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100 Wholesome Books for Girls and Tweens

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Finding wholesome books for girls and early tweens can be challenging. So much of what is being published today is drivel at best to downright concerning or even abhorrent. If you have a sensitive girl, it’s even more challenging. In an effort to help, I’ve compiled a list of books for girls of various ages that would fall into the category of wholesome.

Wholesome can be defined so many different ways by families so let me lay out what my criteria was in creating this list. Wholesome to me included books that featured:

  • Positive relationships
  • Fun reading
  • Generally lighthearted with a positive message
  • No serious violence (some mysteries below might imply light violence or crime)
  • No profanity

Wholesome in this list does not automatically mean:

  • Christian
  • Twaddle-free
  • Perfect children who never do anything wrong
  • Award-winning literature

I also want to point out that some of these books were published decades ago and therefore reflect the times in which they were written. I did not review them for what would be considered politically incorrect attitudes or language today. If you or your child are very sensitive to these issues, then you will need to review them first.

These lists are presented in no particular order. They cover a wide variety of interests and ages. There are many that would be a great addition to your study of history. (My love of history bias definitely shows up in this list!)

Sallie’s Favorite Books

Some of my favorite books are in other sections below. But first off are four books from my childhood that I loved that didn’t fit neatly into any of the other sections. Understood Betsy should be read aloud to every little girl. I just read it again myself this month and it’s so wonderful. The same with The Hundred Dresses. Caddie Woodlawn is a classic. I haven’t read The Janitor’s Girl in forever, but it is one book I loved as a child.

Caddie WoodlawnCaddie WoodlawnUnderstood BetsyUnderstood BetsyThe Hundred DressesThe Hundred DressesThe Janitor's GirlThe Janitor’s Girl

Mouse Scouts

Mouse Scouts is a newer and adorable series. These stories are both fun and educational. They include cute illustrations throughout.

Mouse ScoutsMouse ScoutsMouse Scouts: Make A DifferenceMouse Scouts: Make A DifferenceMouse Scouts: Camp OutMouse Scouts: Camp Out

Owl Diaries

Owl Diaries is a newer, colorful series. Caroline has enjoyed these.

Eva's Treetop Festival: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #1)Eva’s Treetop Festival: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #1)Eva Sees a Ghost: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #2)Eva Sees a Ghost: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #2)A Woodland Wedding: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #3)A Woodland Wedding: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #3)Eva and the New Owl: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #4)Eva and the New Owl: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #4)Warm Hearts Day: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #5)Warm Hearts Day: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #5)Baxter is Missing: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #6)Baxter is Missing: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #6)The Wildwood Bakery: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #7)The Wildwood Bakery: A Branches Book (Owl Diaries #7)Owl Diaries, Books 1-5: A Branches Box SetOwl Diaries, Books 1-5: A Branches Box Set

Cobble Street Cousins

I’ve mentioned the Cobble Street Cousins before. We’ve read this series aloud many, many times. They are sweet stories about three cousins who live with their Aunt Lucy for a year.

In Aunt Lucy's KitchenIn Aunt Lucy’s KitchenSummer PartySummer PartyA Little ShoppingA Little ShoppingSpecial GiftsSpecial GiftsSome Good NewsSome Good NewsWedding FlowersWedding Flowers

Nancy Clancy Series

If your daughter loved Fancy Nancy books like mine did (see her sixth birthday party!), she might enjoy the next step up – Nancy Clancy. These are cute mystery stories perfect for girls. Caroline enjoyed these books.

Nancy Clancy, Super SleuthNancy Clancy, Super SleuthFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Soccer ManiaFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Soccer ManiaFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Star of Stage and ScreenFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Star of Stage and ScreenFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Seeks a FortuneFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Seeks a FortuneFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret of the Silver KeyFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret of the Silver KeyFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Sees the FutureFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Sees the FutureFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy: My Secret DiaryFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy: My Secret DiaryFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret AdmirerFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret AdmirerFancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Late-Breaking News!Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Late-Breaking News!

Trixie Belden Mysteries

I loved, loved, loved Trixie Belden when I was a girl. David read the entire series aloud to Caroline and when they were done she asked to go through the entire series again! (Yes, they are!) Some of the books you can get new on Amazon, but if you want to read the entire series you will have to track down some of them used on Amazon, ebay, the library, etc.

The Secret of the MansionThe Secret of the MansionThe Gatehouse MysteryThe Gatehouse MysteryTrixie Belden and The Mysterious VisitorTrixie Belden and The Mysterious VisitorThe Red Trailer MysteryThe Red Trailer MysteryTrixie Belden and The Mysterious CodeTrixie Belden and The Mysterious CodeTrixie Belden and The Mystery Off Glen RoadTrixie Belden and The Mystery Off Glen RoadThe Mystery in ArizonaThe Mystery in ArizonaThe Mystery of the EmeraldsThe Mystery of the EmeraldsThe Mystery on Cobbett's IslandThe Mystery on Cobbett’s IslandThe Black Jacket MysteryThe Black Jacket MysteryThe Happy Valley MysteryThe Happy Valley Mystery

The Shoes Series

I have not read the Shoes series, but I know they come highly recommended.

Ballet ShoesBallet ShoesSkating ShoesSkating ShoesDancing ShoesDancing ShoesTheater ShoesTheater Shoes

Betsy Tacy Books

This is another older series that follows Betsy, Tacy, and later Tib. It’s a classic set of books that will introduce girls not only to friendships, but also the history of the time. These were a favorite I need to read again!

The Betsy-Tacy Treasury: The First Four Betsy-Tacy BooksThe Betsy-Tacy Treasury: The First Four Betsy-Tacy BooksHeaven to Betsy/Betsy in Spite of HerselfHeaven to Betsy/Betsy in Spite of HerselfBetsy Was a Junior/Betsy and JoeBetsy Was a Junior/Betsy and JoeBetsy and the Great World/Betsy's WeddingBetsy and the Great World/Betsy’s WeddingThe Betsy-Tacy Companion: A Biography of Maud Hart LovelaceThe Betsy-Tacy Companion: A Biography of Maud Hart Lovelace

All-of-a-Kind Family

All-of-a-Kind Family was one of my very favorite books as a girl. I read these so many times. Every girl should read this fun series and learn about both the family as well as the historical and cultural setting.

All-of-a-Kind FamilyAll-of-a-Kind FamilyMore All-Of-A-Kind FamilyMore All-Of-A-Kind FamilyAll-Of-A-Kind Family DowntownAll-Of-A-Kind Family DowntownAll-Of-A-Kind Family UptownAll-Of-A-Kind Family UptownElla Of All-Of-A-Kind FamilyElla Of All-Of-A-Kind Family

American Girl Stories

Even if you don’t purchase an American Girl doll, the stories are very well done. The historical sets offer a great way to introduce your daughter to different time periods and how people lived. David and Caroline read many (most?) of the series aloud and loved the Caroline series the most.

Samantha's Boxed SetSamantha’s Boxed SetFelicity's Boxed SetFelicity’s Boxed SetKirsten's Boxed SetKirsten’s Boxed SetKit Boxed Set with GameKit Boxed Set with GameCaroline's Boxed Set with GameCaroline’s Boxed Set with GameRebecca Boxed Set with GameRebecca Boxed Set with GameMolly's Boxed SetMolly’s Boxed SetJosefina's Boxed SetJosefina’s Boxed SetKaya Box SetKaya Box Set

The Boxcar Children

Did you love The Boxcar Children growing up? I did! So many fun mysteries! I’ve included just a few of them below, but there are many more.

The Boxcar Children Bookshelf (The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Books 1-12)The Boxcar Children Bookshelf (The Boxcar Children Mysteries, Books 1-12)The Boxcar ChildrenThe Boxcar ChildrenThe Yellow House MysteryThe Yellow House MysterySurprise IslandSurprise IslandThe Lighthouse MysteryThe Lighthouse MysteryMystery RanchMystery RanchThe Woodshed MysteryThe Woodshed MysteryThe Boxcar Children Books 1-4The Boxcar Children Books 1-4The Boxcar Children Mysteries Books 5-8The Boxcar Children Mysteries Books 5-8

Grandma’s Attic

I haven’t read this series, but it comes very highly recommended by many. I’ve only included a sampling here. There are many more also on Amazon.

In Grandma's AtticIn Grandma’s AtticStill More Stories from Grandma's AtticStill More Stories from Grandma’s AtticTreasures from Grandma's AtticTreasures from Grandma’s AtticMore Stories from Grandma's AtticMore Stories from Grandma’s AtticSixteen and Away from HomeSixteen and Away from HomeGrandma's Attic TreasuryGrandma’s Attic TreasuryStories from the Growing YearsStories from the Growing YearsLetters from Grandma's AtticLetters from Grandma’s Attic

Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka

We read these to Caroline and we all enjoyed them. They are sweet stories set in Sweden about triplets. (There is also a series of triplet boys – Snip, Snap and Snur.)

Flicka, Ricka, Dicka Bake a CakeFlicka, Ricka, Dicka Bake a CakeFlicka, Ricka, Dicka and the StrawberriesFlicka, Ricka, Dicka and the StrawberriesFlicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Three KittensFlicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Three KittensFlicka, Ricka, Dicka and the New Dotted DressesFlicka, Ricka, Dicka and the New Dotted DressesFlicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Little DogFlicka, Ricka, Dicka and the Little DogFlicka, Ricka, Dicka and Their New SkatesFlicka, Ricka, Dicka and Their New SkatesFlicka, Ricka, Dicka: Set of 7 Hardcover BooksFlicka, Ricka, Dicka: Set of 7 Hardcover Books

Brambly Hedge

Brambly Hedge is a well-loved series with sweet stories and illustrations.

The Complete Brambly HedgeThe Complete Brambly HedgeAdventures in Brambly HedgeAdventures in Brambly HedgeSpring StorySpring StorySummer StorySummer StoryAutumn StoryAutumn StoryWinter StoryWinter StoryA Year in Brambly HedgeA Year in Brambly HedgeThe Secret StaircaseThe Secret StaircaseBrambly Hedge: Sea StoryBrambly Hedge: Sea StoryThe High HillsThe High HillsPoppy's BabiesPoppy’s Babies

Lois Lenski Books

I read many Lois Lenski books as a girl. Strawberry Girl and Shoo-Fly Girl were two of my favorites. Each book introduces the reader to different places throughout the United States. A great way to learn history!

Strawberry Girl 60th Anniversary EditionStrawberry Girl 60th Anniversary EditionShoo-Fly GirlShoo-Fly GirlPrairie SchoolPrairie SchoolHouseboat GirlHouseboat GirlJudy's JourneyJudy’s JourneyFlood FridayFlood FridayTexas TomboyTexas TomboyBoom Town BoyBoom Town BoyCoal Camp GirlCoal Camp GirlLois Lenski's Christmas StoriesLois Lenski’s Christmas StoriesDeer Valley GirlDeer Valley GirlCandlelight StoriesCandlelight StoriesPuritan AdventurePuritan AdventureWe Live in the City, Roundabout AmericaWe Live in the City, Roundabout AmericaWe live in the NorthWe live in the NorthWe Live in the CountryWe Live in the Country

Little House: The Martha Years

There are three series that come before the “Little House” series. The Martha Years are about Laura’s great-grandmother in Scotland. History and geography while reading!

The Little House in the HighlandsThe Little House in the HighlandsThe Far Side of the LochThe Far Side of the LochDown to the Bonny GlenDown to the Bonny GlenBeyond the Heather HillsBeyond the Heather Hills

Little House: The Charlotte Years

The Charlotte Years are about Laura’s grandmother in Boston.

Little House by Boston BayLittle House by Boston BayOn Tide Mill LaneOn Tide Mill LaneThe Road from RoxburyThe Road from RoxburyAcross the Puddingstone DamAcross the Puddingstone Dam

Little House: The Caroline Years

The Caroline Years are about Laura’s mother (and, eventually, her father). I enjoyed reading all three of the prequel series.

Little House in BrookfieldLittle House in BrookfieldOn Top of Concord HillOn Top of Concord HillLittle Clearing in the WoodsLittle Clearing in the WoodsLittle Town at the CrossroadsLittle Town at the CrossroadsAcross the Rolling RiverAcross the Rolling RiverLittle House of Their OwnLittle House of Their Own

Miscellaneous Classic Books and Series

Here are some more long-loved classic books and series. I have not read all of them, but they are generally all very well regarded.

Five Little Peppers - The Complete CollectionFive Little Peppers – The Complete CollectionA Girl Of The LimberlostA Girl Of The LimberlostThe Complete Adventures of the BorrowersThe Complete Adventures of the BorrowersThe Complete Anne of Green Gables CollectionThe Complete Anne of Green Gables CollectionThe Penderwicks Boxed SetThe Penderwicks Boxed SetDaddy Long LegsDaddy Long LegsCherry Ames Boxed Set (Books 1-4)Cherry Ames Boxed Set (Books 1-4)Cherry Ames Boxed Set (Books 5-8)Cherry Ames Boxed Set (Books 5-8)The Ruth Fielding Series: 18 Girls’ Adventure StoriesThe Ruth Fielding Series: 18 Girls’ Adventure StoriesThe Campfire Girls Collection: 26 StoriesThe Campfire Girls Collection: 26 Stories

The Happy Hollisters Series

The Happy Hollisters was a highly popular mystery series. I haven’t read these, but they sound like they would fit into the category of wholesome. I’ve included some of them here. There are many more on Amazon.

The Happy HollistersThe Happy HollistersThe Happy Hollisters at Snowflake CampThe Happy Hollisters at Snowflake CampThe Happy Hollisters and the Secret FortThe Happy Hollisters and the Secret FortThe Happy Hollisters and the Old Clipper ShipThe Happy Hollisters and the Old Clipper ShipThe Happy Hollisters on a River TripThe Happy Hollisters on a River TripThe Happy Hollisters at Pony Hill FarmThe Happy Hollisters at Pony Hill FarmThe Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Little MermaidThe Happy Hollisters and the Mystery of the Little MermaidThe Happy Hollisters and the Ice Carnival MysteryThe Happy Hollisters and the Ice Carnival MysteryThe Happy Hollisters and the Scarecrow MysteryThe Happy Hollisters and the Scarecrow MysteryThe Happy Hollisters at Mystery MountainThe Happy Hollisters at Mystery MountainThe Happy Hollisters and the Trading Post MysteryThe Happy Hollisters and the Trading Post MysteryThe Happy Hollisters and the Haunted House MysteryThe Happy Hollisters and the Haunted House Mystery

Happy Reading!

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