There are lots of books in the world, but only a handful of these stories have the ability to stick with us for the rest of our lives. Introduce the girls in your life to some of these stories that they will remember and treasure for years to come….
There’s a new dog in town, and he enjoys terrorizing kids! Unfortunately, the kids’ parents don’t understand how scary the chasing, snarling dog really is! The new neighbors believe that their “puppy” is harmless. Will the kids be able to overcome their fears? And will the dog prove to be a friend in the end?
Ellen is in third grade and has a terrible secret – Her mother makes her wear woolen underwear in the winter! When Ellen discovers that the new girl in school has the same secret, an instant friendship is formed. Going to school, giggling over secrets, and avoiding the school tease are all so much more fun with a best friend! But, when a misunderstanding breaks the two friends apart, will they be able to swallow their pride, forgive each other, and renew their friendship?
3. Ramona Quimby Series
These Ramona books are some of my all-time favorites. If your girl has not read the first books about Ramona (Beezus and Ramona, Ramona the Pest, Ramona the Brave, and Ramona and Her Father), then she should read these books first. Ramona continues to grow up in Ramona Quimby Age 8, Ramona and Her Mother, Ramona Forever, and Ramona’s World.
Silly Stories to make them laugh:
If you have an 8 or 9-year-old girl who likes purely silly stories, this series is for her! Mrs. Piggle Wiggle is a funny little woman who lives in an upside down house and loves children. She can make any common chore fun and offers advice and creative solutions to cure any child of misbehavior from talking-back (giving them an obnoxious parrot) to eating too slowly to refusing to go to bed. There are several books in this series.
Pippi Longstocking is the silly and unbelievable story about a little girl who lives by herself, has lots of gold coins, is stronger than any man, and terrorizes her home town to the distress of the adults and the delight of the other children. Always unpredictable, Pippi is not purposely difficult but has such odd ideas about life, has never been taught good manners, and has a propensity to exaggerate (which she admits is “lying”). These books were originally written in Swedish and offer a touch of a different culture.
Introducing girls to a bit of history:
6. Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Books
These charming stories of pioneer life are entertaining to read and allow us to experience what life was like in a bygone era. Laura Ingalls Wilder combines humor and descriptions of real life situations to draw us in and make us fall in love with this time period in American history.
Set in France during WWII, Twenty and Ten tells the story of how twenty French children, housed in a refuge in the mountains with a Catholic nun, took in ten Jewish children who were trying to hide from the Nazis. This is a story of courage and sacrifice as the children must share their limited food, beds, and blankets with the extra children. When the Nazis come to the refuge, take away Sister Gabriel, and start threatening and bribing the French children to tell them where the Jewish children are hidden, everyone’s courage and ingenuity is put to the test. This is a heart warming story of love and miracles in the face of adversity and trials.
Snow Treasure is a historical novel based on a true story which occurred in Norway during World War II. In eleven-year-old Peter’s small town of Riswyk, a large amount of gold bullion had been accumulated in a local bank, getting ready for transport to America. Unfortunately, the gold was still in the bank when the Nazis suddenly invaded Norway. Can the people of the village find a way to get the gold out of Norway before it is confiscated by the Germans? And can children be used to accomplish this dangerous mission? This is a wonderful introduction to historical novels and there is plenty of suspense to make this an interesting read for any child. The reading level in this book is a little more advanced, but it makes a wonderful read-aloud for eight and nine-year-olds who can’t quite manage it themselves yet.
These beautiful historical books tell the stories of different girls. Each book in the series is a stand-alone story, and each series relates stories with similar themes from different time periods (introduction, birthday, Christmas, adventure/surprise, dealing with changes), but are very entertaining. At the end of each book there is a short section detailing historical events from that time period with beautiful illustrations or pictures. The older American Girl series are excellent, especially Kristen, Samantha, and Molly. Some of the newer books, while being more racially diverse, also introduce concepts such as “feminism” and divorce (found especially in the Julie series). The Addy series might be disturbing to sensitive girls because of the reality of how people treated slaves.
The House on Walenska Street tells the story of three sisters who live with their widowed mother in a Jewish town in Russia in the early 1900’s. Life is difficult and the girls must work hard to help their mother support their small family. These girls are normal fun-loving girls who get excited about an occasional piece of candy and make mistakes or get into funny situations. However, this little family and their neighbors are worried about the pogroms that they have heard about in other Jewish towns. Can Leah’s mother’s ingenuity save them from losing everything? This book can also be purchased from Sonlight Curriculum.
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