Books for 7- and 8-Year-Old Readers

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A True Princess by Diane Zahler

Ada Lace On the Case by Emily Calandrelli

The Adventures of Henry Whiskers by Gigi Priebe

The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn by Sam Gayton

Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle

Animal Planet Adventures: Dolphin Rescue by Catherine Nichols

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

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

Art Play by Marion Deuchars


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


Camp Rolling Hills by Stacy Davidowitz

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker


Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede

The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey


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


Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy

The Fictional and (Sometimes) Fabulous World of Ruby Starr by Deborah Lytton

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

Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler

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


It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk and Edwardian Taylor

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

The Long Way Home by Gigi Priebe

Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper

Lucky to Live In… by Kate B. Jerome


The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

Masterpiece by Elise Broach

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose

Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern

Meet the Bobs and Tweets by Pepper Springfield

Mr. Cleghorn’s Seal by Judith Kerr

Mistress Masham’s Repose by T. H. White

The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald


The Nora Notebooks #1: The Trouble With Ants by Claudia Mills


Piper Reed, the Great Gypsy by Kimberly Willis Holt

Playing War by Kathy Beckwith

Premlata and the Festival of Lights by Rumer Godden

Priscilla Gorilla by Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley


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

Ruby Starr by Deborah Lytton


Sarah: Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret School by Avi

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Soldier Song by Debbie Levy

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

Sydney and Simon: To the Moon by Paul A. Reynolds and Peter H. Reynolds


Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins

The Tighty Whitey Spider by Kenn Nesbitt

The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer by Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud

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


Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle

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

What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren

Whatever After: Genie in a Bottle by Sarah Mlynowski

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

Wilf the Mighty Worrier Saves the World by Georgia Pritchett

The Wise Animal Handbook by Kate B. Jerome

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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