I called my girls together and they came up with the following list of books:
- Nim’s Island, Nim at Sea by Wendy Orr
- The Tale of Despereaux, The Miraculous Journey of Edward
Toulane by Kate DiCamillo
- The Fleurville Trilogy and Monsieur Cadichon: Memoirs of a
Donkey by Comtesse de Segur
- Sophie’s Adventures and other books by Dick King Smith
- Ballet Shoes, White Boots and other books by Noel Streatfeild
- Our Australian Girl series
- The Mitchells series and other books by Hilda Van Stockum. These can be found on the Bethlehem Books website where there are lots of other books the younger girls have enjoyed.
- The Penderwicks series by Jean Birdsall
- The Princess and Curdie and other books by George MacDonald
- The Selfish Giant and The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde
There are many old out-of-print girls’ series of books available as free ebooks such as…
- The Campfire Girls
- The Outdoor Girls
- The Moving Picture Girls
- The Bobbsey Twins
The links for these books can be found in my post More eBook Adventures.
A couple of years ago, the older girls put together a basket of books they thought Gemma-Rose might like to read (she was 7 at the time). They also gave their favourite book recommendations for Sophie. These lists can be found in my post Sophie’s Basket.
The books I read out loud to Sophie and Gemma-Rose over the last couple of years, can be found in the post Homeschool Registration Visit Part 1: Learning Activities. Gemma-Rose was aged 7-9 during this period.
Of course, all children read at different levels at different ages. Even if some of these books are too difficult for a 7 year old to read independently, she might still enjoy listening to them being read out loud. Being the youngest child of the family, Gemma-Rose had the opportunity to listen in when I was reading to her older siblings. I discovered she could understand and enjoy books I wouldn’t have thought she was ready for. She has also inherited a huge library of books. The older girls are always eager to share their favourite books with Gemma-Rose (and I am always coming across new titles.) Sometimes it must be great to be the baby of the family!
Disclaimer: Not all these books are Catholic. Some have secular themes, and some might even be frightening! I remember reading The Tale of Despeareaux to Gemma-Rose when she was about 5. Her eyes opened wide like saucers, and she clung to my arm while I read. But she didn’t want me to stop!! By the way, the book is MUCH better than the movie. The same is true for Nim’s Island.
What books would you recommend for a girl of about 7? Please stop and tell us your favourites.