and Lisa (An Avon Ca...
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67 Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
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69 The Creator's Ark (Sons of ...
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70 Emily's Runaway Imagination
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70 Shiloh (Shiloh, #1)
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72 Catwings (Catwings, #1)
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73 The Children of Noisy Village
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74 The Light Princess
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75 Harry Potter and the Goblet...
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76 Harry Potter and the Chambe...
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77 The Mouse and the Motorcycl...
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78 The Secret Seven (The Secre...
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79 A Little Princess
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80 Artie and the Princess
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80 Math Rapmatics: Mathematica...
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80 Foster Fox: [A 10,000 Lakes...
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80 Neurology: The Amazing Cent...
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80 Monster Club: Case of the I...
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80 G.G. Snowboards (The G.G. S...
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80 Mystery of the Ballerina Gh...
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87 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of...
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88 The Bravest Squirrel in the...
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89 Little Tales of Ben & Bucke...
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89 Belstarr The Lost Toymaker
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91 Big Nate Goes for Broke
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92 Super Smart WORKOUT Series #1
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93 The Fairy Rebel
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94 Emil and the Detectives
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95 The Dumb Bunnies (The Dumb ...
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96 Goosebumps, Books 1-4
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97 The Last Day (Sons of the K...
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97 Stallion by Starlight (Magi...
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99 Jane on Her Own (Catwings, #4)
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100 Caddie Woodlawn
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message 1: by Holly (new)


message 2: by Leslie (new)

Leslie I dunno guys, half the books on this list are not ideal for 8 year olds. An 8 year old prodigy, sure, but not your average 8 year old. There's a time for everything, and it's wonderful when the right book is found by the right child at the right age. Trying to read even a wonderful book when it's just too soon can be discouraging.


message 3: by Cal (new)

Cal Dirnew Good point. I just gave my 8 year-old FingerTip Island, which is a chapterbook but she's taking to it really well. Every now again again though I have to explain a word to her. Whichh in the end is a good thing, since she'll have better word choice for it.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Mine may not be the prototypical books for 8-year-olds, but I only added what I can recall actually reading at that age. I'll confess that I was reading over grade level, though.


message 5: by Beatnoid (new)

Beatnoid to Susanna :

you may have been over grade level then (brag much?) but you are not now. "Prototypical" cannot be used the way you did, it actually means 'an early model of something, like the first car made before manufacturing, the 'example' , would be a prototype. You should know that if you're THAT smart...


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads "prototype: n., v. -typed, -typing -- n., 1. the original or model on which something is based or formed. 2. someone or something that serves to illustrate the typical qualities of a class; model; exemplar: She is the prototype of a student activist."

(Source: The Random House Dictionary of the American Language, Second Edition, Unabridged.)


message 7: by Brian (new)

Brian Thanks for this list. My daughter is 8 years old and reading at an 8th grade level. Finding books that keep her interest and are appropriate for her age is a real challenge. These books might keep her going for another week or two!


message 8: by Laura (last edited Feb 15, 2011 04:44PM) (new)

Laura Agreed. Most all of all these books are not on a 8 year old reading level. Little Women? The Secret Garden? Gosh. A little high up on the list now are we! Geez, I read Island of the Blue Dolphins in 5th grade as a class. And Caddie Woodlong in 4th... Yes, so I guess people are higher level reader than others, and I get some are slower, and some are reading exactly on level. In 4th grade I was a 12 grade eading level, and in 6th I was only on a 10th. I dropped, by...well, a copious amount. No, I'm not trying to brag. I am just making a statement. If you are in 3rd grade, read 3rd grade books. Even if your level is 8th, 9th, 10th grade, you still shouldn't read books that high. I am almost positive you won't. Unless you're some kind genuiss... Which beliveve me, I'm not, by any means. And it is really rare.

Anyway, like I said, half these books aren't suitable for an average 8 year old. Most are higher, and even then, some are lower.


message 9: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra S-B Heck, I always read above grade level when I was a kid, but that doesn't mean that I didn't LOVE books meant for other ages. I read with my younger sisters, I scoured the library at my school for books with topics/subject matter that I knew nothing about. I just loved reading...
Now, I'm looking for my almost-8yr old son. Most of these are female protagonist, which is super cool for him to gain that perspective! Thanks for putting this list together, I'll go through it again later (after my book buying spree!) and vote and try to add some. :)


message 10: by Rowan (new)

Rowan This is a very good list. I think content -wise all the books listed are good for 8 year olds. If they're reading isn't high-level, parents could certainly read some or all of the books to them.

Here's another great list

http://oldchildrensbooks.com/readers-...

There's a lot of overlap between these two list but some differences. Notice the list is for 2nd through 5th grade, which is 7 to 10, so again, parents reading might be the key.


message 11: by Daryl (new)

Daryl Van hale I'd have to say that at least a third of this list would be too dificult for most 8 year olds.


message 12: by Mistresswolf (new)

Mistresswolf The whole key to this list I believe is so parents can decide what they feel is appropriate for their child. My granddaughter is 8 and reading at an almost middle school level and the key here is that she is comprehending what she reads. Not all of these would I give her to read, but the main point is to keep her interest and love of reading going. Not giving her the opportunity to try different books would be holding her back.


message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah I don't keep track of what my child reads at school but at home, we read whatever he has interest for or what I have had experience in reading. Because there are always new releases, we also review book reviews and decide which new ones he'd like to try. My child's reading and comprehension improved greatly when he was interested in the protagonist and plot. At this age he started loving book series because he felt invested in the characters and wanted to read more about them. At this age he started reading The Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Gregor the Overlanders series.

But to each his own. Every child will be different and you, as a partner, will have your own experiences and opinions growing up.

I think we can all agree that there is much more variety today in children's books than when we were little. Classics will always remain cherished classics of all time and maybe over time there will be new ones added to the list.


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