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10 Wonderful and Unknown Children’s Books for 7 Year Old Boys

Helen Maloney itcherFrom dangerous adventures and pirates to dinosaurs and skeletons, there’s something to tickle every 7 year old’s fancy, provide hours of entertainment and support their reading journey, no matter which stage they are at, with books such as ‘The Ogre Downstairs’ and ‘Dino Dog’. ~ Helen Maloney

The Quest for Inspiration

Your little boy is growing up, his interests are expanding, and his imagination and thirst for knowledge is continuously developing. Storytime is a fantastic opportunity to help him encourage his passion for the world around him and inspire his creativity and ideas.

It’s the perfect time to rediscover some of your old favourites, engage him in discussions about real and make-believe things, and see the possibilities light up his face.

Whatever your little one’s interests, there is something to delight his senses and spark his ideas in this list of 10 books for 7 year olds.


Storytime Favourites

These amazing books are perfect for reading with your 7 year old. Full of adventure, mystery and fun, they will keep you both entertained for hours and neither of you will be keen for storytime to be over.

10. ‘Dr Proctor’s Fart Powder’ (Jo Nesbo, 2007)

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“An anaconda in the sewer?”

This book tells the story of Nilly and his new friends, Lisa and Dr Proctor, and the adventures that begin with the invention of the fart powder. At first, there’s a lot of fun, especially when they get their own back on some teasing twins, but soon they must protect it from others and their evil plans for it.

Do I really need to say more than this is a story about a powder than makes you fart and can make you fart so much you travel to outer space? Not only will your 7 year old find it hilarious, but it’s likely you will too. You’ll both also surely enjoy the diminutive nature of the hero, who proves that size isn’t everything.

With witty illustrations to accompany the zany plot and laugh-out-loud fun, this is a great story for cheering up any end-of-day grumpy faces.

9. ‘Fergus Crane’ (Paul Stewart, 2004)

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“A shower of glittering fire diamonds cascaded down into the lava below…”

When not attending his special school on a ship, he helps his mother in the bakery, until one day there is a message from his long-lost uncle, warning him of danger. A metal flying horse arrives to take him to his uncle so he can find out what’s going on and his adventures begin from there and include pirates, penguins, treasure and volcanoes, as all good stories should.

Due to the nature of some of the vocabulary and descriptions, this is a books best read aloud to begin with. However, this means you can enjoy Chris Riddell’s fantastic illustrations as well.

Thanks to the pirates, weird and wonderful gadgets and exciting story, this is a fun read for all the family.

8. ‘The Ogre Downstairs’ (Diana Wynne Jones, 1974)

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“Both knew, by instinct, that it would be unwise to provoke the Ogre further…”

Casper, Johnny and Gwinny nickname their new step-father the ‘Ogre’, especially as he shows little interest in children. He also brings his own two sons, Douglas and Malcolm, to live with them. When he gives Johnny and Malcolm each a chemistry set, they refuse to be interested on principle until they realise all is not what it seems and the chemistry set is actually magic.

Why would your 7 year old enjoy this story? Well, you have a group of four boys of various ages all trying to figure out where they fit in this new family of seven, competing to discover the different types of magic within the chemistry set while have a series of adventures including flight, mind-swapping and invisibility. While it is very much a boy’s book, I’ve enjoyed it immensely every time I’ve read it too and can’t wait to introduce it to my little boy when he’s a little older.

Dianna Wynne Jones of taking a serious topic, such as merging two families together and the effect your behaviour can have on others, adding some magic and making it fun and enjoyable for all.


Something of a Challenge

We all know that children learn to read at different speeds and some become more fluent readers sooner than others. These next few books are for those who would like more of a challenge in their reading options.

7. ‘The Legend of the Worst Boy in the World’ (Eoin Colfer, 2007)

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“It was a fabulous story, and it would be difficult to beat…”

Will is the second oldest of five brothers and as such struggles to receive attention from his parents. Finally deciding he needs his own grown-up to talk to, he makes a deal with granddad to swap stories every Saturday morning. It doesn’t go how he expects, however, as granddad seems to always have a better, more outrageous or more pathetic story to tell. Then Will hears the legend of the worst boy in the world and knows granddad can’t have anything better.

This is a good book for your 7 year old as it is funny, full of witty and silly banter between Will and his brothers, and has a good moral at the end too. This book is in the challenge section because of some of the word choices used.

A fun story about family dynamics, the importance of having someone to listen to you and a boy who learns some valuable lessons along the way.

6. ‘Oliver and the Seawigs’ (Phillip Reeve, 2013)

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“Down beneath his feet, Oliver just went on tickling and tickling…”

Oliver is looking forward to settling down and having a normal life. He’s spent the first ten years roaming around the world with his parents. However, when his parents’ dinghy washes up on store empty, an adventure unlike any other begins as he is the only one who can find them.

This book is perfect for inspiring imagination in your child as it is full of talking islands, a near-sighted mermaid and places such as the Sarcastic Sea. It’s funny, unlike anything else, and at its heart it’s about making friends, standing up for yourself and having a good time.

With riveting illustrations and a book that will keep them guessing, this is a book that is sure to be a big hit and a big laugh, as well as encouraging any reluctant readers who need a boost and a challenge.

5. ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’ (Jon Scieszka, 1991)

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“I don’t know how this whole Big Bad Wolf thing got started, but it’s all wrong…”

Your child probably knows the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ off by heart but have you ever wondered about the wolf’s story? After all, there’s always two sides to every story…

Alexander T. Wolf wants to bake a birthday cake for his granny but then he runs out of sugar, so naturally he heads to his neighbours to borrow some. Unfortunately, he also has a really bad cold and his sneezes are super powerful, which means he accidentally sneezes the house down. Oops. The newspaper finds out and the Big Bad Wolf is born.

An interesting, modern retelling of the classic story, with fantastic illustrations, humour and a look at how it is important to know all the facts before judging someone.


Developing Essential Skills

For those 7 year olds who are still working on those essential skills or who just need a confidence boost, the following books are a great addition to their library.

4. ‘Dino Dog’ (Jane Clarke, 2014)

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“’He’s lost his home and his family,’ said Lucy.
‘He can’t lose his name as well…’”

David and Lucy get a new dog from the rescue centre but they can’t figure out his name. While holidaying in the Isle of Wight, they are excited by the idea that he may have discovered dinosaur bones while digging on the beach.

This book is great for developing reading as it has pictures on every page, reasonably large print and an interesting story. It’s a brilliant choice for 7-year-old boys interested in fossils, dogs and dinosaurs.

An enjoyable read about holiday adventures, new pets, dinosaurs and family.

3. ‘Dinosaur Cove: Attack of the Tyrannosaurus’ (Rex Stone and Mike Spoor, 2008)

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“Do you want to know a secret of Dinosaur Cove?”

Jamie and Tom discover a secret entrance into the world of the dinosaurs and so their adventures begin as they start exploring this new world, meeting many different species of dinosaurs – including a T-Rex which wants to eat them!

This is a perfect book for 7 year old boys who have an interest in dinosaurs as it is full of facts about them, as well as maps and fact files which will appeal to any scientist or explorer. With its short chapters, it’s also a great next step from early readers for those still building their skills or needing a little extra encouragement.

A must-read for any dino enthusiasts where two boys get to meet real-life dinosaurs while learning all about them.

2. ‘Don’t Be Horrid, Henry’ (Francesca Simon, 2008)

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“Henry was a horrid baby…”

Henry’s life is ruined (or so he believes) when his little brother, Peter, is born. No matter what he does, including trying to post him abroad, he can’t get rid of him. Until one day in the park, Henry saves Peter.

Children will love Henry’s mischievous ways and his various attempts to get rid of his younger brother. The early reader format means it’s perfect for any 7 year olds wishing to enjoy ‘Horrid Henry’ stories on their own, or as an introduction to a popular character.

Simon’s famous character returns in a prequel story and in a format engaging and accessible for younger or less confident readers, with illustrations provided by the talented Tony Ross.

1. How Do You Make a Skeleton Laugh?’ (John Foster, 2012)

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“How do you make a skeleton laugh? By tickling his funny bone…”

A book full of poems, puns, limericks and other general word play which introduces children to the fun of playing around with words and rhymes, as well as subtly helping them learn about various topics and expand their vocabulary.

As it is a poem and rhyme book, this is a great book as each child can read as much or as little as they want each time, as well as being able to pick and choose which pages or poems to read. This makes it a great choice for any reluctant, less-confident or struggling readers as there is plenty to interest them but little pressure.

With topics from skeletons and ghosts to cops and robbers, from football to snakes and from dinosaurs to school, there’s plenty to keep your little one laughing all day long.


Books Full of Discovery and Adventure

Being 7, especially for a boy, is about discovering more about the world around you. As with younger boys, everything can and probably will be turned into an adventure, and this is often reflected in their readings interests. Encouraging their love of adventure and discovery through interesting, challenging and entertaining books is a must, as boys seem to be the worst for being reluctant readers, finding it boring or useless, or struggling with the idea that it is not ‘cool’ or a ‘boy thing’ to do.

The key is finding books that engage their imagination and hopefully many of the above will appeal to their interests, thrill them and make them laugh, all important ingredients to enjoying a good book.

Do you have any other recommendations for books for kids aged 7?

Hi, I′m Helen, I teach English in the UK and am a book addict (I′m serious - if I go too long without reading I get withdrawal symptoms!). I also love music, films, crafting, corresponding and video games. It is impossible for me to sit still unless I′m eating, holding a book or making something.
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