best books for 7-year olds are a mixture of tried-and-true classics, as well as new and modern tales; kids don't mind the written era as long as the stories are fantastic. Plus, regular casual reading will instill an appreciation for books that will last a lifetime, passing on through generations.
A couple fun favorites are:
Oh, the Places You'll Go! (Dr. Seuss)
You can't go wrong with Seuss! A tale that touches the heart of kids and adults alike, this serious subject of moving out into the world is met with Seuss humor and rhythm. Describing the pitfalls and highs of life, the master of rollicking rhymes assures children that their dreams can come true. Uplifting for all ages, Seuss captures the fear and excitement that all people feel when venturing outside their comfort zones.
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go."
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Roald Dahl)
Your kids might remember this classic from movies, but the story is 100 times better. Willy Wonka, chocolate-maker extraordinaire, is opening his factory to 5 children and 1 guest each of their choice. Thousands search frantically in candy bars for the golden tickets, their entrance guarantees. Among the winners are the most gluttonous, spoiled, television-obsessed, and dim-witted brats in the entire world; all except the protagonist and perfect hero of the tale, Charlie Bucket. Wonka's world is rife with eccentric anecdotes, delicious secrets, and humor galore.
"The one thing he longed for more than anything else was... CHOCOLATE."
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