The first book list for 7 year olds is here.
More Recommended Books for 7 Year Olds
Nanny Piggins and the Runaway Lion by R. A. Spratt, illustrated by Dan Santat
Another adventure about a family with children whose dad detests them and tries to get rid of them (to Nicaragua in this case) but their amazing nanny (who is a pig) always figures out how to outsmart the dad. In this particular story, Nanny invites a foreign exchange student to live with them, tames a lion, and saves the day. I love Nanny Piggins!
Finley Flowers Original Recipe by Jessica Young REALISTIC
3rd grade Finley wants to win a cooking contest so she can give the prize (free pizza for a year) to her best friend, Henry, for his birthday. She insists she doesn’t need ideas or help which turns out to be a disaster as well as a valuable learning experience. Charming illustrations accompany this sweet story of friendship.
Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve, illustrated by Sarah McIntyre FANTASY
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time by Marti Dumas
What kid doesn’t want more screen time? Jaden has a plan for convincing his parents that he needs more time — and he’s going to use his big brain and his fellow kindergarteners to help. So happy to see a GOOD story with diversity!
Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake by Julie Sternberg, illustrated by Matthew Cordell REALISTIC
I really loved this story told in first person from Eleanor’s point of view. It’s about the challenges when Eleanor gets jealous of a new girl she thinks her best friend Pearl might like better than her. This made my top five list of best books for the year.
Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning by A.J. Low MYSTERIES
Set in Singapore, Sherlock Sam and his friends use their brains to solve mysteries. In this case, they’re determined to discover the cause of the ghostly sounds from an abandoned military fort. Could it be a ghost? Their adventures are funny and exciting, this is a well-written chapter book in a new series. (See also: Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong.)
The Greatest Star on Earth (Three-Ring Rascals) by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
When a newspaper reporter decides to write about the greatest star of the circus, all the performers worry so much that they end up sabotaging their own acts. Soon the circus is left with no performers and a stand-in ring master (who is helped along by the smart book-writing mice.) This is a fun and funny easy chapter book in a new series, Three Ring Rascals, that both my daughter and I enjoyed.
Greetings From Somewhere The Mystery of the Mosaic by Harper Paris, illustrated by Marcos Calo MYSTERY
Second in a series, this is a simple story about two kids who accompany their parents to Venice, Italy and get the chance to solve two mysteries. I liked the bits of geography and history and suspect this will be an interesting beginning chapter book series.
Galaxy Zack Hello, Nebulon!
An easy chapter book that’s simple, fun, and entertaining about a boy who moves to a new planet.
Sam Silver Undercover Pirate by Jan Burchett & Sara Vogler
Thud and Blunder: The Not-So-Helpless Princess by Blake Hoena, illustrated by Pol Cunyat
This is a funny, defying stereotypes book about a strong girl warrior named Thud and her good fighting companion, Blunder. They’re latest quest is to save a princess but as you can guess from the title, this is one princess who does not need any help. In fact the ogres are terrified of HER.
Pedro First Grade Hero by Fran Manushkin
Four short stories tell all about the adventures of Pedro, a bug-loving, soccer player with great friends from first grade. This is a fun, easy and light-hearted chapter books with colorful illustrations.
Dorothy and Toto: Little Dog Lost by Debbi Michiko Fiorence
Toto runs after a squirrel and now Dorothy can’t find him! As she searches, her friends join to help and they find that Toto has made a new friend as well and he’s safe and happy at Glinda’s house. Fans of Oz will most likely enjoy this new easy chapter book series.
Piper Morgan Joins the Circus by Stephanie Faris, illustrated by Lucy Fleming
The Emerald Berries (The Adventures of Sophie Mouse) by Poppy Green, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
Sophie and her friend Hattie are off on a big adventure to find sparkling emerald berries. Even though they get lost and make a new friend, thanks to Hattie’s smart thinking, they return home safe and sound.
Museum Mysteries: The Case of the Counterfeit Painting by Steve Brezenoff
Clementine notices something suspicious at the art museum where her mom works but she doesn’t have any proof that there’s been a crime. So she decides to find the proof. This is an engaging mystery with a strong female heroine.
The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt ADVENTURE
Caught picking her nose . . . and eating it . . . means Mabel Jones gets taken by animal pirates to another world of animals. This is a fun adventure filled with crazy characters, a dramatic narrator, and goofy illustrations.
Unicorn Magic: Bella’s Birthday Unicorn by Jessica Burkhart
The pacing is a bit slow in this story about Bella’s 8th birthday when she gets to (hopefully) be matched with her own unicorn. Bella’s evil aunt reveals herself at the end of the story and we are left thinking something bad will happen . . . in the next story. A decent but not stellar read for kids who like magic and unicorns.
Frankie Pickle by Eric Wight
Your kids will totally relate to this imaginative boy whose wild adventures are written in comic form — it’s funny and entertaining!
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Fan favorites for years and with bonus movies, these are fun for book clubs and field trips. Read the books, then watch the movies.
Scarecrow’s Nightmare Maze Batman & Robin Adventures by J.E. Bright, illustrated by Luciano Vecchio
This is not a graphic novel; it’s an illustrated beginning chapter book that is action-packed and slightly scary. Scarecrow has taken over the corn maze where a group of terrified teenagers are trapped. It’s up to Batman and Robin to stop Scarecrow and rescue the teens. If you’re a fan of DC Comics, or even if you’re not, you’ll find this to be a great superhero adventure story.
The D.A.T.A. Set: March of the Mini Beasts by Ada Hooper, illustrated by Sam Ricks
Three science-loving friends learn that their neighbor, Dr. Bunsen is a “mad” scientist. They’re thrilled to try out his newest invention — a growth ray. Which turns the kids’ plastic animals into real animals that are growing and growing and growing . . . What will the kids do? I always love to find new STEM-themed, easy-to-read beginning chapter book series like this. Can’t wait for more in the series.
Ranger in Time #1: Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner, illustrated by Kelley McMorris
Ranger, a golden retriever trained for search-and-rescue, travels back to the Oregon Trail to help a family in need. It’s a simple story that introduces the ups and downs of traveling on the Oregon Trail. The pacing is a bit slow but I’d still give it a chance.
Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke
Anna Hibiscus lives in amazing Africa but in this story, she goes by herself to visit her Granny Canada in Canada where it’s snowy and cold. Anna gets to wear warm clothes and eat new foods. She even gets comfortable with Granny Canada’s dog and makes new friends. This is a delightful story of a sweet girl on an exciting new adventure.
Dio-Mike and the T.Rex Attack by Franco ADVENTURE
Michael travels with his paleontologist dad. On this particular trip, Mike wanders off and meets a girl who is trying to trap a REAL dinosaur to send it back in time from where it came. I think kids will enjoy this first book in a new dinosaur adventure series. It’s a simple adventure book with kid-appeal.
Good Crooks Missing Monkey! by Mary Amato, illustrated by Ward Jenkins REALISTIC
What a fun premise! These are children of thieves who really want to do good things, not bad things like their parents. So when their parents steal a monkey from the zoo, the kids must figure out how to return it without their parents figuring out that their children are up to some good.
The Adventures of Sophie Mouse A New Friend by Poppy Green, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell REALISTIC
A new student arrives at Sophie’s school — a SNAKE named Owen! (Yikes!) All the mice students are scared. When Sophie tells her parents, they explain that they knew a really nice snake who moved away which makes Sophie think about giving Owen a chance. Owen rescues Sophie from a dangerous situation and they become good friends. This is an enjoyable story with a lovely message of not judging others based on outward appearances.
Sparkle Spa: Purple Nails and Puppy Tails by Jill Santopolo REALISTIC
Surprisingly, I thought this was a delightful new easy chapter book series. Sisters, Aly and Brooke, start their own nail business in the back room of their mother’s nail salon for their soccer friends. To help a local animal shelter, the girls decide to give free pedicures to help support the shelter’s efforts find homes for the animals. And yes, pet-icures are in the story, too!
Swamp Thing vs the Zombie Pets by John Sazaklis, illustrated by Art Baltazar
Batman needs help from Swamp Thing and his Down Home Critter Gang of animals with a fire at the Great Dismal Swamp. Everyone leaves except Ace, who stays to protect the Down Home Critter Gang’s swamp. But it’s not long before the Zombie Pets show up. You’ll like the colorful, playful font styles and the adventurous story!
Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser
Another enjoyable early chapter book in the Nancy Clancy series. In this book, Nancy and her best friend, Bree, decide to play matchmaker for Nancy’s babysitter, Annie, and her guitar teacher, Andy. Funny and fun!
Echo and the Bat Pack series of books by Roberto Pavanello
Great colorful illustrations throughout this adventure of this talking writer bat who is befriended by the three Silver kids, aka. his Bat Pack and together they solve a mystery.
The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz
Delightful, heart-warming story about a brave and adventurous pig who wants to be a sled dog. LOVE.
Mimi and Maty to the Rescue! Roger the Rat is on the Loose by Brooke Smith
Animal lovers will approve of this young entrepreneur’s business of finding lost pets.
Extraordinary Ernie & Marvelous Maud by Frances Watts, illustrated by Judy Watson
Poor Ernie Eggers. He’s always wanted to be a superhero and now he’s got a chance except, his sidekick is . . . a sheep. He makes the best of it and with Maud at his side, the superhero team selects their outfits and names. Ernie becomes Extraordinary Ernie and Maud becomes Marvelous Maud.
Digby O’Day and the Great Diamond Robbery by Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy MYSTERY
Charming illustrations in red and yellow colors help readers enjoy this story about Digby’s memorable vacation. He and Percy visit to the fancy Hotel Splendide. While there, the singer Peaches Meow’s, diamonds are stolen! With the help of a new friend on the island, Percy and Digby catch the thieves.
Fastest Pet on Earth – DC SuperPets
Did you know that the DC Superheros all have superpets, too? These early chapter books are fun, easy-to-read stories about the SuperPets’ adventures.illustrations, too!
Welcome to Silver Street Farm by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Katharine McEwen
Several mixed-up events happen to give these three best friends enough animals to start a city farm — not a country farm mind you. The kids have the perfect spot – the abandoned train station. But will the city council abandon their plans for a parking garage?
Duck for a Day by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge
Abby is so excited that her teacher has a class pet, a duck! She and all the other students eagerly hope they will be allowed to bring the pet duck home for an overnight. Mrs. Melvio insists on specific guidelines for the ducks care. When Abby gets to bring the duck home, he escapes. Getting him back means she’ll have accept neighbor, Noah’s, help. Everyone, even Mrs. Melvio, learns a lesson.
Sadie and Ratz by Sonya Hartnett illustrated by Ann James
I just love Hannah, who has the naughtiest hands, Sadie and Ratz. Her hands are quite fed up with little brother, Baby Boy, and seem to always get into trouble. Your 7 year olds will crack up!
Hooey Higgins and the Shark by Steve Voake illustrated by Emma Dodson
Hooey is a thinking kind of kid – he’s got plans to achieve his goals and is the kind of character I adore. To make money to buy a huge chocolate egg, Hooey decides the perfect plan is to (got to love his kid logic here) capture a shark and charge people to see it. Brilliant, right? Hooey will not be deterred in his goal to buy the egg – no matter what. A very funny, charming story.
Olympia the Games Fairy by Daisy Meadows
(also new are the Magic Animal Fairies)
I’ve said this before, and here it is again. Gack. These are totally predictable and mind-numbing but for some reason, my kids love them. So, we own hundreds. (I even ordered some from the UK just to keep my reluctant reader reading.) Best books for 7 year old girls.
Tank & Fizz The Case of the Slime Stampede by Liam O’Donnel, illustrated by Mike Deas
I loved this book – and could’t put it down. Tank is a girl techie troll and Fizz is her best friend detective goblin. They know that their beloved school janitor would never have released those slimes that ate the playground but now he’s in jail and it’s up to them to figure out who did it — and why. Excellent!
Snoop Troop It Came from Beneath the Playground by Kirk Scroggs
Comic-book style illustrations with lots of interactivity in this interesting story totally impressed me. I know your kids will love this book, too. As a reader, you get to play a part in solving the crime by looking for clues in the pictures, drawing the culprit based on the description, and so on. Isn’t that cool?
Little Rhino My New Team by Ryan Howard and Krystle Howard REALISTIC
You’ll find the themes about making friends and dealing with bullies to be both realistic and helpful. Little Rhino joins a little league baseball team only to discover that the boy who bullies him is on his same team. His wise grandfather and daily lunch at the dinosaur table help Rhino and his shy friend gain new social skills and the confidence to deal with the bully.
Little Vampire by Joann Sfar
Not scary, very cute!
These princesses love animals and solve mysteries.
Monster Juice by M.D. Payne
Emma Is On the Air Party Drama! by Ida Siegal (series) REALISTIC
Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker
This is a charming and relatable story about science-fan Waylon and his life like struggles with friends (being left out!) and dealing with his newly sullen older sister.