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Book Recommendation for Girls

Compiled in this list is additional recommendations for girls to supplement the Robinson Curriculum, or to substitute some of the comparable literature at your discretion. These titles appeal more to a feminine audience.

Title Subject
Anonymous Notable Women of Olden Times  MB – stories about women of the bible that gently teach us how to be better women. Women in the Bible
Arms, Mary L. Day The World as I Have Found It  MB Autobiographical work of a blind woman
Austen-Leigh, James Edward Memoir of Jane Austen  MB Jane Austen
Austen-Leigh, Richard and William Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters  MB Jane Austen
Bolton, Sarah Knowles Lives of Girls Who Became Famous  MB – Some parents may object to the women who didn’t stay at home. You can always delete any sections you don’t want. Stowe, Jackson, Mott, Livermore, Ossoli, Mitchell, Alcott, Lyon, Hosmer, de Stael, Bonheur, Browning, Eliot, Fry, Butler, Nightingale, Brassey, Burdett-Coutts, Ingelow
Bradford, Sarah H. Harriet, the Moses of Her People Harriet Tubman / underground railroad
Brooks, E. S. Historic Girls: Stories of Girls Who Have Influenced the History of Their Times  MB – teaches great lessons and encourages girls to be good and sweet. Note: He also wrote “Historic Boys.” Zenobia, Helena (mother of Constantine), Pulcheria Augusta, Queen Clotilda, Empress Woo, Good Queen Maud, Countess Jacqueline, Queen Catarina, St. Theresa of Avila, Elizabeth I, Christina of Sweden, Pocahontas
Browne, E. Gordon Queen Victoria  MB – a biography that also illustrates some of what was going on around the rest of the world at the time. Queen Victoria
Clement, Jesse Noble Deeds of American Women  MB – over 100 stories American Women
Cox, Augustus Female Scripture Biographies – Volume One and Volume Two. Women in the Bible
Gaskell, Elizabeth Life of Charlotte Bronte – Volume 1  MB and Volume 2  MB. (Be sure to download both files.) Charlotte Bronte
Hill, Constance Jane Austen; Her Homes & Her Friends – in HTML. Jane Austen
Hubbard, Elbert Little Journeys to the Homes of Famous Women  MB – Volume 2 in the “Little Journeys” series contains numerous brief bios of women. Elizabeth Browning, Madame Guyon, Harriet Martineau, Charlotte Bronte, Christina Rossetti, Rosa Bonheur, Madame De Stael, Elizabeth Fry, Mary Lamb, Jane Austen, Empress Josephine, and Mary W. Shelley
Keller, Helen The Song of the Stone Wall, and The Story of My Life  MB Autobiographical works of a deaf, blind woman.
Lord, John Beacon Lights of History  MB – Volume 7 in the “Beacon Lights” series contains a few short bios of women. Heloise, Joan of Arc, St. Theresa, De Maintenon, Sarah Duchess of Marlborough, Recamier, De Stael, Hannah More, George Eliot
Mabie, Hamilton Wright and Kate Stephens Heroines that Every Child Should Know Grace Darling, Florence Nightingale, Joan of Arc, Antigone, etc.
Montgomery, L. M. The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career – in HTML.  MB L. M. Montgomery
Moore, Henry C. Noble Deeds of the World’s Heroines  MB Stories of brave deeds
Oliphant, Mrs. Margaret Jeanne d’Arc – Her Life and Death  MB Joan of Arc
Stewart, Elinore Pruitt Letters of a Woman Homesteader  MB – charming (and amusing) book about a young widow who goes west to support herself and her daughter. Life on a Wyoming ranch
Stowe, Charles Edward and Harriet Beecher Stowe Life of Harriet Beecher Stowe – “Compiled From Her Letters and Journals by Her Son Charles Edward Stowe”  MB Harriet Beecher Stowe
Sweetser, Kate Dickinson Ten American Girls from History  MB Pocahontas, Dorothy Quincy, Molly Pitcher, Elizabeth Van Lew, Ida Lewis, Clara Barton, Virginia Reed, Louisa Alcott, Clara Morris, Anna Dickinson
Sweetser, Kate Dickinson Ten Girls from History  MB Jeanne D’Arc, Queen Victoria, Sally Wister, Cofachiqui, Jenny Lind, Eliza Lucas, Lady Jane Grey, “Gentle Annie,” Madeleine de Vercheres, Adrienne de Lafayette
Synge, M. B. Great Englishwomen Note: She also wrote “Great Englishmen.” Queen Bertha, Maude the Good, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Philippa of Hainault, Margaret of Anjou, The Lady Margaret, Margaret Roper, Lady Jane Grey, Princess Elizabeth, Lady Rachel Russell, Angelica Kaufmann, Hannah More, Elizabeth Fry, Mary Somerville, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Florence Nightingale
Watson, Virginia The Princess Pocahontas  MB Pocahontas
Title Subject
Alcott, Louisa May Little Women, Jack and Jill, Eight Cousins, An Old-Fashioned Girl, etc.  MB Literature
Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, etc.  MB Literature
Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre  MBShe and her sisters wrote more books  MB, if you are interested. Literature
Burnett, Frances Hodgson Secret Garden, A Little Princess – “Sara Crewe” is the shorter version of “A Little Princess.” I’d pick the latter.  MB Literature
Fisher, Dorothy Canfield Understood Betsy  MB Classic juvenile fiction
Gaskell, Elizabeth Wives and Daughters  MB – For the lover of Victorian era novels. (The movie is also quite enjoyable.) She passed away before this book was completed, but her editor neatly summed up the ending for us. Download Editor’s Ending (since the Gutenberg text doesn’t include this section.)
You may enjoy other great Gaskell books, such as “North and South,” and “Cranford.”  MB
Gruelle, John B. Raggedy Ann Stories, Raggedy Andy Stories, etc.  MB Classic juvenile fiction
Johnston, Annie Fellows The Little Colonel books – Also see this site for history and learn more about the story behind the books. (These are based on real life, and portray Kentucky aristocracy in the Victorian era and afterward.)  MB Literature
Montgomery, L. M. Anne books, Story Girl/Golden Road, Chronicles of Avonlea, short story collections, etc. View chronological order. See the “To Purchase” section below for more of her great books.  MB Literature
Porter, Eleanor H. Pollyanna, Pollyanna Grows Up, Just David, The Miss Billy books.  MB Literature
Stratton-Porter, Gene Freckles, Girl of the Limberlost, Laddie, etc. The author was a naturalist without being like today’s environmentalists. The stories are sentimental stories of love and life, but love of nature is also woven throughout them.  MB Literature
Sweetser, Kate Dickinson Ten Girls from Dickens, and Boys and Girls from Thackeray.  MB Heroines from Literature
Wiggin, Kate Douglas Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Bird’s Christmas Carol, Mother Carey’s Chickens, etc.  MB Literature
Title Subject
Some parents may object to women traveling the world (especially without a husband.) I’ve tried to select these authors carefully, but if you’d like, you can learn more about the following authors online at places like Wikipedia.
For more books like these, try looking for female authors at Explorion. Also see the travel section at  MB.
Andrews, Yvette Borup (and Roy Chapman Andrews) Camps and Trails in China – This husband / wife team had great adventures in China. (Mr. Andrews may be best know for being the first to find fossilized dinosaur eggs.) A couple’s travels in China
Bird, Isabella Among the Tibetans, The Hawaiian Archipelago, Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, etc.  MB Travels in Japan, Tibet, Malay Peninsula, Hawaii, Rocky Mountains, parts of U.S.
Bell, Lilian As Seen By Me  MB – an enjoyable author with a good sense of humor. Travels through Europe
Bly, Nelly Around the World in Seventy-Two Days  MB – Her true, record-breaking adventure. (She even found time to stop and visit Jules Verne on her trip!) Worldwide travel
Der Ling, Princess Two Years in the Forbidden City  MB Life in the old Chinese court
Pfeiffer, Ida A Visit to Iceland, A Woman’s Journey Round the World, A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy – She began traveling after the death of her husband.  MB A widow’s worldwide travels
Perkins, Lucy Fitch The Twins Books  MB – Each story is about a set of twins (usually a boy and a girl) from another country. There are more pictures available here, and some more here. Note – You may want to avoid “The Spartan Twins” (which focuses on their pagan beliefs) and “The Cave Twins” (if your views of creation don’t include tree-dwelling, hairy “monkey people”.) Life of children in other lands
Roberts, Miss Emma Notes of an Overland Journey Through France and Egypt to Bombay  MB – An English lady moved to India with her sister and brother-in-law, and thence gained her experiences. (Noted for being a very talented writer.) Travel in various locations
Title Subject
This section’s small because there’s already so much to choose from on the Historical Fiction Page.
Barr, Amelia Remember the Alamo, The Bow of Orange Ribbon, The Hallam Succession, etc. Her novels were well researched, and full of wholesome characters. (More by her on the Historical fiction page.)  MB Historical Fiction
Curtis, Alice Turner Yankee Girl at Fort Sumter, A Little Maid of Old Maine, A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia, etc.  MB Girls in historical U. S. settings
Douglas, Amanda M. The “A Little Girl” books. A Little Girl: In Old Salem, In New York, In Boston, In Quebec, of Long Ago (sequel to “in New York”).  MB
There are more at Internet Archive or at Google Books.
Girls in historical settings (North America)
Johnston, Mary 1492, Lewis Rand, Sir Mortimer, etc. Her books are supposed to contain a bit of romance, so girls may particularly like them. (More by her on the Historical fiction page.)  MB Historical Fiction
Charlotte Yonge Charlotte Yonge is like a female version of Henty. Choose any of her books.  MB
Visit Exodus Books to learn more about Miss Yonge, her works, and why they’re so good to read. See a list and summary of all her works, and links to all known e-texts (besides just at PG) at Charlotte Mary Yonge Fellowship.
Historical Fiction
HISTORY (non-fiction)
Title – Also see the Biographical Section above. Subject
Alleman, Matilda “Tillie” Pierce At Gettysburg, or What a Girl Saw and Heard of the Battle – what parts I’ve read of this book really touched me and made it seem very real. I also like that it is not filled with gory descriptions. (HTML) U. S. Civil War
Brockett, Linus Pierpont and Mary C. Vaughan Woman’s Work in the Civil War; A Record of Heroism, Patriotism, and Patience  MB U. S. Civil War
Der Ling, Princess Two Years in the Forbidden City  MB Life in the old Chinese court
Earle, Alice Morse Home Life in Colonial Days  MB Colonial Life in America
Fowler, William Worthington Woman on the American Frontier  MB Women’s role in American history
Hall, Mrs. Cecil (Mary) A Lady’s Life on a Farm in Manitoba  MB – this books is a series of letters she wrote after leaving England, that tell about adjusting to her new life. Pioneer life
Holliday, Carl Woman’s Life in Colonial Days  MB Colonial Women
Larcom, Lucy A New England Girlhood  MB Childhood in Early America
Marble, Annie Russell The Women Who Came in the Mayflower  MB Pilgrim women
Richards, Caroline C. Village Life in America  MB – The diary of a girl from 1852 to 1872. Interesting to see her point of view concerning the war and changes throughout the country. Great history book about more than just the war. U. S. Civil War era
Stewart, Elinore Pruitt Letters of a Woman Homesteader  MB – charming (and amusing) book about a young widow who goes west to support herself and her daughter. Life on a Wyoming ranch

More Recommendations:

Author Genevieve Foster-

George Washington’s World

Augustus Ceasar’s World

The World of Captain John Smith
Landmark SeriesThey are biographies of influential people in history.



Christian, Homeschooling, Mother of 6 with way too many ideas.

2 thoughts on “Book Recommendation for Girls

  1. Karen, thank you sooooo much for this list. I am always looking for books for my girls. We have the Robinson Curriculum but my girls are not thrilled with some of the books. This list is a great help. Also, I have a few book/author suggestions you may enjoy:
    Author Genevieve Foster wrote a series of books based on historical figures. The books weave everything going on in the world during the lifetime of the character. Some of the titles are : George Washington’s World, Augustus Ceasar’s World, The World of Captain John Smith. Another series is the Landmark Series. They are biographies of influential people in history. I purchase the books published prior to the 1965 because of the rewriting of history and the feminist bent. The authors weren’t just people paid to write books but they were experts in their field of study. Thank you for the encouragement as a stay at home(schooling) mother to 6 daughters. You are also a great encouragement to younger woman telling them that homeschooling doesnt have to be difficult, they can do this. You are certainly walking in the steps of Titus 2.


    1. Thank you Monica! I SO very much appreciate the encouragement. Those are great suggestions, thank you for sharing! I am going to add them to the page now.


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