We love reading, and Little H is becoming a little bookworm now that she can choose her own books to read for her weekly homework. She has to read for 20 minutes a minimum of three times per week and can also take her own books to school for ‘free reading’ so we get through books quite quickly now.
It’s so important to encourage children to enjoy reading, and letting them pick their own books is a big part of this. However, as a parent, you also want to know that they’re reading books that are appropriate for their age. If you are looking for chapter books for your child, I’ve put together a list of 6 books that Little H has enjoyed…
6 book recommendations for 7-9 year olds
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The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher
I know this is a Christmas book but we think it’s a great read any time of the year. According to Little H this is “The best book I’ve ever read!” which is very high praise indeed! They started reading it in class at school before Christmas last year and Little H wanted to read it for herself so we had to buy our own copy. I’ve read most of it with her and it is actually really good.
It’s a story about a boy called William Trundle who makes a very special friend and goes on an amazing adventure. Tom Fletcher’s writing is really engaging, descriptive and funny, it reminded me in some ways of Roald Dahl’s style – I was surprised to find this in a book by a celebrity!
Little H fell in love with one the main character and we had to buy our own cuddly Christmasaurus too!
The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
I used to love these books when I was younger, way before Harry Potter and Hogwarts! Little H had watched the CBBC series before reading the books and is enjoying reading about the same characters.
Mildred Hubble is a witch at the Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches but isn’t very good at spells. She’s always getting things wrong and getting into trouble. There’s a definite Hogwarts feel to this series of books (even though these came first!) so they’re great for kids who love Harry Potter but might still be a bit too young for those books.
There are 6 books in the series so great to follow the characters through the books if your child enjoys the first one.
Matilda by Roald Dahl
I’m sure I don’t need to go into too much detail about Matilda as you’ve probably read it yourself, or at the very least seen the film. Roald Dahl was my absolute favourite author when I was younger (I almost cried when I found out I’d read all of his books!) and I love Little H reading and enjoying them too.
Matilda is an amazing girl who loves books and is a child genius. Her parents are horrible and her head teacher is a bully, so Matilda decides to teach them a lesson.
Little H was willing Matilda to succeed in getting her own back on the adults and found some of her tricks really funny.
The BFG by Roald Dahl
My favourite Roald Dahl book. I bought this for Little H after she’d seen the film and she loved it – what kid isn’t going to love a book with words like ‘snozcumber’ and talk of whizpopping!
Sophie lives in an orphanage until she gets snatched one night by a giant. Luckily the BFG is very friendly, though his giant neighbours definitely aren’t. Sophie and the BFG come up with a great plan to get rid of the other giants, and start a great friendship along the way.
Little H loved the BFG and said she wanted to meet him because he was so nice!
The Creakers by Tom Fletcher
Straight after finishing The Christmasaurus Little H wanted to know what other books Tom Fletcher had written so we went straight out to buy The Creakers – I love this, it’s exactly how I was with Roald Dahl at her age!
I didn’t read much of the book as Little H has mainly read it by herself at school but the bits I did listen to sounded great. It’s about a girl called Lucy who wakes up to find that all the grown-ups in the town have disappeared! At first the kids love it, but Lucy misses her mum and has to work out where she’s gone and how to save her.
The descriptions about the world and creatures Lucy finds are great, and Little H really enjoyed reading it – she’s even going dressed as Lucy for World Book Day this year.
Lightning Girl by Alesha Dixon
This is one book that I didn’t read at all as Little H read the whole thing at school, but as she’s just about to start the 2nd book I thought I would include this one in the list – if it made her want to read more that’s got to be a good thing!
Aurora Beam is 10 years old and thinks her family are completely normal, until something happens at school and she finds out that her mum is actually a superhero. The story follows Aurora as she discovers her own powers and works out what kind of superhero she wants to be.
A good book for any child who loves superheroes and a bit of girl power!
Has your child read any of these books? Are there any that you’ll add to their reading list?