Some good books for 7-year-old boys include well-known titles such as Maurice Sendak's much-loved "Where the Wild Things Are" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl, alongside newer favorites such as the "How to Train Your Dragon" series, the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" books and the "Captain Underpants" superhero adventures. Long-standing classics such as "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White, S.E. Hinton's "The Outsiders" and "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls are also strong recommendations.
Spooks and scares are big in books for boys. Ongoing series such as R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps" collection feature monsters, ghosts, hauntings and hocus-pocus, with enough otherworldly mayhem to maintain the interest of young male readers. Similarly, the venerable "Hardy Boys" books offer involving, cleverly plotted mysteries and have proven themselves capable of capturing children's imaginations for generations.
Some non-fiction selections suitable for boys include Roald Dahl's real-life remembrance of growing up, "Boy: Tales of Childhood." The book details Dahl's experiences as a child in 1920s and '30s Britain, his school days and the winding path leading to his successful writing career. On the non-narrative side, mainstays such as "The Guinness Book of World Records" and "Ripley's Believe It or Not" continue to be good choices for young, modern-day readers.