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Books for 7 Year Old Boys
The Best Books for 7 Year Old Boys
Are you looking for the best book ideas for 7 year old boys?
My son is 7 and this article gives some ideas of the kinds of books he enjoys. I think that the most important thing when choosing books for 7 year old boys is that they enjoy reading them and see them as fun. This will help foster a lifelong love of reading. There are lots of great books for 7 year old boys including books for reluctant readers, fun books, books with their favorite characters from TV and film and factual books. There are also some top fiction books available by authors such as Roald Dahl and titles such as Captain Underpants (which is my son's current favorite!). But, many 7 year old boys will be happier settling down with a non fiction book about something they love such as sport or cars.
The article also includes tips on how to get your 7 year old boy to read and further resources to find more great books.
Read on for lots of good books for 7 year old boys below to help them start to love reading and build on their reading skills.
First Chapter Books
Some 7 year olds will be able to start reading their first short chapter books on their own and if they aren't quite ready to read them alone yet, they will love somebody reading to them.
When looking for first chapter books it's worth looking for the following factors:
Length of the book - It's worth checking out how many pages are in the book to make sure it's not too long. Shorter chapter books are better.
Illustrations - 7 year olds still love looking at illustrations, so choose books that include a few.
Content - It's best to choose a book with something they can relate too. That could be the main character, the imaginative theme of the book, a book which deals with issues they may face in real life or something they are interested in.
Check out some chapter books below that have been tried and tested by my own son.
The Captain Underpants series of books are my son's current favorite.
These are the books that have helped him make the transition from being read to at bedtime to reading on his own. And he loves all the books in the series so far. I've just asked him why he likes them so much and his response is that they're really funny.
They do appeal to a 7 year old boy's sense of humor, telling the story of George and Harold. It does entail the potty humor that boys this age love but if you want to encourage a 7 year old to read they will love these books. They also have lots of pictures on each page and I think the visual nature of the books add ot their appeal.
Another short chapter book. We read quite a few of these to our son when he was age 6 and he really enjoyed them. When he has finished Captain Underpants books, this is the next set I hope he will read on his own.
The great thing about the Beast Quest books is that there are lots of these books in the same series. Once your child has started to read on and enjoy it, they will be eager to read the rest too. So it will keep them in reading material for a while.
They tell the story of Tom who is on a mission to save his village which turns into a quest to save the kingdom.
Short and simple 1st chapter books with great story.
Jack and his little sister Annie discover a mysterious tree house packed with all sorts of books...and their lives are never the same! Soon they are traveling through time and space in the magic tree house and having amazing adventures.
Another book I have read to my son at bedtime and he has enjoyed.
Miss Daisy, who teaches second grade, doesn't know how to add or subtract. Not only that, she doesn't know how to read or write, either. She is the dumbest teacher in the history of the world!
You may remember the story of Flat Stanley from your own childhood. It tells the story of Stanley who was flattened after a bulletin board fell on him. However, being flat does have some advantages. He is able to fit in an envelope and be mailed to California to see his friends for vacation. He is also able to fly like a kite and catch a thief in an art gallery. This book has been around since parents were children and is still popular. A great book that has stood the test of time. 7 year old boys will love this.
How to Encourage Your 7 Year Old Boy to Read
I have an almost 7 year old myself so I know how hard it can be to encourage them to sit down and read when there are so many more distractions such as computer games, riding their bike or watching TV. Here are a few tips that I use and may help you.
Read to them - If they don't want to read on their own, start by reading to them. This helps them increase their vocabulary and they will read bits of the text as you are reading it too. It also gets them interested in a story so they are more likely to pick up the book to read when you're not there.
Widen the reading material - Don't feel they just have to read books. Reading comics, magazines, websites, leaflets and any other reading material you have will also count as reading. Just encourage them to read what they are interested in.
Make reading material available - Buy them comics that they really want to read, take them to the library or book store and let them choose one book that they can have, encourage them to read text on a website they may be interested in. Make sure they are surrounded by books that they will want to pick up.
Ask other people for recommendations - Who do you know that can give you great reading recommendations. You can get ideas from a boy's friends, teachers, the librarian, other moms, family and friends. Ask around and some people will give you some great ideas.
Roald Dahl books are great for 7 year old boys. The Twits is a good first chapter book to read as there are quite a few illustrations and the book is shorter than some of Roald Dahl's other stories at 96 pages.
Some other favorites at this age include George's Marvellous Medicine and James and the Giant Peach. A great first chapter book for 7 year old boys.
Non Fiction and Factual Books
Not every child is happy reading fiction books. Some will really enjoy reading more factual books. There are some great factual books for this age group which are very visual but contain all kinds of information and are very educational. They can also generate great discussion and educate adults too. The best things to do is to buy factual books on topics which the 7 year old boy is interested in such as their favorite sport or hobby. Below are some good non fiction books on some science topics and sport which 7 year old boys may find interesting.
This book gives the answer to questions that lots of kids want to know.
Why do we have eyebrows? Why do we have a belly button? Why does an airplane fly? Why are dog's noses wet? How fast can a human run?
It's divided into subject area and there are lots of big pictures to cover the questions and answers.
Find out lots of wierd and wacky facts.
This has great photos and illustration.
Some of the facts include:
A real life spiderman who climbs up tall buildings.
An upside down house
A dog that can read
And lots more....
Books from Film and TV
7 year old boys will enjoy reading books about characters they have watched in films and on the TV. Some ideas include Star Wars and the book below by Jeff Kinney is currently on the New York Times Bestseller list for kids.
This is a book by Jeff Kinney who also wrote the bestselling series Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
It's an original idea for a story told through comics, doodles, newspaper clippings, journal entries, letters and much more.
It tells the story of a boy called Roan who attends a middle school in a galaxy far far away.
We took my 7 year old to see the lego movie and he really enjoyed it.
We haven't got my son this book yet but as it's a retelling of the movie, I'm sure he'd love it.
Reading and books should be fun and enjoyable. If you want the 7 year old boy you know to develop a love of books its important that they associate them with fun rather than being forced to read.
Where's Waldo is book where you have to find Waldo and other characters and things, hidden on every page. You may not think that they could be very educational but they are fantastic to improve concentration skills and develop perseverance and problem solving skills. 7 year old boys will also get a sense of achievement when they have found Waldo and completed the challenge. Great fun.
There are some great online resources where you can get reviews of books, suggestions of new reading material and lots more ideas of books for 7 year old boys.
Check out some ideas below.
- New York Times Bestseller Lists
The New York Times bestseller lists has the bestselling books for children and are updated weekly.
- Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media allows you to search by books by age. Check out the link for examples of books for 7 year olds.
- Amazon Children Bestsellers
It's always worth checking out the bestselling lists for children on amazon.com for ideas too.
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