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Best Books For 8 Year Olds

Recommendations from 22 articles, Anthony Bourdain, Rainn Wilson, Neil Gaiman and 12 others.
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Charlotte's Web
E. B White - 2016-06-02 (first published in 1952)
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This beloved book by E. B. White, author of Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan, is a classic of children's literature that is "just about perfect." This high-quality paperback features vibrant illustrations colorized by Rosemary Wells!Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte's Web, high up in Zuckerman's barn. Charlotte's ...
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The Borrowers
Mary Norton - 2003-04-01 (first published in 1952)
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Beneath the kitchen floor is the world of the Borrowers -- Pod and Homily Clock and their daughter, Arrietty. In their tiny home, matchboxes double as roomy dressers and postage stamps hang on the walls like paintings. Whatever the Clocks need they simply "borrow" from the "human beans" who live above them. It's a comfortable life, but boring if yo...
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The Little House
Laura Ingalls Wilder - 1994-05-30
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The set includes: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years. Little House in the Big WoodsWolves and panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods in the late 1870...
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Roald Dahl - 2013-02-07 (first published in 1988)
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This beloved Roald Dahl title is now available in a gorgeous hardcover classic edition.Matilda is a brilliant and sensitive child, but her parents think of her only as a nuisance. When one day she is attacked by her odious headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, Matilda suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to avenge herself!...
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The World According to Humphrey
Betty G. Birney - 2005-05-05
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The first book in the series about everyone's favorite classroom pet!You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to having FUN-FUN-FUN in class, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student, like Low...
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Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere
Elise Gravel - 2017-03-14
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Meet Olga, the amazing child scientist who LOVES animals (because they are super-cute)! put this amusing don't-miss book on their "Ultimate Summer Reading List for 9- to 12-Year-Olds"Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere is jam-packed with fun: vibrant illustrations, word bubbles, quirky humor, olgamus facts, and plenty of excitement ...
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The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Beverly Cleary - 2016-01-26 (first published in 1965)
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"Pb-pb-b-b-b. Pb-pb-b-b-b." With these magic vocables, Ralph the mouse revs up a dream come true--his very own motorcycle. Living in a knothole in a hotel room, young Ralph has seen plenty of families come and go, some more generous with their crumbs than others. But when young Keith and his parents check in to the hotel, Ralph gets his first chanc...
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling - 1998-10-01 (first published in 1997)
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Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen...
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Arvind Subramanian
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R. J. Palacio - 2012-02-14
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Over 6 million people have read the #1 New York Times bestseller WONDER and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. The book that inspired the Choose Kind movement.I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse. A NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING JULIA ROBERTS, OWEN W...
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Gretchen Rubin
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The Secret Lake
A children's mystery adventure
Karen Inglis - 2011-08-04
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An alternative cover edition for this ASIN can be found here.A lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and a secret lake. A page-turning time travel adventure for ages 8-11. UK bestseller now enjoyed by thousands of young readers. When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, t...
Awesome Jokes That Every 8 Year Old Should Know! by Mat Waugh, Indrek S Einberg
5,000 Awesome Facts by National Geographic Kids
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
Star Wars by Jeffrey Brown
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Ivy and Bean's Treasure Box by Annie Barrows
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book 4-Book Box Set by Herman Parish
Hilo by Judd Winick
Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden
Wayside School Boxed Set by Louis Sachar
Silly Jokes for Silly Kids. Children's joke book age 5-12 by Silly Willy
The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
The Sheep-Pig by Dick King-Smith
Trapped in a Video Game by Dustin Brady
Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
Amelia Bedelia Means Business by Herman Parish
Whale vs. Giant Squid by Jerry Pallotta
My Brother Is a Superhero by David Solomons
Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce
Dragonbreath #1 by Ursula Vernon
Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O'Hara