Nine-year-old girl seeks Classic Heroines

Alea is a smart, responsible and creative nine-year-old who is currently in 3rd grade. She is a reader. She loves getting lost in a story. She especially likes funny stories and books that help her learn what life was like “back then.” She does not appreciate it when characters use words like “OMG” and “What the heck?” When she’s not reading, Alea loves ballet, playing outside and snuggling with her mom. When asked if there was anything else she would like to say about books and reading, she gave the encouragement to “Read on!” She is my kind of girl. 

I am excited to give Alea a few personalized picks. To help me help her, I asked Alea to share three of her favorite books and one she was not so crazy about. Here are her favorites:


1. Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Alea loves how this classic series helps her learn about what life was like “back then.” A favorite of many, the Little House on the Prairie series are well-loved, and as a side note, the audio book version is very well done too!

Readers 8 and up

2. Betsy-Tacy Series by Maud Hart Lovelace

This is a series about a girl Alea’s age and two of her friends. Alea loves these characters because they are easy for her to relate to. Another classic series that is loved by many.

Readers 8 and up

3. Matilda by Roald Dahl

Alea's third favorite is also a classic, but it is a classic with a very different feel from her first two choices. Alea loves the humor in Matilda. She loves how Matilda plays funny tricks on her not-so-nice parents. 

Readers 8 and up


Books that Alea dose not like are Barbie books. They are just not her cup of tea.


When coming up with personalized picks for Alea, I searched for books that would share what life was like “back then.” I wanted to see if I could find a "new" classic for Alea to connect with, and, since all of Alea’s favorite books had heroine’s around her age, I kept that in mind too. Finally, I wanted at least one pick with a good dose of humor.  Here is what I came up with…


1. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

Caddie loves to be outside. She loves adventure and hunting and would much rather escape her kitchen and sewing chores to be in the great outdoors. Based on the life and memories of the author’s grandmother, I think Alea will love learning about life “back then” through the eyes of the spunky and adventurous Caddie Woodlawn. 

Readers 8 and up

2. Pollyanna by Eleanor H Porter

The story of a young orphan girl who comes to live with her stern aunt. It doesn’t take long for Pollyanna, armed with her special game, to make an impact on the entire community changing the lives of everyone around her for the better. Pollyanna is a classic story and while it may be a bit of a challenge (some of the characters talk with accents that could be a bit hard to follow), I hope Alea gives it a try. I think she will learn from and connect with Pollyanna. She is a very special character and I think Alea will be very glad she “met” her. 

3. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place by Maryrose Wood

The story of a plucky young governess who finds herself in charge of three very unusual children. Although these stories are not a classic per se, they could be someday. The Incorrigible Children is a victorian tale told with an entertaining voice. Throughout Book 1 and the entire series, a mystery unravels and is waiting to be solved. These book are very fun to read and I hope Alea will love them as much as I do. Make sure to start at Book 1 and read them in order or you may be slightly confused. 

Readers 8 and up

Bonus Pick:

Based on Alea's favorites, I can't not recommend one more. I picked this book for Natalie a month ago, which is why I did not officially pick it here. But, I think Alea will really love one of my favorite literary families. So, she gets a bonus pick!

The Moffats by Eleanor Estes

From the back cover:  Meet the Moffats. Even the most ordinary Moffat day is packed with extraordinary fun. Only a Moffat could get locked in a bread box all afternoon, or dance with a dog in front of the whole town, or hitch a ride on a boxcar during kindergarten recess. And only a Moffat could turn mistakes and mischief into hilarious one-of-a-kind adventure. 

(PS if you do find out you love the Moffats, you might enjoy more of their adventures in The Middle Moffat, Rufas M. or The Moffat Museum.)

Readers Age 10 and up


Alea, I hope you get lost in these stories and enjoy reading about these classic girls and their adventures. I also hope a few of them will make you laugh. Thanks for answering my questions and letting me pick out books for you. 


What books would you recommend for Alea?


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(PS Reader age recommendations are just that, recommendations. I list them, oftentimes pulled right off of Amazon, to give you a general guide.)

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