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Books to guide a “tween” girl into womanhood

It’s been a struggle lately to find books for my nine-year old to read. So many of the books that come out these days are not books that I want her to read. They’re books about having boyfriends (at much too young an age), they’re books that subtly teach her that being mean to those different from you is accepted (expected, even). They teach materialism rather than gratitude. So when I saw the title of this post I had to check it out.

The author talks about a wisteria shrub in her yard as a girl that she would go to – that was cut down in her high-school years. She writes that she didn’t know then that wisteria is supposed to “have beautiful, fragrant blooms. Our wisteria was never meant to be planted in such a shady place, had never bloomed, and could never truly thrive there.”

“Growing up is sort of like that.

We cannot grow up and truly thrive under just any conditions. We must have the right amount of shade and sun, the best soil, and lots of loving care in order to go from a sprout to a full bloom.”

The author quotes Beautiful Girlhood by Mabel Hale, who said

“Through books, we may, very intimately, know the wisest and best.”

And so she recommends these books as those that might be friends for my daughter’s journey into womanhood:

The Care and Keeping of You (published by American Girl).

Jane of Lantern Hill (by L. M. Montgomery)  This is the author of Anne of Green Gables (also a great choice), but not a title I’d heard of before.

A Girl after God’s Own Heart (by Elizabeth George).

American Girls Handy Book: How to Amuse yourself and Others (by Lena and Adelia Beard). The book was originally published in 1887. The book encourages activities other than TV, or video games – which I think is a great thing.

Pollyanna (By Eleanor H. Porter

For Such a Time as This (by Angie Smith). This book tells the stories of 40 women in scripture, and would be a great one for study together.

Always Plenty (By Caroline Rose Kraft).

Note – this book list is intended to provide your daughter with a wholesome, valuable message. I have a whole other list of books that I’ve given her and love to read myself (even now) for fun that I’ll share later. There’s definitely a few on here that I’ll be getting for her.


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