Check out this best book list for 7-year old boys and girls in second grade. From funny to fantasy, there are good books for every interest. All of these I’ve read, reviewed, and recommend. Happy book searching!
Best Books for 7 Year Olds (2nd Grade)
The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Princess Magnolia has a secret. She’s really the Princess in Black who fights Monster Land monsters even when having tea with the stuffy Duchess Wigtower. (She just takes a short break.) It’s a wonderful, age-appropriate early chapter story with gorgeous eye-popping illustrations mixed with a good ratio of large text and white space on the easier side.
The Bad Guys #1 by Aaron Blabey
Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers by John Dougherty
Bird and Squirrel on Ice by James Burks HUMOR / GRAPHIC NOVEL
In this hysterical book, Bird’s over-confident, laissez-faire character pairs perfectly with Squirrel’s logical, fearful one. The duo crash land in the Penguin world where Bird is thought to be the “Chosen One” meant to save the penguins from the Great Whale.
Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon REALISTIC
Dory is one of my favorite book characters because her imagination is THE BEST! She has three imaginary friends: one monster friend, one fairy godmother that’s actually not a lady, and one bad lady nemesis. I love this story because she meets a real-life friend who understands all about imaginary friends and together, they’re the perfect match.
The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne HISTORICAL MYSTERY
A MUST-READ series for all kids! These combine mystery, history, magic, and adventure as siblings Jack and Annie adventure through time.
Super Fly Revenge of the Roach by Todd H. Doodler EASY CHAPTER BOOK
Dolphin Rescue (Animal Planet Adventures #1) by Catherine Nichols
Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune by Jane O’Connor, illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser
It’s impressive how well the author took the Fancy Nancy picture books and developed an older Nancy into good beginning chapter books! This is the 7th in the Nancy Clancy series and another enjoyable read. Nancy and her best friend, Bree, learn about Gold Miners at school and determine to make their own fortune with a small business. Their entrepreneurial spirit has them making face cream (the dog eats it) and tiaras (their supplies cost more than they think) which teach them valuable life lessons.
Sofia Martinez My Fantástica Family by Jacqueline Jules, illustrated by Kim Smith
Filled with lots of Spanish words, this warm-hearted story shares three Sofia stories: going to the beach, making a time capsule, and shopping for school supplies, all with her close-knit family.
Rise of the Earth Dragon (Dragon Masters) by Tracey West, illustrated by Graham Howells FANTASY
Monkey Me and the New Neighbor by Timothy Roland HUMOR
What a fun and imaginative story! Clyde turns into a mischievous monkey when he gets excited – which ends up being a big disaster when he’s in school. To make matters worse, his principal moves NEXT DOOR. Then, he sees his new neighbor’s house being burglarized and finds the robbers, saving the day.
Captain Awesome by Stan Kirby
Can Eugene aka. Captain Awesome, comic-book and superhero fan, save the town from villains without revealing his secret identity? Totally funny — and a great action-packed adventure.
Bird & Squirrel On the Edge by James Burks HUMOR / GRAPHIC NOVEL
n this giggle-inducing story, Bird loses his memory and bravery so it’s up to Squirrel to be the brave one and help get them (and a small bear cub friend) safely out of the dangerous, wolf-filled mountains. These characters are just so lovable and funny! Paired with a terrific narrative adventure, this book has it all.
One of our favorite graphic novels, Zita the Spacegirl, is a true friend who not only saves her best friend but the galaxy!
Dory Fantasmagory Dory Dory Black Sheep by Abby Hanlon
Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings
I was surprised how much I liked this series. Alexander discovers his new town is FILLED WITH MONSTERS! And, he’s right in the middle of everything especially after he finds an old notebook of drawings and facts about monsters. Fun with an edge of scary.
Rainbow Magic Fairies FANTASY
These are very predictable but kids ADORE these books – they are some of the most checked out books at our library. They’re about two human girls who are trusted to help the magical fairies search for something Jack Frost’s goblins stole.
Mal and Chad by Stephen McCranie
These two friends and their hilarious adventures will remind you of Calvin and Hobbes. Love!
Lunch Lady by Jarrett J. Krosoczka HUMOR
If you haven’t read these addictive and hilarious graphic novels, they are a must — anyone who has eaten lunch in school will appreciate the humor, even parents love these books.
Kung Pow Chicken: Bok! Bok! Boom! by Candi Marko
Gordon, a superhero chicken, and his little brother Benny must rescue an opera singer from the evil Dr. Screech. This is an entertaining comic-style story with lots of laughs!
Olive & Beatrix The Super Smelly Moldy Blob by Amy Marie Stadelmann
It’s science fair time and these twins, one who is a witch and one who is a super smart science nerd, are in it to win it. Except disaster happens when the girls fight and their projects combine to form a huge green blog that absorbs everything. It will take both their skills to fix this slimy problem. Very enjoyable!
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot The Voodoo Vultures from Venus by Dav Pilkey, illustrated by Dan Santat SCI-FI
Kudos to Dav Pilkey and Dan Santat for creating such an action-packed, engaging new series for young readers. And the illustrations are marvelous. It’s not often you see a book in full color – love that!
Mr. Pants Slacks, Camera, Action! by Scott McCormick, illustrated by R. H. Lazzell HUMOR
Big Bad Detective Agency by Bruce Hale FAIRY TALE
The Big Bad Wolf aka. Wolfgang is the only suspect in the destruction of the Little Pigs house. And he doesn’t have an alibi. But he didn’t do it either so he partners with the cheerful 4th Little Pig, Ferkel, (who knew!?) to find the real culprit. I love this humorous fairy-tale mash-up and can’t wait for more adventures in this series.
Meet Mo and Jo: The Boulder Brothers by Sarah Lynn, illustrated by Pierre Collet-Derby
If you like funny, you’ll love these silly stories about two adventurous cave-boys. The text actually works quite well for a beginning reader because who needs proper sentence structure when you’re less evolved cave kids? Readers will find a combination of comic bubble dialogue and narrative text. For example, “The skunk liked the stink. Can MO and Jo run faster than the skunk?” is the narrative text while the dialogue bubbles on the same page are “Uh-oh! He mad” and “Run, Mo!”
The Infamous Ratsos by Kara Lareau, illustrated by Matt Myers HUMOR
I loved this book! Louie and Ralphie Ratso keep trying to do mean, tough-guy things but every time it ends up helping someone. Ultimately, both boys and their dad decide to go with kindness but before they do, their experiences are very funny.
Each of the candy fairies has a specialty. Yummy stories for sweet girls.
Stella and the Night Sprites Tooth Bandits by Sam Hay, illustrated by Lisa Manuzak
This is part of the Branches series of early chapter books and a sweet story about a little girl named Stella who sees a mischievous sprite steal her Tooth Fairy money. She learns more about why Stella wants the money and helps her find different ways to solve her problems and make friends.
Boris Gets a Lizard by Andrew Joyner (easy reader in chapters)
You can’t help but love Boris, a wildly imaginative boy who really wants a pet Komodo dragon. In fact, it’s his wild imagination that prompts him to tell his entire class that he’ll be not only getting a Komodo dragon, but that they can all see it. (Which isn’t exactly true. At all.) And, it’s that same imagination that saves the day when there is no Komodo Dragon but many excited visitors who Boris doesn’t want to disappoint. Appealing colorful illustrations accompany this fabulous simple early chapter book making it another book I highly recommend.
The Dragonsitter by Josh Lacey illustrated by Garry Parsons HUMOR
Written in increasingly funny (and alarming) letters we learn that Uncle Morton left his pet dragon for
Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys by Stephanie Greene, illustrated by Stephanie Roth Sisson
Posey gets annoyed about those crazy first grade boys and makes up a mean song about Henry. All her friends laugh but not Henry. When Posey’s teacher, Miss Lee, says to stop and that Posey was bullying Henry, Posey feels very mad. And she stays mad for awhile. Until her neighbor boys make fun of Posey’s little brother and suddenly Posey realizes the truth. I loved the life lesson, the relatable characters, and the excellent pacing. Great white space to text to picture ration, too!
Crime Biters: My Dog Is Better Than Your Dog by Tommy Greenwald MYSTERY
This is a funny beginning chapter book about a boy who is convinced (rightly so?!) that his rescue dog is a crime-solving, vampire, genius!
Dragon Slayer’s Academy by Kate McMullan FANTASY
Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book #2: Amelia Bedelia Unleashed by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril ADVENTURE
I’ve been enjoying these updated Amelia chapter books by the original author’s son. In this story, Amelia searches for the perfect puppy. Great for 7 year olds who love pets.
Shivers! The Pirate Who’s Afraid of EVERYTHING by Annabeth Bondor-Stone & Connor White ADVENTURE
Poor land-locked Shivers. He’s terrified of everything, especially snails. But when his sea-faring family of pirates is captured, Shivers is their only hope for rescue. Luckily he meets the daring and adventurous Margo who gets them off of dry land, teaches Shivers about sword fighting, and helps him find and rescue his parents. This book is very comical and will keep your kids thoroughly entertained.
Fun books about friendship with mystery and adventure.
Mal and Chad Belly Flop! by Stephen McCranie HUMOR
A hilarious new book in one of my favorite graphic novel book series about Mal, a young inventor, and his best sidekick, his dog, Chad. Perfect for growing readers.
Your Very Own Robot by R. A. Montgomery CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE
When your parents throw away pieces of a failed robot, you decide to put it together. And, depending on your choices, crazy robot adventures ensue. . .
A to Z Mysteries by Rob Roy MYSTERY
This addictive mystery series will keep your kids reading for hours and days and months. My kids read them all more than once – we highly recommend this series.
The Critter Club
The girls in the Critter Club love animals and want to help them any way they can. Sweet stories!
The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Big Birthday Bash by Frank Cammuso
In this Salem adventure, Salem predictably makes disasters happen everywhere she goes. She has some trouble with making things (herself) gigantic and other things (the birthday party kids) small. Hilarious, wacky, and totally enjoyable.
The Whodunit Detective Agency The Diamond Mystery by Martin Widmark, illustrated by Helena Willis MYSTERY
Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye by Colleen AF Venable, Stephanie Yue MYSTERY
I love these HILARIOUS adventures of pet shop pets!
Never Girls FANTASY
Accidentally, the friends travel from England to the Never Land world of Tinker Bell. What adventures they will have!
Roscoe Riley Rules: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs by Katherine Applegate REALISTIC
This is the first book in the series of the innocent but funny misadventures of Roscoe Riley. As you’ll learn, it is those misadventures that lead to Roscoe’s extensive list of rules. Which might be common sense to us, but they aren’t to Roscoe. At least not until after the fact. In this story, Roscoe wants to help his teacher with his unruly classmates during their school performance. His help? Super gluing kids to chairs and bug headbands onto heads!
Daisy can talk to animals! You’ll love her free spirit personality and her kindness in all sorts of adventures.
Geronimo Stilton books by Geronimo Stilton
Geronimo Stilton, mouse and author, is the editor and publisher of The Rodent’s Gazette, New Mouse City’s most widely read daily newspaper. Written in comic and narrative form.
A series of colorful princesses (printed on the same color paper) stories. My kids enjoyed these stories.
Piper Green: Too Much Good Luck (book 2) by Ellen Potter, illustrated by Qin Leng REALISTIC
Piper is a lovable girl who just like all of us, makes mistakes, and hopes for her luck to change. She learns a valuable lesson about jealousy and friendship in this short and sweet story. Also read, Piper Green and the Fairy Tree.
Galaxy Zack by Ray O’Ryan
What a fun concept for an new reader, illustrated chapter book — moving to a new planet! I enjoyed reading Galaxy Zack. It’s fun and relatable. Boys (and girls) are sure to devour this far-out series.
Battle Bugs #1: The Lizard War by Jack Patton ADVENTURE
Max LOVES bugs — but he never expects to become one! Not that he’s a bug, he decides to help his new bug friends fight the invading lizards who want the bug’s island. Adventure, battles, and bugs make this a fun first read in a new early chapter book series.
Kylie Jean is all Texas, determined and spunky! Very cute books.