40 Chapter Books for Girls

40 great chapter books for girls (ages 7-10)!

After all the work I put into creating my son’s reading list of 40 “boy” books, I figured making my daughter’s list of “girl” books would be a piece of cake. After all, I am a girl and I’ve always enjoyed reading.

Boy, was I wrong! I read plenty of books growing up, but not many classics, and, apparently, not many “girl” books. (When I refer to “girl” books, I merely mean books with a female point of view and/or main character.) So, this list proved to be quite a challenge!

I wanted these books to have a good plot, an inspiring female character, to be wholesome, on my daughter’s reading level, and to be “classics” or have the potential to become a classic. My daughter is an 8 year old advanced reader, so most of these books are for the 7-10 year old age range.

I hope my daughter enjoys her reading list this year and I look forward to introducing my son to several of these classics as well!

40 Chapter Books for Girls

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
A Little Princess
All of a Kind Family
Amelia Bedelia
Anne of Green Gables
Ballet Shoes
Because of Winn-Dixie
Caddie Woodlawn
Charlotte’s Web
Ella Enchanted
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Gooney Bird Greene
Half Magic
In Grandma’s Attic
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Little House in the Big Woods
Mary Poppins
Miracles on Maple Hill
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Pippi Longstocking
Pocahontas and the Strangers
Roxie and the Hooligans
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Strawberry Girl
The Courage of Sarah Noble
The Doll People
The Hundred Dresses
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Moffats
The Railway Children
The Secret Garden
The Year of Miss Agnes
The Wizard of Oz
Understood Betsy
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Are there any other classic “girl” books you would add to this list?

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  1. Great list! I love all the books that L.M. Montgomery has written, including all 8 books in the Anne of Green Gables series and I love all the books in the “Shoes” series. You also missed the Betsy-Tacy series of books that I also love (by Maud Hart Lovelace). I’m so thankful that my mom saved all those books for me, and I still have them since some are out of print now. I still read them every once in awhile since they are so good!

    • The Betsy-Tacy books are no longer out of print. Also, if you live in MN, you can go to the library in Mankato. The children’s wing is in honor of Maud Hart Lovelace, as Mankato is the town that all of her books are set in. Super fun! :-)

    • Oh, I haven’t heard of the Betsy-Tacy books! I’ll have to check to see if our library has any! That’s wonderful that your mom saved them for you. :)

  2. Angela Landry says:

    Thanks for posting this list. I am always looking for good books for my 8 year old.

  3. My 6 year old loves the Judy Moody books!

  4. I love this list! We own many, and some are already favorites. I’m excited to reintroduce them to my older girls for them to read themselves. :)

  5. I am excited about this list! My almost six year old wants me to read chapter books to her every night and is starting to read to me now! Her favorite books right now are the Junie B Jones series. Probably too young for 8 -10 year olds, but perfect for younger readers.

  6. What about Stella Batts, Agnes Parker, Just Grace and Ivy & Bean!

  7. Forgot to also mention: Because of Winn-Dixie, Flora & Ulysses, Skylark, The Penderwicks… and most highly recommended, Tuesdays at the Castle (and Wednesdays in the Tower)!!

  8. My daughter loves the American Girl books, she’s 7. There are many historical stories and more modern, Girl of the Year stories but each girl has different obstacles to overcome. These are definitely our top choice in books and there are many to choose from. We also like Kylie Jean books, in each book she strives to be the Queen of something. Each story is a bit repetitive but they were easy for my daughter to read and understand when she was just starting to read.

  9. I teach 5th grade and four of my “go-to” books not already on your list are Fever 1793 and Chains, both by Laurie Halse Anderson, Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix (one of my favorite authors to expose my students to), and Walk two Moons by Sharon Creech. These books are all geared more toward the ten side than the seven year olds, but they are terrific!

  10. One hundred dresses. It teaches a fantastic lesson and is such a great book for that age group.

  11. We are reading charlott’s web now. My daughters are 6 and 4. I was trying to find some other classics so thanks for the list. I have forgotten about some of those books!

  12. clarissa b says:

    Anything Judy Blume or the Ramona Books by Beverly Cleary.

  13. The Sound of Music?

  14. Astaire says:

    We used your list today. I had A & J read it and write down titles that sounded fun for them before we headed to the library today. Very handy-thank you! :)

  15. Your list is fabulous! We have many of the books you have listed. A somewhat new book we are currently in LOVE with is Of Giants and Ice. It is the first book in the series The Ever Afters. Great female leading character with a fairy tale twist. Thanks for the list.

  16. I am not sure if you can still get them, but I used to read The Gymnast series and The Babysitters Club books. They really got me into reading chapter books

  17. THANK YOU so much for this list! I’m an au pair struggling to get my little girl to read (she’s 10, but as English is her second language, some of the age 6-8 books are better suited) but this list reminded me of a few of my favorites from that age! I absolutely ADORED The Doll People and must’ve read it at least four or five times, so we may start with that :)

  18. Aaliyah says:

    I like all the books that have been posted on this website, but I think there are more that need to be added on –
    The Judy Moody Series
    Bad Dreams
    The Chicken Gave it to Me


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