I have learned that not all girls are avid readers, which is something this avid reader girl just simply can NOT relate to. But, alas, my oldest daughter is not a reader. In fact, just recently she told me that she absolutely hates to read. My mouth literally fell open, which she found hilarious.
However, my younger daughter I can relate to in this area. She loves to read! She is particularly fond of series books. That started when we read the Keeker books together when she was first learning to read. She really likes series books.
I can relate. One of my fondest reading memories is reading all the Baby-Sitters Club books and catching up with the publication schedule. It was like getting caught up on my to-do list as an adult…totally gratifying.
Today, I am bringing you the first of three posts focusing on book series for tween girls. This post will focus on contemporary titles. The next one will focus on classic book series for tween girls, these are most likely the ones that us parents grew up reading. The third post will be biographical series for tween girls to encourage them to follow God’s unique plan for their life.
These are books that either of my tween girls would be able to read. If it is available, I’ve included the age and grade range that Amazon has listed for each series because I think that might be helpful given the large list here and for gauging reading level appropriateness. I’ve also included the first two or three books for each series.
As far as content goes, I have not read each and every series. Some my girls have read and I have not, others I have read, and still others are new to both my girls and myself. I’ve chosen to include them on this list because I know that simply because a series doesn’t work for us, doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else. Also, this list is a reference list for me, too.
This list is meant to be merely a starting point. Each family will have their own rules and guidelines for choosing books. I can’t account for everyone’s so I’ve been a bit liberal in what I’ve included. Meaning, there are books with fairies and goblins even though I know many families choose to avoid those (we don’t necessarily avoid them). As always, you will need to judge for yourself what is appropriate for your family.
Originally, I was going to include commentary for each of these, but the list got really long and this post was over 650 words with just the titles and the introduction. I will spare you my commentary for today.
Are you ready for the LONG list of options now? Good, let’s get at it then.
Book Series for Tween Girls
Mermaid Tales (6-9y, 1st-4th)
Judy Moody (6-9y, 1st-4th)
Amelia Bedelia (6-10y, 1st-5th)
The Fairy Bell Sisters (6-10y, 1st-5th)
Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo (7-9y, 2nd-4th)
Recipe for Adventure (7-10y, 2nd-5th)
Thea Stilton (7-10y, 2nd-5th)
The Rescue Princesses (7-10y, 2nd-5th)
Secret Kingdom (7-10y, 2nd-5th)
Dog Diaries (7-10y, 2nd-5th)
Puppy Place (7-10y, 2nd-5th)
Grandma’s Attic (8-12y, 3rd+)
The Mysteries of Middlefield (8-12y, 3rd+)
Ponies of Chincoteague (8-12y, 3rd-7th)
Dear Dumb Diaries (8-12y, 3rd-7th)
Grimmtastic Girls (8-12y, 3rd-7th)
Whatever After (8-12y, 3rd-7th)
Desperate Diva Diaries (8-12y, 3rd-7th)
Cupcake Diaries (8-12y, 3rd-7th)
Secrets of the Manor (8-12y, 3rd-7th)
The Penderwicks (8-12y, 3rd-7th)
TumTum and Nutmeg (8-12y, 3rd-7th)
Horse Diaries (8-12y, 3rd-7th)
Dear America (8-12y, 3rd-7th)
Soul Surfer Series (8-12y)
Sons of Angels (8-12y)
The Cooper Kids Adventure Series (8-12y, 5th+)
The Girls of Lighthouse Lane (8-12y, 5th+)
Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events (8-12y, 5th+)
The Adventures of Lily Lapp (9-12y)
Royal Diaries (9-12y)
- Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor
- Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile
- Isabel: Jewel of Castilla
The Cupcake Club (9-12y, 4th-7th)
The Saturday Cooking Club (9-13y, 4th-9th)
So that’s the list of contemporary book series for tween girls. Be sure to check out the list of classic book series for tween girls and biographical series for tween girls to round out your selections!