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10 best books for readers ages 7 to 9

The appeal of great children’s books traverses the ages. In her guide “100 Best Books For Children,” Anita Silvey offers a list of favorite books for readers ages 7-9. Silvey's list includes some well-thumbed older favorites entirely capable of delighting children of the new millennium. 

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1. 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' written by Richard and Florence Atwater, illustrated by Robert Lawson

The arrival of a box containing a penguin is a dream come true for Mr. Popper – a housepainter who dreams of Arctic adventure. The Popper family soon seeks another penguin to stave off the loneliness of their new feathered friend. However, when her addition results in the hatching of 10 tuxedoed chicks, Mr. Popper must hatch a plan to keep enough fish on the table.


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