Book list: Favorite read-alouds and Ella's list


We read a lot of books this year, but here are just a few of our favorites:

Gentle Ben
The Secret Garden
Summer of the Monkeys
Winnie-the-Pooh (this is the second time we've read it, but we all loved it all over again.)
Otto of the Silver Hand

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Ella, at 9, still loves to read. Unfortunately for her, I don't have a lot of time to preview/find new books for her, nor have we been able to spend much time perusing the library selection for books for her, so truthfully, the bulk of what she read this year were re-reads of what she already has on her shelf. (See previous book lists for those titles.) Her go-to repeat books are usually always the Little House books (including The Martha Years, The Caroline Years and The Rose Years books) and the American Girl books she has on her shelf.

I do still try to write down nearly every book she reads. (Heck, I figure I might as well only do this ONCE, right? I have two other little girls growing right up and they will need book suggestions, too.) A smattering of the books from this list I picked up at used bookstores/library sales, some were recommended to us and we checked them out at the library, and some of them we just discovered on the library shelves. Without further ado, here are the books I have listed that Ella read this past year (excepting the re-reads):

{book list for a nine-year old girl}

Socks by Beverly Cleary
Rosa Takes a Chance (Susan Martins Miller, Sisters in Time series)
Cricket in Times Square
The Little House in the Highlands (The Martha Years; Melissa Wiley)
Madeleine Takes Command (Ethel Brill)
The Skippack School
Walking the Road to Freedom (Jeri Ferris)
Lillian Thrasher (YWAM biography; Janet and Geoff Benge)
some Boxcar Children books she hadn't read before (#1, #117...)
Summer Days with the Moodys (#5; Sarah Maxwell)
Viking Adventure (Bulla)
The Blue Hill Meadows (Cynthia Rylant)
The Little Silver House (I discovered this gem at a library book sale. It's a sequel to the book The Golden Name Day. Lindquist; illustrated by Garth Williams!)
The Three Baers, The Triplets Fly High (Bertha Moore)
Stone Fox
The Little Princess (previously a read-aloud; she read it on her own)
Kidnapped by River Rats, The Chimney Sweep's Ransom and Spy for the Night Riders (Trailblazer books; Dave & Neta Jackson)
The Trumpet of the Swan (pretty sure this was actually a repeat, but she loves this book)
The Tanglewoods Secret
Little Visits with God
Trails to Treasure (Ginn basic fifth reader)
Bread and Butter Indian (Colver)
Bread and Butter Journey (Colver)
Indian Captive (Lenski)
Homer Price
Adopted Jane (Daringer)
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Tumtum and Nutmeg books (Emily Bearn)

Happy reading!


  1. Thanks for this, Stacy! I still have a list book marked from awhile ago, and we've been working our way through it. Bre loves so many of these same books.

  2. Oooo!!I've been looking forward to this. Thanks for all your work and diligence in previewing and screening books. So fun to KNOW they are good choices. Adding them to my lists for the girls and reading them myself!!

  3. oh, also...good ones I read (I'm really sensitive!)
    Mountain Born
    Young Lives of Famous Americans Fred Rogers
    The Penderwicks (only the first one in the series)

    Really good!

  4. Yay for book lists! And way to go Ella!

    I'm so glad you included Summer of the Monkeys as a favorite. It's next in line for our summer read alouds, but I've never seen it on any of my favorite book lists. Good to know it gets your thumbs up. I loved it as a kid. :)

  5. Love the list, Stacy!! Have you or Ella read, "What Katy Did" or it's sequels?

  6. oops- that was me, rebecca m- one handed commenting!

  7. Stacy, you need to check out Keepers Of The Faith books! You would not even need to pre-read any of them; they are super-conservative. You can get a free catalog or read their requirements to carry a book on their website. They have some old re-published titles that might challenge or bore her at first, but once she gets into them, she would love them. Hope that helps.

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    1. Thank you so much, Elizabeth! You're so sweet.


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