AS CHILDREN get older, and start getting exposed to 'big kid' pursuits (gaming! computers! apps!), it's normal for their interest to wander away from reading.
Thankfully, there are some captivating children's authors that should keep them engaged and that can even tear them away from their screens.
For eight-year-olds, this autumn has quite a few exciting new releases that will make perfect stocking stuffers or Christmas presents.
For starters, David Walliams – aka the modern-day Roald Dahl, and a writer that every eight-year-old has on their bookshelf – has a new book out, combining myth and legend with science fiction.
The ever-prolific Jacqueline Wilson also has a new release, starring a grown-up Tracy Beaker and her daughter, Jess, which is sure to delight her legions of fans aged 7+.
Harry Potter – at least the first book in the series – also starts doing the rounds at this age. Junior school-aged children are completely obsessed by the characters, and most parents find that if their child starts reading the series at this young age, they'll typically race through the first couple of books but then wait a spell before reading the darker, more mature titles in the series.
We've even included a picture book in this round-up – which just happens to be the most exciting release of 2019. Just because your eight-year-old can read all the words these days doesn't mean they won't enjoy gazing at a brilliant picture.
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