There is nothing like curling up with a book that you love.
They are good friends that you can visit again, and again. Books are also new friends that you can meet for the very first time!
A world that was previously unknown to you is discovered when you crack open a book. (Or turn one on, in this digital loving world.) I love how you can travel through history and to imaginary places!
Books are in my blood. My great-grandparents owned a bookstore. My aunt and uncle owned a used bookstore. Another aunt is a children’s librarian. The rest of us are just book obsessed!
My mom started us off as infants and kept reading to us until our early teens. She introduced me to many of my favourites! I am amazed when I look back and realize how many of the books shaped how I relate to the world and who I am today.
Here are 10 books that every young girl should read. Many are classics, some are more modern. All of them hold a special place in my heart.
10 Books Every Young Girl Should Read
1. Grandma’s Attic
Oh, Grandma’s Attic, they are sweet, funny, and life-shaping stories based on the lives of the author’s grandma Mable and best friend Sarah Jane. Mable and Sarah Jane are a younger/old-fashioned version of Lucy and Ethel.
As you read the books you will find yourself laughing till you cry, crying through their sorrows, and learning through all the stages of the girls’ lives from childhood to motherhood.
My top picks:
- All of them! 🙂
2. Little House Series
Laura Ingall’s Wilder’s Little House Series will always have a soft spot in my heart. They are the first chapter books I remember my mom reading to us as children and the first “big books” I read when the world of words finally made sense to my brain at the age of nine.
She takes you back to the time of the pioneers, to a simpler (though not easier) way of life. Girls and boys alike learn what life was like through the joy, sorrows, and delights of life on the frontier.
I have read the whole series more times than I can count. My childhood best friend and I were obsessed to the point where we knew the chapter, page number, and exact paragraph of our favourite passages.
My dream home was even designed after Laura’s home where she wrote the books. (Perfectly normal thing for 10-year-old to decide right…?)
The series also inspired many recipes that I have created.
My top picks:
- Little House in the Big Woods
- Little Town on the Prarie
- These Happy Golden Years
3. Rhoda Straight and True
My aunt handed me a copy of Rhoda Straight and True at my Grandma Burnett’s house when I was about 10 years old. It deals with hard issues that are still 100% relevant today, though the book takes place in New York City during the 1950s.
It is a coming of age story of a young girl named Rhoda, where deep issues like bullying, poverty, friendship, and mental effects of war are dealt with.
4. The Ordinary Princess
This sweet tale is everything a fairy tale should be and isn’t. You are drawn into the story of princess “Amy” who is nothing like what a princess should be and who is like the title suggests quite ordinary. It is a pure delight to see how her story ends in its own happily ever after that is unlike your typical ever after.
5. Jane Austen
Dear Jane Austen, a list like this would not be complete without her books.
I didn’t actually “read” the books on my own until my twenties. Instead, I listened to them on audio (back in the cassette tapes from the library days), when I was in High School working on art projects.
I really like how Jane Austen so accurately portrays human nature, the good and the bad. It is what makes her characters so relatable and loveable (or dislikable).
My top picks:
6. Little Women
I dreamed of being Jo, yet as I have grown older, I realized that I am no Jo March. I’m okay with that now. I more of a Meg, with a touch of Amy…
Louisa May Alcott, (I was always crushed that it wasn’t spelled M-a-e) taught me the importance of family, through thick and thin. She so accurately portrayed all the emotions of life in Little Women.
I enjoyed seeing Marmee’s girls grow, I have been able to relate to the girls as I grew, through each season of life that they passed through.
7. The Christy Miller Series
Christy Miller shaped so many things about my perspective of God, relationships, and life. They are the most “modern” books on my list.
The author Robin Jones Gunn beautifully weaves the story of grace throughout out the series as you see the characters grow, mature, and learn through all the intense emotions teenage girls feel, and the difficult choice they have to make.
8. The Chronicles of Narnia
The Chronicles of Narina are not focused on just girls but there is so much to learn from them! My regret is that I didn’t discover the rich beauty and fun delight of the series until adulthood.
They are full of deep lessons of integrity, trust, and perseverance amongst other things woven throughout all the books. Those are all important lessons for any young girl to learn.
My top picks:
- The Magician’s Nephew
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
- The Horse and His Boy
- The Last Battle
This White Hot Chocolate inspired by The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is a delight!
9. Anne of Green Gables Series
Anne was my imaginary big sister, which is completely fitting since she had her own imaginary friends.
Who doesn’t love the “Anne Girl”? She is my INFP kindred spirit. It’s no wonder that I was such a fan from an early age.
What can’t you learn from Anne? She is the best friend every girl needs to have. Seriously, though, you follow her from childhood all the way through motherhood. In Anne, you see a raw look at emotions and life, and how to press on and embrace life anyway.
My top picks:
- Anne of Green Gables
- Anne of the Island
- Anne of Windy Poplars
Fun thing, the copy of Anne of Green Gables was from my Aunt Pat, the librarian. It was given to her by my great-grandparent’s who owned the bookstore!
Raspberry Cordial anyone?
10. Always Plenty
Alway Plenty is the newest on my list. It won my heart this past spring before it was released to the public. My sweet friend Caroline Rose Kraft retold the beautiful, true story of a young girl named Eddie, and her family in the mid-1940s.
It is a delightful read that is reminiscent to Sarah Plain and Tall.
Well, there you have it!