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Best Books for Tween Girls

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I have a daughter who is quite choosy about the books she will read. Her reading ability has really accelerated this past year and she is searching for good things to read. I know I am not alone in the struggle to find great books for my kids to read, so I thought I would compile a list of the best books for tween girls.

I have another list for tween boys. Now don’t get me wrong many of these were read and loved by my son and the same with my other list. There just seems to be a difference in favorites between my sons & daughters. ­čÖé These books are great for kids ages 8-12 (some are loved by older kids, too!)


Also, check out my Called to Homeschool Episode on Books for Tweens:

Classic Books for Tween Girls:

Heidi by Joanna Spyri

The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie

Mary Poppins series by Dr. P. L. Travers

Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

The Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

Roald Dahl books

Nancy Drew (original) series by Carolyn Keene

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Misty of Chincoteague (series) by Marguerite Henry

A Wrinkle in Time trilogy, by┬áMadeleine L’Engle

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

In Grandma’s Attic series by Arleta Richardson

Trixie Belden series by Julie Campbell


Classics are some of my favorites of all, however there are some amazing newer books that have come out more recently that my daughter (and I) love!  Here are some of those modern favorite books for tween girls that your daughters (and sons) may really love!

Modern Favorite Books for Tween Girls:

Tuesdays at the Castle series by Jessica Day George

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherine M. Valente

From the Mixed up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konisburg

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Recipe for Adventure series by Giada de Laurentiis

City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatly Snyder

The Green Ember by S. D. Smith

The Wingfeather Saga series by Andrew Peterson

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester

The Secret Zoo by Bryan Chick

American Girl books (We prefer the older more historic ones, but the newer stories are fun, too!)

Cupcake Diaries series by Coco Simon

School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

The Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley

Rowan Hood by Nancy Springer

Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer

Magic Attic Club by S. Gayle

Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker

The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler


Wow! ┬áWhat a list, right? ┬á Now it’s your turn to share. What did I miss that your daughters love reading? Be sure to stop by my post on Books for Tween Boys, too!

Books for Tween Boys

Also check out 50 Must Read Classics for Kids

This is an iHomeschool Network collaboration. Check out what books the other bloggers have shared!

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  1. I recommend that everyone should try out SARAH PLAIN AND TALL SERIES I love all of them I just need 2 more and I have finished the series [FYI] read HATCHET By: Gary Paulsen

  2. First, I love y’alls podcast. It has been such a calming help to me as I’ve been navigating my first year (now 2nd) of homeschool. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and perspectives!

    Second, I love that y’all love books! I love that I’m finding new books for my family. Here are some I didn’t see on your lists (though I may have missed them). I hope y’all will come to love them as we have.

    Brown Girl Dreaming. Becoming Naomi Leon, and Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan. Heartbeat, Boy On the Porch, Ruby Holler, and Walk Two Moons (all by Sharon Creech). The Girl Who Drank the Moon, and Witch’s Boy (by Kelly Barnhill). Stella By Starlight. Anything by Diane Zahler. The War That Saved My Life. Seeds of America series. Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales. Nim’s Island. The Way to Stay In Destiny. All-of-a-Kind Family. King of the Wind. Golden (by Cameron Dokey). Little Maid of Provincetown. Nory Ryan’s Song. Stargirl, and The Warden’s Daughter (Jerry Spinelli). A Gathering of Days. Sky Jumpers.

    1. Thank you for so many great suggestions! I am excited to check them out. We have read a few of them. Stella By Starlight we just read this year. IT was SO good! The Girl Who Drank the Moon is another we recently read & loved!!
      Thanks for listening to the podcast! <3

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