The best books for seven year-olds build vocabulary, teach empathy and help them learn to process their own feelings about the world. Whether your kid is into fantasy or realistic fiction, these chapter books will keep her turning the pages.
If your 7-year-old has a soft spot for fairies, this chapter book series by Kiki Thorpe will have her hooked on the tale of four best friends who get whisked off to Never Land with Tinker Bell and her winged companions. The boxed set of paperbacks includes the first four titles in the 18-book series, beginning with In a Blink. Beautiful black-and-white illustrations by Jana Christy help make the magic feel real.
Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life
In Code 7 by Bryan R. Johnson, kids meet seven diverse fifth-graders, each of whom must overcome a challenge—running a business out of a treehouse, painting a mural for the school’s anniversary—while learning lessons about perseverance, friendship and integrity.
Known for funny wordplay, mixed-up situations and fast-moving plotlines, the Amelia Bedelia series written by Herman Parish and illustrated on every page by Lynne Avril is perfect for beginning chapter book readers. The boxed set featuring the first four books in the series includes Amelia Bedelia Means Business, in which Amelia tries to earn money for a bike, and Amelia Bedelia Unleashed, in which she must choose the perfect puppy.