Parents | Raising readers & learners.

Home of Parent & Child Magazine

The Guide to Ages 8-10

The Guide to Ages 8-10

Take a peek at some of the major achievements of this age, and get a more in-depth view of the many things that children this age are learning!


Use this guide to explore the development of your 8-10 year old. Plus, check out the books and resources below that support the development of your 8- to 10-year-old.

Developmental Checklist and Milestones

Take a peek at the number of changes that 8- to 10-year-old children go through.
Congrats! Your child has entered middle childhood. Read on for what to expect from your 8- to 10-year-old child.
Learn how to support academic learning at home.
By the age of 8, most children have moved from learning to read, to reading to learn. Learn more.
Parents of an 8- to 10-year-old are working against conformity. Learn how you can teach your child to still value creativity.
Crushes and bullying are not uncommon during this age. Learn what else to expect.

Activities that Support Developmental Growth

Take advantage of these sleuthing activities to engage your young agent.
Use LEGO® bricks in these activities to enhance learning and development across a number of areas.
If your 8- to 10-year-old is looking for a challenge, try these advanced books and activities.
If your 8- to 10-year old is looking for a challenge, try these advanced books and activities.

Best Book Recommendations for this Age Group

Use the book and author suggestions below to match the reading level and interests of your child.
Use these books to strengthen descriptive language, vocabulary, and writing mechanics.
Read these 7 books with your 8- to 10-year-old to combat negative self-esteem issues.
Between 8-10 years old, children are learning how to take another’s perspective. Use these book suggestions to strengthen that skill.
Multiply the fun! Try these stories that integrate math and also highlight literacy and creative thinking skills.

Find Just-Right Books