Eighth Grade Reading List

Reading is a critical skill for success in school and in life. Let’s create an easy to learn environment with high quality children’s age appropriate books, and help our children build a good reading habit!

Reading Comprehension for Eighth Graders (Focus on Informational Materials)

Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. They describe and connect the essential ideas, arguments, and perspectives of the text by using their knowledge of text structure, organization, and purpose. The selections in Recommended Literature, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. In addition, students read one million words annually
on their own, including a good representation of narrative and expository text (e.g., classic and contemporary literature, magazines, newspapers, online information).

Structural Features of Informational Materials

1. Compare and contrast the features and elements of consumer materials to gain meaning from documents (e.g., warranties, contracts, product information, instruction manuals).
2. Analyze text that uses proposition and support patterns.

Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text

3. Find similarities and differences between texts in the treatment, scope, or organization of ideas.
4. Compare the original text to a summary to determine whether the summary accurately captures the main ideas, includes critical details, and conveys the underlying meaning.
5. Understand and explain the use of a complex mechanical device by following technical directions.
6. Use information from a variety of consumer, workplace, and public documents to explain a situation or decision and to solve a problem.

Expository Critique

7. Evaluate the unity, coherence, logic, internal consistency, and structural patterns of text.

Books for Eighth Graders

  • EAST
  • TEACHER’S FUNERAL
  • LAST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE
  • PERILOUS GARD
  • RUBY IN THE SMOKE
  • PAWNS
  • ESPERANZA RISING
  • STARGIRL
  • SHABANU: DAUGHTER OF THE WIND
  • AMULET OF SAMARKAND
  • THIRTEEN STORIES THAT CAPTURE THE AGONY & ECSTASY OF BEING THIRTEEN
  • SURVIVING THE APPLEWHITES
  • STUCK IN NEUTRAL
  • THIEF
  • MONTMORENCY: THIEF, LIAR, GENTLEMAN?
  • FLIPPED
  • MIRACLE’S BOYS

After we have done some research, we recommend the following books for eighth graders by Amazon’s review rankings.


Seventh Grade Reading List

Reading is a critical skill for success in school and in life. Let’s create an easy to learn environment with high quality children’s age appropriate books, and help our children build a good reading habit!

Reading Comprehension for Seventh Graders(Focus on Informational Materials)

Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. They describe and connect the essential ideas, arguments, and perspectives of the text by using their knowledge of text structure, organization, and purpose. The selections in Recommended Literature, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. In addition, by grade eight, students read one million
words annually on their own, including a good representation of grade-level-appropriate narrative and expository text (e.g., classic and contemporary literature, magazines, newspapers, online information).

In grade seven, students make substantial progress toward this goal.

Structural Features of Informational Materials

1. Understand and analyze the differences in structure and purpose between various categories of informational materials (e.g., textbooks, newspapers, instructional manuals, signs).
2. Locate information by using a variety of consumer, workplace, and public documents.
3. Analyze text that uses the cause-and-effect organizational pattern.

Comprehension and Analysis of Grade-Level-Appropriate Text

4. Identify and trace the development of an author’s argument, point of view, or perspec­tive in text.
5. Understand and explain the use of a simple mechanical device by following technical directions.

Expository Critique

6. Assess the adequacy, accuracy, and appropriateness of the author’s evidence to support claims and assertions, noting instances of bias and stereotyping.

Books for Seventh Graders

  • FEVER, 1793
  • SQUASHED
  • FOLK KEEPER
  • THINGS NOT SEEN
  • ABSOLUTELY NORMAL CHAOS
  • BACK OF BEYOND
  • SEA OF TROLLS
  • AND SOMETIMES WHY
  • FIRST CROSSING
  • WHIRLIGIG
  • SHADOW SPINNER
  • TURNABOUT
  • DOWNRIVER
  • CANNING SEASON
  • SOLDIER BOYS
  • STAR OF KAZAN
  • ALICE, I THINK
  • GOOSE CHASE
  • SILENT TO THE BONE

After we have done some research, we recommend the following books for seventh graders by Amazon’s review rankings.