recommended reading for ages 7-10

The Drinking Gourd

Jennifer Minicus | 26 Oct 2010 | 1983

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

This easy reader tells the story of the Underground Railroad through the eyes of a young boy.

Dear Olly

Tim Golden | 18 Oct 2010 | 2001

written for ages 7-10 | recommended

Intelligent and talented 18 year old Matt travels to Africa to help war-injured children, leaving his widowed mother and younger sister Olly behind. They, in turn, wait for his letters.

Twenty and Ten

Jennifer Minicus | 26 Sep 2010 | 1978

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

In desperate times, even young children can be heroes.

Carrie's War

Tim Golden | 15 Sep 2010 | 1975

written for ages 7-10 | recommended

This story about friendship and growing-up during war times is a modern day classic.

The Painting That Wasn't There

Jennifer Minicus | 10 Sep 2010 | 2009

written for ages 7-10 | recommended

Beginning readers who love mysteries are in for a treat.

Not quite ready for Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Try Alvin Ho!

Clare Cannon | 25 Aug 2010 | 2008

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

Here's a series that has reluctant young readers hooked and adults secretly glad to read it aloud again and again.

Word After Word After Word

Jennifer Minicus | 14 Aug 2010 | 2010

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

Lucy and her classmates discover the writer inside of them when a guest visits their class.

The Dream Stealer

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Jun 2010 | 2009

written for ages 7-10 | recommended

Young Susana helps a magical Dream Stealer overcome his fear of nightmares.

The Magician's Elephant

Jennifer Minicus | 29 Jun 2010 | 2009

written for ages 7-10 | highly recommended

An orphaned boy searches for his lost sister with the help of a mysterious elephant.

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