Top 10 Best Literacy Books for 7-year-olds

Get to grips with grammar, become a spelling superstar and perfect your punctuation with these brilliant books. See below for the best literacy books for 7-year-olds.

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1. What's So Special About Shakespeare?

Michael Rosen

What was it like in Shakespeare's time? What do we actually know about him? And how does someone become that famous?! These are just some of the questions addressed in this lively and accessible book on the life and works of William Shakespeare by much-loved children's author, Michael Rosen. Perfect for browsing, the text is divided into clear sections and features studies of four of Shakespeare's plays, intriguing facts and information about Shakespeare and his world, and a useful timeline.

2. The Usborne Write Your Own Story Book

Louie Stowell

Aspiring authors will love this exciting activity book, which is packed with hints, tips and handy tasks to help them write simply brilliant stories. It features writing techniques and methods to make every story a masterpiece, with helpful activities on coming up with ideas and writing from different perspectives. Plus, the book includes story themes to write about, from murder mysteries to stories from outer space. With plenty of lined space to fill, each activity offers suggestions for characters, settings and objects to write into the story, as well as questions to stir the imagination.

3. Project X Alien Adventures: Series 1

With a whopping 31 books in this incredible series, these intergalactic adventures are perfect for kids who are looking to tackle their very first chapter books. They're full of fun stories, activities and facts that will build children's reading confidence, progressing from Oxford Reading Level 7 to Level 11. The malevolent Badlaw and his army of robotic Krools are taking over Planet Exis, and it's up to Nok and micro-friends Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger to save the day! Join the adventure in these riveting reads.

4. Shakespeare Stories

William Shakespeare, Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross | 7+

The brilliant Bard's works remain just as relevant and compelling today as they did over 400 years ago. Featuring 16 of William Shakespeare's most popular and enduring plays, these rewritten and wonderfully-illustrated versions will have kids engrossed. From the tragedy of Macbeth to the humour of Twelfth Night, these superb paperbacks make an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for young readers.

5. Oxford Primary Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Dictionary

Oxford

Children will love being guided by quirky bird characters through the full-colour pages of this exuberant dictionary, ideal for checking grammar, punctuation and spelling on a daily basis. It features easy-to-remember rules, a list of tricky words, the words most commonly misspelled and lots more useful advice. It's sure to provide a sturdy foundation in English for children at Key Stage 2 level.

6. How to Get a Grip on Grammar

Simon Cheshire

Grammar can be a tricky topic, but this amazing activity book will help kids get their grammar skills up to scratch! They'll learn about lots of grammar topics, including tenses, adverbs and sentence structure, and have fun in the process. Jam-packed with useful tips, ideas and activities, kids will be grammar gurus in no time!

7. Letts KS2 Grammar SATs Revision Help Series

Letts

This indispensable series of revision books uses three different approaches to help children engage with the different topics of English and achieve success at Key Stage 2 level. However your child learns best - whether by seeing, hearing, doing, or a mixture of the three - these easy-to-follow books are sure to help them unravel the often difficult topics of spelling, punctuation and grammar. The series includes a practice workbook, a revision guide and useful practice test papers.

8. A Rocketful of Space Poems

John Foster et al

Aspiring astronauts and poets alike will love this astronomical anthology of space-themed poems. Featuring works from the likes of Judith Nicholls, Liz Brownlee and David Harmer (as well as John Foster's own poems), these crazy poems will encourage kids to blast off into space, shoot to the Moon and even meet an asteroid dog. This is the perfect book to provide excitement when it comes to enjoying poetry.

9. Usborne Illustrated English Spelling Dictionary

Alex Latimer

This useful and brilliantly-illustrated book features over 25,000 words in alphabetical order, perfect for helping children with spelling. It comes with handy tips, hints and rules about spelling on each page, and suggests ways to visualise words that are easily confused, difficult to spell or sound similar to other words.

10. Read With Biff, Chip & Kipper: My Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Kit

Annemarie Young

With a new emphasis on grammar in primary schools - and a new grammar, punctuation and spelling test for year 6 pupils - this is an invaluable kit for young learners to give them a head-start in this tricky area. It has been specially designed in line with the new National Curriculum and contains three workbooks, featuring enjoyable activities which provide plenty of spelling, punctuation and grammar practice; a set of flashcards, great for consolidating learning through games; a reward chart with stickers to keep kids motivated; and a leaflet with helpful hints and tips.

  • Letts KS2 Grammar SATs Revision Help Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780007962044
    LGPS 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £16.97
    • Save £11.98
    • Just £1.66 per book
    This unique collection of revision books uses three different approaches to help children engage with the different topics of spelling, grammar and punctuation and achieve success at Key Stage 2 level.

    Whether your children learn best by seeing, hearing or doing (or even if a mixture of the three works well for them), these easy-to-follow books are sure to help them find the answers they need for the notoriously difficult topics of spelling, grammar and punctuation.
    Featured in the collection are a practice workbook, a revision guide and even some practice test papers.
  • GPSD 7 years +
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £10.99
    • Save £7.00
    Fluttering with friendly and quirky bird characters to guide children through the clear pages and full-colour layouts, this is the ultimate child-friendly dictionary for pupils aged 7-9.

    Perfect for daily use for checking grammar, punctuation and spelling, this is essential reference for Key Stage 2 children and their parents and teachers.

    With features such as easy-to-remember rules, a list of tricky words, those words most commonly misspelled and plenty more, this reliable book from Oxford University Press will provide a sturdy grounding in the English language and its techniques for children aged 7 and over.
  • APOPN 7 years +
    Alex Latimer
    7 years +
    • £10.39
    • RRP £12.99
    • Save £2.60
    Over 25,000 words are arranged in alphabetical order in this classic English language reference book to help with spelling.

    It comes with useful tips and hints and rules about spelling on each page and contains ways to visualise words that are easily confused, difficult to spell or that sound the same as other words.

    Part of a range of Usborne reference dictionaries, additional online resources are available via the Usborne Quicklinks website.
  • AMKLK 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £9.78
    • RRP £13.64
    • Save £3.86
    There is a new emphasis on the teaching of grammar in primary school, and a new test called the English grammar, punctuation and spelling test has been introduced for children in Year 6. But this does not mean that you need to wait until your child is in Year 6 before beginning to support them in learning the knowledge and skills they will need to become clear and effective communicators of language. My Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Kit has been specially designed to provide fun practice and support of spelling, punctuation and grammar in line with the new National Curriculum for children aged 6 and above. The kit contains three workbooks with enjoyable activities which provide lots of spelling, punctuation and grammar practice; a set of flashcards which can be used to consolidate learning through games; a reward chart with stickers to help build your child's confidence; a leaflet with helpful hints and tips. This kit is part of Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper - the UK's best-selling home reading series, and is supported by free eBooks and advice at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. Biff, Chip & Kipper are much loved characters from the Oxford Reading Tree series, which is used in 80% of primary schools.
  • ROSP 7 years +
    John Foster et al
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £12.99
    • Save £9.00
    Poet John Foster and Winnie the Witch illustrator Korky Paul team up for this anthology of space-themed poems.

    Including works from the likes of Judith Nicholls, Liz Brownlee and David Harmer (as well as John Foster's own poems), the crazy poems will encourage children to fly into space, drive to the moon and even meet an asteroid dog.

    A Rocketful of Space Poems is the perfect book to give children a blast of excitement when it comes to enjoying poetry.
  • Project X Alien Adventures: Series 1 Collection - 31 Books - Collection - 9780192739841
    PXAA 6 years +
    6 years +
    (58)
    • £19.99
    • RRP £154.90
    • Save £134.91
    • Just 64.00p per book
    Packed with fantastic artwork and ideal for preparing Year 2 schoolchildren aged 6 and above as they look to tackle their very first chapter books, our Project X Alien Adventures Collection is full of fun stories, activities and facts that will help young readers build their confidence in reading at Oxford Reading Level 7 and then progress right through to Level 11.

    Badlaw and his army of robotic Krools are taking over Planet Exis. Now Exis's only chance for freedom is for Nok and micro-friends Max, Cat, Ant and Tiger to save the day, free Exis from Badlaw and save Nok's parents, too!

    Gripping and sure to have even the most reluctant reader wanting to turn the pages and read on, this huge collection of 31 books is specially written by the creators of the Oxford Reading Tree (Biff, Chip and Kipper) to encourage children to enjoy reading independently.

    This 31-book collection covers Oxford Reading Tree Levels 7 to 11 (book bands Turquoise, Purple, Gold, White and Lime). It is suitable for children in Year 2/P3.

    Please note the books in this collection vary in size. The dimensions stated are for the wallet that the books are presented in.
  • HGGG 7 years +
    Simon Cheshire
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £6.00
    How to Get a Grip on Grammar is packed full of amazing activities to help children get their grammar skills up to speed and have fun with terrific tenses, awesome adverbs and super sentence structure.

    For useful tips and inspiring ideas, How to Get a Grip on Grammar is jam-packed full of outrageous activities that will have you mastering the world of grammar in no time.
  • AREHY 7 years +
    Michael Rosen
    7 years +
    • £5.59
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £1.40
    So what was it like to live in Shakespeare's time? What do we actually know about him? And how does someone become that famous? These are just a few of the questions addressed in this lively and accessible book on the life and works of William Shakespeare by award-winning author Michael Rosen. Ideal for browsing, the text is divided into clear sections and includes studies of four of Shakespeare's plays, intriguing facts and information about Shakespeare himself and the world at this time, accompanied by a useful timeline.
  • The Shakespeare Stories Collection - 16 Books - Collection - 9781408313053 - Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross
    NSHK 7 years +
    Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross
    7 years +
    (11)
    • £9.99
    • RRP £79.84
    • Save £69.85
    • Just 62.00p per book
    It's now over 400 years since the Bard died and his work still remains just as relevant and compelling today. Boasting 16 of William Shakespeare's most popular and enduring plays, this collection contains rewritten versions of all his most well-known tales.

    From the tragedy of Macbeth to the humour of Much Ado About Nothing, this superb collection of paperbacks makes an excellent introduction to Shakespeare for younger readers.

    The tales have been retold using accessible language and with the help of Tony Ross's engaging black-and-white illustrations, each play is vividly brought to life, allowing these culturally enriching stories to be shared with as wide an audience as possible.

    Format: paperback
    Please note that although these books are suitable for children aged 9 and over to enjoy independently, the themes they cover mean they may be considered more suitable for shared reading with children aged 7 plus.
  • AFATU 7 years +
    7 years +
    (3)
    • £7.19
    • RRP £8.99
    • Save £1.80
    Aspiring young writers will love this fun activity book full of hints, tips and handy tasks for writing breath-taking stories. The first half of the book is full of writing tips, techniques and methods to make every story a masterpiece, with helpful activities on coming up with ideas, writing from different points of view and creating characters, settings and story lines. The second half of the book is full of story themes to write about, from murder mysteries to tales from outer space. With lots of lined space to fill, each activity comes with suggestions for characters, settings and objects to write into the story as well as questions to prompt the imagination.