I was tired. Actually, I’m always tired at the end of the day if truth be told.
The smells of Clairol Shampoo and Conditioner waft under my nose as I think of a good reason why we need to just say good-night and save our reading time for tomorrow. I just want some time to myself and I feel as though it will never come.
And yet even as I try to conjure up good excuses, I know none of them are truly good enough. I’ve been making them too much lately and the mama guilt creeps in, reminding me that I’m missing a chance to share my passionate love for books with my daughter who will be grown-up far too quickly and far before I’m ready.
Not to mention I’m a former elementary reading specialist and books in the 8-14 years old range make my heart beat a bit faster.
Did I mention my daughter turned eight this year?
Yes. Let the string of good reads begin.
Not long ago, I was asked for good book recommendations for young tween and teen girls. It’s been a few years since I was last teaching in a classroom but luckily, I’ve got some good reader suggestions to include.
Without further ado . . .
Ages 8 and up
1. On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House) by Laura Ingalls Wilder (all in this series are wonderful but this one is our favorite!)
2. S.A.V.E. SQUAD BOOK 1: DOG DAZE (haven’t read this yet but it’s strongly recommended!)
3 .The Giver by Lois Lowry (an absolute must-read)
4. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson (super sad but super good)
5. Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume (who doesn’t remember reading this?)
6. One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (great history read!)
7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (one of my own personal favorites)
8. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (fabulous read!)
9. Betsy-Tacy and Tib Series by Maud Hart Lovelace (super old-fashioned but we loved it!)
10. The Puppy Place #1: Goldie by Ellen Miles (my daughter looooves this series)
Ages 9/10 and up (Many of these come recommended by my ten year old friend, Paige)
1. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (a friend of mine said she had a hard time motivating her daughter to want to read this older classic BUT…read it before reading the sequel, Zia, who is the niece of Karana, the heroine in Island of the Blue Dolphins.)
2. Hoot by Carl Hiassen (master YA author – this one is filled with action, adventure, and is quite humorous!)
3. Sarah’s New World: The Mayflower Adventure (1620) (Sisters in Time #1) by Colleen L. Reece (historical fiction series for young girls)
4. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (historical fiction based on events surrounding the Holocaust. Good to read with the Diary of Anne Frank)
5. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage (recommended by Paige and sounds so good I want to read it myself)
6. Same Sun Here by Silas House (another recommended by Paige and another I want to read)
7. Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm (haven’t read this but it sounds amazing; Newbery Honor winner)
8. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (Avi wrote the Poppy series and Sarah looooved it. Excellent writer!)
9. Opal: The Journal of an Understanding Heart by Opal Whitely (journals of a six year old orphan who later becomes a French princess)
10. Love, Ruby Lavenderby Deborah Wiles (a young girl writes letters to her only grandmother in Hawaii and in the process, learns much about herself and heals from her grandfather’s death)
Ages 13 and up (Disclaimer: I’ve read none of these books. I researched titles I thought sounded really good by consulting the fabulous website “A Mighty Girl.” You will absolutely want to check it out)
11. The Bare Naked Truth: Dating, Waiting, and God’s Purity Plan by Bekah Hamrick Martin (and a Whatever Girls contributor!)
And there you have it – now, if you’ll excuse me . . . I have quite a bit of reading to do.
If you are looking for some good adult recommendations? Click here and here.
What books would you add to these lists?
Happy reading, sisters!
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