Jump to content

Book Series for 8 year old girl
Any suggestions.


  • Please log in to reply
32 replies to this topic

#1 *dreamer*

Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:39 AM

Hi,
My 8 year old DD is a book worm.  She is just constantly reading.  We used to go to the local library, but now that I am working full-time again, I am finding it just so hard to get there with her.  

I am now resorting to Book Depository.  Although she reads at about 3-4years above her age, she is definitely not older than her years in maturity.  So, she likes the challenge of the older books, but sometimes not the content.

She loves Ivy and Bean, Nanny Piggins, Judy Moody all the Enid Blyton collections etc.

Is there some fantastic colletion that I have missed that I can buy to keep her happy over the summer.
I would love some suggestions if you have any.
Thanks




#2 *Mimi*

Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:43 AM

All in the Blue Unclouded Weather by Robyn Klein and then there's two more books in the series that follow it. I loved them when I was her age and still do!! Although 3 books won't keep her going for the whole summer but they're still worth reading original.gif

#3 Bernard Woolley

Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:46 AM

She might be on the cusp of Ronald Dahl? 'Matilda' might be a place to start?

#4 big adventure

Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:49 AM

I was given the whole Anne of Green Gables set when I was eight, and I still read them to this day.  I also found out only a few years ago that there were two more books in the Anne series that I didn't have - loved discovering them!  
And if she likes the Anne books, LM Montgomery also did an earlier series called Emily of New Moon (there are 3), which I also discovered in adulthood and love.

#5 Anemonefish

Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:57 AM

My 9yo DD loved the 'Rainbow Fairy' series last year - she got through them really fast though (one or more per night) so we used to get those from the library rather than buy them.

She also loves:
Geronimo Stilton (and the spin-off Thea Stilton)
Nanny Piggins
Alice Miranda
Darcey Bussel's ballerina series
Roald Dahl books

My DD also reads above her age level but is still a bit too sweet & innocent for the content of the teen books.

Check if your local library has a service where you can view their catalogue online and choose the books you want, then instead of having to go and spend the time picking out books, you can just drop by and pick them up from the loans counter.

#6 Ianthe

Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:00 AM

Alice Miranda by Jacqueline Harvey
My Story series ( I bought a set of these through Scholastic for $4 a book!)
http://www.moon-monkey.com/zone/book_my-story_girls.htm
Our Australian Girl series
http://www.ouraustraliangirl.com.au/

And as a kid I loved

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

There's a few in each series.


#7 PatG

Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:16 AM

I'm not sure if she is old enough (long time since I read them!) but the Billabong series by Mary Grant Bruce is good but I'm not sure how readily available they are - they were republished in the 90s I think (originally published 1920s ish).

Pollyanna books.

I second Anne of Green Gables

#8 PrincessPeach

Posted 23 November 2012 - 11:27 AM

The Anne of Green Gables series is beautiful!

Also if they still exist I started reading the baby sitter club books around that age, as well as a series called the gymnasts.

Roald dahl's books are also great - James & the giant peach, willy wonker & the chocolate factory (there is also a sequal to this), the twits & matilda have wonderful story lines.

John Marsden also has a lot of great kids books, but I think they may be too grown up.

I also read a book called Zlata's diary - it's actually written by a child living in sarejavo during the latest war there. It is her actual diary & she would have been about 9 or 10 when she wrote it. It's stuck with me for some reason, maybe because it's a true story.

#9 Elemenopee

Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:22 PM

My 7 year old has recently enjoyed the Magic School Bus Chapter books. I ordered them off Book Depository for about $4.50 a book (there are 17). I also grabbed a 10pack of Goosebumps for $18 (thanks Gloriosa!).
My dd also really like the Little House on the Prairie books, The Borrowers are great too. Narnia. Magic Faraway Tree. Milly Molly Mandy but your daugher is probably to old for this (although I am sure I read it over and again til I was about 12!)

#10 Brumby Jack

Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:36 PM

My 8-year-old really enjoys the "Puppy Place" books, as well as Roald Dahl books.

Edited by Brumby Jack, 23 November 2012 - 02:37 PM.


#11 PatG

Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:40 PM

Probably aimed at boys but I also enjoyed the Indian in the Cupboard series.  I just did a search and apparently they are recommended for 9 and up.  I think I was probably 9 when I read them.

#12 erypmaV

Posted 23 November 2012 - 02:58 PM

My DD loves the Deltora Quest books by Emily Rodda.
Lots of other good suggestions in this thread - Roald Dahl, Geronimo Stilton etc

Narnia could be another good series.

#13 Julie3Girls

Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:04 PM

I second the Our Australian Girls books - books about Australian girls in different times in history, eg The Grace books are about a little English girl who is sent to Australia as a convict. There is 4 books in each series, about 6 different girls at the moment I think.

Babysitter club books are good.

EJ12 is the big time favourite with my DD2 (almost 9 yr old_

Nancy Drew is another one - my DD2 has borrowed these from the library, there are actually a series called the Nancy Drew Notebooks, which is about when Nancy Drew is 8yr old.

My older DD as also read Anne of Green Gables. Also a few of the little house on the praire books.
Oh, and another set was Lemony Snickets Series of Unfortunate Events. She has loved them.

I agree with finding the on-line library catalogue, and placing reservations. You can pick them up on your way past. Most libraries are open Saturday morning too. Even if you want to buy books, it's sometimes good to borrow the first in a series, see if your DD likes them, before buying.

#14 PonyoLand

Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:08 PM

At that age I loved the Silver Brumby series, as well as many of those mentioned by PPs.
Not sure if its a bit too old, bit Tamora Pierce maybe? I was 10 with those though.

#15 sophiasmum

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:28 AM

Roald Dahl
Dear Dumb Diary

#16 katrina24

Posted 24 November 2012 - 07:34 AM

Hi, my DD is a little younger than your but seems to have similar taste in books (going by your list). She has read a fee of the Rohld Dahl books and loved them. Think she has read Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the BFG, George's Marvellous Medicine. I've ordered a couple more but can't remember the names. Some of his books seem a lite dark for her. I've had Deltora Quest recommended to me recently too.

#17 *dreamer*

Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:00 PM

Hi, sorry I am only just coming back to this topic now, but just wanted to say thanks for all the suggestions. Off now to make some purchases.  One final question - apart from the Book Depository, are there any other good online book stores?
Thanks again.

Edited by *dreamer*, 26 November 2012 - 01:02 PM.


#18 Anemonefish

Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:31 PM

I use Booktopia.com.au, they have quite a good range of kids books and a flat rate ($6 or $7) for postage.

Edited by Anemonefish, 26 November 2012 - 01:32 PM.


#19 Rangeman

Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:42 PM

You could also try Betterworldbooks.com they come from America but the postage is minimal and you can choose from new or used books depending on how much you want to spend.  I have a Kindle now but I was using Betterworldbooks all the time, much cheaper than anything I found here.

I don't know if this series is a little old for her, I think I first read it when I was around 12 it's called The Belgariad by David Eddings, there are 10 books in the first series starting with Pawn of Prophecy about a farm boy.  I think the second series may be too old.

#20 brazen

Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:43 PM

emelia's also same age, similar reading level.

she has read all the roald dahl books. she also loves the alice miranda books, the australian girl books.

she's also been reading the narnia series

some other books she likes are the 'dear dumb diary' series (not dork diary), some enid blyton (enchanted woods), 'my sister the vampire' series, and most of the old Apple paperbacks i can find second hand.

she hasn't taken to nancy drew, trixie belden or harry potter. she found mary grant bruce's billabong series a bit hard yet.

she tends not to like reading long books but reads so quickly she can read most of the above in a day or two! frustrating lol

#21 HubbaBubbaMumma

Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

QUOTE (Anemonefish @ 26/11/2012, 02:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I use Booktopia.com.au, they have quite a good range of kids books and a flat rate ($6 or $7) for postage.


I use this too. Great service as well.
I was going to suggest the Lemony Snicketts series (available through Booktopia) My DD started these at about 11, she just turned 15 and recieved the last 3 books in the series for her birthday. She's devoured these in a week!

#22 leisamd

Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:53 PM

My DD loved the Sophie and the shadow woods series, she's re-read them dozens of times.  

Another good series is the Series of Unfortunate Events.  Oh, I see this one has already been mentioned.  I'm thinking of introducing this one at some stage too, same author as the hunger games series, - Gregor the Overlander

Fishpond is a good online bookstore too, that's where my links take you.  original.gif

#23 SFML

Posted 26 November 2012 - 06:54 PM

the wizard of oz series is actually about a dozen or so books and great - one of my childhood favourites along with Enid blyton and narnia
http://www.amazon.com/Books-Wonderful-Marv...m_syf_dtl_top_1




#24 Pop-to-the-shops

Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:31 PM

QUOTE (Ianthe @ 23/11/2012, 12:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Alice Miranda by Jacqueline Harvey
My Story series ( I bought a set of these through Scholastic for $4 a book!)
http://www.moon-monkey.com/zone/book_my-story_girls.htm
Our Australian Girl series
http://www.ouraustraliangirl.com.au/

And as a kid I loved

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

There's a few in each series.


My dd also loves those my Australian girl books

#25 *yassie*

Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:42 PM

My 8 year old DD just finished the May Bird trilogy , she loved it. She also loves Deltora Quest and the Eragon books. There are so many great books out there. Also I just received the last of my order from the book depository. They arrived in less than a week!




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Heartwarming prank gives single mum the house she was hired to clean

Cara Simmons arrived at work to clean a large and beautiful house in time for a party planned for that evening. It was soon hers.

Why we should stop telling new parents to 'enjoy every moment'

A few weeks ago, some dear friends of mine had their first baby. As the proud dad texted me a picture I had to fight the natural instinct to say “Enjoy every moment!”

Transgender dad breastfeeds his babies

A transgender man who breastfed his first baby - despite having his breasts removed as part of his transformation from female to male - has now had a second child.

Couple face $1 million medical bill and bankruptcy after babymoon birth

A Canadian couple were slammed with a million dollar medical bill after their daughter was prematurely during their babymoon.

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Cigarettes, junk food dominate supermarket sales growth

One in every five dollars spent at supermarkets goes on cigarettes or junk food, according to industry data.

Teacher under fire for breastfeeding in class

There is no doubt mums have a right to continue breastfeeding after they have returned to work, but one teacher in the US has taken it to the extreme.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

The tragedy of losing a favourite teddy bear

We were green and uninitiated, perhaps a little naïve when it came to the favourite toy responsibility.

It's possible to workout while pregnant

Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Baby for Asher Keddie and Vincent Fantauzzo

Fans followed every step of her on-screen pregnancy in Offspring, now Asher Keddie is going to be a mum in real life too.

What parents really want for their kids

Are our hopes, dreams and expectations for our children what they really need?

'I had a feeling something was seriously wrong': the fight for Kaden's diagnosis

Before even giving birth, Katie Myers' maternal instincts warned her something was wrong with her baby.

When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reaction to their exciting pregnancy news.

Why Tracey Spicer has given up make-up

"After 30 years on television, I had become what I despised: a painted doll who spent an hour a day and close to $200 a week putting on a mask."

Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

Devastated widow discovers she's pregnant the day before husband's funeral

They had been trying to conceive a baby for seven years. Tragically Kristy Kirchner found out she was pregnant the day before her husband Royce's funeral.

Win a family pass to Disney Live!

We have 4 family passes to give away to see Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales, touring Australia this December/January.

Gabriella Goat sues Peppa Pig

Every toddler's favourite television pig is being sued by an Italian woman who shares a name with a Peppa Pig character.

Meet the Mpregs, the male pregnancy enthusiasts

"Men can't have babies - that's something only women can do! But our community is full of like-minded people who wish otherwise."

Your new motherhood survival kit

Forget about the bright, pretty baby things - while you're in survival mode, all you'll need are the essentials.

More than 100,000 cars recalled globally after death of pregnant woman

The announcement of a mass recall comes as Malaysian police investigate the death of pregnant woman in July.

I had a 'good baby' but still suffered from postnatal depression

I had a much wanted precious baby girl, a 'good baby' who slept well, self settled and was mostly content. It just seemed implausible to think I could succumb to depression.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win one of 5 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Sport

Australia?s No 1 selling car is now available in a Sports model and we have 5 to give away to some lucky Essential Baby families.

Join PADDINGTON on the red carpet!

To celebrate the release of PADDINGTON, we are giving five lucky winners the chance to win a family pass to the exclusive Australian Premiere in Sydney on December 7!

Knowing you are one of the lucky ones

I am secure, confident and strong, but the responsibility of protecting my children can almost bring me undone.

Why I am so emotional now I have kids?

There are so many ways in which parenthood changes us as women, but one of the most noticeable, for me, has been the changing state of my emotions.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

Video: Baby shows dog how to jump - or vice versa

They say dog is man's best friend, but this playful pooch seems to have chosen a jumping baby as her number one buddy.

10 ways to soothe a crying baby

New paernts can get frustrated when their newborn gets fussy and can't settle down. When you're feeling overwhelmed, try some of these simple tips to help soothe your baby.

20 baby names that are becoming more popular every year

The data-lovers at nameberry.com have been at it again – this time, they’ve discovered the names that are continually rising up the ranks, ready to take out some top spots in the next few years.

10 great meals to make for new parents

Ideally, you want to give food that isn’t expensive to make, isn't too difficult to create, and freezes well; stews, bakes, soups and pasta sauces are perfect.

'It's not you, it's me': Boston bombing survivor mum to have leg amputated

Rebekah DiMartino is going through a break-up. She even wrote a farewell love letter. But it's not to her husband.

What it's like to go through early menopause

In a cruel twist, Carla had been breastfeeding and perimenopausal at the same time. But she's far from the only one to go through menopause early.

Restaurant served alcohol to two-year-old

Busy restaurants can be forgiven for getting food and drink orders mixed up from time to time, but not when the confusion leads to a two-year-old being served an alcoholic cocktail instead of the child-friendly beverage they ordered.

Julia Morris tells of miscarriage on a flight

Julia Morris has spoken about the devastation of suffering a miscarriage while on an international flight.

Woman's survival after birth 'a story of two miracles'

A US mother is home and tending to her new baby less than a month after surviving without a pulse for 45 minutes.

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Tiny lives in caring hands: Thank U NICU Day

Each year in Australia, over 40,000 newborns need the help of a special care nursery or neonatal intensive care unit. One day a year, the staff are honoured by the parents they help through those dark days.

I paid $50,000 to have a girl

This time my husband and I hadn't taken any chances. We had paid $50,000 and travelled 13,000 kilometres to make sure the baby growing inside me was female.

Weird pregnancy products

Some pregnancy products come to market and are just awesome. Others just leave you scratching your head.

Dear firstborn, I'm sorry

Being a first-time mum is tough for so many reasons – particularly because you really have no idea what you're doing.

A trace of sesame could kill my son

Helen Richardson son's had two anaphylactic reactions in a month. It's traumatic for everyone.

When you know before the test says yes

It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

What not to do when your partner is in labour

Robbie Williams stole the show during his wife Ayda's labour, pretty much demonstrating everything on the "what not to do when your partner is in labour" list.

Best maternity swimwear and beach cover-ups

Thinking about a tropical babymoon but have nothing to wear? Here are some great swimwear and beach cover-up options for mums-to-be.

Dad breastfeeds his babies

Trevor Macdonald has now been pregnant twice, and is successfully breastfeeding his newest family member.

 

How many weeks til Christmas?

On your To-Do list

Get the "Santa" shopping done without the kids in tow.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.