10 spectacular books for 7-8 year olds, title image
July 16, 2021

10 spectacular books for 7-8 year olds: Reading Challenge

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10 spectacular books for 7-8 year olds, title image

Travel through books with these brilliant suggestions for 7-8 year olds – Browzly Reading Challenge

We hope you’ve been enjoying this year’s Reading Challenge so far, and as promised we’re continuing with our age focused booklists on the blog. For this week we’ve chosen 10 spectacular books for 7-8 year olds to enjoy.

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 your printable world map (download your map now and track your travels by joining in the 2021 Reading Challenge – find more information here).


Here are our 10 handpicked books for 7-8 year olds to continue your bookish travels around the world…


1. The Street Beneath My Feet

"The Street Beneath My Feet" by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer.

Written by: Charlotte Guillain

Illustrated by: Yuval Zommer

What’s it about: This is a fantastic book by Charlotte Guillain that takes you on a trip far below the pavements and roads of London and the English countryside. Discover what goes on beneath your feet and get lost in a unique journey under the surface of our Earth. The book’s double-sided foldout layout and brilliant illustrations by Yuval Zommer literally take you down to the core of the Earth, you have to see it to believe it.

Where do we go: Centre of the Earth underneath England

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2. Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape: Book 1

"Toto the Ninja Cat and the Great Snake Escape" by Dermot O'Leary and Nick East

Written by: Dermot O’Leary

Illustrated by: Nick East

What’s it about: Toto and Silver are brother and sister, recently arrived from Italy and now living in London, England. This story follows their journeys around London, making new friends and finding adventures all around. Despite being blind, Toto is a secret ninja and must protect the animals of London when a mighty beast escapes from the zoo!

Where do we go: London, England

Link to book


3. Amazing Islands: 100+ Places That Will Boggle Your Mind (Our Amazing World)

"Amazing Islands: 100+ Places That Will Boggle Your Mind" by Sabrina Weiss and Kerry Hyndman

Written by: Sabrina Weiss

Illustrated by: Kerry Hyndman

What’s it about: The world is full of brilliant places to travel and explore. This book gives us insight to some of the world’s greatest islands. Explaining their wonderful and unique features, Sabrina Weiss and Kerry Hyndman have us adding a whole new set of destinations to our travel plans!

Where do we go: Worldwide

Link to book


4. This Morning I Met A Whale

"This Morning I Met A Whale" by Michael Morpurgo and Christian Birmingham

Written by: Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by: Christian Birmingham

What’s it about: This is a moving story about a young boy called Michael who meets a talking whale in the River Thames in London, England. Michael must now join his new friend in a race against time to reach the ocean, and hold fast to his promise in the race to save the world itself.

Where do we go: River Thames, London, England

Link to book


5. The No.1 Car Spotter Goes to School

"The No. 1 Car Spotter Goes To School" by Atinuke and Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Written by: Atinuke

Illustrated by: Warwick Johnson Cadwell

What’s it about: This is a book series about the life of a very smart boy who lives in an African village with his family and goes on various adventures. This is a brilliant story that will encourage creative thinking and teach valuable lessons such as cooperation and family values. This book focuses on the blending of global cultures and the importance of spending time with family.

Where do we go: South Africa

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6. Long Walk to Freedom

"Long Walk to Freedom" by Nelson Mandela, Chris Van Wyk and Paddy Bouma

Written by: Chris Van Wyk, Nelson Mandela

Illustrated by: Paddy Bouma

What’s it about: This brilliant book introduces young children to Nelson Mandela, a revolutionary role model from South Africa. Chris Van Wyk has adapted his famous biography to be told in an accessible and interactive way for children to digest. Fantastic illustrator Paddy Bouma has added to this story by making important moments of Mandela’s life come to life such as becoming South Africa’s first black president and his life-long fight against apartheid.

Where do we go: South Africa and beyond

Link to book


7. The Rhythm of the Rain

"The Rhythm of the Rain" by Grahame Baker-Smith

Written by: Grahame Baker-Smith

Illustrated by: Grahame Baker-Smith

What’s it about: This is a gentle and enchanting book that follows the main character Isaac as he plays in his favourite mountainside pool and wonders about the lifecycles of water. This award-winning book celebrates the remarkable movement of water across the earth and explores its travels from the tiniest raindrop to the deepest oceans.

Where do we go: Mountainside

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8. Wangari’s Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa

"Wangari's Trees of Peace" by Jeanette Winter

Written by: Jeanette Winter

What’s it about: This is a delightful picture-book biography featuring the true story of Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner whose Green Belt Movement has planted more than 30 million trees in Kenya. The story follows Wangari’s life journey from her youth to adulthood and her concerns over deforestation in her hometown. Readers can be inspired by her vision where she starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans…

Where do we go: Kenya, Africa

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9. Arthur and the Golden Rope

"Arthur and the Golden Rope" by Joe Todd Stanton

Written by: Joe Todd Stanton

Illustrated by: Joe Todd Stanton

What’s it about: This story follows the earliest ancestor of Professor Brownstone and takes us back to the Viking age. A young bookish adventurer turns into an unlikely hero when chosen by the Norse Gods to protect and save the villagers from the mighty beast Fenrir. Joe Todd Stanton has created a book full of adventure, excitement, magic and fun that has us all rooting for the underdog.

Where do we go: Worldwide

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10. Look Inside Our World

"Look Inside Our World" by Emily Bone and Marianna Oklejak

Written by: Emily Bone

Illustrated by: Marianna Oklejak

What’s it about: This brilliant and exciting journey is spellbinding as it looks at the Earth from space and goes around the globe using bold illustrations and easily understood explanations. As we flip through the pages, we discover our planet’s wonderful geographical features. Each page of this book provides adventure with interactive features and fantastic facts for adventurous young explorers.

Where do we go: Around the Globe

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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 to your 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 7-8 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 2 through to Year 6.


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