13 Best Books For 8 Year Olds Update 05/2022

You should buy lots of good chapter books for your third graders, who are 8 years old. That’s why I’ve put together a list of all the books I’ve read and think 8-year-olds in third grade should read.

LEXILE: A reader recently asked me to add the Lexile reading levels of the books on this list. I’ll do that. A number and a L will appear if this helps. 330L to 770L are the general reading levels for third grade on the Lexile site. If there is no number, it’s because I couldn’t find the Lexile level for that word or phrase. But don’t make your third-graders only read books that are on their “reading level.” Reading level isn’t the only thing that 3rd graders can understand. Levels, on the other hand, can limit a child’s book choices too much. OR TOO DIFFICULT. However, if you find a book that you think your child will enjoy but is too difficult, read it to them at bedtime. As long as kids are young, they still need a lot of stories and words read to them. This is a great way to spend time together and to read more difficult books at the same time.

Best Chapter Books for 8-Year-Olds (Third Grade)

A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author by Ron Roy

The A to Z Mysteries series is great. I love it! All the books don’t have to be read in the same order. Each one has its own mystery. I think my kids have read most of the books in this series at least once, and some more than once. In this story, the well-known author who is supposed to come to the bookstore doesn’t show up, so the store has to close. Dink and his friends, Josh and Ruth Rose, need to find out what happened to their friend. The boxed set

Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Geneva B

A very angry old woman named Ma takes care of Jax’s mom when she drops him off. He soon learns that she helps magical animals like three baby dragon babies move between worlds. After a mishap, Jax has to save Ma from the past and bring the dragons to a magical world where they can live. Also, he needs to find the dragon that was stolen by his best friend’s little sister. As soon as you open the book, you’re hooked. The second book in the series is as good.

Who Would Win? Whale vs. Giant Squid by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Rob Bolster

Who Would Win? books are so popular with 3rd graders that they can’t get enough of them! If students are excited about reading, they can learn even if the book is a little more difficult. You’ll learn about the sperm whale and the giant squid in this book about two sea animals that eat fish. Then you’ll read a story about how these two animals fight. Can you figure out who will win? You can look at all of the informational books in the Who Would Win series to learn more about the game.

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

This popular comic book series is about two siblings who are trying to save their mother, who was taken to an underground world full of elves, demons, robots, and talking animals when she was a child. This is a very popular book for young people because it has beautiful art, interesting characters, and a fun story.

Dog Man by Dav Pinkey

Weird. Quirky. Funny. I think all three of these things are true about this new comic book from the creator of Captain Underpants. When a police officer and a dog are put together, they become “Dog Man.” In this book, Dog Man solves crimes and goes on adventures that will keep 8-year-olds reading for hours.

Cat Kid Comic Club by Dav Pilkey

This book about encouraging kids to write their own comics is a big hit with my writing teacher. Plus, it’s hilarious. This is what Cat Kid does: he teaches them how to make their own comic books. The class doesn’t go well until the little guys get excited about failing and start writing or drawing. Next, read this book. It has a lot of silly things (like a lot of potty humor) but also has great advice about writing, creativity, and perseverance.

Kristy’s Great Idea Babysitter’s Club #1 by Ann M. Martin, illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

We love these new Babysitter’s Club graphic novels by Raina Telegemeier, the author of the best-selling Smile and Sister. I think it’s best to start with book one because the stories are told in a specific order with details from previous stories. A lot of people will enjoy reading these at least once. Boxes are here.7

I Survived by Lauren Tarshis

Wow, these are really good, fast-paced adventures set during important historical events. Your kids will have a lot of fun and learn a lot about history at the same time. Almost all of the books are about a young person who is trying to get through the book’s historical or life-changing event. This could be Pompeii, Pearl Harbor, or the Battle of Gettysburg.

Stick Dog by Tom Watson

Stick Dog is a lot of fun. Because he is a stick dog. Why can’t we draw? Because our author or narrator can’t do that. Because he likes sticks, too. They make this story about stray dogs easy to read and a fun series for kids to watch.

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

Sleeping Beauty is having a lot of fun with this remix. When the princess learns that she can’t die until she turns 18, she decides that she must be invincible and acts accordingly. This is what my daughter liked to read for a long time when she was young.

Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

Engaging from the first page, this is a relatable graphic novel adventure story about a young boy, Roan, who dreams of becoming a pilot . . . but gets into Jedi school instead. People started school a long time before him, but he’s the first one. At a new school, Roan has ups and downs, but he soon finds his place and makes friends. Definitely worth it!

Olga and the Smelly Thing From Nowhere by Elise Gravel

If you like weird books, this book is for you. Finds a strange, unknown creature and names it “MEH.” Because of the sound it makes, she does this. This is a new thing, and it likes olives. She uses her deduction skills to figure that out. Then, what will she do when Meh leaves? Here’s why I love this book: You know what I love about these pictures? They are so cool! Because the narrator’s voice is real and funny, two things: It also has mean girls who aren’t mean after all.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Opal’s preacher father is always too busy, and her mother hasn’t been home since Opal was three. This is something that has always puzzled Opal about. But 10-year-old Opal finds someone to care for, a stray dog that she names Winn-Dixie, and that dog brings hope and meaning into her life. This is amazing, heart-warming storytelling.

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