Recommendations for young (7 year-old) readers?

Any recommendations out there for books for a seven year-old reader? A friend of mine wants to buy her nephew a book for his birthday next week. Does anyone have any suggestions?? Sent from my iPad


  1. Tom said,

    January 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    My friend Ayun Halliday is a Hoosier who is now thriving in NYC. She has written a nice little children’s book that I recommend called “Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo”


  2. Jay said,

    January 26, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Thanks for the suggestion, Tom. I have passed it on. The fact that the author is a Hoosier is an added bonus.


  3. Dale Barthauer said,

    January 26, 2011 at 10:18 am

    My kids liked The Magic Treehouse books by Mary Pope Osbourne. The Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park are about a girl, but they are rather funny even to boys. My son really liked The Baseball Card Adventures by Dan Gutman, but I think he was a little older when he read those. Most of the books that have won Newbery Medals are really good.


  4. January 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I second the recommendation for The Magic Treehouse and Junie B.Jones series.

    I used to assist with reading at an elementary school and the first and second grade students really liked Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish, the Nate the Great series by Marjorie Sharmat, as well as the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel. These books pretty very basic and a child reading on a first/second grade level can read them solo.

    Some other favorites:

    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst(there are several other Alexander books as well)
    The Mitten by Jan Brett
    Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell


    • Jay said,

      January 28, 2011 at 7:01 am

      Thanks for all the suggestions. Much appreciated! I’m woefully ignorant of children’s literature. I don’t even remember reading much of it when I was a child. I think maybe my parents made me go straight into “the tougher stuff” as soon as I could read… 🙂


  5. Rebekah said,

    January 28, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Yes, the treehouse books are ones my nephew LOVED at that age!


  6. anatheimp said,

    February 1, 2011 at 3:57 am

    I started to read Roald Dahl when I was about six, wonderful books like Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Fantastic Mister Fox, The Witches and James and the Giant Peach. Highly recommended. 🙂


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