If you have a reader in your brood, and you are a reader, rejoice. It is such a pleasure to see their little heads tucked between pages, disappearing into other worlds, their imaginations stimulated, knowledge being absorbed.
If you are not a reader yourself - my other half empathises. There are mornings and evenings when he can get no response out of our eldest, because they are being swept away with Percy Jackson, or have disappeared deep into Del on another quest.
If you don't have a reader, no worries. Here are some books that my 8 year old has enjoyed, and there is a range here that may be useful for readers and non, for you to read to an 8 year old, and for them to read alone. Please add your suggestions. It is always a pleasure for me to see what else is out there.
I have included a totally unscientific method of indicating how challenging these books are, just to introduce a scale. + means they are probably straight-forward at this age, up to ++++ which meant that even as parents we had to concentrate hard when we read them. Every reader is individual, so this scale is only a guide.
Adventure: Eva Ibbotson: Monster Mission +++
The Secret of Platform 13 +++
Which witch? +++
Cressida Cowell: the Hiccup series ++
Jack Stalwart series +
Beast Quest series +
Fantasy: Emily Rodda: Deltora Quest (series) ++
Comedy: Jeremy Strong: The 100 mile an hour Dog (and many others) +
Jeff Kinney: Diary of a Wimpy Kid +
Real-life: Anne Fine: How to Write Really Badly ++
The Angel of Nitshill Rd (and many others) +
Malorie Blackman: Antidote +++
Morris Gleitzman: Boy Overboard ++
Doubting Thomas ++
Computers: Jason Bradbury: Dot.Robot (challenging at this age) ++++
Alan Gibbons: Shadow of the Minotaur +++
Mythology/History: Terry Deary: Greek Tales/Roman Tales/Egyptian Tales etc +
Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson (series) +++
David Grimstone: Gladiator Boy (series) +