Books “for” Girls

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett

I grew up an almost incurable tomboy with two older sisters who liked makeup and nail polish and doing their hair. But I still love Anne of Green Gables.

The books I suggest here are fiction stories I think girls will like. Try them on your son, and he just might like them too. (Don’t forget to check out the lists for boys too. Some of the books over there are my favorite reads.) As always, if you have a book you want me to read, send an email and I’d love to check it out.



Kindergarten & 1st grade

note I include this list of books, aware that a Kindergartner is almost never ready to read these books alone. I encourage parents to read aloud or get books on CD.

  1. Winnie the Pooh  |  A. A. Milne ills. E. H. Shepherd
  2. The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter |  Beatrix Potter
  3. The Real Mother Goose  |  Blanche Fisher Wright
  4. The Foot Book  |  Dr. Seuss
  5. One Morning in Maine  |  Robert McCloskey
  6. Sarah, Plain and Tall  | Patricia MacLachlan (this books has several sequels, including  Skylark and Caleb’s Story.)

2nd Grade

  1. Charlotte’s Web  |  E. B. White (also consider his other excellent books, Stuart Little and Trumpet of the Swan)
  2. The Wheel on the School  |  Meindert DeJong
  3. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle  |  Betty MacDonald  ills. Hillary Knight
  4. Little House in the Big Woods  |  Laura Ingalls Wilder  ills. Garth Williams
  5. The Cabin Faced West  |  Jean Fritz
  6. Ballet Shoes  |  Noel Streatfeild
  7. The Boxcar Children #1  |  Gertrude Chandler Warner
  8. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon  |  Grace Lin

3rd-4th Grade

  1. Mr. Popper’s Penguins  |  Richard and Florence Atwater ills. Robert Lawson
  2. The Cricket in Times Square  |  George Selden ills. Garth Williams
  3. Phoebe the Spy  |  Judith Berry Griffin
  4. Mary Poppins   |  P. L. Travers
  5. Misty of Chincoteague  | Marguerite Henry  ills. Wesley Dennis
  6. A Little Princess  |  Francis Hodgson Burnett
  7. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH  |  Robert C. O’Brien
  8. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler  |  E. L. Konigsburg
  9. Caddie Woodlawn  |   Carol Ryrie Brink

5th-6th Grade

  1. The Borrowers  |  Mary Norton ills. Joe and Beth Krush
  2. Out of the Dust  | Karen Hesse
  3. Roller Skates  | Ruth Sawyer
  4. My Louisiana Sky  |  Kimberly Willis Holt
  5. The Blue Fairy Book  |  edited Andrew Lang  ills. Henry J. Ford
  6. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe  |  C. S. Lewis  ills. Pauline Baynes
  7. Island of the Blue Dolphins  |  Scott O’Dell
  8. Our Only May Amelia  |  Jennifer L. Holm
  9. The Wolves of Willoughby Chase  |  Joan Aiken

7th-8th Grade

  1. Hope was Here  | Joan Bauer
  2. Anne of Green Gables  |  L. M. Montgomery (I highly recommend her Emily books and Jane of Lantern Hill, but the Anne books are classic)
  3. Little Women  |  Louisa May Alcott
  4. Bloomability  |  Sharon Creech
  5. Nory Ryan’s Song  |  Patricia Reilly Giff
  6. Beauty  |  Robin McKinley
  7. A Wrinkle in Time  |  Madeleine L’Engle
  8. The Witch of Blackbird Pond  |   Elizabeth George Speare
  9. Tuck Everlasting  |  Natalie Babbitt

9th-12th Grade

  1. The Goose Girl  |  Shannon Hale
  2. Bright Island  |  Mabel Robinson
  3. A Girl of the Limberlost  |  Gene Stratton-Porter
  4. Anne Frank : The Diary of a Young Girl  |  Anne Frank
  5. The Perilous Guard   |  Elizabeth Marie Pope
  6. A Traveler in Time  |  Alison Uttley
  7. Much Ado About Nothing  |  William Shakespeare
  8. The Importance of Being Earnest  |  Oscar Wilde

College and Beyond

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird  |  Harper Lee
  2. Jane Eyre  |  Charlotte Brontë
  3. Till We Have Faces  |  C. S. Lewis
  4. Persuasion  |  Jane Austen
  5. The Hiding Place  |  Corrie ten Boom
  6. Murder on the Orient Express  |  Agatha Christie
  7. Mistborn: The Final Empire  |  Brandon Sanderson

Busy Moms

  1. My Ántonia |  Willa Cather
  2. Around the World in Eighty Days  |  Jules Verne
  3. Jane of Lantern Hill  |  L. M. Montgomery
  4. The Scarlet Pimpernel  |  Baroness Orczy
  5. Of Mice and of Men  |  John Steinbeck
  6. Phantom of the Opera  |  Gaston Leroux
  7. The Princess Bride  |  William Golding
  8. Emma  |  Jane Austen