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
Clementine
Ella Enchanted
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
Gooney Bird Greene
Half Magic
Heidi
In Grandma’s Attic
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Little House in the Big Woods
Mary Poppins
Matilda
Miracles on Maple Hill
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
Pippi Longstocking
Pocahontas and the Strangers
Pollyanna
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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Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

40 Chapter Books for Boys

40 great chapter books for boys (ages 9-12)!

Weird. Funny. Exciting. Gross.

That is the criteria for choosing boy books. Well, according to my son, anyway.

As a girl, I grew up reading American Girl and Nancy Drew books and while I definitely think my son appreciates classics like A Little Princess and the Little House series, I am always on the lookout for gross/funny/exciting/weird books that he can enjoy.

So, this year I decided his literature reading list would be compiled entirely of classic “boy” books! In addition to meeting his above criteria, I chose these books because they are told from a boy’s point of view and/or have a boy protagonist.

The books on this list cover a variety of topics, time periods, reading levels, and genres. My son is 10 years old, so most of these books are for the 9-12 year old age range.

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

40 Chapter Books for Boys

Along Came a Dog
Around the World in Eighty Days
A Series of Unfortunate Events
Beowulf: A Hero’s Tale Retold
Call It Courage
Castle Diary
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Dangerous Journey: The Story of Pilgrim’s Progress
George Muller (Christian Heroes: Then & Now)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Holes
Homer Price
How to Eat Fried Worms
James and the Giant Peach
MacBeth: For Kids
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
My Side of the Mountain
Peter Pan
Robinson Crusoe
Stuart Little
The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Apple and the Arrow
The Borrowers 
The Castle in the Attic

The Door in the Wall
The Dragon of Lonely Island
The Hobbit
The House of Sixty Fathers
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Kite Fighters
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Matchlock Gun
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Phantom Tollbooth
The Swiss Family Robinson
The Tale of Despereaux
The Twenty-One Balloons
Treasure Island
Where the Red Fern Grows

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

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Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

My Favorite Books From 2013

I love to make lofty reading goals every year, even if I rarely meet them. This year I chose 26 books to read. My husband and I have a large collection of books, but I’ve read less than half at the most! So, in 2013 I decided to pick out some that I’d been wanting to read, but kept pushing aside in favor of the “latest and greatest” book that I found at the library, borrowed from a friend, or bought for Kindle.

The top 7 best books I read in 2013!

Books I *planned* to read in 2013.

I ended up only reading half of the books I chose, but I still consider it a win! I tackled two very long books, including Nutrition and Physical Degeneration which is a BEAST of a book.

I started out the year at a fast pace – I met my reading goal in number (26) by April! Once summer hit though, my pace slowed to a crawl and by fall I’d pretty much stopped reading altogether. As much as I love to read, we had some pretty significant changes going on in our family that severely limited my free time.

The top 7 best books I read in 2013!

Now that we’ve settled into our new routines and the crazy-stressful holidays are over, I’ve resumed my regular daily reading time. It feels good to be back to it! Reading really is a habit – the more you do it, the more you want to do it!

Back to 2013, I decided I’d share a few of my favorite reads from the year. I read a lot of great books (and a lot of not-so-great books…) and I’ve narrowed it down to my top 7!

The top 7 best books I read in 2013!

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price

Considering I prescribe to the Weston A. Price way of eating, I figured it was high time I read through his entire book! I’d read bits and pieces before, as well as Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, but never the entire book. I am so glad I finally read this book! It was absolutely fascinating.

Weston A. Price was a dentist who traveled all over the world to investigate the causes of dental decay and physical degeneration. He found that when people groups were eating their native foods, they had straight, healthy teeth and overall good health. When people groups were introduced to modern foods like white flour and sugar, their health declined and cases of dental caries increased.

The book is absolutely jam-packed with information and evidence of how food impacts your health. It is a worthy read for anyone searching for optimal health.

The top 7 best books I read in 2013!

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

I can’t even express how much I loved this book. I’m an introvert who is also painfully shy, though I’m sometimes good at hiding it, and I always thought I was the only one like this. I know it seems crazy, but I really did think I was the only person who felt absolute terror at the thought of speaking to a group of people, or doing presentations at school, or even talking on the phone to a stranger. The main takeaways from this book – I am not alone, there are other people like me, and it’s okay for me to be a shy introvert.

I love how the author explains the differences between extroverts and introverts and how you can be an introvert and not be shy. Her case studies were so interesting – especially the introverted public speaker!

The book helped me to better understand both introverts and extroverts and even to better understand my own feelings. I’d recommend this book for anyone, whether introverted or extroverted.

The top 7 best books I read in 2013!

How Your Child Is Smart: A Life-Changing Approach to Learning by Dawna Markova

I was seeking insight into the difference in learning styles in my children and this book came highly recommended. The book is geared toward parents and teachers of school children, but the information is still valuable and relevant for a homeschool parent.

The author identifies six patterns of learning and helps you to determine how your child learns best and how to teach them most effectively. It was truly eye-opening!

The top 7 best books I read in 2013!

The Sovereignty Of God by A.W. Pink

In this book, Pink explores the rich biblical doctrine of God’s sovereignty in creation, redemption, and providence. I loved this book. Perhaps I’ve read too many “fluffy” Christian books lately, but this book was a breath of fresh air. It was powerful, concise, dense, and enjoyable. I already want to read it again.

The top 7 best books I read in 2013!

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

I finally got around to reading this classic and it did not disappoint. In Mere Christianity, Lewis makes a compelling and logical argument for the Christian faith. I will leave you with this one truly excellent quote from the book:

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

The top 7 best books I read in 2013!

The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George

Margaret George is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. She writes historical fiction about characters that she thinks the public misunderstands – like Henry VIII and Cleopatra. I read The Memoirs of Cleopatra a few years ago and knew it would not be my last Margaret George novel. Her books are very long, but worth it – especially if you enjoy historical fiction.

Cleopatra is still my favorite of the two, but Henry VIII was still a very interesting character.

The top 7 best books I read in 2013!

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Since the movie came out, my husband insisted I read this sci-fi classic and I was very surprised by how much I loved it. It sucked me in right away and I couldn’t put it down. I can’t tell much about the story without giving anything away, but this book would be enjoyable even if you’re not a fan of science fiction.

 You can see all the Books I Read in 2013 on Pinterest.

What was the best book that you read last year?

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Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Real Food for the Mind and Soul: My Reading Stack This Week

My Book Stack This Week (5/8)

While so far this blog has been solely about food, it actually has a much broader scope. I’m not only concerned with real food for our bodies, but for our minds and souls as well!

I thought it might be fun to share what’s in my reading stack occasionally – real food for my mind AND soul!

I LOVE to read. I am often reading 10+ books at once. That might sound overwhelming to a non-reader but it really suits my somewhat scatterbrained-self. And once I break it down, it likely won’t seem like I’m really reading that much at all since each book serves a different purpose.

Bible & Devotional

ESV Study Bible – I’m currently reading through the ESV study Bible using the M’Cheyne reading plan.

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers – Reading this devotional daily after reading my Bible.

Fiction

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy – I recently read The Unbearable Lightness of Being which mentioned Anna Karenina several times. I decided it was high time I read this classic! Enjoying it so far, but I started it without realizing it has over 1,000 pages. Yowza!

Non-Fiction

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price – I started this book in January and I’m not quite halfway through. It’s fascinating subject-matter but it is quite long and dry. I hope to steadily work my way through it and finish by the end of the year.

The Sovereignty and Supremacy of King Jesus by Mike Abendroth – I just started this book, but so far it’s very good!

Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges – I’m reading through and discussing this book with a group of Christian women. So far it’s excellent!

Reading Aloud to Kids

Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland – We actually *just* finished this devotional and I’m still deciding what we’re going to use next!

By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder – We love the Little House books! I read a chapter or two (….or three) after our school lessons each day.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Condensed and Adapted by W.T. Robinson – Reading aloud to my 9 year old son. I read aloud a chapter or two to each of my kids at bedtime. We take turns picking out the book we’re going to read. I feel like this allows me to get “real food” into their reading diet while also allowing for some fun books chosen by them. Tom Sawyer was actually my son’s choice!

Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald – I just finished reading A Little Princess (my choice) to my 7 year old daughter so we’ll be starting Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle tonight. I’ve read this book to them before but she insisted on hearing it again. I don’t mind at all since it’s one of my favorites. We’ll even be reading from my extremely worn-out copy from childhood!

You can see all the books I’ve read in 2013 on Pinterest and see what I thought of them on Goodreads.

What’s in your reading stack this week?

Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item (at no extra cost to you), I will receive a commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and/or believe will add value to my readers.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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