Book Reading List For Kids Ages 7-9

Updated: Oct 30, 2019

Reading books stimulate the brain and cognitive functions, improves vocabulary and knowledge, reduces tension, reduces depression, improves memory, helps in creative writing, helps to sleep better and improves empathy and imagination.


This book reading list is an adaptation of the list provided by Calvary Classical School in Hampton, Virginia and by TGC, who have kindly granted me permission to produce this adaptation.


The books are divided into three levels. Books with a “+” denote that any title in that series would be acceptable.


I’ve provided the link to the book on Amazon. You can also, of course, look for the books at libraries and used bookstores.

Class 3 (7 - 8 Year Old) Reading List


Atwater, Richard. Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion

Fleischman, Sid. The Whipping Boy

Grahame, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows (Scholastic Jr. Classic)

Kipling, Rudyard. The Jungle Book (Scholastic Jr. Classic)

Lewis, C. S. The Horse and His Boy

Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Stories (Scholastic Jr. Classic)

White, E. B. Charlotte’s Web

White, E. B. Stuart Little

Level 1

Bulla, Clyde. A Lion to Guard Us

Bulla, Clyde. Shoeshine Girl

Cleary, Beverly. Henry Huggins +

Dalgliesh, Alice. The Courage of Sarah Noble

Gardiner, John. Stone Fox

Hall, Donald. Ox-Cart Man

Kellogg, Steven. Paul Bunyan

MacGregor, Ellen. Miss Pickerell +

MacLachlan, Patricia. Sarah, Plain and Tall +

McSwigan, Marie. Snow Treasure

Scieszka, Jon. The Time Warp Trio: Sam Samurai

Sobol, Donald. Encyclopedia Brown Series +

Stanley, Diane. The True Adventure of Daniel Hall

Warner, Gertrude. The Box-Car Children (excluding vol. 1) +

Level 2

Collodi C. Pinocchio

Henry, Marguerite. Misty of Chincoteague

Herriot, James. James Herriot’s Treasury

Hope, Laura Lee. The Bobbsey Twins +

Hurwitz, Johanna. Aldo Applesauce

Lindgren, Astrid. Pippi Longstocking +

Milne, A. A. Winnie the Pooh

Nesbit, E. The Railway Children +

Richardson, Arleta. In Grandma’s Attic +

Roddy, Lee. Family Adventures +

Wilder, Laura. Little House on the Prairie +

Level 3

Jackson, Dave & Neta. Trailblazer Series +

Bond, Michael. Paddington +

Cleary, Beverly. Ramona +

Sheila Keenan Ben Franklin Thinks Big

Estes, Eleanor. The Moffats

Fritz, Jean. The Cabin Faced West

Holling, H. C. Paddle-to-the-Sea +

Kipling, Rudyard. Just So Stories

Lawson, Robert. Rabbit Hill

McCloskey, Robert. Homer Price

Nesbit, E. The Story of the Treasure Seekers

Streatfeild, Noel. Ballet Shoes


Class 4 (8 - 9 Year Old) Reading List


Blackwood, Gary. The Shakespeare Stealer

Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden

Dahl, Roald. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

D’Aulaire, Ingri & Edgar. Leif the Lucky

Daugherty, James. The Magna Charta

de Angeli, Marguerite. The Door in the Wall

Du Bois, William Pene. Twenty-one Balloons

Estes, Eleanor. Ginger Pye

Henry, Marguerite. King of the Wind

Green, Roger Lancelyn. King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basel E. Frankweiler

Lewis, C. S. Prince Caspian

Norton, Mary. The Borrowers

Prum, Deborah M. Rats, Bulls, and Flying Machines

Rebsamen, Frederick. Beowulf

Sis, Peter. Starry Messenger: Galileo

Stanley, Diane and Peter Vennema. Bard of Avon

Stanley, Diane. Joan of Arc

Vernon, Louise A. Thunderstorm in the Church

White, E. B. The Trumpet of the Swan

Level 1

Armstrong, William. Sounder

Babbitt, Natalie. Tuck Everlasting

Burnett, Frances H. A Little Princess

Carlson, Natalie. The Family Under the Bridge

Estes, Eleanor. The Hundred Dresses

Knight, Eric. Lassie Come-Home

L’Engle, Madeliene. A Wrinkle in Time +

Lenski, Lois. Prairie School +

Lenski, Lois. Strawberry Girl

Lowry, Lois. Number the Stars

McSwigan, Marie. Snow Treasure

Seredy, Kate. The Good Master

Speare, Elizabeth. The Sign of the Beaver

Taylor, Sydney. All-of-A-Kind Family 

Thurber, James. Many Moons

Verne, Jules. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Wilson, N. D. 100 Cupboards +

Level 2

Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion +

George, Jean C. My Side of the Mountain

Hanes, Mari. Two Mighty Rivers

Lofting, Hugh. The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle +

Morey, Walt. Gentle Ben

Peretti, Frank. The Cooper Kids Adventure +

Smith, Dodie. The 101 Dalmations

Street, James. Good-bye My Lady

Travers, P. I. Mary Poppins +

Wilson, N. D. Leepike Ridge

Level 3

Janet Benge, Ida Scudder: Healing Bodies, Touching Hearts +

Adamson, Joy. Born Free

Alcott, Louisa May. Little Women +

Burnford, Sheila. The Incredible Journey

Robertson, Keith. Henry Reed, Inc. +

Robinson, Barbara. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Sewell, Anna. Black Beauty

Sidney, Margaret. Five Little Peppers +


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