Top 10 Books for 8 Year Olds 2016

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2016 Best Books for 8 Year Old Children

 
8 year old boy reading book outdoorsThe lineup of top-selling and highly rated books for 8 year olds range from choices which are intensely funny to practical “in life” lessons — as well as some that enhance creativity.

What’s here: On this page are the ten best books for 8 year old children for the spring and summer seasons of 2016, based on both ratings and consumer popularity (by sales). Included are some newer releases, as well as returning “hot list” favorites.

For shoppers: For each of the books listed on this page, links are provided for shoppers to buy it online (in multiple formats, where available). Merchant links are looked over and provided based on low, competitive pricing, safe and easy shopping and product availability. Links to reviews are also provided for each book.

What’s Here:

1. The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling
3. The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls (Revised Edition) by Valorie Schaefer
4. Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out…and Those Already on Their Way by Dr. Seuss
5. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
6. Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Soccer Mania by Jane O’Connor
7. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
8. Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
9. The BFG by Roald Dahl
10. Time for Kids Big Book of Why – 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know

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1. The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

In the #1 spot of the top 10 books for 8 year olds this year is The Trials of Apollo, Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan.

When the God Apollo is banished from Olympus to New York City, he is placed inside the form of an average teenage boy. One whose father Zeus is angry with him and whose enemies (demons, demi-gods, and terrifying creatures) are still after him. Yikes! Apollo has to relearn serious survival.

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2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling

I am in love with this! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling comes in at a strong second place among the best books for 8 year old kids for 2016.

I remember when the first Harry Potter book came out. The librarian suggested it numerous times before I finally gave it a chance, and I never looked back. I was hooked. This edition is the original introduction of Harry Potter and friends, but with colorful, vivid illustrations throughout the book.

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3. The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls (Revised Edition) by Valorie Schaefer

Hitting third on the list – The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Younger Girls (Revised Edition) by Valorie Schaefer.

Now with awesome updated content. This must-read for little ladies covers the details of hygiene, puberty, personal care, and confidence. Girlies will learn all about their bodies, from what to expect to tips on how to prepare for inevitable changes.

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4. Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out…and Those Already on Their Way by Dr. Seuss

Fourth among the ten best books for eight year old boys and girls – Seuss-isms! A Guide to Life for Those Just Starting Out…and Those Already on Their Way by Dr. Seuss.

Dr. Seuss is the master of concealed life lessons. Those stories that consist of quirky rhymes and silly characters, but really hit on major issues, like leaving home, trying new things, overcoming bullies, and saving the Earth. This book is a compilation of Seussian quotes from his most beloved classics.

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5. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Always a classic favorite – Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein also ranks among the “best of” books for 8 year old kids in 2016.

Shel Silverstein shares the stage with Dr. Seuss when it comes to amazing poetic collections and funky, cool illustrations. Where the Sidewalk Ends features thought-provoking, funny favorites for generations of Silverstein fanatics. This is the extended anniversary edition (extra poems).

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6. Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Soccer Mania by Jane O’Connor

Next up on this year’s list – Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Soccer Mania by Jane O’Connor.

Nancy Clancy has really grown up since we were first graced with her toddler presence in the first-ever Fancy Nancy books. This chapter book follows Nancy on the soccer field. She is sassy, sweet, and different, but when she is on the field, she is one of an amazing team.

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7. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

One from Peter Brown – The Wild Robot comes in at #7 of the top 10 books for 8 year old kids in 2016.

Roz is an unsuspecting Robot who comes to life on a deserted island. The wilderness is overgrown and crawling with dangers—ones that Roz has to learn how to escape and survive. A heartwarming story of adaptability, Robot Roz slowly begins to understand her place in the wide, lonely world.

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8. Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat makes it to 8th of the ten best books for 8 year olds this year.

We have all asked our parents, “are we there yet?” on those long car rides. Even if it were merely 5 minutes to the grocery store. This book is about a bored little boy with a big imagination. From dinosaurs and princesses, his perspective puts a spin on road trips.

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9. The BFG by Roald Dahl

At 9th up on the list – The BFG by Roald Dahl.

I am so excited for this movie. The BFG has been around for decades, but kiddos are just now discovering it because Steven Spielberg has adapted it into a film (sure to be awesome). Sophie is carried off by a big, jumbly giant—one who is merely seeking a friend.

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10. Time for Kids Big Book of Why – 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know

2016’s final item on the list of the top 8 year old kids’ books is Time for Kids Big Book of Why – 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know.

Kids are naturally curious. When they learn to talk, the average youngster can prattle off over a thousand questions per day. Most consisting of, “why?” This book answers those questions with 1,001 facts about anything and everything, like Swiss cheese.

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 05/15/16.

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