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Books for 6-8-Year-Olds FAQs

It's not always easy to find children's books for 6-year-olds, especially since the age group is coupled with 7 and 8-year-olds. A lot of reading development happens in these few years, and kids all learn to read at different paces.

Children's books for 6-year-olds typically focus on short sentences, easy words, and simple topics. Think graphic and picture books. Kids in first grade are really just starting to string multiple words together. Most of the time, 6-year-olds are not reading chapter books, although some are.

However, by 7 and 8, chapter books are more common, and kids are getting into longer stories and more complicated ideas.

Here's a list of popular books for each age in the range:

  • Best Books for 6-Year-Olds:
    • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
    • Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
    • Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Best Books for 7-Year-Olds:
    • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
    • 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) by National Geographic Kids
    • Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish
  • Best Books for 8-Year-Olds:
    • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
    • Aven Green Sleuthing Machine by Dusti Bowling

Of course, the best kids' books will depend on your child's specific interests and reading level.

There is no absolute scale. Every kid develops at their own pace. Some kids are reading surprisingly advanced books at these ages. Others struggle to get going. Always bear in mind that your kids might not follow the general average.

But, if you want to know what the general averages look like, 6-year-olds are reading short words and sentences. Books in the Dr. Seuss range are suitable children's story books.

By the time kids get to about 8, the average reader can handle short chapter books that range between 20,000 and 40,000 words long.

Shop all books to find books that meet your child where they're at.

This list includes a few classic children's books, new chapter books for 6-year-olds, and some other very popular choices:

  • Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl
  • The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey
  • Wave of the Sea Dragon by Tracey West
  • Dog Man Mothering Heights by Dave Pilkey

You can find all of these titles and so many more great options at Alibris. Kids, teens, and young adult books are available from thousands of independent sellers, so you can find the lowest prices.