Book Recommendations for Girls

Most of you know that I am an absolute NUT for children’s books.  Abigail has picked up my love of reading and we’ve been flying through the titles this year.  These are the books that I highly recommend for your 8-11 year old girls.  (Of course, Abigail’s list would also include every book from the Animal Ark series, Puppy Place series, Rainbow Fairies, Weather Fairies, Pet Fairies, etc.  I’ve left those out, opting instead for books with a little more stuff to them.)  Also, these titles are linked to Amazon if you want to read the book summary there – just scroll over the title and it’ll pop up.


Ida B – by far the best book we’ve read all year.  My highest recommendation.  Five stars!!  (Update:  recently outed by Cornelia… as the best book of the year.  See below.)


The Moffats – sweet old-fashioned story about a family and their escapades


Rufus M. – more from the Moffats series (Newbery Honor Book))


Pinky Pye – and more from the Moffats series


Ginger Pye – and still more from the Moffats series (Newbery Medal Winner)


Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Summerset Sisters – Abigail and I decided this is the new best book of the year.  Fantastic!!


Roxie and the Hooligans – Abigail read this one so fast I didnt’ get in on it, but she loved it. (Texas Bluebonnet Nominee)


Nim’s Island – Haven’t seen the movie yet, but the book was good, fast read.  Not too scary, which I appreciate.


Deaf Child Crossing – one of three books by Marlee Matlin (deaf actress) about a young girl who is deaf and how she very successfully navigates her life as a 9 year old.   Really, really good book. 


Nobody’s Perfect – another of the books in Marlee’s series.  This time the main character is having a birthday party and doesn’t know whether or not to invite the new girl. It’s very appropriate to what our girls deal with on a day to day basis.


Clementine – very funny, Junie B-type of character who gets into lots of trouble but has a great heart (sounds like someone else I know…)


Utterly Me, Clarice Bean – similar to Clementine, Clarice Bean is often in trouble for her antics.  Written in very clever text that keeps the reader’s attention.


Mandy – written by Julie Andrews Edwards, so duh, no wonder I like it.  Very sweet and old-fashioned. 


The Doll People – A wonderful story about a family of dolls who come alive in their dollhouse when their “girl” isn’t home.  I remember our school librarian recommending it to all the 3rd and 4th graders at the book fair a few years ago. 


The Meanest Doll in the World – Don’t let the title and cover art work scare you.  This is a great sequel to The Doll People.  We’re hoping they write a third!



One Response to “Book Recommendations for Girls”

  1. T. May 24, 2008 at 8:10 am #

    I HAVE A CHILDREN’S BOOK LIBRARY in my kids’ playroom!!!!! And when people say, “Wow, your kids have a lot of books,” I have to explain I’ve had the collection since I was in high school and absolutely ADORE “children’s” books.

    I totally LOVED E.L. Konigsburg’s Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth, for school age.

    I loved anything by Madeleine L’Engle, with A Ring of Endless Light a favorite for young adult age.

    My other favorite for young adults is Two from Galilee by Marjorie Holmes, a beautifully written imagining of the love story of Mary and Joseph.

    And I still think the bestest book EVER (besides TO Kill a Mocking bird, which you absolutely HAVE to read!), in terms of beautiful writing and moral significance, is Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting, a book for any age.

    I love picture books too, supposedly for the really younger kids but of course I qualify, being a really young kid at heart. Hooway for Wodney Wat always has me laughing to the point of tears. But for sheer beauty and power The Fourth Wise Man by Susan Summers (a Christian story) and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciekowski just CANNOT be beat!

    So glad I found a fellow blogger who knows medicine and children’s books! Hooway!

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