It’s a well-known fact that literacy is crucial to success in today’s world. Because of this, nourishing interest in reading early in life is hugely beneficial.
Cultivating Interest in Reading Through Animals
One of the most effective ways to do this is through animals. Children love animals! Most children become fascinated with them before surpassing infancy, making books about animals for 7-year-olds a fantastic literary option when looking for reading material.
Animal Books for 7-8 Year Olds
Searching for animal books for 7 to 8-year-olds can be a tedious process, but fortunately, we specialize in reading development for children at Book and Bear. We have several recommendations for those looking for books.
The Secret Life of the Red Fox, by Laurence Pringle and Illustrated by Kate Garchinksky
This gorgeously illustrated book shows the reader the life, activities, and journey of a female fox that is naturally unseen by the world due to the fox’s shy, secretive nature. The fox, named Vixen, gracefully lives her life as she searches for food, hunts for her family, and escapes the threat of predators and other hazards. As her life goes on, she finds a mate and raises her kits. She faithfully cultivates her young until she and her mate allow them to find their way as they reach maturity.
This book follows many good, realistic behaviors of red foxes, perhaps most notably that they generally choose a single mate for life. The book is very informative, showing different manners by which foxes hunt, scavenge, and survive. Additionally, this book has key vocabulary words and phrases in italics, helping young readers learn new terminology. This makes reading an educational experience–as it should be. Animal books for 7 to 8-year-olds help young readers develop an admiration for and respect for wildlife. This is important in a world where many neglect to treat wildlife with care. Young readers will assuredly enjoy this book, complete with its artful writing and breathtaking illustrations.
Spunky Tells All, by Ann Cameron, Illustrated by Lauren Castillo
Spunky Tells All is a fun story about a happy dog who loves his family but wishes that he could communicate with them. As much as he tries to speak, his barking is misconstrued by his family as a plea for another dog to keep him company, although this is the last thing he wants. He discovers, after trial and error, that his new friend is a welcome addition to the family and that meaning and purpose can be found in his new company.
Lulu and the Duck in the Park, by Hilary McKay, Illustrated by Priscilla Lamont
Lulu and the Duck in the Park follows Lulu, a schoolgirl obsessed with animals. In an unwise but well-intentioned show of love to her teacher, Mrs. Holiday, Lulu gets in trouble and is instructed never to bring an animal into the schoolhouse again. However, she finds an abandoned duck egg and must bring it to the school to keep it warm and safe.
This playful story is perfect for children interested in animals because they can easily relate to Lulu. Her care for and appreciation for animals are admirable. She makes for a good role model, a sweet child who loves and cares for animals, even when it is difficult.
Getting Children Started on Reading
Now that you have a firm grasp on suitable animal books for 7 to 8-year-olds interested in animals, you may wonder how to get started. We at Book and Bear recognize the need for regular reading to build literacy skills through forming habits. We offer monthly box subscriptions that include a stuffed animal your child can build by themselves and a carefully chosen book about the animal you receive.
You can visit our website and select a plan that works best for your child.