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What books are you buying for you're 8yo daughters birthday?

21 replies

PlayingHouse · 12/08/2015 19:39

I need inspiration. DD1 is 7 and reading the secret seven series atm.

She is reading George's Marvellous Medicine to me (as we have no school book)

She is in desperate need of lots more books for her 8th birthday and Christmas.

So what are you buying?

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Leeds2 · 13/08/2015 10:55

Mr Gum series. More Roald Dahl. Winnie the Witch series. Iggy & Me series. Mr Majeika series. Shrinking Violet series.

Would be a good start!

Bikegirl77 · 13/08/2015 20:08

The Worst Witch?

HelloIAmBaymax · 13/08/2015 20:26

My 8yo loves David Walliams' books.

Leeds2 · 14/08/2015 14:52

Sorry, I meant Worst Witch and not Winnie the Witch!

Would also second David Walliams' books.

JiltedJohnsJulie · 14/08/2015 20:52

At that age my DS loved George's Secret Key to the Universe although I did read the series to him.

Has she got the Ottoline books by Chris Riddell or Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman?

Recently my DD enjoyed the Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton. Has she read it?

hazeyjane · 14/08/2015 20:58

My DDS (8 & 9) like
David Walliams
Diary of a wimpy kid
Jeremy Strong
Tom Gates
Horrible History books

WidowWadman · 14/08/2015 21:05

Chris Riddell

hels71 · 17/08/2015 18:48

DD is nearly 8
Her favourites are:

Famous 5
Secret 7
Naughtiest Girl
Worst Witch
Mr Majeika
Horrible Histories
The Precious Ramotswe children's books by Alexander McCall Smith
Roald Dahl

BlueChampagne · 28/08/2015 13:05
MrsPnut · 28/08/2015 13:08

The Bolds by Julian clary is really good, dd has just read it on holiday along with uncle gobb and the dread shed by Michael Rosen and the unlikely adventures of Mabel Jones.

emmaMBC · 07/09/2015 18:04

Oh you should take a peek at Waffle Hearts, it is a beautiful book - inside and out - it was my 'go to' present last year. Quite special.

ladydepp · 09/09/2015 23:02

My almost 8yo dd is on book 3 of the How to Train your Dragon books. She also loves the Ottoline and Goth Girl books. She has also recently started on some Jacqueline Wilson, currently reading Queenie.

Oh and David Walliams, she's really enjoyed his books too.

ClearBlueWater · 10/09/2015 10:30

We are into HtTyDragon series
and
Mr Gum
atm

PermetsTu · 10/09/2015 10:33

Lots of the ones above.

DD has just turned 8 and has also devoured a lot of the classics. She's recently read Black Beauty, Stig Of The Dump, The Secret Garden, Tom's Midnight Garden, Wind In The Willows, Narnia etc recently. There are some beautiful boxsets of these books.

She's also devouring Anthony Horowitz, Neil Gaiman, Pratchett and lots of non-fiction about various things (archaeology, history, biology etc).

htalksbooks · 16/09/2015 11:32

If you like discovering books that aren't necessarily by the big names, my 8yo absolutely loved Witchworld by Emma Fischel. Next one due imminently too - Witchmyth.

If she likes darker stuff (ie bad stuff can happen to good people), how about Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch is another my d is loving.

Caroline Lawrence's The Roman Mysteries are also fab - brilliant mix of history and child-led adventure. I love it when she gets into a series - makes finding the next book so much easier!

BlueChampagne · 19/09/2015 23:03

Ah, got DS1 Witchworld for his 8th birthday; he finished it on a longish car journey!

Try Swallows and Amazons, the Giggler Treatment, Wings Detective Agency.

Get thee to the local library!

Macky84 · 25/09/2015 14:39

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What books are you buying for you're 8yo daughters birthday?
What books are you buying for you're 8yo daughters birthday?
Nearlyadoctor · 02/10/2015 20:53

My DD is 8 and has recently enjoyed Hetty Feather ( J Wilson) and has asked for the rest of the series for Christmas.
At present she is reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (book 3) having charged through the first two.

JoyceDivision · 02/10/2015 20:59

Mr Gum (he is fab, but if youget the audio books, we much prefer andy stanton reading them, not the kate winslett audio books)

Robin Stevens (Arsenic for tea, first class murder, dial m for murder - two school girls investigating)

Jacqueline wilson Katy, Hetty feather trilogy and Opal Plumstead

Magic faraway tree

Ottoline books and Goth Girl books by Chris Riddel / Neil Gaiman

the Secret Benedicy Society

Lemony Snicket book

The Parent Agency by Daviod Baddiel, DD loves this

The Odds

LadyStark · 02/10/2015 21:13

Mallory Towers and Harry Potter are firm favourites with DD (7.5) - although have made her want to go to boarding school!

Sophie books by Dick King Smith were a hit. She's just discovered Nancy Drew but early days so don't have a review yet!

thegiddylimit · 02/10/2015 21:21

Another vote for David Walliams, DD (8 at Christmas) read all his published books in three weeks and is already asking for the next one for Christmas. The Little House on the Prairie books are well loved,and she's getting a Beano Annual for Christmas. Actually, she loves the Amulet series of graphic novels (so do I!) which is a bit more challenging than the Beano!

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