Recommend chapter books for 7 year old

Roberta_z5October 24, 2003

My 7 year old grandaughter is in first grade and a avid reader. She loves "chapter books" and I want to start her on a special series, but don't know what to choose. What did your little girls love? I want a series appropriate to her age even though she reads above grade level.

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My girls have enjoyed the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park, the Dear America series, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket & the Captain Underpants series. They were in about 2nd grade when they read my copy of the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

I'd probably start her on the Junie B. Jones series & some of the Dear America books. The Dear America has a very large range in the series.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2003 at 12:12PM
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My daughter is 7 1/2 and is in the second grade this year. She loves The Magic Tree House Series, Junie B. Jones, Judy Moody and The Bailey School Kids ones.


    Bookmark   October 27, 2003 at 3:45PM
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The Babysitters Club little Sister...many books there. I think it's about a first or second grade reading level.


    Bookmark   October 27, 2003 at 4:25PM
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I personally LOVE Junie B. Jones -- when the kids were little I read them to them but had a hard time not laughing through the entire book - they are so cute! Buy them for your granddaughter but read them yourself too -- you'll love it!

I also recommend the Little House on the Prairie series, the Boxcar Kids (which my kids loved), all of the Beverly Cleary books - Ramona the Pest was my favorite. There's also a great new book called the Dollhouse Family.

I am so passionate about children's books, but my DD has dyslexia and struggles w/reading - so it's not her favorite thing. That's hard for me since I was such a bookworm as a child. DS loves to read but he prefers Science Fiction, Harry Potter (which I like too!) and those horrible goosebumps books.

    Bookmark   October 28, 2003 at 2:35PM
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This is very helpful. Are the "Captain Underpants" series appropriate for reading to a 4 year old boy with a wild imagination?

    Bookmark   October 28, 2003 at 5:10PM
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Yes! A 4 yo will enjoy the Captain Underpants series.

Here is a link that might be useful: Captain Underpants

    Bookmark   October 29, 2003 at 12:22AM
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Cool list from Scholastic with recommended serices for K-2nd grade.

Here is a link that might be useful: Scholastic Booklist - Series K-2

    Bookmark   October 29, 2003 at 12:24AM
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The Dollhouse Family, while not a series, is absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend it for you and your granddaughter. My son won a prize at school for being a good citizen and got to go to the principals office to pick out a book. For some reason, he picked out a book for me instead of himself. The book he picked was The Dollhouse Family, so I read it and loved it. Both of my boys also enjoyed it and I gave a copy of it to my MIL for Christmas to read together with her grandaughters.

As for series books, my kids love all of the above, expecially Junie B. Jones and Magic Treehouse. They also like the Marvin Redpost series. My DH loves the Captain Underpants series!

    Bookmark   November 3, 2003 at 12:48AM
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There are Mary Kate and Ashley books that are on different reading levels. My Daughter has tons of them.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2003 at 9:18PM
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How about the Al of a Kind Family books, then there is the Betsy/Tacy books. Also the Four Story Mistake and the other booka in that series. Noel Streidfield shoes books are also excellent, Theater Shoes, Dance Shoes, Skating Shoes etc


    Bookmark   January 20, 2004 at 1:16PM
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Try taking your grandchild to a bookstore and letting her look at all of the books herself. She will love being able to have a choice in the matter. Tell her that you are willing to buy her 1 or 2 books depending on the price. That way she has to narrow down her choice. The series of books are generally shelved together. Therefore they are easy to find. When she gets done with the books you get, you can go back and do it again. It will be a good outing for you to share with her. If you find a specific series she likes, there is site that is a part of Ebay called: It has a book section in it and all you have to do is type in the author or book title and you may find something you want. The prices are generally lower than in the stores (although some people do seem very proud of their used books.)
I hope I have been helpful
AR_Dramaqueen, daughter of Don_na_na

    Bookmark   June 30, 2004 at 10:54PM
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My advanced first grader has really enjoyed the Rainbow Fairies series and there are TONS of them available. They are age appropriate. She likes seeing all the different names: Scarlet the Red Fairy, Joy, the Christmas fairy.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2009 at 10:44PM
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Great recommendations on here. I'll throw in the Amber Brown series into the mix. Akin to Junie B.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2009 at 10:45AM
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Oooo! My favorite subject! BOOKS! ;o)

The "Ramona" series by Beverly Cleary, follows Ramona as she grows up, family relationships are a big part of the plot/theme of these books... everyone learning to get along and repsect each other through funny but normal situations. She's a great girl with all the normal ups and down of being a kid. They are my DD's favorites, she is 9 now. Cleary has many other children's books, definitely an author to collect.

Several Judy Blume books are for kids that age:
The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo
and the "Fudge" series, Superfudge, Fudge-O-Mania, Double Fudge. (Fudge is a kid.)

The Spiderwick Cronicles is a fantasy series, think Harry Potter for younger readers. The books are MUCH shorter than a HP book! Much more managable, with some sketched illustrations to keep it interesting.

Andrew Clements, another author writing for that age group.

And if you want to take her beyond chapter books, try the poetry of Shel Silverstein. Excellent, and she'll read them for years to come. If I sit down to read Shel Silverstein with my 6 y/o, my 9 and 12 y/o's are soon by my side, too. They all enjoy the humor and eccentricity of his poetry and drawings. While the vocabulary is managable for a young reader, they have to think a little harder to "get it" with some of his writing which makes them great fun to read together and talk about. Although other poems are just plain silly fun.

Lemony Snicket ("Seris of Unfortunate Events"), Ronald Dahl ("James and the Giant Peach") and E.B. White ("Charlotte's Web") write for just a tad older, but a high-reading 7 y/o could read them. Finding a good series she will follow is a great idea. Also consider introducing her to different authors. If she likes a book, she should look for others by the same author, even if they are not in a series.

I am helping to set up our school's bookfair tomorrow, and I am so excited! I'm hopeless when this is what I get excited about. But there you go, I love to see all the new titles and I LOVE LOVE LOVE to help the kids find the "right" book when they come to shop.

Most authors have websites now where you can get a really good idea of what their writing is all about, and find some fun activities for kids to go along with the reading. So google the author and check it, it will be fun. If your GD finds an author she really likes, don't forget to try the author's website for fun kid activities.

If she loves to read, introduce her to good children's literature and start a lifetime of appreciating literature. There is some fantastic literature for kids, with themes and characters and conflicts that they will relate to and that will make them think.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2009 at 10:12PM
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Make a list of everyone's suggestions, because they are all popular with that age group. I will add The American Girl Books developed by a school teacher, (they go with the very popular American Girl dolls) available by catalog or on-line.

Oh, and a chapter book that kids love is Mrs Pigglewiggle!!!

    Bookmark   February 27, 2009 at 10:00AM
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also the public library can help with age related books.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2009 at 5:28PM
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Books are a good subject...

...but the child in the original post is probably 12 or 13 by now.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2009 at 5:43PM
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Oh, I see. Didn't look at the date the first time. Oh well. Does it matter? I could recommend some for that age, too.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2009 at 7:37PM
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If in doubt, ask your child's teacher. If they are anything like my wife who is a born teacher (and the best I've ever seen) and very passionate about books. They will have great recommendations specific to your child, and you will make their day knowing that you are an active parent.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 2:56PM
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Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2011 at 12:16AM
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My daughter loves beestar the best. DD does online reading on it. I like the simple presentation: text has nice simple fonts the pictures and graphs are to the point not distracting. The honor roll, ranking, award programs are effective. DD always can't wait to do the exercises.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2012 at 10:16AM
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