Check out our best books for 7-year olds!
Seven-years old is an exciting age to get your kid into reading. From bookworms to more reluctant readers, they’re at the right level to really start to grasp and get hooked on a good story. Reading readiness varies, but whatever their reading level or interests are, this list of popular, beloved children’s books has something for every 7-year old, from picture books, to early chapter books and graphic novels. Many of these are also great books for 6-year olds and 8-year olds.
Check out our best books for 7-year olds below!
Best Books for 7-Year Olds
1. Ivy + Bean Get to Work! (Book 12)
Written by: Annie Barrows
Illustrated by: Sophie Blackall
In this last book in the New York Times bestselling early chapter book series, best friends Ivy and Bean go on a treasure hunt. It’s Career Day at Emerson Elementary School, and the mischievous pair think they’ve got their future jobs all figured out, until they meet a real-life treasure hunter. Everyone in the second grade is finding treasure—except Ivy and Bean. So they decide it’s time to get their shovels, on the double. Your kid will find lots of laugh-out-loud fun in this adventurous children’s book.
If they love this book, they can start from scratch with “Ivy + Bean Get to Work” and read seven more on Epic.
2. Sueño Bay Adventures: Shadow Island
Written by: Mike Deas, Nancy Deas
Illustrated by: Mike Deas
After losing his parents, Ollie goes to live with his grandpa in earthquake-prone, rainy Sueño Bay. Miserable, he plans his escape on the next bus out of town. But when Ollie and three classmates discover something mysterious in a trailer in the woods, the unlikely friends come together to solve a supernatural mystery to save themselves, Sueño Bay and the creatures that inhabit it from a darkness that is infecting the island.
This first book in the Sueño Bay Adventures graphic novel series explores themes of family, friendship and the meaning of home.
If your kid loves this book, they might like another story in the Sueño Bay Adventures series: “Otter Lagoon.”
3. Ana and Andrew: Family Reunion
Written by: Christine Platt
Illustrated by: Anuki López
Every summer, Ana and Andrew look forward to the Lewis family reunion in Savannah, Georgia, and this year is extra special because it’s the 75th anniversary of the big family event. Off they go on a fun-filled road trip from their home in Washington DC. When they arrive, they’re greeted by cousins, grandparents and other extended family for a weekend of swimming and playing.
This warm, heartfelt book is a great way to teach early readers about the importance of family. Explore the whole series!
4. Super Potato Gets Buff: Book 6
Written by: Artur Laperla
Illustrated by: Artur Laperla
In the sixth book in this wacky graphic novel series, a scientist at the Cortex research center makes a huge mistake, resulting in gigantic flies rampaging through the building.
As luck would have it, hero Super Potato gets gigantic, too. And a very buff Super Potato is then able to combat the giant flies. Will he save the day?
If your kid gets a kick out of this quirky and hilarious children’s book, they can read the whole series on Epic, starting with the starchy superhero’s origin story in “The Epic Origin of Super Potato.”
You can also enjoy a read-aloud together with the Read-To-Me version of book 3: “Super Potato’s Mega Time Travel Adventure.”
5. The Shark King
By: R. Kikuo Johnson
This Asian Pacific ALA Literature Award winner follows young Hawaiian boy Nanaue, born of a human mother and a shark father, on his quest to find his place among ordinary humans.
Brought up by his mother, Nanaue wonders about his father as he starts to develop very odd shark-like physical characteristics and talents that set him apart from the rest of his village.
What follows is a thrilling tale of a not-so-ordinary boy on his relatable journey to balance his yearning for fatherly approval with his desire to please his nurturing mother, all while trying to fit in.
6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Book 1)
By: Jeff Kinney
Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they?
Greg Heffley does (it’s a journal, though, if you ask him). And as the new school year starts, he’s got plenty to write about. He shows up to his first day of middle school, along with his sidekick and best friend Rowley—only to discover he now has to share the halls with boys who are taller, meaner and already shaving. When Rowley starts to become more popular, Greg tries to use it to his advantage, triggering a series of events that test their friendship.
In this first book in the hugely popular Wimpy Kid series, young readers can share in his relatable experience of growing up before one’s ready, through the hilarious words and drawings Greg records in his diary.
With extremely wide appeal, even 12-year-olds continue to devour the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. If your kid’s a fan, they can also find Book 2: “Rodrick Rules” on Epic.
7. Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure!
Written by: Jeff Brown
Illustrated by: Macky Pamintuan
“Flat Stanley” is one of the best books for 7-year olds of all time.
Meet Stanley Lambchop: one morning he wakes up to find his brother Arthur yelling. Apparently, while Stanley was sleeping, a bulletin board fell on him, and now his whole body is only half an inch thick! Soon Stanley is getting rolled up, mailed, even flown like a kite. The upside of his transformation is that he gets to help catch two dangerous art thieves, making him a hero. Kids will delight in the silly situations brought to life with goofy illustrations that will keep ’em laughing.
This light-hearted read is great for reluctant readers, and is highly recommended by parents and educators.
8. Frog and Toad are Friends
By: Arnold Lobel
In this Read-To-Me version of the classic “Frog and Toad Are Friends” is a book of five short heartwarming stories about best friends frog and toad as they navigate their friendship’s ups and downs.
The first story begins with Frog explaining to Toad that winter has ended before the two hop outside to start their adventures. Young readers will enjoy the tender friendship between the two amphibians and quickly become immersed in the endearing stories, each of which stresses the importance of friendship and caring.
9. The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Audiobook)
By: Dav Pilkey
Narrated by: Len Forgione, Dazjon Freeman, Ben D’Amico
In the first book in this #1 New York Times bestselling series by “Dog Man” author and illustrator Dav Pilkey, hilarious grossness ensues when 4th-grade best friends George Beard and Harold Hutchins invent the wedgie-powered superhero Captain Underpants.
The only thing that class clowns George and Harold love more than jokes and pranks is making comic books, and that’s when they invent the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school: Captain Underpants.
Faster than a speeding waistband! More powerful than boxer shorts! He can leap tall buildings without getting a wedgie. In other words, he’s the perfect hero to serve up plenty of giggles for kids in this age group.
If your 7-year old enjoys this first book, they’ll love other books in the series available on Epic, including “Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Killer Toilet” and “Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants.”
10. Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride
Written by: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by: Chris Van Dusen
The New York Times best-selling piggy heroine is back, this time behind the wheel of a car.
Mr. and Mrs. Watson’s portly pig Mercy loves to hit the road in the backseat of the Watson’s convertible. But one day things go awry when their elderly neighbor Baby Lincoln plops down in the car, and Mercy ends up having to take the wheel. Soon there’s a policeman on her tail, a struggle for the brake, and other hilarious chaos.
The silly illustrations and zany story make this early chapter book a great option for reading out loud together.
11. Katie Woo and Her Big Ideas
By: Fran Manushkin
Illustrated by: Tammie Lyon
Katie Woo is full of big ideas. From how to help at dinner to how to save the Earth, she always seems to know what to do, but sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and Katie has to put those big ideas to use to try to fix them.
If your kid enjoys this book, check out the rest of the Katie Woo series on Epic.
That’s our list of best books for 7-year olds on Epic! We hope you enjoy the reads, and keep checking back for more book recommendations for your kid. In the meantime, if you want to see more top picks, check out our post: 10 Best Nonfiction Books for 1st Graders.