10 excellent books for 6-7 year olds, Reading Challenge
July 23, 2021

10 excellent books for 6-7 year olds: Reading Challenge

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Travel through books with these brilliant suggestions for 6-7 year olds – Browzly Reading Challenge

To continue our summer fun we’ve added ten more recommendations for the Browzly reading challenge, this time for 6-7 year olds. If they’re interested in reading about worldwide adventures we’ve got a brilliant list for our Year 2 (Grade 1) readers and hope these stories will keep them entertained.

We’ve featured a range of adventures taking place all over the globe and we hope a few of these books can be added to the printable world map (download your map now so kids can track their travels by joining in the 2021 Reading Challenge – find more information here).

Here are our 10 handpicked books for 6-7 year olds to continue their bookish travels around the world…

1. Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti

"Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti" by Gerald McDermott

Written by: Gerald McDermott

What’s it about: This book brings a traditional Ashanti tale to life by introducing readers to Anansi the Spider. It has vibrant illustrations that invite you to join Anansi on his journeys where he faces danger, gets into mischief and triumphs with the help of his family. Gerald McDermott has given readers a wonderful look into Ghana by sharing this great folk-story hero with us.

Where do we go: Ghana, Africa

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2. Handa’s Surprise

"Handa's Surprise" by Eileen Browne

Written by: Eileen Browne

What’s it about: We travel to meet the Luo tribe in South-West Kenya, Africa in this book where young Handa lives. As a gift to her friend, Handa collects and delivers 7 pieces of fruit to a neighbouring village. A seemingly simple gesture of kindness turns into an adventurous journey for Handa as she meets mischievous animals and wonderful friends on her way.

Where do we go: South-West Kenya, Africa

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3. Town is by the Sea

"Town is by the Sea" by Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith

Written by: Joanne Schwartz

Illustrated by: Sydney Smith

What’s it about: This story tells the tale of both father and son, giving the reader insight into the contrasting daily activities. This is a book full of enchanting illustrations highlighting the difference between life above ground and life below as experienced by the miners at work.

Where do we go: United Kingdom, Europe

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4. Gregory Cool

"Gregory Cool" by Caroline Binch

Written by: Caroline Binch

What’s it about: Gregory is a young boy who goes to Tobago in the Caribbean to visit his grandparents. He has to leave all of the city comforts he is used to behind and quickly learn what life is like for those living in Tobago. Caroline Binch has written a true representation of life in the Caribbean and this book introduces us to these cultural differences beautifully.

Where do we go: Tobago, Caribbean

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5. Lubna and Pebble

"Lubna and Pebble" by Wendy Meddour and Daniel Egnéus

Written by: Wendy Meddour

Illustrated by: Daniel Egnéus

What’s it about: Lubna and Pebble is a beautiful and gentle book that details the important subject of the struggles of a child refugee. Transported to the “World of Tents” Lubna finds friendship and support in a small pebble. Her pebble listens to her, it always smiles when she feels scared and has become her best friend. Lubna and Pebble is a story of where kindness, hope and friendship triumph even when the world is confusing and frightening.

Where do we go: “World of Tents” Refugee Camp

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6. The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

"The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family" by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali and Hatem Aly

Written by: Ibtihaj Muhammad & S. K. Ali

Illustrated by: Hatem Aly

What’s it about: This is a ground-breaking picture book about religion, sisterhood and identity. The main characters, Faizah and Asiya, embrace their faith wholeheartedly and encourage the message of being passionately proud of who you are, proud of your culture and proud of your place in society.

Where do we go: New Jersey, USA

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7. Beegu

"Beegu" by Alexis Deacon

Written by: Alexis Deacon

What’s it about: This is a wonderful picture book about Beegu, a small alien who has landed on Earth and found herself separated from her parents. Struggling to understand her new environment and not being able to communicate with human adults leaves Beegu stumbling around Earth very lost and confused. That is until she meets the children of Earth who help reunite her with her family and find her way back home.

Where do we go: Earth

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8. Anna Hibiscus

"Anna Hibiscus" by Atinuke

Written by: Atinuke

Illustrated by: Lauren Tobia

What’s it about: This book is about a young girl, Anna Hibiscus, and the tales of her family life in Africa. Anna is just like any girl her age – funny, gets into mischief and is curious about the world. Author, Atinuke, paints a wonderful picture of African culture and really captures readers imaginations.

Where do we go: Africa

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9. The Rainbow Bear

"The Rainbow Bear" by Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman

Written by: Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by: Michael Foreman

What’s it about: Michael Morpurgo writes about an adventure-seeking polar bear in this story. After growing bored of his white fur, white environment and hard life he craves colour and seeks out the rainbow. With wonderful illustrations, Michael Foreman brings the Rainbow bear to life. Read along to see if The Rainbow Bear is granted all of his wishes in this moving tale of hope.

Where do we go: Antarctic

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10. Coming to England: An Inspiring True Story Celebrating the Windrush Generation

"Coming to England: An Inspiring True Story Celebrating the Windrush Generation" by Floella Benjamin and Diane Ewen

Written by: Baroness Floella Benjamin

Illustrated by: Diane Ewen

What’s it about: This story follows a young member of the Windrush Generation, 10-year-old Floella, as she travels from the Caribbean to London, England. The journey itself is no easy task, rattling around on a large ship alone for two weeks wasn’t Floella’s idea of fun but she dreamed of what she’d be able to do in England. Filled with optimism and joy, Floella’s dreams are quickly replaced by the reality of her new life making this story moving and powerful.

Where do we go: Trinidad to England

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Where can I find more fantastic book suggestions for the Reading Challenge?

To get started on your summer holiday adventures join the Browzly app on iOS or Android, where you can find hundreds of book suggestions personalised by age and ability to handle text complexity. Did you know, you get automatically enrolled in the Browzly reading challenge when you sign in on the Browzly app and post your reading. Read more about the challenge here.

If you enjoyed this post of books for 6-7 year olds then look for our previous blog posts featuring book suggestions for all ages. We have more coming up so be sure to come back to the blog to find booklists organized by specific age groups ranging from Year 1 through to Year 6.

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