These are also my personal favorites among the best books for 7 year olds as one has been around for decades, another is new AND humorous, and the last is educational with an encouraging life-lesson. All 3 are guaranteed to be timeless must-haves for bedtime rituals – or anytime, really.
I love LEGOs! To this day, I can sit for hours and play LEGOs with the kiddos, racking my brain to make houses, dinosaurs, and anything fantastical. This book inspires with pictures and step-by-step instructions to get LEGO-loving brains moving. There are over 200 building ideas, broken into sections of fantasy, future, small worlds, untamed wilderness, and monsters.
Youngsters (and those young-at-heart) can build troll bridges, fairytale castles, giants, enchanted forests, and under-the-sea scenes. They can also construct amazing, witchy hovels, zoo animals, dragons, and hundreds of “vacation” areas where they would love to go one day.
Despereaux Tilling is a brave mouse with an adventurous spirit – much to the dismay of his meek family.
After being banished for being too courageous, the little gentleman befriends a rat named Roscuro. Together, the duo traverse a lonely kingdom where the King is always sad and the Princess longs for normalcy, purpose, and happiness.
There’s also a stable girl turned hand-maiden, and she only wants to be recognized. Their stories intertwine, weaving new fates that give them all exactly what they want and need.
Charlie Bucket is a poverty-stricken little boy from a poor family of 7 – all of them live in a tumble-down shack, feasting on cabbage-water soup with crusts of bread for their evening dinners.
Charlie longs for change, something better for him and his family – he wants an adventure. And that is exactly what Charlie gets when he finds the golden ticket that allows him and 4 other children to visit Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory; a place of oddities, wonders, and Oompa Loompas.
Here is a video about the first book on this list - the LEGO Play Book (possibly my favorite kids' book this year)...