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DD8 just read her first 2 unabridged books- Ella Enchanted and Heidi. She is now so excited about reading "big girl books". I would love recommendations on which books to follow these. I want to challenge her but not overwhelm her. I think she liked the bit of fantasy and sweet romance in Ella Enchanted and the friendship in Heidi so recommendations along those lines would be so appreciated.





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grade 2-3 reading level

- Toots and the Upside Down House; Toots Underground (Hughes)

- Catwings series (LeGuin)

- The Littles series (Peterson) -- about a whole family, not just a girl


grade 3 reading level

- Pippi Longstockings; Pippi in the South Seas (Astrid)

- The Moon Princess (McCarthy)

- Flower Fairies Friends (Barker)

- The Borrowers series (Norton) -- about a whole family, not just a girl


grade 3-4 reading level

- Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series (MacDonald) -- about boys and girls, not just girls

- Wizard of Oz series (Baum) -- about male/female characters, not just female


grade 4 reading level

- The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Wrede)

- The Princess School series (Mason)


grade 4-5 reading level

- Inkheart and sequels (Funke)

- The Ordinary Princess (Kaye)


grade 5 reading level

- Hitty, Her First Hundred Years (Field)

- Chronicles of Narnia series (Lewis)

- Half Magic, Magic By the Lake Knight's Castle, Thyme Garden (Eager)


grade 5-6 reading level

- A Little Princess (Burnett)

- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (Aiken)

- The Princess and the Goblins (MacDonald)






gr. 2-3 reading level

- A Grain of Rice (Pittman)

- Sim-Chung and the River Dragon (Schecter)

- The Warrior Maiden (Schecter)


grade 3-4 reading level

- Mermaid Tales from Around the World (Osborne)

- Beauty and the Beast (Osborne)

- Tenggren's Golden Tales from the Arabian Nights (Tenggren)

- The Golden Fairytale Book (Sequr)

- The Tall Book of Christmas (Smith)

- Jan Brett's Christmas Treasury (Brett)

- The World's Best Fairy Tales (Sideman) -- a Reader's Digest Anthology


grade 4 reading level

- Tales from the Ballet (Barber)

- Tales from the Ballet (Untermeyer)


grade 5 reading level

- The Book of ... series (by Ruth Manning-Sanders; illustrated by Brian Jacques)

(Wizards, Mermaids, Princes & Princesses, Giants, Dwarves, Dragons, Goblins, Witches, etc)








grade 3 reading level

- Charlotte's Web (White)


grade 4 reading level

- The Rescuers, Miss Bianca, Miss Bianca in the Orient (Sharpe)


grade 5 reading level

- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (O'Brien)






grade 3 reading level

- Cam Jensen series (Adler)


grade 4 reading level

- Roman Myseries series (Lawrence)






grade 3 reading level

- Clementine series (Pennypacker)

- Understood Betsy (Fisher)

- B is for Betsy (Heywood)

- Betsy and Tacy series (Lovelace)

- Silver (Whelan) -- daughter of an Alaskan "musher" gets a sled dog puppy

- Pioneer Cat (Hooks) -- pioneer girl and her cat travel west in a wagon train


grade 3-4 reading level

- The Hundred Dresses (Estes)

- Grandma's Attic series (Richardson)

- House on Rocky Ridge (Macbride) -- series following Laura Ingalls Wilder's descendants


grade 4 reading level

- Little House series (Wilder)

- Daughter of the Mountains (Rankin)-- Tibetan girl tries to recover her dog






grade 2-3 reading level

- Helen Keller (Davidson)

- Helen Keller's Teacher (Davidson)

- The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth (Patrick)

- Flying Ace: Story of Amelia Earhart (Bull)

- Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie (Roop)


grade 3-4 reading level

- Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride (Amstel)

- The Secret Soldier: The Story Of Deborah Sampson (McGovern)

- Little Sure Shot: Annie Oakley (Spinner)

- Joan of Arc (Corey)

- The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft (Moore)

- Escape North! Story of Harriet Tubman (Kulling)

- Naya Nuki: The Shoshone Girl Who Ran (Thomasa)






grade 2-3 reading level

- A Lion to Guard Us (Bulla) -- Jamestown Colonial

- Pocahontas and the Strangers (Bulla) -- Colonial

- Phoebe the Spy (Griffin) --American Revolution - true story

- The Secret Valley (Bulla) -- Gold Rush / Pioneers

- The Little Riders (Shemin) -- WWII occupied Europe


grade 3 reading level

- Buttons for General Washington (Roop) -- Revolutionary War

- Toliver's Secret (Brady) -- Revolutionary War

- The Cabin Faced West (Fritz) -- Colonial Pioneer

- The Courage of Sarah Noble (Dalgliesh) -- Colonial / Native American

- Sarah Whitcher's Story -- Colonial US

- Hannah (Whelan) -- blind pioneer girl


grade 3-4 reading level

- Sarah Plain and Tall; Skylark; Caleb's Story (MacLachlan) -- Pioneer


grade 4 reading level

- Caddie Woodlawn (Brink) -- pioneer

- Naya Nuki: The Shoshone Girl Who Ran (Thomasa) -- true story; friend of Sacajewea

- Behind Rebel Lines (Reit) -- teen girl disguised as a boy / Union spy in Civil War

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