Imagine your daughter relaxing on a hammock, no TV, iPod, cell phone, or laptop anywhere to be seen. Now picture her reading a book without vampires or princesses or Miley Cyrus —a book that empowers and inspires.
1. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (Preschool and Kindergarten)
Who can resist the picture-goodness of Madeline, the little French girl with a brave and adventurous spirit? Madeline makes mischief, but also finds adventure and new friends as she travels around the great cities of Europe, including London, Paris and Rome. Madeline is for all the little girls with brave hearts.
2. Daisy Dawson is on Her Way by Steve Voake (1st, 2nd grade)
Daisy’s tendency to dawdle leads her on a great adventure with animals. Given the gift of talking to animals by a butterfly, Daisy soon grows close to a dog and a horse and many other animal friends. Join Daisy in this first book of a series, as she learns more about friendship on the road to many adventures.
3. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (3rd, 4th, 5th grade)
Who doesn’t love an orphaned redhead with verbal precocity and a knack for getting into scrapes? Join Anne in the first of the series that follows her as she finds a family and makes friends and mischief on Prince Edward Island at the turn of the last century. Her fiercely independent spirit and creative resiliency are also captured in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie version of the story, starring Megan Followes.
4. Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (3rd, 4th, 5th grade)
Harriet is not just a well-off little girl with a strict but loving governess living in Manhattan. She is, more importantly, a spy, with a daily “spy route” and an ever-present notebook. Her wry observations and stealthy adventures, including the often-told “dumbwaiter” exploits, will light the imaginings of any reader.
5. Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle (6th, 7th, 8th grade)
Many of us come to science fiction through the ominous opening line of this wonderful book by Ms. L’Engle (“It was a dark and stormy night…”). Join heroine Meg Murray, an incredibly bright but awkward girl making her way in a puzzling world, as she and her family are visited by a dark stranger, who has fallen through a “wrinkle in time” (a “tesserac”) on his way to another world. The first in a marvelous series your daughter will remember fondly when she’s older.
Any books we left out that you’d recommend?