Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Anna's Recommendations: 50 Books for Young Ladies

Anna reads A LOT. Even that is an understatement. We help her make good book choices and not read any of the drivel that is out there. We also have her talk with us about anything that comes up in a book that could be questionable or if it promotes a different worldview. This summer, she read close to 30 books--I gave each of the children a goal and she far exceeded it! Here are Anna's top recommendations:

1. The Last of the Very Great Wangdoodles by Julie Andrews

2. Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink

3. What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge

4. What Katy Did at School by Susan Coolidge

5. Poppy by Avi

6. Shoe Fly Girl by Lois Lenski

7. Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

8. Judy's Journey by Lois Lenski

9. The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman

10. Number the Stars By Lois Lowry

11. Cotton in My Sack by Lois Lenski

12. Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright

13. Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright

14. Henry and Ribsy by Beverly Cleary

15. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien

16. So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins (I read this aloud to the children and there were some sentences I skipped)

17. Coal Camp Girl by Lois Lenski

18. Peppermints in the Parlor by Barbara Brooks Wallace

19. Old Bones the Wonder Horse by Mildred Mastin Pace

20. From Anna by Jean Little

21. Caddie Woodlawn--Carol Ryrie Brink

22. Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

23. The Chronicles of Narnia--C.S. Lewis

24. Red Sails to Capri by Ann Weil

25. Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes

26. Detectives in Togas by Henry Winterfield

27. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

28. Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

29. Escape from Warsaw by Ian Serraillier

30. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

31. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

32. God King by Joanne Williamson

33. Runaway by Patricia St. John

34. Twice Freed by Patricia St. John

35. Star of Light by Patricia St. John

36. Stories From Grandma's Attic series by Arleta Richardson

37. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

38. Missionary Stories and the Millers and all the "Millers" books by Mildred A. Martin

39. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

40. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

41. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

42. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

43. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

44. Maia of Thebes by Ann Warren Turner

45. Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry

46. Frindle by Andrew Clements

47. A LLama in the Family by Johanna Hurwitz and Mark Graham

48. The Wheel on the School by Meindert Dejong

49. Shadrach by Meindert Dejong

50. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Happy Reading!

In Christ, Laura


Growing Blessings said...

Recently found your blog and am having fun looking around! I'm still arguing with God about homeschooling, but am obviously very involved with our children's education still. Our 3rd grade daughter does NOT enjoy reading, so thank you for posting this list as I am always looking for good books to try and get her interested. I'd love to hear about any tips that you might have in working with a resistant reader!
Zimmerman, MN

Shonni said...

What a awesome list of books

Stacy said...

Thank you Anna for your recommendations! I have been trying to find books for my daughter who is about your age! I have enjoyed a few of these books myself! I especially love Gone Away Lake! I am now reading Thimble Summer! GREAT JOB on reading so many books this summer!!!

everyday-mom.com said...

Great list! Love #15--was one of my absolute favorites as a kid. Also #48--my teacher read that to us in 3rd grade. Some of these I would like to read with my oldest daughter.

Annehueser said...

I still reread Cheaper by the Dozen sometimes. There's a sequel called Belles on Their Toes but she might not be ready for it yet.