Oh, how I love to read, and have since I was a small child. I was lucky to be surrounded by a lot of good books, and a mom that was willing to take me to the library. A lot. I’ve always been a fast reader, so those 10 books that I was allowed to check out on my junior library card only lasted a couple of days during the summer. I just couldn’t get enough! The tooth fairy even brought books to our house instead of money–and I LOVED it. By the time I was nine or ten I had read dozens of the classics, and some of my favorite books were Little Women, David Copperfield, Jane Eyre, and Oliver Twist. That love of getting lost in a book has remained with me to this day, and I wish I could still curl up and read all day long–even just sometimes!
There are SO SO many good books, and as a young girl, I had my favorites. I read them over and over again, and still love them to this day. My girls are now seven years old, and also love to read, and I’m just SO excited that I get to share all my favorites with them. I have compiled a list of twenty of my favorite chapter books for girls, and several of them are actually a part of a series. I love when I find a really good series, because I can stretch out my love of the character even farther! These books are geared toward girls that are 8-12–some on the lower end of that range, and some toward the upper range. My girls (age seven) started with Betsy & Tacy–one of my absolute favorites–and lower on the age range scale. They are all wonderful for independent reading, and if your child isn’t quite ready to read these on their own, they all make excellent read-aloud books, perfect for bedtime reading, or anytime! Actually, even if they can read them on their own, it’s still fun to read aloud…together.
I have so many books that I love, it was HARD to narrow it down to only 20 (way more though, if you include all of the books in the series), but these are my absolute favorites, and bring back the most memories of my childhood reading. Most of them I read as a young girl, but there are a couple on this list that I’ve added since then.
CHAPTER BOOKS FOR GIRLS!
Betsy and Tacy are best friends growing up in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, and this series follows them as they grow up. It’s a delightful series, and you can’t help but fall in with these girls (and their friend Tib, who is introduced later)!
LOVE this series! It tells the story of a family with stair-step girls, who live in the Lower East Side of New York City at the turn-of-the-century. They live above their father’s store, and the stories of their life are rich with everyday adventures and their Jewish faith.
This is the first book in a series about the Pepper Family, who live in the Little Brown House. There are five children who live with their widowed mother, Mamsie, and it’s their story of how they face all the challenges that come their way. It’s extremely heartwarming, and the unexpected conclusion is the perfect ending!
Oh, well, what more can you say about Little House one the Prairie? It’s an iconic series that tells the tale of Laura Ingalls and her family and their pioneer life beginning in this book in 1871. It’s utterly charming, and she and her family will draw you in and want to keep reading more!
I’ve read these books so many times I have them memorized! There are eight Anne books, starting her story of going from orphan to Anne of Green Gables. My copies are tattered, the corners bent, and the pages yellowed, but I wouldn’t have it any other way–my girls will read these same books!