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8th Grade Reading List

by | Aug 27, 2022 | curriculum, reading | 0 comments

Are you looking for reading material for your 8th grader? This list has numerous books to choose from. There is also at least one free lesson for each book included on the list. These lessons vary from book to book. Some are comprehensive unit studies or novel guides, while others are simply a set of discussion questions.

All of the lessons below are free, but you will need to obtain the corresponding books. You can borrow them from the library, purchase them used, or click/tap on a book’s cover to buy it on Amazon.

How I Created the List

When creating this list, I looked at what books several different sources recommend for each grade. Often various curriculum providers and book lists will recommend a book for different grade levels. For this list, I used the average of the different recommended grade levels. Because of this, you’ll find that other sources may recommend some of the books on this list for another grade instead of 8th grade.

Please note: As values, beliefs, and standards vary widely by family, I have not attempted to screen these books for appropriateness. I recommend that you read several reviews before choosing books for your child to read. This post lists several resources you can use to help ensure the books you choose are appropriate for your family.

8th Grade Reading List

The books below are listed in alphabetical order by title. For additional book options, also check out our lists for other grades.

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Abraham Lincoln by Wilbur Fisk Gordy

The Good and the Beautiful offers the book and corresponding book study as part of their 8th grade language arts download.

Abraham Lincoln by Wilbur Fisk Gordy

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The book is now in the public domain, so your child can read it for free at the Internet Archive.

Rise to Reading has comprehension questions for each chapter.

NovelWise offers section worksheets, discussion questions, and activities.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

NovelWise provides worksheets, graphic organizers, discussion questions, and activity ideas.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The book is now in the public domain, so your child can read it for free at the Internet Archive.

Mercy for Marthas offers comprehension questions for each chapter.

Easy Fun School provides a list of activities for students to do as they read the book.

NovelWise provides section worksheets, discussion questions, and activities for the book.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The book is now in the public domain, so your child can read it for free at the Internet Archive.

Easy Fun School provides comprehension questions and word search puzzles for the book.

NovelWise provides section worksheets, discussion questions, and activities for the book.

This worksheet set was designed to be used in conjunction with IPA Productions’ A Christmas Carol performance; however, many of the pages will work well with the book or other productions of the play.

The Diary of a Young Girl  by Anne Frank

Free Unit Studies offers comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and activity ideas for the book.

At AnneFrank.org,  your child can take virtual tours of the Secret Annex and the Frank’s home they lived in before the Secret Annex. They can also read more about Anne Frank’s life and view pictures of the Frank family.

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

Macmillan Publishers made this teacher’s guide available. It includes discussion questions for several books written by Rosemary Sutcliff.

The Golden Goblet by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Mercy for Marthas’ guide has comprehension questions for each chapter.

Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Heidi is now in the public domain, so your child can read the book for free at the Internet Archive.

This novel study, found on Teachers Pay Teachers, provides comprehension questions for the book.

Homeschool Helper Online created this printable notebooking page that could be used for writing chapter summaries, character analysis, or copywork.

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Woo! Jr. Kids provides comprehension and vocabulary worksheets for the book.

Jo’s Boys by Louisa Mae Alcott

Jo’s Boys is now in the public domain, so your child can read the book for free at the Internet Archive.

Students can listen to an audiobook of Jo’s Boys at Librivox.

This literature guide, created by Mercy for Marthas, contains questions for each chapter.

Little Men by Louisa Mae Alcott

Little Men is now in the public domain, so your child can read the book for free at the Internet Archive.

Students can listen to an audiobook of Little Men at Librivox.

Mercy for Marthas’ literature guide provides questions for each chapter of the book.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women is now in the public domain, so your child can read the book for free at the Internet Archive.

Mercy for Marthas’ literature guide has comprehension questions for each chapter of the book.

Rise to Reading has comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and wiring prompts for the book.

This quiz, found on Teachers Pay Teachers, has 40 questions about the book.

 

Night by Elie Wiesel

NovelWise provides worksheets, graphic organizers, discussion questions, and activity ideas.

Facing History offers this teaching guide that includes discussion questions, history lessons, worksheets, a vocabulary glossary, and more. You will need to create a free account to download the materials.

 

Spring Tide by Mary Ray

Mercy for Marthas provides questions for each chapter in their literature guide.

 

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

The Good and the Beautiful offers the book and corresponding book study as part of their 8th grade language arts download.

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

 

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

The book is now in the public domain, so your child can read it for free at the Internet Archive.

Homeschool Helper Online offers activity suggestions for each chapter. They also have a printable unit study with worksheets for students to record what they learn. To download this, you’ll need to sign up to get access to their free resource library.

Bookroo has a short multiple-choice quiz for the book.

 

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island is now in the public domain, so your child can read it for free at the Internet Archive.

Easy Fun School’s unit study includes comprehension questions, vocabulary words, and activities for the book.

NovelWise offers worksheets, graphic organizers, discussion questions, and activity ideas.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

 

Wild Like the Foxes by Anauta

The Good and the Beautiful offers the book and corresponding book study as part of their 8th grade language arts download.

Wild Like the Foxes by Anauta

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

The Yearling is now in the public domain, so your child can read the book for free at the Internet Archive.

NovelWise offers chapter worksheets, discussion questions, and activity ideas.

This lapbook printable from Homeschool Share covers characters, setting, vocabulary, and more.

I hope your child enjoys reading these books!

More Free Reading Curriculum & Resources

Grade Level Reading Lists – These are our reading lists for 3rd grade through high school. There is a free lesson or novel study for each listed book.

Free Language Arts Curriculum – Here you’ll find curriculum for reading, literature, phonics, book guides, and poetry. There are also options for grammar, composition, spelling, vocabulary, and handwriting. There is something for every grade, from preschool through high school.

Free eBooks – This post tells where to find free eBooks for the entire family.

Free Audiobooks – This post shares where to find free audiobooks for all ages.

How to Choose Age Appropriate Books – If you need help choosing appropriate books for your children, this post includes several free resources you can use.

8th grade reading list