I need book recommendations for my dd...

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Registered: 03-27-2003
I need book recommendations for my dd...
Thu, 04-10-2003 - 4:32am
She turns 10 next month and has asked for books in English. We are a Swedish/American family, so she can read in both languages, but I'm kind of out of the loop on what might be popular at home (USA) for girls this age right now. She loves animals and really girly stuff, she's not tom boyish at all. She reads on level for her age. I've ordered a few Judy Blume books, but not all of them are age appropriate yet. Just wondering if there is a series or author that is wildly popular for girls this age right now? Thanks so much for any input!


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Wed, 04-16-2003 - 9:40am
american girl books are my dd's #1 fav...your dd might be interested in the kirsten books in this series; she is a swedish american pioneer girl in the 1800s. she also loves the betsy-tacey books by maude hart lovelace, the pony tail books, beverly cleary books - especially the ramona books, and the fudge books by judy blume. my dd also really enjoys biographies about women, this week she read one about amelia earhart. since your dd is interested in animals, she may like some nonfiction books. you could let her choose an animal she interested in, go to amazon and find a complete list of fiction and nonfiction books on that animal. good luck ~ irena
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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 10:08am
My DD also likes the Chicken Soup books. She is really hooked on The New Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley. She has been reading the Mary-Kate and Ashley "Two of a Kind" books but I think they are too old for her as theses girls are teenagers in these stories and they talk about boys a lot.

DD is also a fan of Goosebumps, but that is a personal preference. Not a lot of kids like those. I'm starting her on The Boxcar Children series.

Pat - Katelyn (now 10!), Melanie (6)

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 9:54am
Welcome! My DD also loves animals. Besides the books already mentioned, there is also the Animal Ark series and there are several series related to horses. Some are Pony Pals, Thoroughbreds, and Saddle Club. I know some of these are available through Scholastic Books. We get order forms approximately monthly through the schools. They also come into the schools for book fairs. If you grew up in the U.S., maybe you remember the book order forms? Anyway, I know they have a website, although I'm not sure you can buy through it. But maybe you could send them an inquiry about buying from outside the U.S. You could probably search on Amazon as well. Oh, and if she likes mysteries, Nancy Drew is still out there. My SIL recently visited and was reading one to her girls, and my DD was hooked. They have newer ones as well as the ones we grew up with. Good luck!


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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 9:27am
Some good classics would be the Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the first couple of Anne of Green Gables books by Lucy Maude Montgomery, Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink, or the Betsy-Tacy books by Maude Hart Lovelace.

The American Girls series seems to be a big hit with girls 7-12, especially if they are interested in history. My dd has learned a lot from these books, in addition to finding them entertaining.

Some more contemporary stories would be the Amber Brown books by Paula Danzinger, the Anastasia Krupnik books by Lois Lowry, or the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary.

All of these are "girl power" books in their own right. If she likes fantasy, she would enjoy the Harry Potter books and also maybe the Wrinkle in Time series by Madeline L'Engle, although that may be a little "old" yet.

Good luck!!!


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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 7:23am
My dd is almost 11 and she loves the Little House on the Prairie series, the Babysitters Club series, Dear America series. She also really loves the Chicken Soup for the Kids soul and pre-teen soul books!


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Registered: 03-25-2003
Thu, 04-10-2003 - 6:22am
Don't have a DD this age, but my neice enjoys the American Girl books. Also, what about Little House on the Prairie ... or am I really out of touch? The big hit with kids this age (boys and girls) is Harry Potter.