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Great Books for 6-8 year old GIRLS: What's Your Vote? by Erin

by Erin, posted to Books

Obviously reading levels differ, but this is a good list for 1st and 2nd grade girls, as they are just moving into chapter books and book series. Some of them (due to word choice) are much easier to read on her own than others. But subject material will be exciting and books that are a little tric... More »

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Nancy Drew (Carolyn Keene)

The Nancy Drew Starter Set is the perfect gift for aspiring...more

Suggested by CatK

Still great reads after all these years. Best for the upper set (age 7/8 and above).

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The Sisters Club series

Suggested by Lisa Kearns

From the website: "Meet the Sisters Club: twelve-year-old Alex, aspiring actress and born drama queen; eight-year-old Joey, homework lover and pioneer wannabe; and smack in the middle, ten-year-old Stevie, the glue that holds them together — through dinner disasters, disputes over stolen lucky sweaters, and Alex’s going gaga over her leading man. ...

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The Baby-Sitters Club

Suggested by Lisa Kearns

More for 8+ readers as themes are a bit mature. Seventh-grader Kristy Thomas organizes her friends into a baby-sitters club. In the course of the operation of the club, Kristy comes to terms with her mother's engagement, Stacey confides to her new friends that she has diabetes, Claudia learns to tolerate and even appreciate her gifted older sister...

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Judy Moody series

Suggested by Lisa Kearns

Prolific author Megan McDonald (Beezy and Insects Are My Life) introduces readers to a thoroughly charming, independent, willful heroine, who is far more upbeat than she likes to let on to her reading audience. Remarkably understanding adults populate Judy's world, allowing her to express her witty, resourceful self freely. Peter Reynolds's persona...

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The Saturdays (Elizabeth Enright)

First published in 1941, The Saturdays kicks off the series and...more

An old favorite has been reissued.

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Ivy & Bean (Annie Barrows)

"Annie Barrows accomplishes the almost impossible task of reflecting...more

My daughter's current favorite. A whole series to go through.

Eden Godsoe: My daughter (at 5-6) loved these and went through them in no time.

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The Ramona Collection (Beverly Cleary)

Generations of children have grown up with Ramona Quimby, Henry...more

Entertaining and fun to read.

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Magic Tree House (Mary Pope Osborne)

The main characters have all sorts of adventures and the reader...more

While the books are probably too easy for advanced readers, they should appeal to most beginning chapter readers. Kids really think reading this is "fun" and also love that it is about a brother / sister team.

Eden Godsoe: Great for girls and boys!

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From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (E. L. Konigsburg )

Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie, find themselves...more

Newbury Medal Winner.

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Junie B. Jones (Barbara Park)

Outrageously sassy Junie B. Jones will make young kids crave their...more

The kids think it is very funny. But the best part is that the word choice is such that this is one of the first series she can truly read on her own.

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The World According to Humphrey (Betty Birney)

Grade 2-4-A likable hamster narrates this novel for newly independent...more

Recommendation from a friend. Sounds great for early reader.

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Ronia, the Robber's Daughter

Ronia is born among a clan of robbers, and grows up surronded by love....more

This is not a sweet love story, but a story where every child and grown up can learn important things about life. About forgiveness. About fright. And most of all about love.

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Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 (The American Girls Collection)

Grade 2-4-Set in Cincinnati, OH, during the Great Depression, these...more

These books say 8+ but could be interesting if a parent read it with daughter. People say they are really great.

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The Westing Game (Ellen Raskin)

The mystery starts when 10 heirs and heiresses read their Uncle Sam's...more

Haven't read it, but it has been recommended by many friends... Sounds a bit "old" but will check it out.

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NO: Rainbow Magic Fairies

Inane set of books about fairies that will drive you to insanity. For...more

Don't do it.

Eden Godsoe: My daughter has read most of the biggies (Ivy & Bean, Judy Moody, etc) so we let her get a few of these. She read the first one in hours and now is obsessed. What have I created?!

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Recommended Books for Boy Readers Aged 6-8

My son started reading at an early age (he didn't get it from me so I...more

Great ideas and suggestions.

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Six Princess Books for Parents Who Really, Really Hate Princess Books

Is your kid a princess addict? Here are six impressive princess books...more

Suggested by Larissa

You'll love these books handpicked by @BuildaLibrary, who's on the hunt for the perfect books for his 5-year-old daughter.

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Princess Ellie series by Diana Kimpton

Suggested by letiziapileggi

The Princess Ellie books have two things that make them wonderful. First, they are pure escape. Ellie has no connection to reality as she is a princess having everything handed to her and her greatest struggle is having a life for herself. Next, the stories are light and fun with lots of silly plot twists. The King and Queen are completely obtuse a...

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Wishing Chair collection by Enid Blyton

Suggested by letiziapileggi

Jump aboard the Wishing-Chair and whizz off on three magical adventures! "The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair": when Mollie and Peter go to buy their mother a birthday present, they discover the most extraordinary thing - a chair that can fly and grant wishes! The Wishing-Chair takes them on some marvellous adventures - to a castle where they narro...

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