I’ve written about our relaxed approach to reading in the summer and even about Big Sis’ top picks for read-alouds that we’ve done in the past, but I firmly believe the old adage that you can never have too many books. (My overcrowded bookshelves might disagree.) Summer is generally the time we catch up on reading just for fun — without it being part of a curriculum or a particular living history book to go along with our studies or for a review we’re doing. These are books we read just for the sheer enjoyment of getting lost in a good story.
The Horse Diaries ~ these are great for any horse-loving girl in the 8-12 age range. Not only are they good stories, but they also have some educational content with geographical areas, history, and types of horses. They are told from the horse’s point of view just like Black Beauty. Big Sis has read the first three books in this series and wants to read more. (I just discovered there is a series called The Dog Diaries, too!) These are also available for the Kindle.
Grandma’s Attic series ~ I read these books when I was growing up and it’s nice to share them with Big Sis now. Just plain fun stories for girls with wholesome character lessons, too. The author, Arleta Richardson, also wrote a series called The Orphan’s Journey that we would like to read.
Circle C Adventures ~ Okay, these also have some educational value because you can do accompanying lapbook lessons from A Journey Through Learning and learn all about the 1880s time period in which they’re set. Of course, stories of a little girl growing up on a ranch around horses is enough to entertain Big Sis. They were written by veteran homeschool mom Susan K. Marlow.
Betsy-Tacy series ~ I can’t write a list of fun summer reading for girls without including the Betsy-Tacy books by Maud Hart Lovelace. Stories of friendship and simpler times make these must-read classics.
Thornton Burgess animal stories ~ FREE for Kindle. Big Sis has enjoyed reading these stories. They’re a fun way to do a nature study as well. We used The Seashore Book as part of our science/nature lessons, though they are fun to read without using them as homeschool lessons. =0) The animals tell the stories, just like The Horse Diaries.
Drawing, Doodling, and Coloring for Girls ~ This one isn’t a book to read per se, but it is a fun activity book when you’re traveling in the car during the summer or for rainy days. Big Sis loves the colorful pages full of creative ways to draw and design.
Stories for Little Girls ~ Lil Sis and Baby Girl like to study the beautiful pictures in this storybook. It makes a great bedtime storybook for little girls.
Illustrated Classics for Girls ~ These illustrated stories are a great way to introduce your daughters to classic books. This one includes The Railway Children, The Wizard of Oz, The Secret Garden, Black Beauty, Little Women and Heidi. Some of our favorites!