Book List and Reviews for 7 and 8 Year Olds

Book Lists

Books make it onto the recommended titles list in several ways:
  • I read a book with one of my book clubs that I believe moms and daughters will learn something from, find something important to talk about, or have fun reading.
  • I review a book outside of my book club that meets the same criteria above.
  • Other readers and members of mother-daughter book clubs send in their lists of recommended books along with reviews.
Books are listed by age group, and you'll also find lists of favorite authors, books to make you laugh out loud, and even a list of good books for boys. You can find reviews for many 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 no one has written a review yet.

Review Policy

Most of the book reviews at Mother Daughter Book Club.com have been written by me, Cindy Hudson. If there’s a guest review, I let everyone know who has written the review. I generally look for titles that may be widely available in libraries so book club members don’t necessarily have to buy copies to read it. I sometimes make exceptions, depending on the topic and how many books are on my review schedule. I get books for review from the library and from publishers who send me copies to read. I always give my honest opinion regardless of how I obtain books for review. While reviewing a book I focus less on whether I liked it or not and more on the issues to discuss in mother-daughter book clubs. I have been in clubs long enough to know that every reader has likes and dislikes. Each book typically is liked by some in the group and disliked by some in the group. It is rare to find a book that everyone likes, and that’s not always the best book for discussion. My philosophy in general 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. If you feel strongly about a book you or your club has read and want to recommend it for other groups, feel free to send me your review at info@motherdaughterbookclub.com. When you send in a review, please include your first name and last initial, city and state, and whether you are a mother, daughter, librarian, author or other interested reader.  

A

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

B

Bed-Knob and Broomstick by Mary Norton The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards Boy by Roald Dahl

C

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker

D

Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey

E

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

F

Fish Finelli: Operation Fireball by E. S. Farber The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson Frindle by Andrew Clements From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg

G

Ganesha's Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes Giants Beware by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre

H

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

I

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

J

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

L

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

M

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

P

Piper Reed, the Great Gypsy by Kimberly Willis Holt Playing War by Kathy Beckwith Premlata and the Festival of Lights by Rumer Godden

Q

The Quest of the Warrior Sheep by Christine and Christopher Russell

R

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

S

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

T

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

U

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

W

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

Y

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

Z

Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke

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