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Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Join Laura and her family as they make a life on the prairie, sharing the joys and dangers of pioneering a new land.

Ann of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Eleven-year-old Anne is a spirited, hopeless romantic who seems to get herself in trouble at every turn.

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
Wonderful story of two children who long to have their own horse… and get one.

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
Meet Ramona, the quirky little girl who keeps things interesting for everyone around her, especially her parents and big sister, Beezus.

Matilda by Roald Dahl
Brilliant Matilda loves books, but her parents and mean headmistress conspire to deprive her of them.

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet loves to sneak around and observe everyone around her. What will happen when others discover what she’s up to?

Trixie Belden by Julie Campbell Tatham
For girls too young for the older teen world of Nancy Drew, Trixie is a middle schooler who finds adventure.

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Opal and her preacher father move to a small Florida town nursing broken hearts from the loss of her mother. A stray dog helps them heal and make a new start.

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume
Sheila must survive a summer away from the city with her family, learning to overcome her fears along the way.

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Lilly learns the consequences of her actions when she acts out at school.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
A classic tale of the relationship between a barn spider named Charlotte and a pig named Wilbur, and of a little girl’s love for Wilbur.

On Fortune’s Wheel by Cynthia Voigt
A young teen is thrown into a world of old world adventure.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A girl goes to live with distant relatives and uncovers a secret garden.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl 
A young girl goes into hiding from the Nazis in World War II.

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery  
A girl is adopted by a family who had wanted to adopt a son.  The book follows her growth into a lovely, young woman.

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
This life story of a horse is touching and captivating.

The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
Along the lines of Harry Potter.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Implied romance between a girl and a boy who never ages.

The Borrowers by Mary Norton 
A charming book about little people who live among the big ones.

The Hobbit by J.R. R. Tolkien
A journey through a whimsical, magical land of interesting and endearing characters.

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
A poor girl is teased by her classmates after she tells them she has a hundred dresses in her closet.  Her heartache teaches her a lesson in honesty, and others a lesson in kindness.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
A twelve-year-old girl must find ways to survive when she is isolated and alone on a tropical island.

The Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The books that inspired the television show, Little House on the Prairie. Including: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A touching story of four sisters and their adoring mother.

The Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis
These books are ideal for children who enjoyed Harry Potter. Including: The Magician’s NephewThe Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeThe Horse and His BoyPrince CaspianThe Voyage of the Dawn TreaderThe Silver Chair, and The Last Battle.

The Secret Garden  by Frances Hodgson
An orphaned girl goes to live with her uncle.  She discovers a magical world of possibilities and friendship.

Sarah, Plain and Tall  by Patricia MacLachlan
Two children hope a certain, strong women will one day marry their father.

Use iMOM’s reading reward chart and book chart  to inspire your readers.  Also check out our booklist for boys.


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