As you may know, I was an elementary and middle school teacher for many years. I find myself still recommending these books to many moms and grandmas of girls, so I went ahead and made it a page on my website.

These are all wonderful books with strong female protagonists. The themes, stories, and vocabulary are also top-notch. (In order, grades 4-9) Enjoy!



Harriet The Spy 

Make sure you get the edition with the yellow badge on the front--it's the classic edition and the one you want. Louis Fitzhugh (the author) drew the illustrations herself. She looked a lot like Harriet.

Are You There, God, It's Me, Margaret

One of my favorites and a must-read for every young woman who needs someone to understand. This book discusses girls changing physically and provides a very real way that girls react to the changes. 

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

A wonderful story of Claudia Kincaid and her brother, Jamie, and living in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a while. 

A Wrinkle In Time

Meg Murry, like many 12-year-olds, doesn't fit in. This book is perfect for EVERY child of twelve.

Number The Stars

Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, experience the Danish Resistance as they smuggle almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden during the Holocaust.


Ever since she arrived at Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of “Stargirl, Stargirl..." This is a PERFECT middle school book about fitting in.


17-year-old Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe...