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What Books Would An 8 Year Old Boy Like To Read?

Updated on October 15, 2014

Boys love to read

Sometimes it is hard to get young boys into reading. Maybe because it is something they have to do in school so it would be the last thing they would want to do for fun.

You think of boys being outside playing in the dirt and looking for bugs... but, if you find the right book it can open a whole new world.

What does your young man have a passion about. Sports? Bike riding? Science? Or, maybe he is just the typical little boy next door who does it all. Whatever his interest there will be a book that will hold his interest. One of my favorites is "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". That is the kind of book that a boy will take to bed and when mom yells "lights out", he'll grab his flashlight and get under the covers to read just one more chapter.

Books make great stocking stuffers at Christmas. Traveling? Books make the ride go faster.


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Get the whole series

I mostly highly recommend the series of books known as "Diary of a Wimpy Kid".

They are written in first person form and will make any reader laugh out loud and laugh out often. The author is conveying his unspoken thoughts as written in his diary. The author is Jeff Kinney and so far there are 5 books in the series. I'm not sure if there will be anymore but these five will certainly be an addition to any young readers library.

The books each contain 224 pages that are easy to read and contain a few pictures. The first in the series is called " DIARY OF A WIMPY KID". The second book in the series is called DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, RODRICK RULES. The third book in the series is called DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, THE LAST STRAW. The fourth book in the series is called DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, DOG DAYS. The fifth and last book of the series is called DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, THE UGLY TRUTH.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book

Lincoln's Last Days - By: Bill O'Reilly

Riveting, historical and a must read for children. From what I can tell children are not being taught the history of our country which leads them to believe we are not an exceptional country. I believe we are an exceptional country and children should learn about the great people that made us great. Learning our history is essential to loving out country.


Star Wars

I have several grandchildren that can't get enough of Star Wars. They have seen all of the movies several times and the pages of the Star Wars books are ragged and well used.

If you have a young man who loves space and hasn't been introduced into the Star Wars phenomenom here is your chance to get them addicted. And, lucky you....there is so much to choose from. Of course there is always the dvd's or blu rays but books, well books can be taken just about anywhere and can be looked at often.


I know, I know this is not a book but it is great reading. Highlights have been around for years and still going strong. Must be they are doing something right! Plus, there are several books to choose from.

Not only are there great stories, but great things to make. This is a great learning tool and your child or grandchild will love getting this subscription in the mail.


American Chillers

Some kids just love to be spooked, other don't. I have a grandson who does not like to watch spooky movies. I think it is the music that gets to him. However, he loves the American Chillers collection of books. He gobbles up these books as fast as his mother can get to the library. These books are eerie tales that intrigue the readers and they can't get enough.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

American Chillers and Michigan Chillers are a series of books written by author Johnathan Rand. The series started in February 2000 as a Michigan-only series and expanded to a national focus in December 2001 with "Michigan Mega-Monsters". According to the author, the American Chillers book series will continue through all fifty states.

Johnathan Rand is passionate about the importance of reading. He will make school visits and speak of the importance of reading and writing especially in this age of technology.

This is a picture of the author, Johnathan Rand while making a visit to one of the schools.

I like to read by the pool in the summer and the rest of the year in a nice comfy chair.

Where is your favorite place to read?

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    • TolovajWordsmith profile image

      Tolovaj Publishing House 

      6 years ago from Ljubljana

      My favorite place to read is in bed. Nothing better than good company in bed:)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      I mostly read in bed, all propped up and relaxed :)

    • sukkran trichy profile image

      sukkran trichy 

      6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      no particular place. i can read any where. very interesting page

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      On the couch or in bed.

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      7 years ago

      a great collection of books

    • ShariBerry profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Berry 

      7 years ago from Michigan

      @MariaMontgomery: Aren't grandchildren wonderful! Get them started on the Wimpy Kid books, they'll love them. Thanks for the visit.

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      7 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Thanks for the info. We have 2 grandsons, ages 7 and 6. The 7-year-old is above grade average in reading, so I'll think about these books for Christmas.

    • ShariBerry profile imageAUTHOR

      Sharon Berry 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: Thank you for such kind words, it is very appreciated.

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      8 years ago

      My bedroom .. dear, TwoDogHouse. I've not much more choice because of my work :) 5 stars for you again .. dear, TwoDogHouse. Always love to visit all of your lenses ;)


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