Big is a bookworm. He devours books faster than he does ice cream. The biggest problem we have is constantly feeding his hunger with books that are appropriate and that he can read himself. This is my guide to some of the best books for 7 year olds we have found. They make great birthday gifts too.
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The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart
This was the very first ‘chapter book’, as Big calls them, that he read on his own. He was so proud of himself. Pamela Butchart is his favourite author. He has every book she has written and loves them all. If you walk pass his bedroom when he is reading one of these you are very likely to hear him giggling away to himself.
The adventures of Izzy and the gang are great fun and really on his wave length. The way the kids talk to one another is so true to life, and they are full of imagination.
Captain Underpants and the Tyrannical Retaliation of the Toilet Turbo 2000 by Dav Pilkey
These wouldn’t necessarily be my first choice of books for Big, but he loves the Captain Underpants series. Again he finds them very funny. They do have lots of toilet humour which is probably why he likes them so much and I don’t. He also announced to me the other day that because he has read all of the Captain Underpants books, he can now speak another language. American!
Secret Seven Books by Enid Blyton
The Secret Seven books are his latest obsession. I love it when he reads some of the books I read when I was a child, and Enid Blyton was one of my favourites. He tried the Famous Five but didn’t really like it. We got a Secret Seven book from the library and he was hooked. So much so that we bought him this three stories in one book as an end of year treat.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Another firm favourite of mine as a child, and now one of Big’s. We have read this one to him at least 5 times! He loves all the Roald Dahl books, but prefers to be read them as bedtime stories rather than reading them himself.
The Person Controller by David Baddiel
Again, this was a book we read to him and I really enjoyed it too. It’s such a great idea for a story and really captured Big’s imagination. We have since read all the books by David Baddiel.
The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith
He has been reading Dick King Smith books in school, and on our latest trip to the library this was the first thing he looked for. I sometimes worry with books if they might be a bit too old for him, so it’s always great when he comes home with a recommendation from school! There are lots of others by Dick King Smith too such as The Sheep-pig and The Water Horse. I will be getting some of these for Big’s birthday next month.
The Bolds by Julian Clary
I loved this book too. A family of hyenas masquerading as humans. It’s brilliant. The only problem is that I can’t read it to him without having Julian Clary’s distinctive voice in my head the whole time! There are lots of other books about the Bolds too, so it is a collection we will continue to grow.
Harry Potter Books by J.K Rowling
I fell into the camp of adults who never read Harry Potter, because it’s for kids. Now I have read them to my son I do still have the same opinion. I think they are brilliant books, full of magic, mystery and adventure, but they are not something I would read for myself as an adult. That said I am completely in awe of J.K Rowling and how she has written books that seem to transcend age. The woman is a genius. Big is a huge fan of anything Harry Potter related.
Wilf The Mighty Worrier Rescues the Dinosaurs by Georgia Pritchett
I read the first Wilf book to Big. It took forever to get through because I had to keep stopping when he was laughing so much he could hardly breathe. Or he would request “Go back Mummy, go back and read that bit again.” And I would, and then we would have another fit of giggles before I could continue.
And it’s for that reason that the Wilf books are one of my favourite books for 7 year olds. From a 7 year olds point of view, they are the funniest thing ever. The only sad thing is that he now reads these himself. I always know when he is though!
The Midnight Gang by David Walliams
The first book big read by David Walliams was Gangster Granny. He was so upset by the ending. The sign of a good book in that he was really invested, but there were some difficult conversations as a result.
He’s been a bit cautious about reading anymore by David Walliams but eventually he read this one which he loved. I’ll never forget the first book that make me cry. It was Goodnight Mr Tom.
So tell me your recommendations. What other brilliant books for 7 year olds would you recommend?
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Updated May 2019