Great Books Guide 2021: For 6 to 7 year olds

Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls

Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2021), which we think any child aged 6 to 7 years will love.

In our selection, you'll find everything from modern fairy tales to exciting adventures and intriguing non-fiction.

  • Space Detectives

    Author: Mark Powers Illustrator: Dapo Adeola
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    A summer holiday job selling ice cream aboard the exotic space station of Starville turns into a race against time to avoid a catastrophic collision with the moon. Bring on the Space Detectives!

  • Cally and Jimmy: Twins in Trouble

    Author: Zoe Antoniades Illustrator: Katie Kear
    Publisher: Andersen Press
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Four funny, touching short stories ideal for newly confident readers and reflective of a diverse, inclusive family. 

  • Squishy McFluff, The Invisible Cat: On With The Show!

    Author: Pip Jones Illustrator: Ella Okstad
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 4-8
    Reading age: 6+

    A funny and engaging rhyming story with colourful illustrations about Ava, her invisible cat and what happens when the circus comes to town. 

  • The Goody

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Orchard
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Chirton is an angelic child who helps out, eats his greens and looks after his little sister Myrtle. Myrtle, however, is very naughty, and nobody ever lets her forget it. But what happens when they decide to swap places?

  • The Don't Panic Gang

    Author: Mark Sperring Illustrator: Sarah Warburton
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Interest age: 4-8

    The Don’t Panic Gang is a top secret organisation, comprising a doughnut-loving cat, a little blue bird and an unassuming window-box worm - but when they get a call for help, they transform into superheroes! An exciting, funny adventure to read aloud.

  • Fearless Fairy Tales

    Author: Konnie Huq and James Kay Illustrator: Rikin Parekh
    Publisher: Piccadilly
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    A hilarious, subversive collection of thoroughly modern fairy tales reflecting a new morality inspired by 21st century issues.

  • Two Terrible Vikings

    Author: Francesca Simon Illustrator: Steve May
    Publisher: Faber & Faber
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Hack and Whack are two terrible Viking twins who love stealing, raiding islands, and being generally horrible! Early readers will love this hysterical trio of stories from the creator of Horrid Henry.

  • Cat Kid Comic Club

    Author: Dav Pilkey
    Publisher: Scholastic
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Lil' Petey the cat and Molly the tadpole have started the Cat Kid Comic Club - for kids that love to draw comics! This lovely, funny story about working together also has some great tips for aspiring illustrators and comic makers.

  • The Ladybird Big Book of Slimy Things

    Author: Imogen Russell Williams Illustrator: Binny Talib
    Publisher: Ladybird Books
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    A fascinating, gruesome, and utterly hilarious book filled with facts all about slime - from the slime sun-cream made by hippos to the monstrous fatberg hiding under the streets of London.

  • The Tindims of Rubbish Island

    Author: Sally Gardner Illustrator: Lydia Corry
    Publisher: Zephyr
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 7+

    Combining eccentric characters, short chapters and lively illustrations, this delightful new series from a talented mother-daughter team is ideal for confident, independent readers

  • The Little War Cat

    Author: Hiba Noor Khan Illustrator: Laura Chamberlain
    Publisher: Macmillan
    Interest age: 4-5

    With stunningly emotive illustrations, this is an accessibly and inspiring story for 4-5 year olds showing how hope and kindness can still thrive during times of extreme adversity.

  • Sona Sharma: Very Best Big Sister

    Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Jen Khatun
    Publisher: Walker
    Interest age: 7-9
    Reading age: 7+

    Sona Sharma is not sure about being a big sister: it will mean she has to share her family and her favourite things. But when the new baby arrives, she knows she wants to be the best big sister ever.

  • Interview With a Tiger

    Author: Andy Seed Illustrator: Nick East
    Publisher: Welbeck
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    Packed with quirky, surprising and sometimes disturbing facts, presented in an accessible and entertaining question and answer format, this book is a must for any animal lover or budding conservationist.

  • How to Change the World

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Annabel Tempest
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    This fascinating picture book presents a selection of true stories about incredible people who have challenged injustice and worked together to make the world a better place.

  • Stars With Flaming Tails

    Author: Valerie Bloom Illustrator: Ken Wilson-Max
    Publisher: Otter-Barry
    Interest age: 6-11
    Reading age: 7+

    A stunning collection of poetry for children by poet Valerie Bloom, as fun to read aloud together as it is poignant and powerful.

  • Lizzie and Lucky: The Mystery of the Missing Puppies

    Author: Megan Rix Illustrator: Tim Budgen
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    When Lizzie spots a suspicious man stealing a puppy from a garden, she's determined to investigate! An engaging illustrated early reader book, this is the first in the series to feature Lizzie (who is deaf) and Lucky the dog.

  • The Puffin Keeper

    Author: Michael Morpurgo Illustrator: Benji Davies
    Publisher: Puffin
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    Michael Morpurgo’s story of Allen Lane, the founder of Puffin Books and the man who would become his father-in-law, is a wonderful tale of survival, love, loneliness and friendship, beautifully illustrated by Benji Davies.

  • Johnny Ball: Undercover Football Genius

    Author: Matt Oldfield Illustrator: Tim Wesson
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 9-11
    Reading age: 8+

    A wise, witty and very funny illustrated story of the youngest football coach ever and his race to finish at the top of the league.

  • Pizazz

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    Meet Pizazz - a superhero who hates her superpower! Sophy Henn’s new illustrated adventure aimed at younger to middle-primary school aged readers is perfect for fans of her previous series Bad Nana, with the same level of illustration and zany text throughout. 

  • Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls

    Author: Atinuke Illustrator: Onyinye Iwu
    Publisher: Walker Books
    Interest age: 6-8
    Reading age: 6+

    A collection of three short stories starring the fabulous Tola, who lives with her siblings and Grandmummy in Lagos. A funny, compassionate, and beautifully illustrated book for young readers.