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Best Books for 6-8 year olds

My Naughty Little Sister

In 2015, we put together a list of the 100 best books for children from the last 100 years.

The books below are ones suitable for children aged 6-8.

See our best books for other age groups

Please note: This list was published in 2015. We are currently working on a revised and more up-to-date list which more adequately reflects the brilliant diversity of children's literature over the last 100 years. Please take a look at Books We Love for our reviews of current brilliant books.

  • The Queen's Nose

    Author: Dick KingSmith

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Queen's Nose

    Author: Dick KingSmith

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 8+

    Harmony's Uncle Ginger sends her on a treasure trail - which ends in finding a 50p piece.

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  • The Sheep-Pig

    Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: Mike Terry

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Sheep-Pig

    Author: Dick King-Smith Illustrator: Mike Terry

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

    When Farmer Hogget wins a piglet at the fair, he is amazed that Fly, his sheep-dog, welcomes him as one of her own pups.

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  • Amazing Grace

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Caroline Binch

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 5+

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  • Amazing Grace

    Author: Mary Hoffman Illustrator: Caroline Binch

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 5+

    This classic story clearly communicates an inspiring message that anything is possible

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  • The BFG

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The BFG

    Author: Roald Dahl Illustrator: Quentin Blake

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

    The BFG stands for Big Friendly Giant, who unexpectedly spirits a little girl named Sophie out of bed, and into the land of the ch…

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  • A Bear Called Paddington

    Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • A Bear Called Paddington

    Author: Michael Bond Illustrator: Peggy Fortnum

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 8+

    Paddington, the brown bear from darkest Peru, is found by the Brown family on Paddington Station with his hat, duffel coat and mar…

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  • Asterix the Gaul

    Author: Renné Goscinny Illustrator: Albert Uderzo Translator: Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Asterix the Gaul

    Author: Renné Goscinny Illustrator: Albert Uderzo Translator: Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge

    Interest level: 7+

    Reading age: 7+

    In a tiny corner of Brittany, one small village of indomitable Gauls hold out against the almighty, all-conquering Romans.

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  • Finn Family Moomintroll

    Author: Tove Jansson Translator: Elizabeth Portch

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Finn Family Moomintroll

    Author: Tove Jansson Translator: Elizabeth Portch

    Interest level: 5-8

    Reading age: 6+

    Moomintroll is cheerful and chubby and lives in the magical Moominvalley with his mother, Moominmamma, his father, Moominpappa and…

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  • Pippi Longstocking

    Author: Astrid Lindgren Translator: Tiina Nunnally Illustrator: Lauren Child

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Pippi Longstocking

    Author: Astrid Lindgren Translator: Tiina Nunnally Illustrator: Lauren Child

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 8+

    Follow Pippi Longstocking on her amazing adventures as she moves into Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase …

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  • Horrid Henry

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

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  • Horrid Henry

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Tony Ross

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 6+

    Stories about naughty characters have been told for centuries, and Horrid Henry is a modern-day rogue in the tradition of Dennis t…

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  • Winnie-the-Pooh

    Author: A A Milne Illustrator: E H Shepherd

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Winnie-the-Pooh

    Author: A A Milne Illustrator: E H Shepherd

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

    No child's library could be complete without A A Milne's stories about Pooh, Christopher Robin and their friends in the Hundred Ac…

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  • The Story of Babar

    Author: Jean De Brunhoff Translator: Merle S. Haas

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Story of Babar

    Author: Jean De Brunhoff Translator: Merle S. Haas

    Interest level: 4+

    Reading age: 7+

    ' In the great forest, a litle elephant was born. His name was Babar...'

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  • My Naughty Little Sister

    Author: Dorothy Edwards Illustrator: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • My Naughty Little Sister

    Author: Dorothy Edwards Illustrator: Shirley Hughes

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

    This affectionate portrait of family life is the story of a naughty three-year-old sister who is obstinate, inquisitive and full o…

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  • Charlotte's Web

    Author: E B White Illustrator: Garth Williams

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Charlotte's Web

    Author: E B White Illustrator: Garth Williams

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

    This is the tale of how a little girl named Fern - with the help of a friendly talking spider called Charlotte - saved her pig, Wi…

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  • Flat Stanley

    Author: Jeff Brown Illustrator: Scott Nash

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Flat Stanley

    Author: Jeff Brown Illustrator: Scott Nash

    Interest level: 5+

    Reading age: 7+

    Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning to find he is only half an inch thick

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  • The Worst Witch

    Author: Jill Murphy

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • The Worst Witch

    Author: Jill Murphy

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

    Long before Harry Potter first went to Hogwarts, trainee witch Mildred Hubble embarked on life at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witche…

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  • The Arrival

    Author: Shaun Tan

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • The Arrival

    Author: Shaun Tan

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 8+

    In this unusual book, we follow a young man as he packs his bags and leaves his family to go and start a new life in another count…

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