Best Books for 7 Year Olds (Second Grade)

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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 shared with children, read, reviewed, and recommend. Happy reading!

–> 17 Favorite Chapter Book Series for 2nd Grade HERE.

–> Wholesome Easy Chapter Books for Boys HERE (No sass, no potty humor)

–> Wholesome Easy Chapter Books for Girls HERE (No rudeness, no sass)

–> 2nd Grade Summer Reading List 2019

–> NONFICTION books for 7-year-olds

If you are searching for harder books, check out my best books for 8-year olds. If you need easier books, go to my best easy chapter books for 6-year olds.

How do you know if a book is at the right reading level for your child?

1. Glance over the density and size of the text and see if there are illustrations.

2. Have your child use the five-finger test to see if the book is too easy, just right, or too hard. Remember, if you get a book that is too hard, you can always save it for later.

3. If you know your child’s DRA or Guided Reading level, use those to (only) help you make book selections. Please don’t limit yourselves by these levels, use them only as a general guide. Because kids are more than a level. I’m only adding levels to help adults.

4. It is OK to read books at different reading levels. If your child is interested in a book, don’t get stuck in thinking they shouldn’t read it because of a level. Let them try it. Sometimes interest in the book or topic is a great motivator.

I have only added the DRA / Guided Reading levels to help you as an adult know — these are not meant for your child. Use this information to suggest books to your child or students for what to read next. But, please don’t limit your kids to a specific level.

CHOICE is very important for readers. I recommend giving kids a handful of books (you can preselect these) from which to choose.

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Scholastic Branches Beginning Chapter Books for 7-Year Olds

Best Books for 7 Year Olds (Second Grade)
Eerie Elementary: The School is Alive!
 
by Jack Chabert, illustrated by Sam Ricks
CREEPY
DRA 34
Guided Reading O
Sam isn’t thrilled about becoming a hall monitor. Especially when he discovers that the school is ALIVE and trying to harm him 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. Box set of 6 books here.


The Magic Mirror (Once Upon a Fairy Tale)
by Anna Staniszewski, illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
FANTASY
Readers who love fantasy, adventure, and mystery, you are going to love this story of two good friends who travel to help the ice and sun princesses solve two big problems to save The Enchanted Kingdom from everlasting summer… When Kara learns the ice princess is in trouble, she and her best friend Zed travel to her ice palace to help fix her magic mirror that is shattered in pieces and missing a piece. Not only do they have no clues but they also want to help the argumentative sisters get along and share their beloved pet monkey between them. Will the friends be able to solve both problems? You know it! And you’ll be as excited for me to keep reading in this new series — it’s fantasy-tastic!

Best Books for 7 Year Olds (Second Grade)
Notebook of Doom
by Troy Cummings
SCARY
DRA 30
Guided Reading N
A kid-favorite series that you’ll also love! 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 (Second Grade)
Rise of the Earth Dragon (Dragon Masters) by Tracey West, illustrated by Graham Howells
FANTASY
DRA 38
Guided Reading P
In the times of castles and kingdoms, Drake learns he is a dragon master (and that dragons are real!) He must train with the other kids to master his dragon, an earth dragon. This is an adventurous fantasy chapter book that will interest almost any child as it has just the right amount of conflict, adventure, and excitement.
good books for 7 year olds 2nd grade
The Last Firehawk: The Ember Stone
by Katrina Charman, illustrated by Jeremy Norton
FANTASY
DRA 34
Guided Reading O
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.
Best Books for 7 Year Olds (Second Grade)
Monkey Me and the New Neighbor
 by Timothy Roland
HUMOR
DRA 34
Guided Reading O
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.

good books for second 2nd grade 7 year olds
Sparkling Jewel: Silver Pony Ranch
by D.L. Green, illustrated by Emily Wallis
REALISTIC
DRA 34
Guided Reading O
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 Good Books for 7 Year Old Beginning Readers
Stella and the Night Sprites Tooth Bandits
 by Sam Hay, illustrated by Lisa Manuzak
FANTASY
DRA 30
Guided Reading N
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.

Best Books for 7-Year-Olds  (2nd Grade)


Planet Omar
by Zanib Mian
REALISTIC
I love the playful writing, whimsical illustrations, and rich Pakistani-American culture in this beginning chapter book. One of the best things about Omar is his HUGE imagination! In fact, he faces his new experiences in life with a rich, creative mind filled with dragons, Ferraris, and zombie aliens. He uses his imagination to deal with moving, starting a new school, making friends, and dealing with racism. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book for home, classrooms, and libraries.

Cat Kid Comic Club
by Dav Pilkey
HUMOR
My writing teacher’s heart adores this book about encouraging kids to write their own comics! Plus, it’s totally hilarious. Cat Kid teaches a class for the tadpoles about making your own comic books…which doesn’t go well until the tadpoles get excited about failure and get started writing and drawing. If you like a lot of silliness (including potty humor) with great messages about writing, creativity, and persistence, read this book next.

Infamous Ratsos BOOKS FOR 7 YEAR OLDS
The Infamous Ratsos
by Kara Lareau, illustrated by Matt Myers
HUMOR
DRA 20
Guided Reading L
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 be kind but before they do, their experiences are very funny.


Princess in Black
by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
FANTASY
DRA 24
Guided Reading M
Princess Magnolia isn’t a regular royal — she’s also a monster-fighting “princess in black”. Not only are these books filled with girl-power, but they’re also funny and entertaining. (If you like The Princess in Black, you’ll also like these books.)

Best Books for 7 Year Olds
The Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
HISTORICAL MYSTERY
DRA 24
Guided Reading M
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.


Our Principal is a Frog
 by Stephanie Calmenson, illustration Aaron Blecha
HUMOR
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 leader. He finds a way to keep running the school — even as an amphibian.


Real Pigeons Fight Crime
by Ben Wood
HUMOR / MYSTERY
In the first of three silly stories, Rock Pigeon is a crime-fighting pigeon who helps Grandpouter and the other park pigeons solve the problem of the vanishing bread crumbs. Hilarious disguises, charming illustrations, quirky characters, and funny mysteries, this is an entertaining romp that is sure to entice even the most reluctant of readers.


Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero!
by Kara West, illustrated by Leeza Hernandez
FANTASY
When Mia gets accepted into the Superhero training program, she learns that she is SUPER. She even learns that her parents are, also. After school at her new superhero training, she has a disastrous first day and learns that it takes work to become a superhero. Black and white illustrations, bigger print, and an exciting story make this a winning series for growing readers.

a to z mysteries
A to Z Mysteries by Rob Roy
MYSTERY
DRA 30
Guided Reading N
This compelling 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.

Banana Fox and the Secret Sour Society by James Kochalka
HUMOR
If you’re about 7-years-old and like very weird and wild stories that ONLY make sense to kids, I must introduce you to Banana Fox. The totally ridiculous humor (not potty humor) hits the right spots for so many kids. Banana Fox is quite a character whose goofy antics to stop the Secret Sour Society will keep you laughing the entire way through this book.

Good Dog, McTavish
by Meg Rosoff, illustrated by Grace Easton
REALISTIC
I adore this endearing story about a family in chaos and the dog (and youngest sibling) who fixes everything. The writing is brilliant with subtle, rye humor. When a mom quits “momming”, the youngest daughter, Betty, suggests that the family get a dog. Betty chooses McTavish the dog at a shelter or does McTavish choose them? Right away, he gets to work organizing the family which… takes plans and more plans.
Stick dog best books for 6 year olds
Stick Dog
by Tom Watson
HUMOR
Stick Dog is hilarious. Why is he called Stick Dog? Because our author/narrator can’t draw. And also, because he likes sticks. The funny cartoonish illustrations make this story of stray dogs easy to read, and very entertaining series for kids.

Best Books for 7 Year Olds
Dory and the Real True Friend
 by Abby Hanlon
REALISTIC
DRA 34
Guided Reading O
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.)


Some Pigtails
by Jonathan Eig, illustrated by Alicia Teba Godoy
REALISTIC
Lola uses a literary character role model to advocate and persist when she feels something is unfair. Lola wants pigtails and her mom is too busy so she asks her grampa — who makes red, white, and blue handlebar-like pigtails. She loves them! In fact, she decides to keep trying unusual hairstyles with grampa. But, that all stops when her school principal bans any unusual hairstyles. Lola thinks of how in Charlotte’s Web, Charlotte the spider uses words to try to change the situation. So first, she talks to the principal. That doesn’t work so next, she organizes the students to start distraction days. Those don’t work either. Finally, she tries a petition which leads to a compromise.
Best Books for 7 Year Olds (Second Grade)
Catnapped! Puppy Pirates by Erin Soderbergh
ADVENTURE
DRA 24
Guided Reading M
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.

Egg or Eyeball? Chick and Brain
by Cece Bell
FUNNY
If your reader likes weird, quirky, and silly stories, they will love this book! Brain finds an eyeball. But Chick and Spot try to explain that it’s actually an egg. Back and forth they go with misunderstandings, lessons in manners, and goofiness. Four chapters written in comic panel format that are perfect for growing readers with plenty of repetition of words and phrases, who wouldn’t love this quirky cast of characters and the surprising ending?
rainbowmagic
Rainbow Magic Fairies series
FANTASY
DRA 20 (around this– it depends on the specific book)
Guided Reading L
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. (Every. Single. Time.)

Jessica Finch good books for 7 year olds
Jessica Finch in Pig Trouble by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Erwin Madrid
REALISTIC
410L
DRA 24
Guided Reading M
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! BOXED SET

Sofia Martinez My Vida LocaBest Books for 7 Year Olds (Second Grade)
Sofia Martinez My Vida Loca by Jacquline Jules (series)
REALISTIC
DRA 24
Guided Reading M
Perfecto! My Vida Loca is a warm-hearted beginning chapter book about the adventures of a spunky girl named Sopha — from her singing (that annoys everyone except abuela) to a cooking mishap of arroz con leche that her familia helps her fix. I love the bright pink text that indicates the Spanish words (maybe 1 or 2 a page). Illustrations are fun, capturing the emotions and action perfectamente.
Stink and the Shark Sleepover book list for 7 year olds 2nd grade
Stink and the Shark Sleepover
 by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
REALISTIC
DRA 24
Guided Reading M
I loved this adventure because it’s exciting as well as it includes a lot of factual information about marine life. Stink gets to sleepover at the aquarium. While he’s there, he learns more about sharks, gets to solve a mystery, learns a ghost story, and has tons of fun. I like that kids can easily relate to the characters in the story, as well as the setting. Of course, the Peter H. Reynolds illustrations are ah-mazing as always.
good books for 8 year olds
Ivy and Bean
 
by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
ADVENTURE / HUMOR
DRA 24
Guided Reading M
Get ready to laugh along with these charming young friends who are always involved in funny situations and problems. It’s a fantastic series about two girls with unique personalities.
critterclub
The Critter Club series by Callie Barkley, illustrated by Martha Riti
REALISTIC / ANIMALS
DRA 30
Guided Reading N or M
The girls in the Critter Club love animals and want to help them any way they can. Sweet stories that will interest your kids who love animals and mysteries!

Fox and Rabbit
by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Gergely Dudas
REALISTIC
Reminiscent of Frog and Toad, these are darling stories in graphic novel format about two best friends who have wonderful adventures.


Judy Moody Was in a Mood
by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
REALISTIC
DRA 24
Guided Reading M
Want to get your kids reading a great series? Try Judy Moody. She’s a relatable third grader with a big personality, an annoying little brother, the coolest aunt ever, and lots of humorous antics. Box Set Here.

 
Rabbit & Bear: Rabbit’s Bad Habits
by Julian Gough & Jim Field
HUMOR/FRIENDSHIP
This beginning chapter book is delightfully weird, hilarious, and tender-hearted! Neil Gaiman says this book is “a laugh-out-loud story” and I completely agree. There’s a lot to love about this book including the tidbits of science like gravity and a rabbit’s diet (they eat their poop– but only some of their poop!) I also love the thoughtfully developed character arc of Rabbit who begins by stealing Bear’s food and is a rude, know-it-all but becomes self-reflective, repentant, and kind.

Bird and Squirrel on Ice Graphic Novel for Kids
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.

Big Words Small Stories: The Missing Donut
by Judith Henderson, illustrated by T L McBeth
REALISTIC
Get excited about words! These short, entertaining stories about a boy and his cat contain challenging vocabulary words in context. This isn’t just an easy chapter book of stories but also provides rich vocabulary. I love that!

New & Captivating Beginning Chapter Books
The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken
by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
HUMOR
DRA 30
Guided Reading N
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.


Sadiq and the Desert Star
by Siman Nuurali, illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
STEM
Not only is this a great STEM story about a young boy who finds the stars to be fascinating, but it’s also a story with diversity because Sadiq’s Muslim family is originally from Somalia. The story is also about how after a field trip to the planetarium, Sadiq and his friends start a space club and work together to raise money for a DIY telescope. Growing readers will enjoy the friendship, teamwork, STEM topics, and diversity found in this first book of the Sadiq series from Capstone Publishing’s Picture Window Books.

Lulu Rabbit good books for 7 year olds
Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door
by Hilary McKay
REALISTIC
DRA 30
Guided Reading N
This is one of my favorite early chapter books this year! I loved this story of how Lulu and her cousin help their neighbor Arthur learn to love and care for his rabbit. She does this by writing George the rabbit notes and giving him gifts — not from her but from her pet rabbit named Thumper. (I also appreciate that the main characters are diverse – Lulu and her family have brown skin!!)


Creature Campers The Secret of Shadow Lake
by Joe McGee, Bea Tormo
FANTASY
Readers will enjoy the full-color, expressive illustrations that accompany an entertaining story about mythical creatures (and one human) going to summer camp. A very tall Bigfoot named Norm doesn’t want to go to camp and hates being different. At camp, he meets a human kid named Oliver who thinks Norm will eat him. Little do the campers know that there’s a nefarious creature collector named Barnaby Soup lurking nearby preparing to capture a Bigfoot. Then, they have to go canoeing and avoid the scary lake monster… Relatable themes of feeling like an outsider and making new friends plus some dry humor make this a fun, readable story.

Undersea Mystery Club Problem at the Playground
by Courtney Carbone, illustrated by Melanie Demmer
MYSTERY
Not only is this beginning chapter book a creative, entertaining mystery story with adorable full-color illustrations but it shows the power of problem-solving, listening, and working together. Violet and her best friend, the always-hungry narwhal named Wally, need to find out who is sabotaging the playground. Helpful back matter provides information and photos about decorator crabs, narwhals, and civil engineers.
good books for 7 year olds
The Storm (The Lighthouse Family) 
by Cynthia Rylant
REALISTIC
DRA 34
Guided Reading O
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)
Best Books for 7 Year Olds (2nd Grade)
The Bad Guys
 #1 
by Aaron Blabey
HUMOR
DRA 38
Guided Reading P
Bad Guys is a hysterical book! Mr. Wolf invites other bad guys to a meeting with hopes they will join him in being good. Lots of drawings and minimal text make this a sure-bet for first and second-grade readers who like irony and humor. (Note: If you don’t like potty humor, this is not the book for you. I will admit, after a few books, I was DONE.)

good books for 7 year old beginning readers
Zoey and Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows #1 by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marion Lindsay
SCIENCE / FANTASY
DRA 34
Guided Reading O
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.

best books for 7 year olds
Dog Man by Dav Pinkey
GRAPHIC NOVEL / HUMOR
DRA 38
Guided Reading P
Weird. Quirky. Funny. I think all three describe this new graphic novel from the creator of Captain Underpants. In the first story, a police officer and a dog are joined together — the top from the dog, the bottom from the officer to make: Dog Man. Dog Man solves crimes and has adventures, the likes of which will entertain 8-year-old readers for hours.


Cat Ninja
by Matthew Cody, illustrated by Yehudi Mercado
GRAPHIC NOVEL / SUPERHERO
By day Claude is Leon’s pet but by night, he’s Cat Ninja, Metro City’s protector! His nemesis is Leon’s sister’s evil hamster, Master Hamster. Learn the Cat Ninja’s origin story then follow his perilous, exciting, and humorous adventures!

best books for 2nd grade 7 year olds
Dig to Disaster: A Miss Mallard Mystery
 by Robert Quackenbush
MYSTERY
Another QUIX book, this one is an exciting mystery adventure. Miss Mallard is on an archaeological expedition in the 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.
The Best Books for 7 year olds
Hilo The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
by Judd Winick
SCI-FI / GRAPHIC NOVEL
DRA 34
Guided Reading O
Hilo can’t remember what happened to him before D.J. finds him crashed landed on Earth. Hilo does remember an evil monster robot that has followed him to Earth. This ends on a cliff-hanger but is worth it — it’s a great page-turning adventure!
Chapter Books for 7 year olds
The Year of the Book series by Andrea Chang
REALISTIC
DRA 34
Guided Reading O
Growing up is challenging and in the first novel, The Year of the Book, Anna turns to books for company while she learns how to make friendships in real life. The subsequent books in the series are just as realistic and well-written. I highly recommend this series!
Best Books for 7 Year Olds (Second Grade)
Captain Awesome to the Rescue
 by Stan Kirby
FUNNY
DRA 38
Guided Reading P
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.
best books for seven year olds second grade
Jasmine Toguchi Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Eliazbet Vukovic
REALISTIC
DRA 34
Guided Reading O
Jasmine is so jealous that the older kids in her family have important jobs on the mochi making day — she wants to do what the older boys and men are doing, pound the mochi rice. Her understanding father figures out a way for Jasmine to join in. And even though it didn’t work out how she wanted, her family is proud of her and decides it’s okay to break some rules like who gets to pound the rice. Not only is the story’s message sweet, Jasmine’s Japanese-American culture and warm family community shine through.

Hound Heroes: Beware the Claw
by Todd H. Doodler, illustrated by Todd Goldman
SUPERHERO
Get ready for a new SILLY graphic novel for your beginning readers…When a spaceship crash lands, it gives a group of dog friends superpowers…and superhero outfits. Each dog in the group has a unique personality but none of the dogs take their powers seriously at first because they’re too busy wreaking havoc and goofing around. Until…the evil kitties TAKE OVER THE CITY!! Can the Hound Heroes save the day?
 Best Books for 7 Year Olds (Second Grade)
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
SCI-FI
DRA 40
Guided Reading R
One of our favorite graphic novels, Zita the Spacegirl, is a true friend who not only saves her best friend but the entire galaxy! BOX SET

Recommended Books for 7 Year Olds
Big Bad Detective Agency
 by Bruce Hale
FAIRY TALE
DRA 40
Guided Reading Q
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.

Best Books for 7 Year Olds (Second Grade)
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.

Basil of Baker Street
Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus, illustrated by Paul Galdone
MYSTERY
Living with the famous Sherlock Holmes is how Basil learns to be a skilled detective. He must race against the clock to find the kidnapped mouse twins before it’s too late. Kids will love these suspenseful beginning reader mysteries narrated by Basil’s friend, Dr. Dawson.
Hilarious — and weird and kooky and very creative! Stinkbomb and his sister, Ketchup-Face think that the badgers (“BAD” is in their name!) stole Stinkbomb’s $20. They embark on the craziest of adventures to get back the $20 including meeting King Toothbrush Weasel who they’ll help to rid the island of the badgers. If you like silly stories, this book is for you!
I LOVED the wry humor in this beginning, hilarious chapter book. It pairs two of the most unlikely of traveling companions together– a worm and a bird. The bird, Laurence, thinks he’s a flamingo and wants to journey to Lake Nakuru National Park where the other flamingos live. The worm, Marcus, besides worrying he’s about to be breakfast, thinks that Laurence looks like a chicken. As they travel “the world”, the two develop an unexpected, lovely friendship.

good books for 7 year olds
Pug Pals Two’s a Crowd
by Flora Ahn
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.

Bug is a wiggly kid who has written a list of very important don’ts. His advice is clearly well earned since he knows just what will happen if he does those things. For example: Don’t spray whipped cream into your mouth for breakfast. Don’t make armpit fart sounds when Ms. Musnter bends over. And so on. Read exactly what happens when Bug does everything on his list of don’ts.

Bark Park
by Brandi Dougherty, illustrated by Paige Pooler
REALISTIC
Scout’s life is filled with mystery and adventure as she helps her dog friends. Charming characters and a gentle story lines.

The Fabled Stables Willa the Wisp
by Jonathan Auxier, illustrated by Olga Demidova
FANTASY / MAGICAL CREATURES
Auggie, the only human, lives on an island of mythical creatures but he’s lonely. When a new stall magically appears, Auggie enters and meets a Wisp who is hunted by ruthless magical poachers. It’s a darling start to a new series perfect for fantasy-loving readers.

Bots #5: A Tale of Two Classrooms
by Russ Bolts, illustrated by Jay Cooper
SCI-FI / HUMOR
I’m late to the Bot books craze so I started with a story about Bot school. It’s funny, adventurous, and engaging to read with comic panels and dialogue, I can see why this beginning chapter book series has gained such a big fan base in the last year.

Parker Bell and the Science of Friendship
by Cynthia Platt, illustrated by Rea Zhai
STEM
Parker loves science and hopes she and her team will win a medal in the science competition. The lovely friendship and STEM book engages readers in a relatable story about Parker’s new friendships as well as using the scientific method for invention, robots, & egg drops.

Magic on the Map: Let’s Moooove!
by Courtney Sheinmel and Bianca Turetsky, illustrated by Stevie Lewis
MAGICAL REALISM
The sibling’s parents buy a camper that turns out to be magical and transports them to locations around the United States where the two experience the local culture with adventures and excitement. In this first book, Finn and Molly go to Colorado. Book two takes place in New York City. Yes, it sounds like the Magic Tree House but with a camper and in the present day. However, it makes up for that with its settings that will build a child’s knowledge of U.S. geography and culture.
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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
DRA 40
Guided Reading Q
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!
Salem Hyde Birthday Bash
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. 
Recommended Books for 7 Year Olds
Dragon Slayer’s Academy: New Kid at School 
by Kate McMullan
FANTASY
DRA 40
Guided Reading R
This is a delightfully funny 20-book series about a boy named Wiglaf who attends a fairly terrible school for dragon slayers, has a pet pig who speaks pig latin (HA) and is friends with Eric, who is Erica, a princess longing for adventure. The hapless and greedy director sends off his students in order for them to kill the dragons and steal their gold for the director. In order to kill the dragons the students must find figure out the dragon’s weakness – in the first book, it’s bad knock-knock jokes that make the dragon explode! Perfect for second grade (7- year old) humor.


Amelia Bedelia Means Business by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril
ADVENTURE
DRA 38
Guided Reading P
I’ve been enjoying these updated Amelia chapter books by the original author’s son. In this silly story, Amelia looks for ways to earn money for a new bicycle.
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The Whodunit Detective Agency The Diamond Mystery
 by Martin Widmark, illustrated by Helena Willis
MYSTERY
Friends and kid detectives, Jerry and Maya, go undercover in a jewelry store to figure out which of the three employees is stealing diamonds from the owner. It’s puzzling since all the employees are searched before they can leave the store. How are the diamonds going missing and who is taking them? This is a well-written adventure with good pacing and enjoyable characters. (Also on: Wholesome Easy Chapter Books for Boys)

Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business
by Lyla Lee, illustrated by Dung Ho
REALISTIC
Mindy and her dad recently moved to Florida after her mom’s death. When the other kids at school make fun of her seaweed snacks at lunch, Mindy and her new friend Sally start a snack business to save money for a puppy.  This doesn’t go as planned yet it’s a big learning experience showing Mindy to be herself and be proud of her Korean-American culture.

Wondrous Rex
by Patricia MacLachlan
WHOLESOME / WRITING
Maxwell the Magicial brings Grace and her writer aunt Lily his dog Rex to be aunt’s assistant when Aunt Lily and Grace both have writer’s block. Rex is a kind and magical dog who reads, writes, and gives wonderful wisdom about life and writing. His guidance helps both Lily and Grace grow in confidence, inspiration, and love. Absolutely charming!

Guinea Pig Pet Shop Private Eye
Guinea Pig, Pet Shop Private Eye by Colleen AF Venable, Stephanie Yue
MYSTERY  / GRAPHIC NOVEL
Kids (and I) love these HILARIOUS adventures of pet shop pets told in graphic novel format.

Never girls
Never Girls
FANTASY
DRA 34
Guided Reading O
Accidentally, the friends travel from England to the Never Land world of Tinker Bell. Disney fans won’t want to miss these magical stories.

Roscoe Riley Rules best books for 7 year olds
Roscoe Riley Rules: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs
by Katherine Applegate
REALISTIC
DRA 30
Guided Reading N
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 for his own behavior. (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 idea to help is super gluing kids to chairs and bug headbands onto heads! Needless to say, this latest disaster leads to more rules.

Recommended Books for 7 Year Olds
Daisy Dawson series by Steve Voake, illustrated by Jessica Messerve
MAGICAL REALISM
DRA 30
Guided Reading N
Daisy can talk to animals! You’ll love her free spirit personality and her kindness in all sorts of adventures.


Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus!
 
by Atinuke
REALISTIC
DRA 38
Guided Reading P
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.



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My kids loved these fun, interactive books where you get to help tell the story.

Recommended Books for 7 Year Olds
Piper Green: Too Much Good Luck 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 Jack
Galaxy Zack
 
by Ray O’Ryan
SCI-FI
DRA 30
Guided Reading N
What a fun concept for a new reader, illustrated chapter book — moving to a new planet! Kids enjoy reading Galaxy Zack because it’s fun and relatable. Boys (and girls) are sure to devour this far-out series.


Jaden beginning chapter book with diversity
Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest Episode 1: The Quest for Screen Time  by Marti Dumas
REALISTIC
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.

Best Easy Chapter Books for 5- and 6-year Olds
Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon
 
by Ruth Stiles Gannett
FANTASY
DRA 30
Guided Reading N
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. 

 
Polly Diamond and the Super Stunning Spectacular School Fair
by Alice Kulpers, illustrated by Diana Toledano
MAGICAL REALISM
Book-loving Polly Diamond has a magic journal. Whatever she writes in it comes true — which she learned the hard way in the first book, can have a way of backfiring. Now Polly’s planning for her school fair. Only maybe she didn’t quite remember what can happen when she writes everything in her magic book. Because this school fair is about to be a magic-carpet-ride, dragon- and fairy-filled event to remember! What’s even worse is that Polly can’t find her book to write everything back to normal.

best books for 7 year olds
Geronimo Stilton #1 Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye by Geronimo Stilton
MYSTERY
DRA 34
Guided Reading O
Geronimo Stilton is a newspaper writer/adventurist. These books share his adventures with interesting fonts and colorful illustrations. I personally find the design of the books distracting as did my kids but for many kids, the style adds to the engagement and entertainment factor.

GOOD books for 7 year olds
Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!
by Kate Messner, illustrated by Brian Floca
REALISTIC
DRA 38
Guided Reading P
Just like her mother, 3rd grader Marty loves animals. She wants to “adopt” a chimp in the chimp sanctuary. To raise money, she decides to pet sit. Soon she gets more pets than she and her friends can handle including a trash-talking parrot, a python who escapes, and a gerbil who might just be that big bulge in the snake. Luckily, Marty’s cool grandma helps save the pet-sitting business from total disaster. A well-paced adventure that kids will enjoy.

Battle Bugs
Battle Bugs #1: The Lizard War
 
by Jack Patton
ADVENTURE
DRA 40
Guided Reading Q
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
Kylie Jean
REALISTIC
Kylie Jean is all Texas, determined and spunky! Very cute books in a series aimed at girl second-grade readers. My daughter was addicted to these!

Best Easy Chapter Books for 5- and 6-year Olds
The Oodlethunks: Oona Finds an Egg
 by Adele Griffin, illustrated by Mike Wu
SILLY
DRA 40
Guided Reading Q
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 quite the cook (crepes with mushrooms, anyone?) and the mom is the hunter/gatherer for the family.

Best Books for 8-Year Olds
Perfectly Princess
FANTASY
DRA 38
Guided Reading P
A series of colorful princesses (printed on the same color paper) stories which makes these engaging, heroic stories lots of fun.


best books for 7 year old readers 2nd grade
Desmond Cole Ghost Patrol: The Haunted House Next Door
by Andres Miedoso, illustrated by Victor Rivas
GHOST
Large print and illustrations paired with a ghost adventure are sure to entice readers into this beginning chapter book. Andres moves to a new house next to a kid named Desmond who specializes in catching ghosts — of which Andres happens to have in his house!! Something you need to know about Andres, he’s scared of everything!! Luckily, Desmond isn’t. Once they trap the ghost, Desmond and Andres discover that the ghost is lonely and just wants a place to live forever. So what will they decide to do?

Unicorn Academy: Sophia and Rainbow
by Julie Skyes, illustrated by Lucy Truman
UNICORNS
Well-written and charming, this unicorn book series is sure to entrance many young readers. In this story, Sophia arrives at Unicorn Academy and is paired with the lovely Rainbow. But, she feels guilty for making a new friend and leaving her best pony, Clover, back at home. On top of that, the unicorns’ magic is wonky because the lake is being poisoned. When someone accuses Sophia, she and her new friends decide to investigate.
mermaid tales
Mermaid Tales by Debbie Dadey
DRA 38
Guided Reading P
If your second-grade 7-year-old child is a fantasy and mermaid fan, these adventure books about friendship are sure to keep them reading.

Recommended Books for 7 Year Olds
Mal and Chad
by Stephen McCranie
HUMOR/GRAPHIC NOVEL
DRA 40
Guided Reading R
These two friends and their hilarious adventures will remind you of Calvin and Hobbes. Second-grade kids will love this graphic novel!

Best Books for 7-Year Olds
Lunch Lady
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
HUMOR
DRA 40
Guided Reading Q
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.


Giants Beware!
by Jorge Aguirre illustrated by Rafael Rosado
FANTASY/GRAPHIC NOVEL
DRA 40
Guided Reading R
Claudette is a dragon-slaying, mischievous girl who tricks her little brother and her best friend (a princess) into questing to kill the dragon. It’s a delightful graphic novel, I loved every second of it. And, don’t worry, there is no killing of any dragons. Your 7-year-old boys and girls will love this one — I just gave it to a third grader reluctant reader and his mom said he’s already on his third time through.

Written And Drawn By Henrietta a Toon Level 3 Book by Liniers
REALISTIC
This beginning chapter book is about a young writer who gets new colored pencils that inspire her to write and illustrate a story. As it continues, we see her discussing the plotting with her cat — it’s such a great example of the story writing process!! LOVE! Also see: The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers.
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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 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.
good books for 7 year olds
White Fur Flying by Patricia MacLachlan
REALISTIC
DRA 40
Guided Reading S
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 Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane
by Nikki Shannon Smith, illustrated by Mari Lobo
MYSTERY
8-year-old Azaleah helps her little sister find her favorite stuffed animal even though she needs to work on her diorama for the upcoming zoo field trip. It’s a sweet story about mysteries, family dynamics, and life.

Anna Finds a Friend
by Kate Egan, illustrated by Elizabetta Melarance
REALISTIC
A lovely story of Anna who makes up a friend to write letters…and surprisingly, she gets letters in return. Who could be writing back when she just made up a friend? As Anna searches for answers, she also finds a way to reconnect with her sister who is just as lonely as Anna is.

Lily and the Great Quake: A San Francisco Earthquake Survival Story
by Veeda Bybee
HISTORICAL FICTION
In the early 1900s in San Francisco, California if you were of Chinese descent, it was illegal to live anywhere else except for Chinatown. When a huge earthquake hits California, its destruction caused fires to burn Chinatown to the ground. The earthquake’s destruction forces young Lily and her family to leave Chinatown for Oakland amidst the chaos. Throughout her story of life in Chinatown and evacuating during the fires, we see the prejudice she faces due to her looks and culture. Very well done.

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6 Responses

  1. As a homeschooling mom, when teaching my children to read, I skipped the beginning readers and headed straight for easy chapter books that were interesting and well written with a slightly challenging vocabulary. Kids dont want to read books with dumb-downed language. It bores them.

    1. I agree! That’s why I have written this list of engaging books that kids want to read. 🙂

  2. There are many books on this list I hadn’t heard of before, so I’m excited to introduce them to my kids! Logic Lotty and Franny K Stein are new favorites in our house that I didn’t see listed.

  3. Debbie Dadey says:

    Yeah! Thanks for including the Mermaid Tales series, where you can have fun reading and learn about the ocean.

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