As I have mentioned many times before on this blog, I teach second grade children.  Recently it was brought to my attention by a THIRD grade teacher that there are not enough easy chapter books for third grade girls.  What do you think?  Do you know of any I could suggest to her besides the classic Magic Treehouse, June B. Jones, Boxcar Children or Magic Schoolbus?  We are in the business of encouraging and fostering a love of reading in children and we both buy hundreds of books for our classroom libraries.  I have spent so much of my time worrying about having interesting things for BOYS that I never thought about girls’ books, although I have all the ones I mentioned and more.  Please help me, reading friends.  You will be doing a great service for children who may not have parents who care enough to supply their own children with good books.  We have Accelerated Reader at our schools and spend at least 30 minutes a day reading self-selected books.  Any suggestions you could send my way would be very much appreciated!

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24 Responses to “Does Anyone Know of Good Chapter Books for Girls Age 8-11??”

  1. pusserboots Says:

    When I was in third grade I was reading the Little House on the Prairie series, Trixie Belden books, The Wizard of Oz books. Island of the Blue Dolphins is a good classic. Bronte’s Book Club would be a good follow up to Island of the Blue Dolphins. She might like Roald Dahl (I don’t but my kids do).

  2. sarahloldfield Says:

    I can never remember the recommended ages for reading various books, but my daughter, currently nine, has enjoyed the following:
    Michael Morpurgo
    Some Cornelia Funke
    Elisabeth Kay (Divide trilogy)
    Michelle Paver, Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series
    Anne Fine

    For the record, I enjoyed them too!

  3. Linda Says:

    I’ve recently read The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron.

    I liked it. Maybe others will too? =)

  4. Sheri Says:

    My girls LOVED The Lightning Thief Series. You can check out the review on my blog for more information!

    I loved Nancy Drew.


  5. Cindy Says:

    My daughter just loves the Cam Jansen series of books.
    Now, it might be a little too easy for the 11 year olds, depending on where their reading levels are. My daughter is 6 1/2 and well beyond her reading level for her grade and age. She is about a year ahead of where she is “supposed” to be and just flies through these books with minimal to no help.

  6. Jennifer @ Quiverfull Family Says:

    The Girls ‘N Grace series is very good! Of course, American girl books are a big hit too!

  7. Yvonne Butler Says:

    Go to the Beverly Lewis Books wedsite and she has her books listed by age from adult to youth series. She ever has one group that are for girls only. These are good clean books.

  8. Elizabeth Says:

    Here are a few series I really like –

    Amelia Bedelia (for the younger end of the age range)
    Pippi Longstocking
    the Betsy-Tacy series
    the Melendy Quartet
    The Borrowers
    Little House on the Prairie
    All-Of-A-Kind Family (stand alone novel)
    Charlotte’s Web (stand alone)

    I could keep going… mom gave me great stuff to read as a girl!

  9. Katie Says:

    Here are a few book series that my daughter enjoyed when she was in 3rd grade:

    – Clementine (by Sara Pennypacker) – I think there are only a couple of books in this series
    – Nancy Drew Clue Crew series (by Carolyn Keene)
    – Ruby and the Booker Boys series(by Derrick Barnes)
    – Sister Magic series (by Anne Mazer)
    – Puppy Place series (by Ellen Miles)

    She also liked Andrew Clements’ chapter books including Frindle, The Book Report, & Lunch Money.

  10. Sally Riley Says:

    Sally writing from Leah’s house: Thanks for all the great ideas! I will definitely check many of these out. Some I already do have, but you all have suggested many I do not know about YET! The girls and I appreciate all of your suggestions!

  11. Robert McCarty Says:

    Dear Sally,
    I hope you will suggest Planet Of The Dogs (your review, May 3) to this teacher…Please let us know if you would like to review the other books in the Planet of the Dogs series — Castle In The Mist and Snow Valley Heroes.

    Our books are recommended by teachers, including Julie Hauck, who developed the Pages for Preston therapy reading dog program for second and third graders.
    Best wishes,
    Robert McCarty

  12. Linda Says:

    I would suggest Little House on the Prairie or Anne of Green Gables for girls. Sugar Creek Gang for boys.

  13. Jennifer Slattery Says:

    If any of your students enjoy historical fiction, they will love Journey to the Ice by Jennifer Slattery (myself). It is about a young boy living during the time of the Tower of Babel who begins to question the status quo in order to begin his own quest for truth. But when the only city he has ever known turns into a chaotic mess of anger, hatred and distrust, his quest for truth becomes secondary to his fight for survival.

  14. Sally Says:

    Jennifer – this sounds interesting – do we have a copy?

  15. Sally Gawne Says:

    I just bought my Granddaughter who is 6 the Megan Rose series.
    Two new books that I enjoyed along with my grandson who is 9 was Wagget’s Tale and Wagget Again. A dog story for girls and boys.

  16. Jennifer Slattery Says:

    In response to your post on the ninth of July, I am sorry I haven’t responded earlier. I am not sure if you do or not, but I would be happy to mail one to you. Just shoot me an e-mail with where to send it.

  17. marymayly Says:

    Magic tree house is the best!

  18. Azero Says:

    LOL @ 1st comment

  19. Rhiannon Says:

    These aRE INTERESTING, MY FRIENDS AND i ARE TRYING TO START A book club. We will try these out.

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  21. Deb Says:

    My daughter (almost 8) LOVES the new Stella Batts series. I think the first is Stella Batts needs a new name, 2nd is Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow. Protagonist is one of two daughters of candy shop owners who use their daughters as taste tasters. The stories aren’t always around that fact but my DD thinks its cool that making candy is their job. It’s a newer series with only 4 books, but we own them all. She’s read each one at least 5 times. I think they’re rated at 3.5 BL???

  22. Deb Says:

    I forgot to mention she also really loves to read classic fairy tales (the origin versions). We have a giant treasury that has some and she’s constantly staying up late reading about how Cinderella’s sister cut her foot off to fit in the slipper. 🙂

    Although another favorite is joke books, I wouldn’t recommend it to a teacher; she may end up with students who won’t stop taking!

  23. Candice Says:

    My 3rd grade daughter loves the Amber Brown series. She also enjoys Ivy & Bean.

  24. Trish Goodman Says:

    My third grade daughter really loved the Book Keeper Series – the series is new, and there are only 2 books out, but they are sort of a Magic Treehouse-like series focused on the classics. Two kids are pulled into the pages of classic literature – the first is based on The Odyssey and the second on A Tale of Two Cities. (Odus and the Long Way Home, and Two Cities)

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