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12 great books for 7-year-olds

Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser

Our top 12 contemporary reads for seven year olds.

  • Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts

    Author: Katie and Kevin Tsang Illustrator: Nathan Reed
    Publisher: Egmont
    Interest age: 7-11
    Reading age: 9+

    Sam Wu is scared of many things but is determined not to let anyone find out. However, after an unfortunate incident in a space simulator on a school trip, he becomes a target for class bully Ralph, who nicknames him Scaredy-Cat Sam.

  • The Adventures of Harry Stevenson, Guinea Pig Superstar

    Author: Ali Pye
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Harry the guinea pig is going to school for the first time! But the day turns out to have some unexpected results. This illustrated young reader book contains two stories and lots of charming black and white illustrations, perfect for young animal fans that aren't looking for long reads.

  • Clyde

    Author: Jim Benton
    Publisher: Yoe Books
    Interest age: 7-9
    Reading age: 6-9

    Fans of Dog Man and Captain Underpants will adore Jim Benton's fast paced, clearly laid out and short comic: the humour is fast paced, zany and just the right kind of surreal to appeal to primary school kids looking for laughs.

  • Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Bad Nana is quite unlike Jeanie’s other two grandmas. So when Jeanie and her class go on a school trip, it’s no surprise that Bad Nana manages to make it a lot more interesting than anyone expected. A riot of bright colour and laugh-out-loud moments.

  • Glitch

    Author: Sarah Graley
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Izzy and her friend Eric just can’t wait for Dungeon City to arrive – until Izzy find that she’s sucked into the game. Sarah Graley’s fantastic and fun games-themed new comic novel is perfect for 8-11s, gaming-mad or not.

  • Two Sides

    Author: Polly Ho-Yen Illustrator: Binny Talib
    Publisher: Stripes
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Lula and Lenka are the best of friends until they have an argument and neither will say sorry. Will they ever manage to make up? Polly Ho-Yen beautifully explores the complexity of friendships and learning that there are always two sides of a story. 

  • Armadillo and Hare

    Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Rebecca Bagley
    Publisher: David Fickling Books
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 6+

    In this adorable collection of ten short stories, friends Armadillo and Hare meet other animals in a variety of encounters that centre on the importance of small things. Full of gentle humour and philosophy, reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh.

  • Super Cats

    Author: Gwyneth Rees Illustrator: Becka Moor
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Tabby kitten, Tagg, is astounded to learn that he is a Super Cat, just like his parents. He must use his newfound superpowers to help rescue several missing cats. An amusing, action-packed adventure.

  • Argh! There’s a Skeleton Inside You!

    Author: Idan Ben-Barak Illustrator: Julian Frost
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 5+

    Quog and Oort are off to Kevin’s birthday party but – oh no! – their spaceship is broken. This beautifully crafted story distils complex ideas into a fun story. Thoroughly recommended for anyone exploring the world of science with young children.

  • Ballerina Dreams

    Author: Michaela and Elaine DePrince Illustrator: Ella Okstad
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 5-8
    Reading age: 6-8

    This heart-warming true story about working hard to achieve your dreams will inspire children to believe that they can be whoever they want to be.

  • The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig

    Author: Emer Stamp
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 7+
    Reading age: 7+

    Pig is quite happy on the farm - until Duck reveals the terrible truth that Farmer doesn't love him at all and is simply fattening him up to become his dinner.

  • Fanatical About Frogs

    Author: Owen Davey
    Publisher: Flying Eye
    Interest age: 5-9
    Reading age: 7+

    The fifth in Owen Davey’s wonderful non-fiction series about animals adds frogs to the ranks of clear, fascinating reads, accompanied by truly amazing graphic illustration and just the right level of information to inspire all primary school kids.