Book Reviews For Category: Inspiring for Girls

At a certain age, boys seem to outgrow the fairy realm and girls still love them. Also these books have girl protagonists.

Fairy Realm

Fairy Realm Children's Book

Published 2000
Theme: Fairies
Best for: 5 – 8 years old

I love the Fairy Realm series, stepping from our human world into the world of the fairies, where magic, beauty, goodness, and yes, also a bit of evil, mingle together…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Children's Books - Konigsburg

Published 1967
Theme: Adventure in New York City
Best for: Girls age 10-12

Here’s a very funny, easy to read, yet somewhat profound children’s book that I stumbled across in my local bookstore. Obviously others found it before me, as it is a Newberry Medal book.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Classics, Inspiring for Girls

The Midwife’s Apprentice

Midwife's Apprentice Children's Book

Published; 1995
Theme: Women’s Historical Fiction
Best for: Girls, age 12 and up

A wonderful book to use as class reading for bringing history, especially women’s history, alive. Set in fourteenth century England, the story of an impoverished orphan and her role in the society of the day is compelling…

Posted in Ages 12-14, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

A Little Princess


by Frances Hodgson Burnett, first published 1905. “Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything in the world understands it.” A Little Princess is one the best children’s books I’ve read so far. It turns out I’m not alone in my assessment, as it continually rates in the top 100 lists among teachers, education associations, and others. Illustrating through example the power of kindness and good thoughts, this book is a masterpiece…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Classics, Inspiring for Girls, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

The Penderwicks


by Jeanne Birdsall, published 2005 “This is what made a book great, she thought, that you could read it over and over and never get tired of it.” ¬†The Penderwicks¬†is another children’s book recommended by my young friend Meera. It reminded me somewhat of her other recommendation, The Saturdays, because

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

The Lioness and her Knight

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by Gerald Morris, published 2005 “To have arrived for an indefinite stay in this luxurious castle, where she would wear the finest clothes and most of all get to know a real enchantress, was more than Luneta could ever have hoped for.” Here’s an unusual story from Morris’s wonderful collection

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned
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