You’ve been asking for this list for a long time… and we’re happy to have it ready for you!

You’ve told us that our list of Books Boys Love (that aren’t just books for boys) has helped your boys go from feeling meh about reading to voraciously reading through stacks.

With this new list, we’re hoping to do the same thing for your girls.

Of course, there aren’t really “boy books” vs “girl books,” but at various points in our kids’ lives, it can be difficult to match up our kids with books they love. This often gets even trickier the older our kids get.

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Even if your daughter is happily reading through stacks of books in her younger years, she may suddenly find herself at the age when it feels like she “should” be choosing books from the Young Adult (YA) section of the library or bookstore.

But…have you been to the YA section of your library or bookstore lately?

There are some gems in there, to be sure (and we’ve included several in our list below!), but on the whole…

…if you’re a family that loves the kinds of books we recommend at RAR, you likely struggle to find what you’re looking for on the YA shelves.

That’s because YA is a genre, not a reading level.

I’ll tell you more about what I mean by that soon, but for now suffice it to say: YA books are not a level you need to pass through to get from middle grade novels (like the Chronicles of Narnia or Little House on the Prairie) to adult novels.

They are, rather, a kind of story (usually a coming-of-age story featuring a teenage protagonist, often pushing boundaries of what’s appropriate for young readers). Again, this is not true for all YA books. But it’s true for a whole lot of them.

This can be a real problem for parents who are looking for good, rich, engaging stories for their teen daughters.

In short…

If a quick google search of “books for teen girls” turns up books you’re not excited about handing to your own tween or teen, I bet you’ll feel differently about the list below.

Of course, every girl won’t love every book on this list. But there’s probably something here that will pique her interest!

And remember that these books are not just for girls. Several of these are also on the (newly updated!) Books Boys Love list, and my own teenage son has enjoyed a whole lot of the books on this one.

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Books for Girls 4-7

The Prairie Thief
A Bear Called Paddington
The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
Sarah, Plain and Tall
All-of-a-Kind Family
Mercy Watson to the Rescue
The Princess in Black
Zita the Spacegirl
The Cabin Faced West
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire
Ramona the Pest
Lola Dutch
Hooray for Anna Hibiscus
Tumtum & Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Tales

Books for Girls 8 to 12

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
The Bark of the Bog Owl (Wilderking Trilogy)
Heidi (Puffin in Bloom)
Understood Betsy
Because of Winn-Dixie
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Little House in the Big Woods
Surviving the Applewhites
The Penderwicks
Princess Academy
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling
Henry and the Chalk Dragon
The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic
Swallows and Amazons
Tuck Everlasting
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat
Chester and Gus
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
Tuesdays at the Castle
The Chronicles of Narnia (Box Set)
Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book)
Ballet Shoes (The Shoe Books)

Books for Teen girls

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
Anne of Green Gables
The Goose Girl
Book of a Thousand Days
Pride and Prejudice
Bud, Not Buddy
Hattie Big Sky
Moon Over Manifest
Brown Girl Dreaming
The Wednesday Wars
Okay for Now
Hattie Ever After
When You Reach Me
The Mother-Daughter Book Club
Homeless Bird
Piecing Me Together
The False Prince (Ascendance Trilogy Book 1)
Meet the Austins: Book One of The Austin Family Chronicles (Austin Family Series 1)
The Giver
Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster
A Fall of Marigolds
A Night Divided (Scholastic Gold)
Keeper of the Lost Cities
The Book Thief (Anniversary Edition)
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

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