Top 10 Best Books for 8-year-olds

This list of the best books for 8-year-olds includes a range of brilliant titles, from funny fiction to fascinating fact-filled compendiums! Browse through the list for your child's next favourite read.

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1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney

This hilarious worldwide bestseller is beloved by kids from New York to Newcastle! It stars Greg, who finds himself thrust into a new school where scrawny little weaklings like him must share the corridors with bigger, meaner, tougher kids who are already shaving. Greg decides he must try to become cool, and attempts to do so through his popular friend, Rowley. What will happen when their friendship is tested to the limits?

2. It Can't Be True!

This brilliantly mind-boggling book will captivate non-fiction fans. It reveals how Russia is 10 times as wide as France, what the biggest creatures and countries on Earth are, how the world's smallest bird can perch on a pencil, and so much more! It's also bursting with stunning images and visual comparisons.

3. The Worst Witch Collection - 7 books

Jill Murphy

Kids will be left spellbound by these enchanting stories, which star the lovable, clumsy witch, Mildred. She's excited to be studying at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, but she keeps making silly mistakes, messing up spells and crashing her broomstick! As if things couldn't get any worse, she manages to make an enemy out of Ethel, the teacher's pet... Join Mildred on all her misadventures in these seven magical books.

4. Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face Collection - 6 books

John Dougherty

This stupidly hilarious series is full of crazy adventures and fantastic fun! Join intrepid heroes Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face as they set off on a perilous (or perhaps just rather silly) adventure. While you're at it though, watch out for dodgy badgers, porcupines and pizzas... These rib-tickling reads find our heroes enduring a kerfuffle at Christmas, discovering that pages from their own story have gone missing, and dealing with some dastardly bees.

5. Astronaut Academy

Steve Martin

Give your kids the chance to test their astronaut abilities to see if they could flourish in outer space! Children will face a variety of challenges and missions in this out-of-this-world book. Many of the activities are based around science and maths, and involve developing key skills such as hand-eye coordination and basic first aid. Kids will be enthralled by this interstellar book, which includes fun stickers, a board game, press-out figures and even a model space shuttle!

6. Biff, Chip and Kipper: Time Chronicles Collection - 18 books

Travel through time with the familiar characters of Biff, Chip and Kipper in these exciting historical stories. Great for kids making the transition from picture books to longer stories, these spellbinding adventures feature characters from the past, giving children an exciting insight into history.

7. Pirate Pocket Puzzle Book

Alex Frith

This perfectly pocket-sized puzzle book is great for popping into a schoolbag, handbag, glovebox or suitcase to ensure the kids are never bored again! It contains over 100 piratical puzzles, including challenging number games, muddled mazes, wacky wordsearches, perplexing picture puzzles and much more, with all the answers at the back of the book.

8. The Magic Show Book

DK

Has your child ever dreamed of being a magician? This book makes it possible with everything they need to put on their own magic show! Full of advice on how to perform confounding tricks that will baffle their friends and perplex their parents, kids will love learning the marvellous art of magic from this bold, bright book.

9. Roald Dahl Collection - 15 books

Roald Dahl

Complete with phizz-whizzing favourites like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG and more, children will love this wonderful collection of hilarious, unforgettable tales by legendary children's author, Roald Dahl.

10. Hetty Feather

Jacqueline Wilson

This heart-warming, funny and fascinating novel will captivate young readers. It is London, 1876, and Hetty Feather is left at the Foundling Hospital by her mother when she is just a tiny baby. She goes to live with a foster family in the countryside, and with her 'brothers', Jem and Gideon, she sneaks off to visit a travelling circus, where she is enthralled by the show, but particularly by Madame Adeline and her horses. However, when Hetty returns to the Foundling Hospital, she goes back to a tedious life of horrendous uniforms and abysmal food. Could her real mother be the marvellous Madame Adeline? Or is the truth even more surprising?

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    Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a worldwide bestseller that is cracking kids up from New York to Newcastle!

    When Greg finds himself thrust into a new school where undersize weaklings like him share the corridors with other kids who are taller, meaner and already shaving, he decides to piggyback on the popularity of his friend Rowley and finally become cool.

    Children from 9+ will love reading the hilarious story of how Greg and Rowley's friendship is tested to the limits!
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    Warm, moving, funny and totally fascinating, Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson is the perfect book for young readers aged 9 and over.

    It's London, 1876, and Hetty Feather is just a tiny baby when her mother leaves her at the Foundling Hospital. The Hospital cares for abandoned children - but Hetty must first live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school. Life in the countryside is hard but with her 'brothers' Jem and Gideon, she helps in the fields and plays imaginary games. Together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus and Hetty is mesmerised by the show, especially Madame Adeline and her performing horses. But Hetty's happiness is threatened once more when she is returned to the Foundling Hospital. The new life of awful uniforms and terrible food is a struggle for her. But now she has the chance to find her real mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or will Hetty find the truth is even more surprising?

    Jacqueline Wilson will surprise and delight old fans and new with this utterly original take on a historical novel. Set in Victorian times and featuring a brand new feisty heroine, Hetty Feather, this is a Tracy Beaker-esque tale that will thrill young readers.
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    DK's It Can't Be True is full of incredible visual comparisons that reveal facts about our world. In fact, even its cover shows how much water is in the world if it was all washed up into one ball!

    Mind-boggling from start to finish, this fascinating non-fiction book reveals how Russia is 10 times as wide as France; what the biggest snakes, insects and countries on Earth are; and how the world's smallest bird can perch on a pencil.

    Ideal for those who prefer non-fiction, this is a book that will delight adults just as much as children with its jaw-dropping facts.
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    Abracadabra! This book has everything your children need to put on their own magic show - including the chance to make their own magic wand.

    Full of advice on how to perform mind-boggling illusions, vanishing tricks with cards and coins and much more, it's a bright and bold guide to learning the tricks of the trade.

    Encouraging children aged 8 and over to practise the tricks until they're confident enough to perform them in front of the family, it's a brilliantly interactive book that will surely turn heads. The middle spread even features the 'Astonishing Slicer' - and there are instructions on how to work this.
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    Does your child have what it takes to become an astronaut and succeed on a mission to Mars? This book gives them the chance to test themselves and find out everything there is to know about space travel.

    Once enrolled at the academy, children will face a variety of challenges and missions that mimic the real-life tasks that astronauts may have to complete in space. These activities - many of which are based around science and maths - include those that improve hand-eye coordination, obstacle courses, building a balloon rocket and learning basic first aid.

    There's also a Space Goodies section including stickers, a poster, a board game, press-out figures and a model space shuttle.
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    Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face are two characters your children will be excited to meet. Stupendously hilarious, their crazy adventures are full of anarchic fun and are sure to delight any fan of the Barry Loser stories.

    Written by John Dougherty, the stories feature artwork from Mr Gum illustrator David Tazzyman and are full of dangerous, nail-biting, silly, mildly perilous adventure. There are dodgy badgers, porcupines and pizzas hanging about, too...

    Other side-splitting stories find our heroes experiencing a kerfuffle at Christmas; finding pages from their very own story going missing; and dealing with some bees.
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    The familiar figures of Biff, Chip and Kipper have grown up and are facing a battle against evil in these 18 excellent adventures.

    As the familiar characters embark on the mission of a lifetime, your children will be on the edge of their seats. Ideal for children making the transition from picture books to longer stories, these books feature a host of characters from the past, which gives children an insight into history.

    Starting at Oxford Reading Tree Level 10, the books also include extras such as parent support, historical fact files and suggestion for things to talk about regarding the story.

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  • The Worst Witch Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9780141376301 - Jill Murphy
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    As your children were left spellbound by CBBC's latest adaptation of The Worst Witch, we're sure they'll love reading Jill Murphy's series that originally introduced Mildred Hubble and Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches.

    Mildred is excited to be studying and training at the school but she's not leaving the best impression. She keeps making mistakes like getting spells wrong and crashing her broomstick...

    Despite her clumsy ways, everything is going well and she's enjoying the school but then she manages to turn Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her deadly enemy...

    Throughout these seven books, Mildred has to deal with a girl called Enid Nightshade who is not as placid as she looks; finds herself turned into a frog; and makes plans to ensure she will not be the worst witch in following years...

    Containing all seven books (complete with refreshed artwork) in the magical series from Jill Murphy, we guarantee your children will want to join Mildred and her friends at the Academy after reading these books.

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  • Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Books - Collection - 9780141371337 - Roald Dahl
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    There are no other authors quite like Roald Dahl. A supreme storyteller with a wicked sense of humour, his characters and stories are timeless and unforgettable.

    With striking new artwork to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations and a keepsake slipcase featuring Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, this 15-book collection brings together all Dahl's classic children's novels.

    From Mr. Hoppy and Mrs Silver to Mr & Mrs Twit; and from giant peaches to magic medicines; this is a collection bursting with unique characters, hilarious situations and unforgettable storylines - as well as Dahl's wicked sense of humour.

    An essential addition to any bookshelf, the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches and Fantastic Mr Fox have shocked, excited and entertained generations of children and now's your chance to own them all - whatever your age!

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    Pop this handy, pocket-sized puzzle book into a school bag, handbag, suitcase or glove compartment to ensure that kids are never bored again. It features over one hundred picture puzzles including mazes, picture puzzles, word searches, number problems and much more, with all of the answers at the back of the book. It is also great for Christmas stockings or party bags.