Fifty Books for the Eighth Grade

Eighth Grade Reading Lists

Here is the recommended reading list for eighth graders. Make sure to provide your children with plenty of anthologies, biographies, history, and poetry.
The list begins with some of the most famous poets that your eighth grader should be familiar with.

1. Emily Dickinson

2. Robert Browning

3. Thomas Macaulay

4. Horace

5. Edgar Allen Poe

6. Rudyard Kipling

7. Robert Frost

8. George Herbert

9. Shakespeare

10. Tales, Washington Irving

11. Van Loon’s Geography, Hendrick Willem Van Loon

12. Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt

13. Life of Christopher Columbus, Admiral of the Ocean Sea, Samuel E. Morison

14. Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

15. Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

16. A Daughter of the Land, Stratton-Porter

17. At the Foot of the Rainbow, Stratton-Porter

18. The Two Admirals, James Fenimore Cooper

19. The Deerslayer, James Fenimore Cooper

20. The Ways of the Hour, James Fenimore Cooper

21. St. Bartholomew’s Eve, G.A. Henty

22. David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

23. Pilot: A Tale of the Sea, James Fenimore Cooper

24. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

25. Best Novels and Stories, Eugene Rhodes

26. Lady or the Tiger, Frank Stockton

27. Merchant of Venice, William Shakespeare

28. Barnaby Ridge, Charles Dickens

29. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

30. Ivanhoe, Sir Walter Scott

31. Rob Roy, Sir Walter Scott

32. The Pioneers, James Fenimore Cooper

33. The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Doyle

34. Johnny Tremain, Ester Forbes

35. April Morning, Howard Fast

36. Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Ernest Gaines

37. Beauty, Robin McKinley

38. Boy Alone, Reginald Ottley

39. Call of the Canyon, Zane Gray

40. Cho0sen, Chaim Potok

41. Chronicles of Brother Cadfael, Ellis Peters

42. Devil in Print, Mary Drewery

43. Giants in the Earth, O.E. Rolvaag

44. Hawk that Dare Not Hunt by Day, Scott O’Dell

45. Island of Dr. Moreau, H.G. Wells

46. Lord of the Rings, JRR Tolkein

47. Lost World, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

48. Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

49. Scarlet Pimpernel, Baroness Orczy

50. Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas