Tuesday 6 July 2021

Must-Read Books for Kids Above 7


Books are life for me, they are my best friends since I was four. I started reading to my son when he was in my womb. I maintained this practice till he started reading himself. Yes, books are that important. They teach us worthy life lessons while entertaining us in the process.


A child who reads is relatively more sensitive and compassionate. His understanding of life, of problems and solutions, of worry and peace, is far better. Whether he is reading online or offline is immaterial as long as he is drowning deep in the world of knowledge the books impart, it is all worthwhile.


For as long as I remember, I have always been a very strong advocate of books and am ill-famous in my clan for only using books or digital library subscriptions to gift whenever I have to do so. I never miss a chance to introduce someone to the world of books if I can,particularly kids.


The books must be age-appropriate so that the kids can understand, enjoy and comprehend. So based on popular demand, I enlist below certain books and series I highly recommend for kids above seven.


1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

These are undoubtedly the best set of fantasy fiction books for kids ever written. It is the tale of young wizard Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione. The kids love reading Potter’s battle against Lord Voldemort. The vocabulary and the grammar used in these book are impressive and will passively aid children to get better at English as they enjoy the intriguing tale. It is one series my child had read and re-read several times. It also became his inspiration to pen his first book.

2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid(Series) by Jeff Kinney

If you wish to gift your kid something more relatable and enjoyable with all the fabulous cartoons and fun satires, soak him in the world of pre-teen Greg Heffley, the protagonist of this series of fifteen books. I bet he or she is going to absolutely adore these books. Written in simple language these contain journal entries with illustrations. 

3. Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

This series revolves around the twelve-year-old genius Artemis Fowl who is also the protagonist. He is a descendant of criminal masterminds which puts him into several battles worth teaching the little readers a lot of life lessons along with keeping them on their toes for most part of thetale. 

4. The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum

This book is a modern-day fairy tale and is a highly recommended all-time literature classic, a unique fiction of Dorothy and her dog Toto is indeed worth a read for all kids. Do put it on the read list for your children.

5. The Secret Garden by Frances HogdsonBurnett

This book makes a worthy read for kids because it delves into the deep emotions of a ten-year-old girl who was not wanted by her parents. Then what changes suddenly in Mary’s life, her roller coaster ride is definitely worth a read.

6. The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Yet another magnificent read, this book is the tale of a wooden puppet Pinocchio carved out of wood by Gepetto. This book teaches young minds the difference between good and bad in a very impactful manner.

You will find all these titles and more at the British Council Digital Library.  In these pandemic times and otherwise as well, I highly recommend you gift your kid the membership of a worthy digital library like that of British Council which offers him a diverse variety of reads at his fingertips, anytime and anywhere. 


Once your child becomes a member, they have unlimited access to as many as 10,000 eBooks and audiobooks along with newspapers and magazines and academic learning and research materials. The online events and workshops for children they conduct are phenomenal - highly engaging and we love them. Sometimes we also upscale our skills through their short video tutorials. Parents looking to inculcate reading habits in children can explore British Council ‘s ‘Reading for Life’ programme that sends young readers, between 7 – 12 years, on a three-week reading adventure. I recommend it and feel taking their membership is definitely worth it


All in all, there is nothing as vital as introducing the habit of reading to your kid and the earlier you do it, the better. I really hope the above recommendations help.

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