Book List and Reviews for 7 and 8 Year Olds

How Lists Are Created

Books make it onto the recommended list when I read a book that I believe moms and daughters will learn something from, find something important to talk about, or have fun reading.

You’ll find reviews for most of the books listed here; just click on the live link to be taken to a specific review. If a book doesn’t have a review, that means it’s been recommended by a club or a librarian, but I have not had a chance to review it.

Review Policy

Most of the book reviews at Mother Daughter Book have been written by me, Cindy Hudson. If there’s a guest review, it’s identified. Generally, I recommend books that may be widely available in libraries, but there are exceptions, depending on the topic. I check out books for review from the library, and I get them from publishers who send me copies to read. I always give my honest opinion regardless of how I obtain books for review.

My reviews focus more on the issues to discuss in mother-daughter book clubs instead of whether or not I liked the book. In my experience, finding a title that everyone likes is rare, and best-liked books don’t always lead to good discussions. My general philosophy is that if the issues are worth discussing and the book is fairly well written, it’s a good book club choice.

The age recommendations are often my own, and they don’t always reflect publisher recommendations.


A True Princess by Diane Zahler

Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle

Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake by Anne and Freya Dinshah

The Armpit of Doom by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Rafael Domingos


Bed-Knob and Broomstick by Mary Norton

Belches, Burps, and Farts Oh My! by Artie Bennett

The Biggest Burp Book Ever: Funny Poems for Kids by Kenn Nesbitt

The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards

Boy by Roald Dahl


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker


Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey


Every Little Thing adapted by Cedella Marley, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton


Fish Finelli: Operation Fireball by E. S. Farber

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin

The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson

Friendship Over by Julie Sternberg

Frindle by Andrew Clements

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg


Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes

Giants Beware by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre


Hailey Twitch is Not a Snitch by Lauren Barnholdt and Suzanne Beaky

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon

Horrid Henry’s Joke Book by Francesca Simon

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes


Ivy and the Meanstalk by Dawn Lairamore

Ivy + Bean Make the Rules, written by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Ivy’s Ever After by Dawn Lairamore


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson


The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards

Let’s Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer, illustration by Christoper Silas Neal

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Masterpiece by Elise Broach

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

Mistress Masham’s Repose by T. H. White

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald


Piper Reed, the Great Gypsy by Kimberly Willis Holt

Playing War by Kathy Beckwith

Premlata and the Festival of Lights by Rumer Godden


The Quest of the Warrior Sheep by Christine and Christopher Russell


The Real Thief by William Stieg

Rebel in a Dress Series: Cowgirls and Adventurers by Sylvia Branzei, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins

Rosie Flo’s Coloring Fashion Show by Roz Streeten


Sarah: Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret School by Avi

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

St. Viper’s School for Super Villains: The Riotous Rocket Ship Robbery by Kim Donovan


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

The Tighty Whitey Spider by Kenn Nesbitt

The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White


The Ultimate Top Secret Guide to Taking Over the World story by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrations by Ethan Long


We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, written by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren

When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders by J. Patrick Lewis

Women Making America by Heidi Hemming and Julie Hemming Savage


The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill

The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin


Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke

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