Friday, January 14, 2011

Recommendations for Girls - Grades 2-5

I was in the library this morning and I chatted with a mom who was looking for books for her daughter. She has two sons and her daughter is in the 4th grade. She said there were alot of series for boys that she knew of, but was wondering if I knew of any good series for girls? (I was just by the American Girl section looking for a mystery title). That sparked some thinking about book series that we've enjoyed these past couple of years. So, I spent the rest of my afternoon compiling a list of a few my favorites.......they are in no particular order, just some fun reads.

 Molly Moon's incredible book of hypnotism- Georgia Byng. -  Molly Moon has spent her entire life in an orphanage. When she finds a mysterious book, Molly discovers an extraordinary talent -- she can hypnotize anyone!  (middle grade 4-8)  pages 371

There are a total of 6 in the series.

The Tail of Emily Windsnap- Liz Kessler.  A young 12 year old girl learns that she is half mermaid and plunges into a scheme to reunite with her father.  Her mother has seemed anxious to keep Emily away from the water. But when she agrees to let her take swimming lessons, Emily makes a startling discovery about her own identity, the mysterious father she has never met, and the thrilling possibilities and perils below the water.  (middle grade 4-8) pages

There are 4 in this series.


 Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister- Liz KesslerThis is first of a three-part series about a girl and her reluctant fairy guardian--a story  that sparkles with magic and charm. (middle grade 4-8) pages 271

CoverJunie B. Jones and the stupid smelly bus-  Park, Barbara. Junie B. is a kindergartener that has her own mind about alot of things. Especially her first day of school. These books grow with your child as Junie grows through her school years.  Great first chapter book.  (lower grade K-3) pages 69.


Clues in the shadows : a Molly mystery - Ernst, Kathleen.  These mysteries are based on the American Girl series of dolls. Each one is by various authors. If you love the American Girl Dolls and books you will enjoy these mysteries too.  (middle grades 4-8) pages 179


Moving Day - Meg Cabot.  When nine-year-old Allie Finkle's parents announce that they are moving her and her brothers from their suburban split-level into an ancient Victorian in town, Allie's sure her life is over.  (middle grade 4-8) pages 228


Judy Moody-Megan Mcdonald.  A funny first chapter book for every kid who has ever felt a little out of sorts. (lower grades 2-4) pages 160

Many books in this series.

Just Grace- Charise Mericle Harper.  Grace (whose harried teacher nicknames her Just Grace to distinguish her from the three other Graces she has in her class) deals with the usual trials and tribulations of third grade in this hilarious first chapter book. (grade 2-5)  pages 138

There are 6 books in this series.


Amber, the orange fairy- Daisy Meadows.   Two friends, Rachel and Kirsty arrive at Rainspell Island for vacation. They have no idea what magical adventures they find! Seven Rainbow Fairies have been banished from Fairyland by wicked Jack Frost and if they don't return soon, Fairyland is doomed to be colorless and gray. The girls have already found one Rainbow Fairy, Ruby the Red Fairy (1st book of series) and  now Amber the Orange Fairy is trapped in a seashell! Will the friends be able to help rescue Amber too?  (lower grade 1-3) pages 62

The Rainbow series eventually moves into many more fairies.  For example, the weather fairies, pet fairies, music fairies, sport fairies.  Great books for young girls that love fairies.

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