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Best Books for Girls Age 7 - 12

Updated on August 21, 2013

Top Rated Book List for Girls in 2013

There are so many memorable fun books geared for girls.

I loved reading these books when I was little and I know my daughter will have fun reading these classics too.

There are stories of mystery, hope, laughter, girly girls, secret gardens and so much more that enhance our minds and imaginations.

Best Girls Books of All Time - For Girls 2013

Ender's Game By Orson Scott Card

An irrefutable classic, I would basically recommend the super intense and satisfying Ender's Game to anyone.

The book is filled with childhood and adult politics. A moral struggle and who doesn't love a story about someone dealing with being the next kid to save the world.

Fun girl characters include Ender's hyper-genius sister Valentine and Petra Arkanian, best sharpshooter in Battle School. While Ender and Petra fight for freedom in space, Valentine holds Earth together like it's as easy as pie.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

This is such a wonderful book that floods so many memories back from when I was a little girl. I would sit and read this book till all hours.

It is about an orphaned little girl who finds a key to an abandoned garden, which she tends until it turns into a paradise - not only for her, but for the other lost souls, both young and old, around her.

This is a wonderful, classic story about the healing power of nature and of the mind. Who doesn't love the idea of finding a secret anything that is magical?

Matlida by Roald Dahl

This is an excellent funny page turner!

It is a thrilling book about a five-year-old named Matilda whose parents think children should watch TV instead of reading books, but Matilda is too smart for that.

She decides to fights back, but her parents and her headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, refuse to allow her to read. Matilda's brainpower goes in another direction and she develops psychokinetic powers, which last until she is allowed to use her brain properly.

It is funny and very imaginative

Olivia...and the Missing Toy, by Ian Faloconer

Olivia, like many young pigs, experiences life very intensely. She is utterly obsessed with having her mother make her a red soccer shirt (even though the team color is green), until, of course, she discovers that her favorite toy, her very best toy, is missing, at which point she becomes obsessed with finding it.

She looks under the rug, the sofa, and the cat. She shouts accusingly at both her younger brother Ian and her baby brother William. She see's it is eaten by the pet. She was mad, but couldn't stay mad forever.

Olivia is such a cute book series. The girls in your life will love O-LIV-IA!

The Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale, the author, created an original and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can become queen of the people she has made her own.

My kids love when I read them this story about Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree. She spends the first years of her life under her aunt's guidance learning to communicate with animals.

As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani's journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her.

Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny.

Come Back, Amelia Bedelia, By Peggy Parish

Ok, these Amelia Bedelia books are the best.

Most little girls would love to even be named after her. She is so funny and always is getting into predicaments.

In this book, Amelia Bedelia must look for a new job -- Mrs. Rogers has finally had enough. But for poor Amelia Bedelia, each new job is a bigger mess than the last. Can she ever find a place to belong? She is such an endearing character. You can't help but root for Ameila Bedelia

I Like Me, by Nancy Carlson

This is the cutest book ever for little girls and the growing up years.

By admiring her finer points & showing that she can take care of herself, a charming pig proves that the best friend you can have is yourself.

Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, by Judy Blume

This is the story of Sheila, who manages to survive the episodic trials of the summer, the beginners' swimming test, the revelations of her friends' Slam Books, even the presence of the dog who "goes with" the Tubmans' rented summer home.

So much adventure and surprises await with this read.

Judy Blume is a classic author that holds the test of time and I continue to lover her books.

Harriet the Spy, by Louise Fitzhugh

Does it get any more classic than Harriet the Spy?

Eleven-year-old Harriet keeps notes on her classmates and neighbors in a secret notebook, but when some of the students read the notebook, they seek revenge.

Remember the movie after this book? The best of books have a movie.

Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren

Awww, those braids! Little girls everywhere want to be her for Halloween.

She is such a fun character, that you just can't help falling in love with.

Pippi Longstocking is a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey, but doesn't have any parents, at the edge of a Swedish village.

It is the story of her fun and exciting life. Her red braids and silly socks.

Gotta love Pippi!

Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

I love the story of Anne.

She is an eleven-year-old orphan, and is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

She is a loving girl and leaves everyone with life lessons they learned from Anne. I loved this book when I was a little girl, especially since my middle name is Ann. Funny, I know, but I always felt I had that connection.

Heidi, by Johanna Spyri

The story of Heidi was written over one hundred years ago, however, it is far from a period piece.

In the Swiss Alps, where it is set, a hundred years is just the blink of an eye. We see in her the daughter that every mother dreams of having and every little girl dreams of being. Her presence makes us happy, and so her story has endured.

Whenever we would hear of a little girl named Heidi we would think of this book.

Little Women, By Louisa May Alcott

This is such the classic of all girls' books. Every girl remembers reading about the Little Women.

In nineteenth-century New England, there was tomboyish Jo, beautiful Meg, fragile Beth and the youngest Amy.

It is about their childhood and make-believe play while their father is off to war. They bond, fight, play, get jealous of each other, but in the end love each other as sisters do.

Which book is your girls favorite?

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