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

Helen Maloney itcherReading with your little one not only helps to maintain those bonds as her independence grows but also helps her develop her interests and learn about the world. Books like ‘Super Lexi’ highlight how everyone is special in their own way and ‘Ivy and Bean’ is all about having great friends.
~ Helen Maloney

Worlds Await

There are so many wonderful books for 7 year olds out there that it can be a bit of challenge to pick those that will appeal and entertain your daughter the most. Please note that although I am aware that many young girls enjoy stories with princesses and fairies in them, the majority of the books I have chosen focus more on exploring the world around you or fantasy worlds, and many include strong female leads that your little one can enjoy reading about.

Personally, I like finding books and stories which are a bit different, appealing to the explorer in all of us.


Role Models

10. ‘Super Lexi’ (Emma Lesko, 2014)

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It was too late. Everybody’s eyeballs were already staring at me.

Lexi is a girl who stands out from the rest and who can teach us that while it’s difficult and a bit scary sometimes to be different, we shouldn’t be afraid to be ourselves. Lexi is someone many adults and  children will be able to relate to and enjoy reading about, especially the unique way she sees the world and all her phobias – yogurts, eyeballs staring at her….

This book is brilliant if you want a fun and exciting read for you daughter, while giving you the opportunity to look at and discuss how communication and compassion are really important.

9. ‘The Worst Witch’ (Jill Murphy, 1974)

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Mildred Hubble was in her first year at the school. She was one of those people who always seems to be in trouble.

In this wonderfully charming and entertaining tale (and series), your daughter will enjoy Mildred’s ability to always find herself in trouble, the spooky castle she lives in and the simply marvellous characters that the books are full of.

This is a story of being the odd one out, the one who is always blamed but who has hidden strengths and doesn’t give up no matter how many mistakes she makes or what the mean people say. Everyone should read this series and learn from Mildred, following in her footsteps to always keep going.

This is the perfect book for a little one who finds herself stuck between picture books and longer stories, particularly someone who likes to laugh and magic.

8. ‘Sophie’s Snail’ (Dick King Smith, 1988)

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Sophie is a lovely role model for young girls with her love of animals and determination to be a ‘lady farmer’. The basis for this story is Sophie searching for animals to look after so she can practise being a farmer and looking after animals, but she also finds trouble.

One of the best things about this series is the fact you get to watch Sophie and her family grow and change through the six stories, meeting new friends and enemies along the way, which is what you would expect for a Dick King Smith tale.

This is a funny story with great characters and is perfect for any little girls who love animals or like getting dirty and enjoying themselves in the great outdoors.


Solving Mysteries

7. ‘The Zoo with the Empty Cage’ (Steve Brezenoff and C. B. Canga, 2009)

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‘Egg’ and his science club friends are off on a field trip to the zoo but when they get there, they learn that the foxes from a rare display are missing. There are many suspects and clues on the way to the truth and your little girl should enjoy trying to figure it out before the characters do.

The simple vocabulary and short chapters make this a fab book (and series) for anyone interested in mysteries who wants to develop their reading skills. As an added bonus, there is a glossary, discussion questions and more at the back, as well as a few things online.

If you know a 7 year old girl who likes solving puzzles then this is a great series for improving her reading and detective skills at the same time, as well as building her confidence to take on bigger challenges.

6. ‘The Case of the Stolen Sixpence’ (Holly Webb, 2013)

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Just imagine, Maisie thought, following footprints, spotting clues, trailing culprits.

This is the first in a series about a young girl living in her grandmother’s boarding house in Victorian England. More than anything she’d like to be a detective like the famous Gilbert Carrington and so she sets out to solve the case of the stolen sixpence and help a friend at the same time.

This is a lovely introduction to reading historical fiction and the short chapters and quick pace make this a good choice for developing your little one’s skills, although it is better suited for those wanting to try something a little longer.

What little girl doesn’t want to read about a young but strong female character who goes on adventures to do the right thing? Full of mystery, lots of interesting characters and good morals, this is a delightful read for any 7 year old.

5. ‘Sleepover Sleuths’ (Carolyn Keene, 2006)

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Bring your sleeping bags, toothbrush and City Girls doll!

Nancy, George and Bess have been invited to Deirdre’s cool party and are asked to bring their City Girls dolls (the ‘in’ toy) but disaster strikes while they’re there as Deidre’s City Girl doll goes missing and it’s up to Nancy and her friends to solve the mystery before the sleepover is ruined.

If you loved Nancy Drew as a child, then you’ll most likely enjoy introducing your daughter to these early reader versions, although they have been modernised. They have many relatable and enjoyable elements, not least the chance to use the clues and become part of the ‘Clue Crew’.

These are a great introduction to the classic Nancy Drew stories, as well as being fun, modern mysteries with a mix of people characters to interest everyone.

4. ‘Ottoline and the Yellow Cat’ (Chris Riddell, 2007)

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She lived in an apartment with Mr Monroe, who was small and hairy and didn’t like the rain or having his hair brushed.

Ottoline lives alone except for her hairy companion, Mr Monroe. Following a series of dog-nappings and thefts, the duo decide to see if they can help solve the crimes. The big draw is the utter quirkiness of this book – Chris Riddell is a master illustrator, making it a beauty to behold – and there is so much humour and detail in the pictures. The story and illustrations together with make this one you won’t want to put the book down.

A delightful tale for any child (big or small) who enjoys the unexpected, the unique and the good story.


Forever Friendships

3. ‘Ivy and Bean’ (Annie Burrows and Sophie Blackall, 2008)

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So for weeks and weeks, Bean didn’t play with Ivy. But one day something happened that changed her mind.

At first, Ivy and Bean aren’t friends and don’t want to be, but then Ivy comes to Bean’s rescue and everything changes. Suddenly they’re the best of friends though they’re so very different. Ivy and Bean are characters that a lot of girls will identify with – not only are they 7 year old, they have great imaginations and sometimes do silly or naughty things.

These books are about the simple yet fun and exciting adventures you can have when you use the power of imagination and have fantastic friends.

This is a must-read series for any 7-year-old girl who is growing out of or not interest in the fairy and princess stage, and just wants brilliant books with colourful and believable characters and fun stories about the everyday.

2. ‘The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane’ (Kate DiCamillo, 2000)

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Once, there was a china rabbit who was loved by a little girl.

Edward Tulane is a very spoilt and vain china rabbit who has the (mis)fortune to fall overboard and begin a truly amazing journey across different lands and making friends in all sorts of different places. When he finally finds his way back home, he is a very different rabbit.

This is a book filled with detailed and realistic illustrations which add to the blend of sadness, happiness and action within the story, making it a true joy to read and share with your little girl.

This is the spectacular and heart-warming story of learning the value of love and dealing with loss on a journey of self-discovery.

1. ‘The Ogre of Ogglefort’ (Eva Ibbotson, 2010)

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Must people are happier when their feet are dry. They do not care to hear squelchy noises in their shoes or feel water seeping between their toes – but the Hag of Dribble was different.

An unusual assortment of characters – A had, a boy, a troll and a wizard – are sent to rescue a princess from the terrifying Ogre of Ogglefort. While a little sad or scary in places, on the whole this is a story of adventure, puzzles and things not being quite what they seem, with an added dash of humour. Only by working together will they solve the mystery, becoming good friends along the way.

This book is perhaps better suited to reading with your 7 year old, unless they are a reader searching for a challenge. However, I would also recommend reading it for yourself as I’m sure this is a book she will love to talk to you about.

A fantastic adventure story with twists, unusual characters and fantasy creatures.


Fun for All

Although this list is lacking in the fairies and princesses commonly associated with young girls, I hope that there is something for everyone to enjoy, from the simple to the far-flung adventures in strange new lands, new friends and best friends, and so much fun.

I really hope your 7 year old girl, whether your daughter, niece, sister or friend, finds something on this list of books for kids age 7 to inspire her imagination, develop her reading skills and make her laugh.

Let me know what they think, please?

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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