10 Great Books for 8 to10 Year Olds

Despite today’s technology advancements, reading is still one of the best methods of preparation for the 11 Plus exam. Children who are preparing for their 11+ exams are recommended to read books for 8 to 10 year olds with reading material that is suitable for their current level.

The ultimate key to developing your child’s vocabulary while improving their spelling ability and comprehension skill is reading. It has an activity proven to increase children’s chances of success and personal happiness for the rest of their lives. (Source: OECD)

Unlike many other forms of exam preparation, reading is something both you and your child can enjoy and become passionate about together. Finding an appropriate book proves to be a bigger challenge.

Reading is also a habit that can be started at any age. Children should aim to read for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. A great way to encourage your child to do this is to find books that capture their interest.

10 Great Books For 8 To 10 Year Olds

The following is a recommended book list of interesting and exciting books for 8 to 10 year olds. The list includes children’s classics and caters for a range of reading abilities and genres. 

  1. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Talented Matilda taught herself to read before she started school. Her talent goes unappreciated by the cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Matilda soon discovers that she has special powers beyond her wildest fantasies. Read more

  1. Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve

Oliver spent his life travelling around the world with his explorer parents. After Oliver’s parents go missing, he sets off on an bold adventure with some very unlikely friends. Read more

  1. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Whilst Alice is enjoying some time outdoors with her sister, she sees a mysterious white rabbit disappear down a hole. When she decides to follow the rabbit she finds herself in a magnificent new land surrounded by fantastical creatures. Read more

  1. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Mowgli is attacked by Shere Khan after straying from his village and is accepted into Akela’s wolf pack. Mowgli briefly returns to his village, but returns to the jungle after hearing of Shere Khan’s plot against Akela. Read more

  1. The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

A strange giant man appears from nowhere in the countryside and begins to cause destruction. He is hunted by fearful farmers; however, his powers end up being used to save the world. Read more

  1. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Albert’s father has no choice but to sell their horse, Joey, to the military to save their family. Albert begs his father not to, but Captain Nicholl promises him that he will eventually reunite him with his horse. Read more

  1. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd

Ted, a young boy with autism, attempts to solve the mystery of how his cousin, Salim, vanished from a private capsule on the London Eye. Read more

  1. Chronicles of Narnia – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

Siblings, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, are sent to go and live with Professor Kirke during the war. During a simple game of hide and seek, they discover an enchanting new world after stepping into a wardrobe. Read more

  1. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Gepetto creates a wooden marionette called Pinocchio whom he wishes was a real boy. His wish is granted by a fairy, and Pinocchio spends his time getting into trouble. Read more

  1. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

Follow the adventures of Mole, Rat, Badger, Toad, and their friends through the English countryside. After Mole becomes bored of spring cleaning, he discovers a small river community and makes a new friend. Read more

Though it may be ideal for your child to read more challenging material, a reluctant reader will not benefit from reading books that are too complex for them. Any reading is better than none. You should allow your child to choose their own reading material, reading something that excites their imagination and interests them will encourage them to read regularly.

Most books for 8 to 10 year olds are also available in audio CD formats. Audio CDs (audio books) may also be beneficial to capture your child’s imagination, if they are not enthusiastic about reading. Allowing your child to listen to the words as they follow the text is a great way to enhance their reading ability and extend their vocabulary.

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Happy reading!

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