Kids books for 6 to 8 year olds. Expert recommended children's books for ages 6 to 8 years old. This is a great age to get children reading and loving books. We have a wide range of books so you are bound to find many books your children will love.
We have books about pets, elves, grandparent, black icons, Dads, Christmas books, playful books, funny books and graphic books.
Many 6 year olds and 7 year olds will be learning to read but it's still important to keep reading aloud to them, as this will help them gain vocabulary and experience books above their reading level.
Many research studies have shown that reading for pleasure is important for children's academic success, mental health and even later economic success. Another recent study has shown reading aloud to a child along with play can help a child regulate and manage emotions and help with social-emotional development. This is the ideal time in a child life to foster a love of reading: find your child's next great book in our list, then curl up on a sofa and read it together.
Our book recommendations are all made by experts, who explain their choices in an interview. You can browse our database either by book or by interview:
In Your Hands
by Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) & Carole Boston Weatherford
The Day You Begin
by Jacqueline Woodson & Rafael López (Illustrator)
I Am Enough
by Grace Byers & Keturah Bobo (Illustrator)
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
by John Steptoe
by Purple Wong (Illustrator) & Zetta Elliott
Understanding the African American experience is not just about learning about suffering, it’s also about celebrating a vibrant culture and its roots across the millennia. Paula Young Shelton, author of Child of the Civil Rights Movement, recommends the best antiracist books for kids.
“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?” Eight-year-old Helen feels the same. Here she tells us why reading graphic novels is fun, relaxing and definitely not for babies – and recommends her current five favourites.
Since founding Andersen Press in 1976, Klaus Flugge has published some of the most well-known and best-loved names in the world of children’s books– he has launched the careers of some of our best-loved picture book illustrators, from Quentin Blake and Chris Riddell to David McKee, Tony Ross, Michael Foreman and Emma Chichester Clark. Here he expounds on his favourite books and why laughter is his favourite subject.
Acclaimed poet, Joseph Coelho, recommends five of the best kids’ books that celebrate the magical bonds between grandparents and their grandchildren. Positive intergenerational relationships have very real health benefits for the whole family! So get yourself settled on a comfy chair with a grandchild and take some time to enjoy sharing these delightful stories.
What are the best books to engage and educate young kids about the environment? Environmentalist and author Georgina Stevens has some ideas. She recommends her favourite environment books for kids, as well as a few websites that will help teach them (and their families) how to make a difference.
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
by Carole Boston Weatherford & Euka Holmes
Josephine: A Dazzling Life
by Christian Robinson & Patricia Hruby Powell
The Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
by Vashti Harrison
by Misty Copeland
Life Doesn't Frighten Me
by Jean-Michel Basquiat & Maya Angelou
Jamia Wilson and Andrea Pippins discuss books that that tell the stories of some of the greatest black icons in history – and explain why reading books that celebrate these extraordinary lives can be transformational for all children.
Children have almost universal responses to different kinds of weather: kicking fallen leaves in autumn, splashing in puddles in the rain, catching snowflakes on tongues when it snows. We talk to author and illustrator Tim Hopgood about the weather as an inspiration for children’s books.
Elves are often misunderstood or misrepresented over the Christmas period – Christmas cracker jokes have never been kind to these tiny heroes of the festive season. Here Igreth the Elf, great-great-great-grandson of Ilbereth the Elf, sets the record straight and introduces five children’s books that celebrate the extraordinary contribution these diminutive creatures make to Christmas itself.
Depictions of fathers in children’s books have leapt forward in recent years, says illustrator Paul Howard. He talks us through his favourite visions of modern dads in books, from the ultimate macho man to fathers at their most vulnerable.
Whatever your age, play is how we test ideas, define rules and see if they hold. New York-based artist and author Jon Burgerman talks to Five Books about his favourite titles that encourage kids to have fun and be playful, without worry or fear of failure, and simply enjoy the limitless possibilities of imagination.
Great books can introduce kids to economics at a young age, says Rutgers University economics professor Yana van der Meulen Rodgers. Here she picks some lovely story books for 5-10 year olds and explains the key economic concepts they illustrate.