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!
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Scholastic Branches Beginning Chapter Books for 7-Year Olds
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive! by Jack Chabert, illustrated by Sam Ricks CREEPY
Sam isn’t thrilled about becoming hall monitor. Especially when he discovers that the school is ALIVE and trying to harm he and the other students. Sam has quite a wild adventure trying to save the students from the school. I think kids who like sort of scary things (it’s not too bad) will enjoy this book.
Rise of the Earth Dragon (Dragon Masters) by Tracey West, illustrated by Graham Howells FANTASY
The Last Firehawk: The Ember Stone by Katrina Charman, illustrated by Jeremy Norton FANTASY
Tag, an owl, is in training to become an Owl of Valor. One day while playing tag with his squirrel friend, Skyla, Tag finds a golden egg who hatches into a Firehawk, the last one alive. Tag and friends must keep the Firehawk, Blaze, safe. Then they’ll quest to find the magical stone that may save their land from the Vulture and his army of tiger bats. This easy chapter book introduces kids to epic fantasy stories with the theme of good vs. evil.
Monkey Me and the New Neighbor by Timothy Roland HUMOR
Get ready for a super 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.
Sparkling Jewel: Sliver Pony Ranch by D.L. Green, illustrated by Emily Wallis
Tori and her little sister are spending the summer at their grandma’s ranch. Tori falls in love with the spunky pony named Jewel who she can’t ride just yet, which is really hard. This is a sweet story for animal lovers!
Stella and the Night Sprites Tooth Bandits by Sam Hay, illustrated by Lisa Manuzak FANTASY
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.
Notebook of Doom by Troy Cummings SCARY
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.
Best Books for 7-Year-Olds (2nd Grade)
Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows #1 by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marion Lindsay SCIENCE / FANTASY
This is an entertaining and well-written story with the coolest mix of science and magic, a diverse main character, and fantastic illustrations that will get kids reading and learning. Zoey, like her mom, can see magical creatures and is tasked to care for any injured creatures that might need help. In this story, she uses her science skills (including research and the scientific method) to figure out how to care for a sick baby dragon.
Our Principal is a Frog by Stephanie Calmenson, illustration Aaron Blecha
I’m very excited about this new, SHORT, easy chapter book series called QUIX from Aladdin / Simon and Schuster. It’s an engaging story about a great school principal who is accidentally turned into a frog by a bumbling magician. But, this is one dedicated principal. He finds a way to keep running the school — even as an amphibian.
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, especially for around age 7.
The Critter Club
The girls in the Critter Club love animals and want to help them any way they can. Sweet stories!
White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan REALISTIC
Zoe’s family rescues dogs in need. A new family has moved in across the street and Phillip, the boy, has stopped speaking. He doesn’t even want to try. But Zoe’s new rescue dog might just help the boy heal and speak. (Also on: Best Chapter Books About Dogs)
The Bad Guys #1 by Aaron Blabey HUMOR
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.
Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqui, illustrated by Hatem Aly REALISTIC
What an adorable main character! Yasmin is an exuberant girl who is interested in everything from exploring to building to fashion. This book tells four short stories from Yasmin’s life, all in chapters with lively, full-color illustrations. Each story shows Yasmin as a creative problem solver even when things get hard. Her Pakistani American culture is embedded throughout the story such as the foods Yasmin’s family eats like naan or how she calls her father Baba. I LOVE the diversity, the gutsy main-character, and the beautiful design of the entire book. (See a page sample on my Instagram account here.)
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. If you love The Magic Tree House series, you’ll also like these books.
Miranda and Maude: The Princess and the Absolutely NOT a Princess by Emma Wunsch, illustrated by Jessika Von Innerbner REALISTIC
This book is so much better than I could have imagined! It’s about two girls who are quite different — one is a more sensitive, pinked-up princess and the other is a chicken-raising, social justice-loving regular girl. The two are in the same class at school where right away, a misunderstanding grows and grows until it results in a disastrous birthday party with no one attending. Don’t worry — it will end up well. It’s a terrific story with great life lessons about communication and kindness.
They Didn’t Teach This in Worm School: One Worm’s Tale of Survival by Simone Lia HUMOR
The Storm (The Lighthouse Family) by Cynthia Rylant
Pandora is a kindhearted cat who lives in a lighthouse all alone. Seabold lives on a boat all alone. Until one day a storm shipwrecks him at the lighthouse. Soon, a friendship develops and the lighthouse isn’t lonely anymore, especially after the friends rescue family of orphaned mice. Kind characters and a cozy family theme with a gentle adventure make this a wholesome reading choice. (Also on: Wholesome Easy Chapter Books for Boys and Wholesome Easy Chapter Books for Girls)
Dig to Disaster: A Miss Mallard Mystery by Robert Quackenbush
Another QUIX book, this one is an exciting mystery adventure. Miss Mallard is on an archaeological expedition in jungles of South American but someone is trying to scare the group off. Not to worry. Miss Mallard is the duck for the job. She follows the clues in order to capture the sneaky treasure hunter.
Calling all dog lovers! Read about the most awesome pirate puppies who due to an unfortunate prank one pulled, are now prisoners on the pirate kitten’s ship –with no escape. This is a charming and funny rollicking adventure and #3 in the new Puppy Pirate series. See also: Puppy Pirates #1 Stowaway and Puppy Pirates #2 x Marks the Spot.
Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Erwin Madrid
Jessica Finch is a delightful early chapter book with exceptionally pleasing and colorful illustrations. Jessica wants nothing more than a pig for a pet. For her birthday. When a misunderstanding happens with her best friend, Judy Moody, she learns a valuable lesson about not making assumptions and calling people names. This is one of my top picks for an early chapter book, I loved it!
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!
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. Second grade kids will love this book!
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.
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.
Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers by John Dougherty HUMOR
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.
Pug Pals Two’s a Crowd by Flora Ahn NEW SIBLING / HUMOR
Sunny’s whole life is turned upside down when her owner brings home a new sister, Rosy. It’s hard to share her owner’s time, and especially hard to share her toys. Adorable illustrations show these personality-filled pugs who eventually develop a solid sister bond while looking for Sunny’s lost Mr. Bunny toy. The text is quite simple. I’d say this would be a good choice for first graders.
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 Edward and his mom and sister to watch — with no directions!! The dragon poops in their shoes, eats their pet bunny, and causes all kinds of destruction which all are the subjects of Edward’s letters to his nowhere-to-be-found uncle. Finally Edward hears from his uncle who suggests feeding the dragon chocolate. Will Edward’s mom lose her mind? Will the chocolate work?
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.
If your second grade child is a fantasy and mermaid fan, these adventure books about friendship are sure to keep them reading.
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. . .
The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Big Birthday Bash by Frank Cammuso GRAPHIC NOVEL
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.
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!
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 / GRAPHIC NOVEL
I love these HILARIOUS adventures of pet shop pets told in graphic novel format.
Never Girls FANTASY
Accidentally, the friends travel from England to the Never Land world of Tinker Bell. Disney fans won’t want to miss these magical stories.
The Miniature World of Marvin & James by Elise Broach, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
When James leaves for vacation, his pet beetle, Marvin, and sister get into some trouble inside the pencil sharpener. Luckily Marvin figures out how to save them both, James returns from vacation and all is well. This story is perfect for very beginning readers transitioning to chapter books. (Also on: Wholesome Easy Chapter Books for Boys)
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.
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.
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 a 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.
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!
The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell HUMOR
Kids know it’s not the blue chicken (who is a bird, not a chicken) who is weird, it’s the chicken squad — they are downright wacky! In this adventure, the chickens are asked to investigate who has stolen the blue bird’s house. And despite the chickens inability to actually investigate anything, they do discover the culprit and a solution. Very funny.
Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, illustrated by Marc Simont MYSTERY
Nate introduces readers to how to be a detective and find things– even if it’s for small cases such as a friend’s lost picture. Don’t miss the learning activities located at the end of the book. (Also on: Wholesome Easy Chapter Books for Boys)
Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett FANTASY
This is one of the classic adventure / fantasy stories for beginning readers. The first story is about a boy (now a father retelling the stories to his son) who rescues a dragon held hostage on a wild island.
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. (Also on: Wholesome Easy Chapter Books for Boys)
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 for 7 year olds aka. second grade.
Kylie Jean is all Texas, determined and spunky! Very cute books in a series aimed at girl second grade readers.
The Oodlethunks: Oona Finds an Egg by Adele Griffin, illustrated by Mike Wu
Oona brings home a gigantic egg that she hopes will hatch into a wonderful pet. At school after her opposable thumb exercises and tall tale telling, she learns that Egg needs a habitat so she makes Egg a habitat. A wild adventure of stolen Egg and hatching at the neighbors who wants to keep him, Oona gets to keep her new pet Steg! I love this story and adore Oona’s family because they defy all stereotypes about cave-people — the dad is quit the cook (crepes with mushrooms, anyone?) and the mom is the hunter / gatherer for the family.
Super Fly Revenge of the Roach by Todd H. Doodler POTTY HUMOR
Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol: The Haunted House Next Door by Andres Miedoso, illustrated by Victor Rivas
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.
Easy Reader Books for 5- and 6- year olds
Beginning / Easy Chapter Books for 6- and 7- Year Olds
Books for 8-year olds
Books for 9-year olds
Books for 10-year olds
Books for 11-year olds
Books for 12-year olds
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