Classic Chapter Books For Girls

classic chapter books for girls

I previously wrote about the series books under my 6-year-old’s bed. Today, I’ll share with you some more chapter books that she keeps under her bed and that somehow always get back to the “being read” rotation.

Though boys may also enjoy these books, I think that having female protagonists make these stories more attractive to little girls. So, without further ado, here is a list of classic chapter books for girls (and boys) that are great for reading aloud and reading independently.


Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia Mclachlan

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Published 30 years ago and set in the American prairies in the late 19th century, this historical fiction made ME cry!

It’s the story of how farmer Jacob Whitting wrote an ad for a mail-order bride (yes that’s right!) to help him in the farm and to be the mother of his two children, Anna and Caleb. He was widowed when his wife died giving birth to Caleb.

I did not realize that there are four more books featuring the Whitting family until I got a copy of Skylark. In it, the family faces a long drought and Sarah becomes pregnant. Another tearjerker, yes.

Available at Fully Booked. Click here.


Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lingren

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If you’re looking for a girl power kind of book, Pippi Longstocking is it.  Pippi has superhuman strength, lives in a house she calls Villa Villekula, and …  as Little T exclaimed, “What? She lives on her own without her parents?!” She plays tricks on adults especially thieves and others who try to harm her friends.

The first book was published in 1945 and has a total of 11 books in the series. I love the first one best, while my daughter refuses to say which one is her favorite.

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Milly-Molly-Mandy by Joyce Brisley


This is another oldie but goodie, as the first Milly-Molly-Mandy book was published in 1928. I thought that More Milly-Molly-Mandy, which came with our first book as a boxed set, was the only other sequel. A quick look though at Wikipedia tells me that there are more.

Milly-Molly-Mandy is a charming, charming chapter book that gives the reader a glimpse of the slow, country life generations ago. The short chapters show the daily adventures and challenges faced with aplomb by Millicent Margaret Amanda, or Milly-Molly-Mandy for short.

Available at National Bookstore. Click here.


Big Susan by Elizabeth Orton Jones

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Big Susan is a delightful story about a family of dolls who come alive at Christmas time. The rest of the year, Big Susan (as they call the little girl who owns them) makes them talk and move. Imagine reading this from the eyes of a child, I’m sure it will be magical!

First published in 1947, it has been out of print for several years until the savior of the best children’s books ever, Purple House Press, rescued republished it in 2002 to celebrate its 55th year.


Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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No list of classic children’s books is complete without The Little House books that are about the author’s late 19th century childhood in the American Midwest. I first heard of it as a television show that my older sister was hooked on in the early 80s. I didn’t realize that it was based on a series of books!

When I was in a book shopping frenzy, I bought this treasury of the first three Little House books that Little T read voraciously. She was fascinated with the old way of life, of making your own things, and having adventures.

Available at Fully Booked. Click here.


The Hundred Dresses

the hundred dresses

Wanda Petronski goes to school in the same blue dress everyday. One day, she claims that she has a hundred dresses at home. Knowing how poor the Petronskis are, her classmates cruelly tease her. Her family eventually leaves town, but not before the bullies learn about Wanda’s hundred dresses.

This classic has never been out of print since its first publication in 1944.

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Make magic!

Mariel Uyquiengco

  • Chris

    my daughter love also the little women and a little princess

    • Mariel @ The Learning Basket

      I LOVED Little Women when I was growing up. Unfortunately, my copy so old now so I need to get my daughter a new one! She started to read it in Kindle but stopped. Maybe because it’s the Kindle, but most probably she’s still too young for the content. And A Little Princess was my ultimate favorite before, along with Little Lord Fauntleroy! I read A Little Princess to my daughter and my voice kept breaking!

  • Devi

    I am really grateful for your blog, Mariel. It has made me choose books well for my kid(s). If shipping fee was not only such a big deal, I would hoard your books, hahaha. I have to admit that I love scouring thrift book shops (my favorite me time – looking for books, be it adult fiction and now I’ve added children’s books in my list) and I always take note of the books you recommend in your blog and use it to look for titles :) Your blog led me to the Paper Bag Princess and you can just imagine my glee when I found a really good copy of it, and what’s more it was a special 25th anniversary edition. And the silly thing is, my daughter says she is the dragon (she’s 2), hahaha.

    And just last weekend, while doing my favorite thing, I found a copy of Sarah, Plain and Tall – the exact copy you have here and how could I not get it when you have recommended it? Hehehe :) But really, you have made our reading time very special.

    That is why, I will always refer my friends who wish to buy my daughter books to buy it from your shop :) Thank you so much, Mariel.

    Sorry for the long post. I just read A Little Princess and I was crying like crazy. When S becomes a bit older, I will make her read that book :)

    • Mariel @ The Learning Basket

      I love long comments, Devi! :) I’m glad that TLB has helped you in your parenting journey! Thank you, too, for referring your friends to us :)

      About A Little Princess, diba?! I’ve read it dozens of times and I always, always cry!

      • Devi

        Late bloomer ako when it comes to reading classics :) I ‘ve seen A Little Princess in movies and TV so when I read the book, I thought medyo hindi na intense ang emotions. Boy, I was wrong. Hahaha.