Great Books Guide 2018: for 8 to 9 year olds
Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2018), which we think any child aged 8 to 9 will love. We definitely do!
Author: Ade Adepitan
Publisher: Studio Press
This first book by Paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adepitan offers a fascinating picture of his childhood. With a light touch and plenty of wit, he recalls the influences and events that helped to shape his life and career. Entertaining, accessible and inspiring.
Author: Laura Ellen Anderson
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.
Author: Tony De Saulles
Publisher: Oxford Children's Books
When Mel discovers he can transform into a honeybee, he enjoys an amazing bee's-eye view of life inside a hive. This funny illustrated chapter book incorporates fascinating facts about these invaluable insects.
Author: Adam & Lisa Murphy
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Adam Murphy interviews 18 amazing women from history. With a casual, chatty style and colourful comic-strip illustrations, this unique, accessible and slightly macabre series is packed full of humour and fascinating facts.
Author: Chris Priestley
Mildew and Sponge race to solve the theft of the School Spoon in this hilarious, ridiculous adventure that takes in time travel, werewolves and even rogue Vikings.
Author: Gwen Lowe
Publisher: Chicken House
Can Alice outwit the Best Minister for Everything Nicely Perfect's evil plans? Find out in this brilliantly original tale of friendship and adventure.
Author: Bjarne Reuter Illustrator: Kirsten Raagaard Translator: Sian Mackie from Danish
Publisher: Wacky Bee Books
Elise gets a secondhand mongrel to keep her company – and turns out, the dog's name is McAddudi and he’s from Scotland. Elise and McAddudi soon grow to become best friends. A quirky and original book that is full of laughs and heart.
Author: Joshua Seigal and Friends Illustrator: Tim Wesson
Featuring a range of children's poets and traditional verses from cultures around the world, this is a great collection for older primary kids.
Author: James Bishop Illustrator: Rikin Parekh
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Dylan Spencer has a rubbish superpower: he can talk to iguanas. But when all the rest of the world’s superheroes are kidnapped, he is the only one left to save the planet. A hilarious and heartwarming book, packed full of brilliant, comic-strip illustrations.
Author: Julie Hunt and Dale Newman
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
This stunning pencil-drawn graphic novel of talent, music and friendship will readers young and old. You'll be rooting for KidGlovz, the nine-year-old musical prodigy: a poignant story to be remembered for a long time.
Author: Susan Martineau Illustrator: Vicky Barker
Publisher: b small
An ideal book for anyone who’s been intrigued by stories about sightings of Bigfoot, UFOs, crop circles, ghosts etc. A chance to examine the evidence and maybe solve a mystery.
Author: Polly Faber Illustrator: Sarah Jennings
Publisher: Walker Books
This hilarious and heart-warming chapter book combines an entertaining plot and a diverse range of characters with delightfully funny black-and-white illustrations. The cheeky antics of the mischievous pony are great fun.
Author: Harry Heape Illustrator: Rebecca Bagley
Publisher: Faber & Faber
When Pippin discovers she possesses magical powers, she uses her newfound skills to investigate the mysterious water shortage in Funsprings. This hilarious fantasy adventure will have readers rolling around with laughter.
Author: Adam Frost Illustrator: Gemma Correll
These days it's very important to be able to identify fake facts. With a series of interactive activities, this book not only allows children to find out what is and isn't true. Fabulously original and interactive non-fiction.
Author: Jamia Wilson Illustrator: Andrea Pippins
Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions
This beautiful and eye-catching hardback celebrates a selection of black icons from history and the present day to inspire all children to discover what they can achieve.
Author: Alex T Smith
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
With the help of Colin (a spider), Mr Penguin battles ferocious beasts and makes his way into a hidden jungle underneath the museum with exciting (and often hilarious) results.
Author: Katie and Kevin Tsang Illustrator: Nathan Reed
Sam Wu is scared of many things but is determined not to let anyone find out. This funny, fast-paced chapter book is the first in a series of Sam Wu adventures. Full of humour, black-and-white illustrations and a wacky plot.
Author: Jamie Smart
Publisher: David Fickling books
Looshkin is named ‘the maddest cat in the world’ for good reason – anything that could possibly go wrong all comes down to this kitty. An outrageously fun graphic novel in a class of its own for silliness.
Author: Alastair Humphrey Illustrator: Kevin Ward
Publisher: Big Picture Press
An inspiring introduction to 20 adventurers and explorers from the last 700 years. This book will encourage readers to live more adventurously, think a little more boldly and go a little further themselves.
Author: Dr. Dominic Walliman Illustrator: Ben Newman
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Everyone's favourite cat-astronaut investigates the human body in this beautiful, graphically illustrated look at everything from eyes to muscles, genetics to reproduction and the immune, endocrine and lymphatic systems.