How to Find the Best Book for Your Young Reader.

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on January 23, 2018 in Libraries

Finding a series of books your child is interested in is always rewarding.  This blog lists a selection of  children’s books (including some lesser known titles) to make the process of finding new reading material just a little easier for parents. The chosen books will appeal to boys and girls between 8 and 10 years

BenWhiteUnsplashFinding a series of books your child is interested in is always rewarding.  This blog lists a selection of  children’s books (including some lesser known titles) to make the process of finding new reading material just a little easier for parents. The chosen books will appeal to boys and girls between 8 and 10 years of age.

1.  Graphic Novels

A frequently forgotten genre, particularly for primary school children, graphic novels provide a truly exciting new reading experience, where text and art are combined.

Hilda by Luke Pearson

This series chronicles the adventures of Hilda, a young girl with a love of adventure and the outdoors. Utilising her imagination Hilda explores her new surroundings, brought to beautiful life by author and illustrator, Luke Pearson.

Tintin by Georges Remi

Detective Tintin and his canine companion Snowy, leap to the rescue, working to solve a host of international mysteries, venturing from South America to Asia, Africa  and beyond while meeting a host of highly intriguing characters along the way.

Lego Ninjago by Greg Farshty

Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane along with mentor Sensei Wu work to defeat an array of fearsome villains, from the dreaded Stone Warriors and terrifying snake armies the Serpentines, amongst others. This fast paced series is bound to be a treat for adventure lovers.

2.  Historical Novels

Placing  the past at its present, these titles encourage young children to develop an understanding of key events and periods in history.

My Side of the Story Series by various Authors

My Side of the Story books consider one major historical event at time, and presents this event from two different perspectives. Using an interesting format, these books ask the reader, after completing story one, to flip their books upside down and read from back to front, finding an alternative perspective presented in story two.

Children of the Famine Series by Marita Conlon-McKenna

Following the lives of Eily, Michael and Peggy, three children who are forced to leave home during the famine period in Ireland, this series tracks their journey to their grandaunts house, Peggy’s emigration to America and the lives of the children after the famine.

My Story Series by various Authors

This series provides an insight into the lives of children living through a particular historical period told through the medium of journal entries. By virtue of their format, these titles provide an interesting introduction to life in the eras and circumstance of the past.

3.  Horror Novels

These spine chilling adventures consider the eerie and otherworldly drawing readers into the suspense and drama of spooky circumstance.

Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

This popular series chronicles the experiences of  young protagonists as they are faced with a host of supernatural creatures and scenarios.

The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan

Transformed into a vampire, Darren is forced to accept his fate, to adjust to a terrifying reality, and to the succeed in his role as leader working to overcome the trials of his kin.

4.  Fantasy Novels

Through these magical stories young readers can experience the excitement and adventure of new and imaginary worlds.

The Chronicles ofNarnia by C.S. Lewis

This series welcomes us to the magical world of Narnia as it is discovered and determined with the assistance of an array of young heroes.

Howls Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

An inhabitant of a flying castle, Howl, befriends Sophie, who has been cursed to age by the vengeful Wicked Witch of Waste. From this incident Howl works to battle the evil magic inflicted on his new friend.

Larklight by Philip Reeve

A space travelling hero and his family adventure across a fantasy universe placed in peril and confusion by a myriad of ominous forces.

5.  Mystery Novels

When mystery falls on the doorstep of our heroes in these chosen series their impulse is to move towards it’s most intrepid resolution.

Nancy Drew Diaries by Carolyn Keene

Follow the world famous detective Nancy Drew asshe travels across the world to solve a host of international mysteries.

The 39 Clues by various Authors

The Cahill siblings, Amy and Dan, work to locate a series of 39 clues located across the world, which combined lead to the creation of a most powerful serum.

The Invisible Detective by Justin Richards

Set in London in the early 20th Century, four children, directed by the Invisible Detective work to get to the bottom of an array of curious events.

6.  Comedy Novels

With a host of hilarious characters, and paired with witty illustrations, these comedy series act as a real treat for young readers.

Moone Boy by Chris O’Dowd & Nick Vincent

Welcome to the world of Martin Moone – a young boy facing the challenges of family (including some moody sisters), best friends (of the real and imagined sort) and the mysteries that emerge in his local area.

Middle School by James Patterson

This series follows the life of Rafe Khatchadorian (with a guest installation as told from the perspective of his sister Georgia) which chronicles the multifaceted difficulties of fitting in, from life in school to summer camp and surviving away from the comforts of home.

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russell

This entertaining series provides an insight in the form of diary entries, into the life of Nikki Maxwell a young girl navigating the complexities of her social world.  The result is a laugh out loud series which illustrates the challenges of adjustment.

You can borrow any of the books free of charge by calling into your local Fingal library .  Alternatively you may wish to search and reserve for your chosen  book in the comfort of your own home by using the Fingal Online Library Catalogue.



By Bernadette Dunphy, Fingal County Libraries


NOTE: The photo on top of this blog is by Ben White on Unsplash