Book List: For Girls

Dear Reader,

Do you have one of those girls who eats up books? I do. I remember when she was four, I was reading Little House in the Big Woods as a read-aloud to my then two children. Then one day the four-year-old picked it up and began reading it for herself. I never finished it as a read-aloud; what was the point when she had already read it? And I quit giving her reading lessons. She was already beyond our curriculum. Since then she has gobbled her way through a large number of books. Here are some favorites:

The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase series by Aiken

Little Women and others by Louisa May Alcott

Poppy and many others by Avi. An author with one name has to be good, right? Like Madonna. Poppy is an animal (I can’t remember which kind). Avi is very, very prolific but this series about Poppy and friends is a good place to start.

The Animal Ark series by Baglio. These are newer, more popular books. But when your daughter flies through them, you end up lowering your standards sometimes.

The Frog Princess series by Baker. My daughter is not a princess-y pink girl but she liked these.

The Indian in the Cupboard series and others by Banks.

The Penderwicks series by Birdsall

The Fudge books by Judy Blume. But be very careful with her other books. Some have very adult themes.

The Famous Five books by Blyton. These are English books about children who solve mysteries. Sort of like the Boxcar children. She also has the Secret Seven series which is similar.

The Anybodies and its sequels by N.E. Bode

Caddie Woodlawn and its sequel by Brink

The Little Princess and others by Burnett. Classics.

Various books by Beverly Cleary. I don’t actually like the Ramona ones but some of the others like the Henry Huggins ones and Socks are good.

Books by Kate Dicamillo. Because of Winn Dixie and Tale of Despereaux are well-known but others are good too.

Half-Magic and others by Edward Eager. Silly fun.

The Four-Story Mistake and others by Elizabeth Enright. Another lovely family with lots of kids.

Ginger Pye and others by Estes

Marguerite Henry’s horse books for any girl who loves horses

A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels by L’Engle. These are for a slightly older audience.

Ella Enchanted and others by Levine. More princesses.

Various books by Astrid Lindgrenn including the Pippi Longstocking series and The Children of Noisy Village and its sequels

The Dancing Cats of Applesap by Lisle. I have not tried any others by this author. I couldn’t even tell you if there are others, but we really enjoyed this one. It is a sweet story and it involves dancing cats.

Betsy Tacy and its sequels by Lovelace. These are older books but our library had newer editions so I suppose they have been re-released.

Sarah Plain and Tall and its sequels by Patricia MacLachlan. This was the first book my daughter truly fell for and read again and again.

Saffie’s Angel and sequels by McKay. See this post for  a cautionary note.

Anne of Green Gables and sequels by L.M. Montgomery

Owls in the Family by Mowat

Almost anything by E. Nesbit

Pollyanna and Pollyanna Grows Up by Porter. These are wonderful books though I think they tend to be despised by people who have not actually read them.

The five little peppers series by Sidney. Wonderful older books and there are tons of them.

The Cricket in Times Square and others by Snelden. This one is most famous but there are a number of others that are good too.

The Enola Holmes series by Springer. A girl detective; I believe she is supposed to be Sherlock’s little sister.

Heidi by Spyri. Another classic. My sister used to read it regularly and cry every time.

The shoes series by Streatfield. The names are along the lines of Ballet Shoes, Theater Shoes, etc.

Mary Poppins and its sequels by Travers. It is not just like the movie but still very good.

Angel on the Square and others by Gloria Whelan. These are historical fiction set in different cultures.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Wiggin

The Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

That is the list I have come up with so far and I am sure I am forgetting some! Also my daughter has read 95% of these so if you have others, please speak up!



2 responses to this post.

  1. Wonderful list. As a child, I was happiest in a tree reading a book and you have listed some of my favorites. Thanks for sharing on Creative Learning


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