The 10 best books for 7-year-olds

Our top books for 7-year-olds, from beloved classics to exciting new releases. 

7-year-olds are brilliant. They are becoming bravely independent, drawn more and more to big adventures and ready to show you that they can slay that metaphorical, (or when it comes to books, literal) dragon! Their imagination is wild and wonderful, so what better way to nurture it than with books? Here are the best books for 7-year-olds, including books for 7-year-olds to read by themselves, new releases, and classic books to help your little adventurer bloom.

The 169-Storey Treehouse

by Andy Griffiths

Written by Andy Griffiths and Illustrated by Terry Denton, this new release is the last in the worldwide bestselling Treehouse series, and they have added even more stories to their treehouse, filled with wonderfully whacky elements to explore, including a whatever-weather-you-want-dome (which sounds fun!) and a hall of funhouse mirrors, in which Andy and Terry’s evil opposites are trapped (and want out!). A feast for your 7-year-old's imagination! 

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InvestiGators: All Tide Up

by John Patrick Green

Book cover for InvestiGators: All Tide Up

A good book for 7-year-olds who love the thrill of a mystery, this is the seventh installment of the InvestiGators! series, where your little one is invited to help Mango and Brash solve a new mystery — a captain of a cruise ship found drifting at sea! What happened to his ship, and the passengers? And most importantly, can they find them? Helping your little detective to learn about teamwork, resilience and problem-solving this is a much-loved adventure book for 7-year-olds. 

The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Ghoul in the School

by Marcus Rashford

Book cover for The Breakfast Club Adventures: The Ghoul in the School

Strange goings-on at school and a curse on the basketball team? This is a job for the Breakfast Club Investigators! The glue of the club is the friendships — and your little one will be inspired by this group of friends, with many ups and downs to explore the different challenges which this age group can face with their pals, alongside an exciting, spooky mystery to uncover! 

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The Boy With Wings: Clash of the Superkids

by Sir Lenny Henry

Book cover for The Boy With Wings: Clash of the Superkids

This list wouldn’t be complete without a superhero with superpowers! Written by Lenny Henry, the newest installment in the series sees Henry’s protagnist, Tunde, head off to a top-secret testing facility called The Complex, where his next mission becomes clear. It’s a hilarious, exciting and touching story about belonging, courage and friendship.

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An Alien Stole My Planet

by Pooja Puri

Book cover for An Alien Stole My Planet

What happens when you invent a device to make you invisible and accidentally open up a a portal to outer space? An alien steals your planet! When inventor Esha accidentally gives an alien the opportunity to steal the planet, she and her friends must embark on an inter-galactic mission across the galaxy to stop it. An exciting, action-packed, and hilariously funny book for all 7-year-olds. 

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

Book cover for Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

An all-time classic first published by Macmillan 150 years ago, this brilliant full-colour illustrated edition comes jacketed in hardback to cherish for years to come. And it’s a wonderful classic book to introduce to your 7-year-old to now to make ever-lasting memories reading Alice’s out-of-this-world adventures and meet infamous characters such as the whacky Mad Hatter and the smiling Cheshire Cat. Find comfort in knowing that your little ones will likely come back to visit this masterpiece again and again into adulthood, and perhaps even read to their own children one day. 

The Worst Witch

by Jill Murphy

Book cover for The Worst Witch

Forget Harry and Hogwarts — the original world of teaching magic and spells awaits your little readers at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, a boarding school where potions and brooms are the main curriculum for Mildred Hubble and her friends learning to be witches — if only Mildred could get anything right! The Worst Witch is the first in one of the best book series for 7-year-olds whose imagination is sparked by magical mishaps, spells gone awry and a bumbling yet loveable underdog story, which teaches us that it’s okay not to be the best at everything.

The 13-Storey Treehouse: Colour Edition

by Andy Griffiths

Book cover for The 13-Storey Treehouse: Colour Edition

Welcome, and come on in to explore the 13 levels of this amazing treehouse! Take a look at the giant lemonade fountain, the see-through swimming pool, and don’t miss the tank of man-eating sharks! Full of utter silliness, it’s guaranteed to tickle your silly-spot and have everyone giggling. Leave this classic book for your 7-year-old to read by themselves, and wait for the laugh-out-loud cackling to ensue!


by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Book cover for Millions

This award-winning read is a touching and funny story of two brothers who find themselves in an unexpected situation where they must make the difficult decision of how to spend a lot of money, before it all becomes worthless. So, do they spend it on themselves and all the things a kid could desire? Or do they use it to help others? This is a story of right and wrong, of decision making, of transitioning through changes, as brothers Damian and Anthony’s adventure inspires your little person to consider the moral dilemmas and decisions the brothers come up against, for themselves. 

How to Train Your Dragon

by Cressida Cowell

Book cover for How to Train Your Dragon

How do you become a hero? Why, you capture your own dragon, and train it of course! At least, that’s what Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III must do, in the first of this brilliant series of How to Train Your Dragon books. But can Hiccup pull it off? A book about loyalty, never giving up, and never, ever letting your friends down, How to Train Your Dragon combines the captivating history of the Viking era with the mystical wonder of a dragon world, for kids who love the thrill of a big adventure and all the twists and turns it has to offer.

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