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Most Fun Books for 8-Year-Old Boys

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Reading can be enjoyable for everyone, but sometimes, it pays to find specific age- and interest-appropriate stories if you’re trying to hook a young reader and help them realize that reading is fun. Some boys can be particular when it comes to their reading interests, but these books can help you encourage a love for reading in a young boy you might know.

In this five-book set, children will follow 12-year-old Jesse Rigsby as he learns that being a character in a video game is harder than it looks when you’re playing on the other side of the screen. This box set includes the titles “Trapped in a Video Game,” “The Invisible Invasion,” “Robots Revolt,” “Return to Doom Island” and “The Final Boss.”

This book is fully illustrated in color and answers a mind-boggling 1,111 questions about everything from science to history and even pop culture. This also makes a great reference book for kids.

This boxed set includes “My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish,” “The SeaQuel” and “Fins of Fury.” This book set is also a stealthy way to get kids interested in science since the lead character Tom uses an experiment to bring his goldfish Frankie back to life.

This joke book includes an array of hilarious material, including tongue twisters, knock-knock jokes and other funny jokes that are all designed for an 8-year-old.

This box set of books includes the first five books in The Hardy Boys series: “The Tower Treasure,” “The House on the Cliff,” “The Secret of the Old Mill,” “The Missing Chums” and “Hunting for Hidden Gold.” These books also help children flex their deductive reasoning skills as they follow the characters to solve the mysteries.

Expert Commentary

Getting my boys away from their favorite TV shows has always been a challenge — until I found books that build upon their favorite genres of media content. Books that align with your boy’s interests will be much more appealing to him, though I can’t promise they’ll pull him away from the TV forever!

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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