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Special book recommendations for 8 year old

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noons Wed 17-Oct-18 19:57:44

I am planning on putting together a ‘book’ box for my daughter for christmas as she loves reading and will find a corner to sit in with a book any available spare minute.

I will be very grateful for any suggestions for books you/your loved ones have read that hold a special place in your heart/bookshelf and would be suitable for this age group and upto age 10/11? Any genre goes - fiction, poetry, jokes, information, historical, novelty etc

Just for info

She has recently read podkin one ear which she loved. I often find her re-reading Dr Seuss and Amelia Jane. Has already requested we get her rebel girls 2 as she liked the first one. She doesn’t consider herself to be a girly girl. She has plenty of interests but nature/the world and music get top billing.

We have many of the popular authors/book series already.

BackforGood Wed 17-Oct-18 23:08:55

Have a look on the A Mighty Girl website for some great books. Biographies of Women Special Operatives dropped behind enemy lines in the war, or astronauts, or physicists that broke glass ceiling and never got the recognition.

They make suggestions for different age groups and cover all sorts of heros.

Ricekrispie22 Thu 18-Oct-18 05:28:33

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibottson
Naughtiest Girl in the School series
Tom's Midnight Garden
The Secret Garden
Five Children and It
Stig of the Dump
What Katy Did
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Black Beauty

noons Thu 18-Oct-18 07:19:32

I’ve heard of A mighty girl website but I will have a proper look now.

Wow Rice - that’s a really good list you’ve got there. Black beauty was one of my favourites but I just couldn’t remember what age I read it.

PrincessHairyMclary Thu 18-Oct-18 07:35:09

If you are making a special box I would look for nice illustrated versions of the books. I remember getting a fully illustrated Narnia set when I was about that age which I loved. If you don't already have them the illustrated Harry Potter books are beautiful. DD also really likes the Wizard of Once

PrincessHairyMclary Thu 18-Oct-18 07:39:48

If she likes Matilda special edition Matilda at 30 books have been released this year of what Matilda might have done when she grew up. I'll be buying DD some fore Christmas.

noons Fri 19-Oct-18 22:08:38

I’ve added wizards of once to the list. How to train your dragon series was a massive hit with my son.

Deminism Fri 19-Oct-18 23:12:10

I was quite a girly girl but at that age I loved Malory Towers and Jill and her ponies and Noel Streatfeild.

Leeds2 Sat 20-Oct-18 22:09:44

Goth Girl series by Chris Riddell.

The White Giraffe by Lauren St John.

Street Child by Berlie Doherty.

Definitely The Naughtiest Girl books by Enid Blyton, if she liked Amelia Jane.

Judy Moody books by Megan McDonald.

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Johnb0y Sat 20-Oct-18 22:11:51

Alex Rider series
Rick Riordan books

solittletime Sat 20-Oct-18 22:14:58

The Worst Witch. My 8 yr old got seriously in to that series !

Jcee Sat 20-Oct-18 22:16:17

Loads of good suggestions here, also

Ottoline series by Chris Riddle
Fudge series by Judy Blume

Knitwit101 Sat 20-Oct-18 22:16:28

Just released this week, the Truth Pixie by Matt Haig. It's lovely.

TwigTheWonderKid Sat 20-Oct-18 22:26:03

Bogwoppit Ursula Williams
Wolves of Willoughby Chase Joan Aiken
Charlotte Sometimes Penelope Farmer
The Dragonfly Pool Eva Ibbotson
The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof Annie Schmidt
Karlson on The Roof Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking Astrid Lindgren

noons Sat 20-Oct-18 22:33:58

These are all great recommendations. The truth pixie will go down a treat as it is illustrated but a little short so I’ll be looking into Matt Haig’s other books too.

Has anyone one a suggestion for an audio book perhaps with a girl as a main character?

Knitwit101 Sat 20-Oct-18 22:35:44

Hetty Feather? I've got boys but the audio book made them cry and be outraged for poor old Hetty. They loved it.

alexpolistigers Fri 02-Nov-18 10:06:02

The Olympias Clue by Millie Slavidou

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