Books to Read to Six- to Eight-Year-Olds

This list of books to read to six- to eight-year-olds is part of a longer reading guide. Recommended books have been organized into age groups, based on reading difficulty and content. 

There are many ways to access the books in this list: borrow from the school or public library, buy new or used, buy online or from a bookstore, or read online.

For many listings, other books by the same author have also been recommended for you to explore. This guide could be the beginning of a great reading adventure!

BookBooks to Read to Six- to Eight-Year-Olds

Carrier, Roch (1985) The Hockey Sweater. Toronto: Tundra Books. A boy is expecting a Montreal Canadiens hockey jersey in the mail, but he has a disappointing surprise. Other recommended books by the same author: The Flying Canoe, The Basketball Player

Cleaver, Elizabeth (1988) The Loon’s Necklace. Don Mills: Oxford University Press. The retelling of a favourite Aboriginal west coast legend accompanied by memorable collages.

Cooper, Susan (1994) Matthew’s Dragon. New York: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Matthew embarks on an enchanted journey at bedtime as the dragon in his book comes to life! Other recommended books by the same author: Silver Cow, The Selkie Girl

Gilman, Phoebe (1993) Something from Nothing. New York: Scholastic Press. In this traditional Jewish folktale, Joseph’s grandfather makes him a special blanket which turns into many different things. Other recommended books by the same author: The Balloon Tree, Grandma and the Pirates

Henkes, Kevin (2007) Chrysanthemum. New York: Greenwillow Books. Chrysanthemum loves her unique name until some girls at school start making fun of it. Other recommended books by the same author: Owen, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Lester, Alison (1993) Imagine. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Set in exotic locations, meet every species you could ever dream of! Other recommended books by the same author: Magic Beach

Lottridge, Celia (2007) Ten Small Tales. Toronto: Groundwood Books. Read classic tales that are famous around the world: Russia, Malaysia, India and more! Other recommended books by the same author: One Watermelon Seed

Pallotta, Jerry. (2001) Underwater Counting: Even Numbers. Watertown: Scholastic Inc. Mathematics. Learn about the life that exists underwater while counting by even numbers. Other recommended books by the same author: The Crayon Counting Book, The Ocean Alphabet Book, The Icky Bug Counting Book

Scieszka, Jon (1996) The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. New York: Penguin Young Reader Group. It is time to hear the perspective of this popular fairy tale straight from the wolf’s mouth! Other recommended books by the same author: Stinky Cheese Man, Welcome to Tricktown

Thomson, Sarah L. (2005) Imagine a Day. New York: Atheneum. Imagination at its best! Surreal illustrations and beautiful descriptions of dreams in daylight! Other recommended books by the same author: Imagine a Night, Imagine a Place

Viorst, Judith (1972) Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. New York: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Alexander is having a horrible day! Children will identify with him and learn how to cope with their own bad days. Other recommended books by the same author: Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday; Alexander Who’s Not (Do you Hear Me? I Mean it!) Going to Move!

Watt, Melanie (2009) Chester. Toronto: Kids Can Press. Chester the cat is covering the book with his red marker while Melanie the author tries to tell her story. Other recommended books by the same author: Chester is Back, Scaredy Squirrel

Young, Ed (1996) Lon Po Po. New York: Penguin Young Reader Group. In this Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood, three sisters home alone encounter a wolf disguised as their grandmother. Other recommended books by the same author: Seven Blind Mice

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