recommended reading for ages 7-10


Octopus terrifies villagers

Jennifer Minicus | 2015
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
In reality, the sea creature has more to fear than they.


True love waits

Jennifer Minicus | 2000
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
Not your average modern fairy tale


Young girl wants to fit in with her peers

Jane Fagan | 2014
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
Cleo is going to a birthday party.


Author captures the essence of the ANZAC legend

Jane Fagan | 2014
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
A piece of Australian history comes alive.


Man goes to great lengths to gain his love

Jane Fagan | 2009
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
Mr. Hopper is a shy, elderly man secretly in love.


Feminists accuse author of mysogyny

Jane Fagan | 2007
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
Roald Dahl claimed that all witches are women.


No pet is more loyal than a dog

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
Two picture books sure to please canine lovers.


Groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter

Jennifer Minicus | 1992
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
A perfect book for winter reading.


A small man with a big dream

Jennifer Minicus | 2014
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
Leroy wants to be a cowboy.


Crazy like a fox

Jane Fagan | 2007
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
A rollicking adventure


Friendly ghosts

Jennifer Minicus | 2002
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
Toseland did not expect to find playmates in his great-grandmother's mansion.


Book Reviews

The amazing kookaburra

Jane Fagan | 2013
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
"For all the birds that I tried to save as a child."


An enduring appeal

Jane Fagan | 2010
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
Twenty years ago, Horrid Henry hit the shelves.


Great book for reluctant readers

Jane Fagan | 2014
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
Boys especially will enjoy this beginner series.


Grandfather inspires courage in young girl

Jane Fagan | 2014
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
An Irish family immigrates to America.


Queens are people too

Jane Fagan | 2012
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
A day at Buckingham Palace


Happy as a pig in mud

Jane Fagan | 2009
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
Anyone who has owned a pig knows this amusing animal lends itself to a story or two.


Beloved series rereleased

Jane Fagan | 2013
written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended
Flat Stanley turns 50.


Science fair projects stump students

Jennifer Minicus | 2013
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
Anna and her friends find a practical use for their research.


Book Reviews

How much do you value books?

Jane Fagan | 2013
written for ages 7-10 | recommended
An award-winning author; a "rising star" illustrator

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Reading Matters is MercatorNet’s blog about children’s literature. Our goal is to enable parents and educators to find quality books for young people. For an explanation of our evaluation system, click here. We welcome reader input and new reviewers. We love comments on the book reviews. Write to us at jennifer.minicus@mercatornet.com.


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