17 Great Books for 8 to 10 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.
17 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.
Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of danger. The terrifying Gorm are on the rampage, and no one and nowhere is safe. With danger all around them, Podkin must protect his family, uncover his destiny, and attempt to defeat the most horrifying enemy rabbitkind has ever known. Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
When Pippi Longstocking moves in next door to Tommy and Annika they are completely amazed by their new playmate. Pippi is cheeky, courageous and completely unpredictable. She lives alone with a monkey, a horse, and no rules whatsoever! Everything is fun with Pippi around! Read more
Would you like to live forever? I am afraid I cannot recommend it. I am used to it now, and I do understand how special it is. Only I want to stop now. I want to grow up like you. Read more
George Kranky’s Grandma is a miserable grouch. George really hates that horrid old witchy woman. One Saturday morning, George is in charge of giving Grandma her medicine. So-ho! Ah-ha! Ho-hum! George knows exactly what to do. A magic medicine it will be! One that will either cure her completely of her horrible grouchiness . . . or blow off the top of her head! Read more
In a fading town, far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket began his apprenticeship in an organization nobody knows about. He began asking questions that shouldn’t have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published, in four volumes that shouldn’t be read. This is the first volume. Read more
A small village in the wilds of Northumberland is rocked by the disappearance of twelve-year-old Tammy. Only her twin brother, Ethan, knows she is safe – and the extraordinary truth of where she is. It is a secret he must keep, or risk never seeing her again. Read more
I’m Dan Hope and deep inside my head I keep a list of things I want to come true. For example, I want my sister, Ninja Grace, to go to university at the North Pole and only come back once a year. I want to help Sherlock Holmes solve his most daring mystery yet. And if it could be a zombie mystery, all the more exciting. I want my dog to stop eating the planets and throwing them up on the carpet. And finally, the biggest dream of all, I want my dad to love me. 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 formats. 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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The Tutor Rise team