Best Books for 7 Year Old Children
Provide your child with a treasure trove of wonder when you purchase the top 10 books for 7 year olds. This fantastic list makes it easy to encourage your child’s love of reading, whether the youngling has been reading since kindergarten or recently developed an interest in the written word and related illustrations. Help the little one learn about our planet’s animals, the importance of saying thank you, and assorted science experiments ideal for young minds. The top 10 books for 7 year olds also features a Star Wars encyclopedia for the kid who cannot stop talking about Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, as well as a book all about assorted LEGO formations.
Think of reading outside of the classroom as a supplemental education your child will benefit from immensely. Studies point to the benefits of reading from a young age again and again, including improved focus and concentration in addition to a broader vocabulary and a more creative imagination. Give your child the gift of books to help the youngling discover what the world is about…and what he or she can do to make it better.
What’s here: This fantastic compilation of the ten best books for children 7 years of age was created by real moms and educators who enjoyed these books themselves or taught them in class. Numerous types and themes of books are included in the list to keep your youngin’ stimulated.
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Post Updated: April 9th, 2017
1. The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
2. The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
3. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
4. The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems
5. The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book by Tom Robinson
6. Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded by Pablo Hidalgo
7. Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
8. Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life by James Dean
9. The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination by Daniel Lipkowitz
10. Owl Diaries #1 – Eva’s Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott
Top 10 Books for 7 Year Olds:
Mo Willems introduces the list of the top 10 books for 7 year old kids 2017 – with The Thank You Book.
Gerald and Piggie are as close as best friends could be, but they are complete opposites. Where Gerald is cautious, reserved, and always tends to worry, Piggie is outgoing, adventurous, and loves being impulsive. In this story, Piggie is in a “thanking” mood, but he somehow forgets to say thank you to his elephant bestie.
Willems has done it again with this fantastic children’s story. Gerald and Piggie are increasingly-popular characters in the world of kiddie literature, with this tale ideal for teaching the importance of saying thank you. It also proves that you can be best friends with someone who is your opposite. Differences are important, and celebrating them is even more important. You (and your little ‘un) will seriously love this book!
The Book with No Pictures by actor and writer B.J. Novak also makes it to one of the top books for seven year old boys and girls this year.
In the words of Alice before she journeyed to Wonderland, “How could one possibly like a book without any pictures in it?” This book is picture-less, but heaps of interactive fun with words and actions alone. Lots-a laugh-out-loud reading time. The idea with this book is the reader has to say every word out loud, even if the word is “blork” pr “glibbity globbity.” Yep!
A great way to introduce your child to picture-free books, you and your little ‘un will have a great time reading this option together. Novak’s sense of humor translates beautifully into children’s literature…this book is a true winner!
The third pick on the list – Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty.
Back in the day, we had Rosie the Riveter—a hardworking, ambitious woman with a can-do attitude. Girl power, for sure. Modern kiddos will love Rosie Revere, the little Engineer, and great-great-niece of the original Rosie. The “new” Rosie gets paid a visit by her famous aunt in this story, who talks about the one thing she hasn’t done: fly. Little Rosie quickly gets to work creating a contraption that will make flight possible.
A great book about trying your best, this book also shows little girls they too can be engineers–or anything else they want. What’s not to love about a story that promotes female empowerment AND the importance of never giving up??
Lots-a high-flying, adventurous fun with this one…you will love it!
Also managing a place among the best books for 7 year olds in 2017 – The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems.
Flea is an alley cat—a streetwise, fast-talking, very curious feline. Diva is a fluffy, fancy, adventurous pup living in an upscale high-rise in Paris. After forming an unlikely friendship, these two take on the mysteries of their French city.
Another great book about unlikely friendships and the differences that make us unique, this story is also set against the incredible backdrop of Paris. You child will learn a little about the Paname city and undoubtedly be transported as Diva and Flea explore one area after another. Truly another gem by Mo Willems…and a must-read!
Yes! The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book by Tom Robinson hits #5 of the 10 best books for 7 year old children this year.
Science is fascinating, for sure—a topic that explores the ins-and-outs of the universe, from top to bottom, beginning with a few at-home, interactive experiments. This book answers pressing questions through science, like, “is it possible to boil ice cubes?” Experiments require stuff that you can find around the house, which means you will probably not have to buy supplies to get your kiddos to enjoy this book.
Written by a high school science teacher, this book offers oodles of fun experiments sure to keep your budding scientist enthralled for hours. Everything from biology to chemistry to astronomy to physics is covered here…it is a truly wonderful introduction to science! What’s not to love?
Marking the 6th spot on the list – Star Wars Character Encyclopedia, Updated and Expanded by Pablo Hidalgo.
Star Wars is an awesome, classic series, but it can be a challenge to keep up with all of the characters and scenarios. Sure, we all know Darth Vader, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, but there are hundreds of other characters. Seriously. Hundreds. This book is the expanded and updated edition that puts names to the faces of these characters and provides information about their backgrounds.
If your little ones have recently discovered the Star Wars universe, they will consider this encyclopedia a treasure trove of information. Give this book as a gift alongside various Star Wars toys and see if your kids’ faces do not light up…and tell you that the force is strong in you!
Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat is another new addition to the “hot list” of 7 year old books for this spring and summer.
When we were kids, we delighted in asking our parents, “are we there yet?” Now, as parents, we dread that question. This story answers the question in a creative, imaginative way, when a little boy time travels backwards because the car ride forward is soooo sloooow. Pirates, dinosaurs, and princesses abound in this adventure-filled book, which also includes brief visits with Ben Franklin and stumbling into ancient Egypt.
A true page-turner, this is a great “first adventure” book for your little ‘uns. Don’t be surprised if the kiddos ask you if your car is a time machine!
One of my favorite collections of books for kids at or around age 7 – Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life by James Dean comes in at #8 for 2017.
Pete the Cat is one totally groovy feline. So groovy that he made a Groovy Guide to Life. Cool, man, cool. Through the perspective of this life-savvy kitty, readers explore historic figures and their unique life lessons. Follow Pete the Cat through history to visit Abraham Lincoln, Shakespeare, Confucius, and more.
A great little history book, your kiddies will love their four-legged guide and of the cool-cat tidbits he knows. Purchase this book as an intro to the feline and see if your children want to read more books about Pete!
A longer-term favorite comes in next on the list – The Lego Ideas Book: Unlock Your Imagination by Daniel Lipkowitz.
Building with LEGOs is great for creative flow, but sometimes kiddos might run dry on ideas. This book “unlocks your imagination” with 6 chapters on what to build and how to build. There are vehicles, intergalactic machines, ginormous towers, lots-a animals and characters, little houses, and lots-a building adventures. Chapters are divided into themes so your younglings can easily pick and choose what they want.
This book is sure to keep your LEGO-loving kids busy for hours upon hours, all the while fueling their imaginations and creativity. Just remember to tell them to pick up their LEGOS when they finish lest you want to fall victim to another LEGO-foot accident.
The final item on 2017’s list of the top ten books for seven year olds – Owl Diaries #1 – Eva’s Treetop Festival by Rebecca Elliott.
Eva is a sweet, creative owl with a knack for writing and being artsy. She details all of her adventures and thoughts in a series of Owl Diaries, and this book is her introduction. In the first of the series, Eva is in charge of putting together the spring festival for her school—a challenging task met with major snags. She weathers the snags well, however, but will she triumph? That is something for you and your kiddos to find out.
A great first chapter book, it is hard not to fall in love with these illustrations…and the delightfully-precocious Eva. This book may even inspire your kids to start diaries of their own!
Update note: Top 10 Books for 7 Year Olds 2017 page was modified to reflect current information on April 9th, 2017.