Monday, May 12, 2014

100 Books for Girls

Ellie (a list-maker and goal-setter like her Mama) set a goal to read 100 books in 2014.  I knew we'd need a way to track her reading, so at the beginning of the year we made a large chart to hang on the bulletin board in her room.

It's certainly nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.  As she finishes a book, she writes the title on her poster. She also wanted to track the number of pages read and as well as have a spot to identify her favorite books of the year, so we included columns for that information as well.

As a sidenote, many of the books on her list are part of a series, and I have not listed out each book in the series, even though she has (most likely) read them all.  Also, some of these books are what I would consider "twaddle", but I am not above a light, palate-cleansing read every so often and therefore I can't judge Ellie for choosing those books sometimes, too. :)

In our house we have a rule about finishing books.  It goes like this: If you are not enjoying the book, you do not have to finish it. With the caveat of: Unless Mom really wants you to read it and then you have to try again one more time. :)  So these books are tried and true.  Read and enjoyed by a voracious 9 year old reader.

*= Mama's Favorites

Historical/Historial Fiction:
*Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed by Heather Vogel Frederick

Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites by Chris Heimerdinger

*Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Magic and Fantasy:
What the Witch Left  by Ruth Chew

Knight's Castle  by Edward Eager

Wings of Fire Series by Tui T. Sutherland

*Harry Potter Series by J, K Rowling

Janitors Series by Tyler Whitesides

The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

*Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation  by Matt Myklusch

Once Upon a Toad by Heather Vogel Frederick

The Witch's Guide to Cooking with Children  by Keith McGowan

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

TIME For Kids That's Strange But True!: The World's Most Astonishing Facts and Records

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes  by Eleanor Coerr

Lend a Hand by April Lundsten


*Anne of Green Gables  by Lucy Maude Montgomery

*Heidi by Johanna Spyri

*The World of Pooh by A.A. Milne

*The Cay by Theodore Taylor

*The Adventures of Robin Hood

*Now We Are Six  by A.A. Milne

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (Great Illustrated Classics)


*Wonder by R.J. Palacio

*The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt 

Mr. and Mrs. Bunny--Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath

The Penderwicks Series by Jeanne Birdsall

Twice Upon a Time Series by Wendy Mass

Socks by Beverly Cleary

*Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

*Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Series by Betty McDonald

Nightingale's Nest by Nikki Loftin

Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Mallory Series by Laurie B. Friedman

The Secret Series by Pseudonomos Bosch

The Blossoming Univerise of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods

The Littles Series by John Peterson

*The Trouble with Jenny's Ear by Oliver Butterworth

I will update the list periodically, so check back.

Happy Reading!

**Update: She accomplished her goal!  Ellie read over 100 books this year.  She's set her sights on 115 for 2015**


  1. This is a fabulous list. I have a 10 year old who might benefit from some of these titles, and a 7 year old who definitely will. :) Thanks for sharing it!

    1. Thanks! If you have any suggestions for Ellie I'd love to hear them. I can hardly keep up with her reading!

  2. It's hard to know what you have already read since this list is clearly not exhaustive, but maybe you would also like these series:
    Patricia Wrede (Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, then Calling on Dragons)
    Maud Hart Lovelace (Betsy and Tacy and all that follow)
    Coco Simon (Cupcake Diaries - 19 in series)
    Edgar Eager (Half Magic, Magic by the Lake)

    1. Thank you for the suggestions! We love Edgar Eager, but haven't read the others. I just requested the first two Besty-Tacy books and Dealing with Dragons from our library.

  3. Oooh, I can't believe we forgot to add The Sisters Grimm by Peter Ferguson!
    Both my kids have enjoyed Freddy the Pig by Walter R. Brooks (about animals and very humorous) and if you are looking to something a little older, the Redwall series by Brian Jacques is simply fabulous (it also has animals, but always a villain and the struggle between good and evil). One of the characters has the same name as our oldest and not by coincidence!
    Sorry, we spelled Edward Eager as Edgar, we don't want to confuse your readers! Thanks!

    1. Oops! I called him Edgar, too! I know who you meant, though. :)

      I'm excited to read Redwall, it's been on our to-read list for a long time. And I've never heard of the Freddy the Pig series. I just looked it up and it looks right up our alley. It's on hold at the library!
      Thanks for even more suggestions! Keep them coming! :)