Best books for 8-year olds on Epic!
This age is such a fun time to get into reading. By now, many kids have the fundamentals (not to mention the silly bones) to dive into popular favorites for the pure fun of it. And you can be sure that fun is the theme of this list. From graphic novels to chapter books and silly how-tos, there’s something for every kid, and every reading level. Read on for just some of our favorite books for kids, from 8-year olds, to 9-year olds and older!
Books for 8-Year Olds on Epic
Big Nate: The Gerbil Ate My Homework
By: Lincoln Peirce
Middle school is back and has never been more hilarious. In this edition of the New York Times bestselling series, lovable troublemaker “Big Nate” Wright pins the blame for failing to do his homework on Sherman, the class gerbil. Throughout his misadventures in this collection of comics, he’ll do anything to stay out of detention and make it to summer vacation. Will he succeed?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
By: Jeff Kinney
Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they? Greg Heffley does (it’s a journal, though, if you ask him). And as the new school year starts, he’s got plenty to write about. He shows up to his first day of middle school, along with his sidekick and best friend Rowley—only to discover he now has to share the halls with boys who are taller, meaner and already shaving. When Rowley starts to become more popular, Greg tries to use it to his advantage, triggering a series of events that test their friendship.
In this first book in the hugely popular Wimpy Kid series, young readers can share in his relatable experience of growing up before one’s ready, through the hilarious words and drawings Greg records in his diary.
Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force
By: Halfbrick Studios
Four Fruit Ninjas from humble beginnings prepare to rediscover the long-lost art of Juice Jitsu in this thrilling graphic novel adventure based on the the hit game. Your kid can join a daring team of crime fighters as they protect their neighbors from villainous juice stands and other nefarious (and fruity) actors in this quirky martial arts tale.
How to Write a Fractured Fairytale
Written by: Nel Yomtov
Illustrated by: Kathleen Petelinsek
What’s a fractured fairy tale and how exactly do you fracture one? Your kid can learn all about how to turn familiar favorites into hilarious tales of their own making in this fun-filled how-to. Filled with exciting writing prompts and activities, it’ll get their creative juices flowing and get ’em laughing at the same time.
Epic Originals: Out of Time Book 1
Written by: Jessica Rinker
Illustrated by: Bethany Stancliffe
Allie and Vic Taylor are just regular kids who help out in their parents’ antique shop. Until one day, when they find they can travel through time and explore important moments in history!
When Allie, Vic, and their friend Max are mysteriously sent back in time to the Titanic, they have to find a way to save their parents’ shop, their futures and get off the ship before it sinks. Your kid can join them as they explore the Titanic in its prime and attempt to find their way back to the present.
After the adventure, readers can learn interesting facts about antique stores as well as the Titanic and its passengers.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Audiobook)
By: Dav Pilkey
In the first book in this #1 New York Times bestselling series by “Dog Man” author and illustrator Dav Pilkey, hilarious grossness ensues when 4th-grade best friends George Beard and Harold Hutchins invent the wedgie-powered superhero Captain Underpants.
The only thing that class clowns George and Harold love more than jokes and pranks is making comic books, and that’s when they invent the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school: Captain Underpants.
Faster than a speeding waistband! More powerful than boxer shorts! He can leap tall buildings without getting a wedgie. In other words, he’s the perfect hero to serve up plenty of giggles for kids in this age group. And this audio version makes the perfect read-aloud.
If your 7-year old enjoys this first book, they’ll love other books in the series available on Epic, including “Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Killer Toilet” and “Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants.”
The Puffins are Back
By: Gail Gibbons
The Atlantic Puffin is close to extinction, until scientists come to the rescue. In this fascinating book, kids can learn about a special conservation program aimed at repopulating the species, as well as the lifecycle of this amazing bird.
“The Puffins Are Back” is particularly meaningful for the author, as her inspiration for the book was a puffin sanctuary near her home.
The Wolf In Underpants: At Full Speed
Written by: Wilfrid Lupano
Illustrated by: Mayana Itoïz
There’s a big race happening in the forest—but someone’s ruined all the posters! Wolf is on the case, but he soon discovers a wisecracking chickadee who feels left out of the fun. So he hatches a plan to help him win… a plan that involves a little creative thinking and you guessed it, Wolf’s trademark striped undies.
In this third book in the hilarious graphic novel series, you and your kid are in for some serious laugh-out-loud lessons in finding understanding.
If your kid loves this, they might like “The Wolf in Underpants Freezes His Buns Off!”
Warriors #1: Into the Wild
By: Erin Hunter
For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest under a warrior code that’s now under threat in this thrilling fantasy. In this #1 national bestseller, your kid can join the ThunderClan cats, and a seemingly ordinary housecoat named Rusty as they face the sinister ShadowClan and save their fellow warriors.
Want more great books for 8-year olds? Here are a few more of our favorites, all available on Amazon.
Because of Winn-Dixie
By: Kate DiCamillo
One summer’s day, 10-year-old India Opal Buloni comes home with a dog that she names Winn-Dixie. But Winn-Dixie’s no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal starts making new friends. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally asks her father about her mother, who left when she was little. Just about everything that happens this summer is because of Winn-Dixie in this charming book by Kate DiCamillo.
By: E.B. White
Many will remember the titular web of the spider Charlotte, and the remarkable expressions she spins above the barn describing her best friend, Wilbur the pig. Saved as a runt by a little girl named Fern, Wilbur continues to face the danger of slaughter. But when word spreads of the “miracle,” visitors come from all over the county to witness “Zuckerman’s famous pig.” What follows is a touching, bittersweet ending to an enduring classic tale of friendship, life, death and love.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
By: J.K. Rowling
In this first book in the hugely popular series, we meet a seemingly ordinary boy named Harry Potter. Orphaned as a baby, he lives with his aunt and uncle, and his bullying, spoiled cousin Dudly. One day an owl delivers a letter, changing his life forever. Your kid can join Harry on a magical adventure as he is transported to the Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft where he discovers his true heritage, the cause of his parents’ death and solves the first of many incredible mysteries.
By: Roald Dahl
Matilda is different from her family. In fact, she’s different from everybody. The magic surrounding this brilliant yet relatable character has captivated children for generations. The audio version narrated by Kate Winslet is sure to mesmerize listeners—whether they’re new to the story or already fan. If your kid loves Matilda, check out other audio stories by Roald Dahl like James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Magic Treehouse Book 1: Dinosaurs Before Dark
By: Mary Pope Osborne
In this first installment of one of the best-selling chapter book series of all time, we meet siblings Jack and Annie, who discover a magical treehouse that lets them travel to different periods in history. Dinosaurs Before Dark, will transport your kid all the way back to the Cretaceous period, in this fantastical journey.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
By: C.S. Lewis
If your child loved fairy tales when they were younger, fantasy series like “The Chronicles of Narnia” might be a perfect fit for their listening ears. Although it’s the second book in the series, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is a great starting point. It can be enjoyed as a stand-alone story, but we recommend the other audiobooks in the series as well.
That’s our list of best books for 8-year olds! Want to find more fun, educational children’s books available on Epic? Check out more book recommendations in our posts: “Best Audiobooks for 10-Year Olds” and “Best Nonfiction Books for 2nd Graders on Epic.”