12 great books for 8-year-olds

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Our favourite 12 modern-day books for eight year olds.

  • The 13-Storey Treehouse

    Author: Andy Griffiths Illustrator: Terry Denton
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 8+

    Griffiths and Denton create a triumph to engage even the most determined hater of books, which includes hilarious cartoon drawings.

  • Good Dog McTavish

    Author: Meg Rosoff Illustrator: Grace Easton
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke
    Interest age: 7-9
    Reading age: 7-9

    When fluffy pooch McTavish moves in, he finds his new family in quite a pickle. But not to worry because he's sure he’ll have them retrained in no time at all. A charming and heartwarming short novel, full of spark, keen observations and sly humour.

  • Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas

    Author: Dav Pilkey
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Dog Man is a comic masterclass, perfect for the surreal sense of humour of the average six- to nine-year-old. It’s a full-colour comic throughout with five to six simple panels per page and split into eight chapters, so kids can feel like they’re reading a lot quickly.

  • Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

    Author: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: Farshore
    Interest age: 7-9
    Reading age: 7+

    The first in a series, this ghoulishly funny chapter book is full of fabulous gothic pen-and-ink illustrations and explores the importance of friendship.

  • Everest

    Author: Sangma Francis & Lisk Feng
    Publisher: Flying Eye Books
    Interest age: 7-10
    Reading age: 8+

    Children will love this beautiful and fascinating introduction to Everest, and it’s a particularly useful resource for primary schools who are looking at international features such as mountains in Key Stage 1 and 2.

  • Mega Robo Bros

    Author: Neill Cameron
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 8+
    Reading age: 9+

    Brothers always find something to fight about. Alex and Freddy are no different - even though they're also the most powerful robots in the universe.

  • Level Up!

    Author: Tom Nicoll Illustrator: Anjan Sarkar
    Publisher: Stripes Publishing
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    A fun and mildly scary virtual romp through a computer game packed with space paraphernalia and gadgetry. Entertaining black-and-white illustrations add atmosphere and more than a few laughs.

  • Cats React to Science Facts

    Author: Izzi Howell
    Publisher: Wayland
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Izzi Howell's genius book combines genuinely astonishing scientific facts with hilarious and cute cat pictures: a perfect book for sparking conversations (and with "aww" appeal).

  • Africa, Amazing Africa: Country by Country

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Mouni Feddag
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    A perfect book for young children interested in their cultural heritage or for those with a passion for travel and geography, this would also make a gorgeous gift for anyone interested in Africa.

  • The Legend of Kevin

    Author: Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Interest age: 7-10
    Reading age: 7+

    Max longs for adventure in his life – then one day, a flying pony called Kevin crashes into his flat, blown in by a magical storm. Mayhem, friendship and a brilliant cast of characters combine in this fabulously funny tale.

  • The Nothing to See Here Hotel

    Author: Steven Butler Illustrator: Steven Lenton
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 7-10
    Reading age: 8+

    Frankie Banister and his family run the Nothing to See Here Hotel, which is cunningly hidden from human view by magic and lots of really bad TripAdvisor reviews. The cast of characters in this laugh-out-loud book are full of sparkle, oddness and vitality.

  • Sportopedia: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Sport

    Author: Adam Skinner Illustrator: Mark Long
    Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
    Interest age: 6-10
    Reading age: 7+

    A luxurious compendium of all things sporty, featuring both well-known and less popular games and activities with plenty of fascinating facts.