So, long after our blog post about Best Books for Seven Year Old Boys and after a recent bit of a controversy about whether it’s OK to designate books as ‘books for boys’ and ‘books for girls’ at all, @krishgm (Krishnan Guru-Murthy) has asked on Twitter for recommendations of books for seven year-old girls.
Here are some Nosy Crow suggestions:
The whole of the Rescue Princess series
For girls who like to draw, the Magical Mix-ups books
For girls who (hooray!) still like picture books, The Princess and the Peas, Goldilocks and Just the One Bear, Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble and Whizz Pop, Granny Stop.
A bit less girly, but bang on the nail for seven year-old readers is our Vulgar the Viking series
And The Grunts in Trouble would be a fun not-too-girly read-aloud book too.
Finally, our Cinderella app entertains a lot of seven year-old girls too.
Of course there are other great books for seven year old girls that aren’t published by Nosy Crow. Here are a few that immediately spring to mind.
Almost anything by Roald Dahl, but The BFG would top my list.
Any Pippi Longstocking
Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree
Any Horrid Henry
Any Mrs Pepperpot books
The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark
Lots of Rumer Godden (The Story of Holly and Ivy, The Diddakoi, The Doll’s House (oh! The Doll’s House), Miss Happiness and Miss Flower
Any of The Worst Witch books
Any of the interminable but absolutely compelling Rainbow Magic series (made my own girls into independent readers, so I am forever grateful)
I loved The Famous Five books at seven. Together with Blyton’s Adventure series, they were the books that made me into an independent reader, but they left my own children absolutely cold.
Any of the Mr Majeika books
Any of the Ms Wizz books
The Claude books by Alex T Smith
The Ottoline books by Chris Riddell
The Sophie books by Dick King Smith – and other Dick King Smith books like The Sheep Pig
Charlotte’s Webb (very sad)
Gobbolino the Witches Cat
Oh, I could go on and on, and I might, if I feel less coldy, go back into this post and organise it properly into sections.
But let us know your suggestions in the meantime.