10 Essential Chapter Books for Girls

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Give these amazing chapter books for girls to the young child in your life. Recommended as the first book that inspired a life long love of reading from book club members.

A photo collage shows several popular chapter books for girls.

When I was still pregnant with my youngest daughter, my book club gave me the best baby shower gift EVER.

While other family and friends ensured my baby would have all the clothing and gear a newborn needs, my beloved book soul mates pulled together a baby shower gift basket of the essential chapter books for girls that inspired their own love of reading.

As they handed the amazing gift over, they told me:

"These books turned us into readers, our hope is that they'll do the same for your sweet little pea, too."

Queue all the tears.

You can read about the other fun goodies they tucked into that precious gift here, but I wanted to share the specific chapter books they included to help you find something special to give the sweet girl in your life, too.

How I Chose the Books

These girls' chapter books are absolute classics from my generation's childhood. Most of my friends grew up reading these titles.

But the list isn't random.

Each book is here on the list because it inspired one or more of my book club friends to become a lifelong reader.

I included some of my own personal childhood favorites at the end of the list. I've read them each out loud to my daughters and we have loved them.

What Makes These "Essential?"

While some book lists will suggest children's books because they are classic literature or because they are filled with excellent life lessons or have some level of "intelligence-meter" quality to them, this list is a bit different.

These books did the most important job a book can do:

They captured the imagination of a young girl who read it and turned her into A Reader for Life.

Would Boys Like These, Too?

A good book is a good book!

I strongly believe that boys can and should read stories about girl characters just as girls should read amazing stories featuring boy characters.

Books are a very personal preference.

As a general rule these chapter books may appeal more to girls than boys but the themes are quite general and could easily apply to any child who wants to read.

Only you know your child the best!

If you're looking for a list of chapter books for your son or if you have a daughter who prefers action and adventure and a male protagonist, you may also enjoy this list of books for boys.

We've read several of these books in our home of two daughters and enjoyed them, too!

Essential Chapter Books for a Girl's Home Library

More Books to Give as Gifts

A photo collage shows several chapter books for girls.

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