Books for 7- and 8-Year-Old Readers

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A True Princess by Diane Zahler (fantasy)

Ada Lace On the Case by Emily Calandrelli (realistic fiction, science)

The Adventures of Henry Whiskers by Gigi Priebe (fantasy, animals, adventure)

The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn by Sam Gayton (fantasy, adventure)

An Invisible Thread: A Young Readers’ Edition by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski (family issues, friendship, memoir, nonfiction)

Animal Planet Adventures: Dolphin Rescue by Catherine Nichols (nonfiction, animals)

Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake by Anne and Freya Dinshah (cooking)

The Armpit of Doom by Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Rafael Domingos (poetry, humor)

Art Play by Marion Deuchars (nonfiction, art)


Bed-Knob and Broomstick by Mary Norton (fantasy, adventure)

Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle (biography, graphic novel)

Belches, Burps, and Farts Oh My! by Artie Bennett (poetry, humor)

The Biggest Burp Book Ever: Funny Poems for Kids by Kenn Nesbitt (poetry, humor)

The Book of Wonders by Jasmine Richards (fantasy, adventure)

Boy by Roald Dahl (memoir, humor)


Camp by Kayla Miller (contemporary fiction, friendship, graphic novel)

Camp Rolling Hills by Stacy Davidowitz (realistic fiction)

Christmas in Cooperstown by David A. Kelly (contemporary fiction, mystery)

Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker (realistic fiction)


Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede (fantasy)

The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan (historical fiction)

Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey (fantasy)


Every Little Thing adapted by Cedella Marley, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (picture book)


Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy (fables)

Fairy Spell by Marc Tyler Nobleman (history, nonfiction)

The Fictional and (Sometimes) Fabulous World of Ruby Starr by Deborah Lytton (realistic fiction, humor)

Fish Finelli: Operation Fireball by E. S. Farber (realistic fiction)

The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin (realistic fiction)

The Friendship Doll by Kirby Larson (historical fiction)

Friendship Over by Julie Sternberg (realistic fiction)

Frindle by Andrew Clements (realistic fiction)

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


Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel and Emily Haynes (picture book, Indian folk tale, animals)

Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler (realistic fiction, paranormal)

Giants Beware by Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre (fantasy, graphic novel, fairy tale, humor)

Guyku by Bob Raczka (poetry, humor)


Hailey Twitch is Not a Snitch by Lauren Barnholdt and Suzanne Beaky (realistic fiction, humor)

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers (picture book, nonfiction)

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon (realistic fiction, humor)

Horrid Henry’s Joke Book by Francesca Simon (realistic fiction, humor)


It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk and Edwardian Taylor (picture book, fairy tale, humor)

Ivy and the Meanstalk by Dawn Lairamore (fantasy)

Ivy + Bean Make the Rules, written by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (contemporary fiction, friendship)

Ivy + Bean One Big Happy Family (Ivy + Bean series) (contemporary fiction, friendship)

Ivy’s Ever After by Dawn Lairamore (fantasy)


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson (biography, history)


The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards (fantasy, adventure)

Let’s Make Some Great Art by Marion Deuchars (nonfiction, art)

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives by Lola M. Schaefer, illustration by Christoper Silas Neal (nonfiction, picture book)

The Long Way Home by Gigi Priebe (fantasy, adventure, animals)

Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper (fantasy, graphic novel, animals)

Lucky to Live In… by Kate B. Jerome (nonfiction)


The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis (fantasy, adventure)

Masterpiece by Elise Broach (fantasy, adventure, animals)

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (historical fiction)

Maya Lin: Thinking With Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin (biography)

The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern (realistic fiction)

Meet the Bobs and Tweets by Pepper Springfield (poetry, humor)

Mr. Cleghorn’s Seal by Judith Kerr (realistic fiction, animals)

Mistress Masham’s Repose by T. H. White (classic fiction)

Monster School by Kate Coombs

The Moonlight Meeting by Tracey Hecht and Rumur Dowling (adventure, animals, fantasy)


The Nora Notebooks #1: The Trouble With Ants by Claudia Mills (realistic fiction, science)


Piper Reed, the Great Gypsy by Kimberly Willis Holt (contemporary fiction, family issues, friendship)

Playing War by Kathy Beckwith (picture book)

Priscilla Gorilla by Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley (picture book)


The Quest of the Warrior Sheep by Christine and Christopher Russell (fantasy, adventure, humor)


Rebel in a Dress Series: Cowgirls and Adventurers by Sylvia Branzei, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (historical nonfiction, biography)

Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins (realistic fiction, Bangladesh)

Rosetown by Cynthia Rylant (family issues, friendship, historical fiction)

Rosie Flo’s Coloring Fashion Show by Roz Streeten (picture book, fashion)


Sarah: Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (historical fiction)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (historical fiction)

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman (fantasy, adventure)

Soldier Song by Debbie Levy (picture book, historical nonfiction)

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

Strimko Book 1 by the Grabarchuk Family (puzzles)

Sydney and Simon: To the Moon by Paul A. Reynolds and Peter H. Reynolds (realistic fiction, animals, science)


This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe (picture book, nonfiction)

Tiger Boy by Mitali Perkins (realistic fiction, Malaysia)

The Tighty Whitey Spider by Kenn Nesbitt (poetry, humor)

The Truth About My Unbelievable Summer by Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud (fiction, humor)


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

The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn (animal stories, mythology, family issues, friendship)


Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle (fantasy, graphic novel, humor)

We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song, written by Debbie Levy, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (picture book, historical nonfiction)

What the Moon Said by Gayle Rosengren (historical fiction)

Whatever After: Genie in a Bottle by Sarah Mlynowski (fantasy, fairy tale)

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

Wilf the Mighty Worrier Saves the World by Georgia Pritchett (fantasy, humor)

The Wise Animal Handbook by Kate B. Jerome (nonfiction, animals)

Women Making America by Heidi Hemming and Julie Hemming Savage (nonfiction, biography)


Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke (fantasy, graphic novel)

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