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Books for Girls

The purpose of this page is to give girls the option to read books similar to what's available to boys, but which may appeal more to feminine tastes. I have not read most of these, so if you find any that you think don't belong here, please let me know.

There's nothing wrong with substituting high quality books that hold more appeal for girls. Books like "The Rover Boys" are easy to substitute with another series like "The Outdoor Girls". (For more books like those, see the Series Books section on my Free Homeschool Books page.) More are also listed on this page under "Fiction."

When it comes to history, men make up the largest part of it. But, there are some books that effectively teach parts of history from a more feminine viewpoint. If you think an alternate book teaches enough, you can use it as a substitute. If not, you may want it for a supplement. Substituting Historical Fiction is easy. For example, try swapping Charlotte Yonge for Henty.

Many of these books are good recreational reading. This is by no means a exhaustive list, but what I thought looked particularly good. I haven't even linked to every "girly" book on my own site, so be sure to see the Other Free Books pages for more. Books that may appeal to girls will often be obvious by the title or author. Some titles listed here are also on other parts of this site.

Please see About the Format of Online Books if you have questions about what's listed here. If you decide to use an uncorrected OCR text from IA, be sure to copy and paste it, because "save link target" causes errors. Some of these are also available in HTML with pics, but they are not marked.
For your eBook reader, use one of Gutenberg's formats, or click on the MB links to find more formats at ManyBooks.

Biographies (and autobiographies)
Fiction / Classics - also includes some series books.
Geography / Social Studies
Historical Fiction
History (non-fiction)
To Purchase
Web Sites with More Free Books

AnonymousNotable 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. DayThe World as I Have Found It  MBAutobiographical work of a blind woman
Austen-Leigh, James EdwardMemoir of Jane Austen  MBJane Austen
Austen-Leigh, Richard and WilliamJane Austen, Her Life and Letters  MBJane Austen
Bolton, Sarah KnowlesLives 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 PeopleHarriet 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. GordonQueen 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, JesseNoble Deeds of American Women  MB - over 100 storiesAmerican Women
Cox, AugustusFemale Scripture Biographies - Volume One and Volume Two.Women in the Bible
Gaskell, ElizabethLife of Charlotte Bronte - Volume 1  MB and Volume 2  MB. (Be sure to download both files.)Charlotte Bronte
Hill, ConstanceJane Austen; Her Homes & Her Friends - in HTML.Jane Austen
Hubbard, ElbertLittle 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, HelenThe Song of the Stone Wall, and The Story of My Life  MBAutobiographical works of a deaf, blind woman.
Lord, JohnBeacon 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 StephensHeroines that Every Child Should KnowGrace Darling, Florence Nightingale, Joan of Arc, Antigone, etc.
Montgomery, L. M.The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career - in HTML.  MBL. M. Montgomery
Moore, Henry C.Noble Deeds of the World's Heroines  MBStories of brave deeds
Oliphant, Mrs. MargaretJeanne d'Arc - Her Life and Death  MB Joan of Arc
Stewart, Elinore PruittLetters 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 StoweLife of Harriet Beecher Stowe - "Compiled From Her Letters and Journals by Her Son Charles Edward Stowe"  MBHarriet Beecher Stowe
Sweetser, Kate DickinsonTen American Girls from History  MBPocahontas, Dorothy Quincy, Molly Pitcher, Elizabeth Van Lew, Ida Lewis, Clara Barton, Virginia Reed, Louisa Alcott, Clara Morris, Anna Dickinson
Sweetser, Kate DickinsonTen Girls from History  MBJeanne 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, VirginiaThe Princess Pocahontas  MBPocahontas
Alcott, Louisa MayLittle Women, Jack and Jill, Eight Cousins, An Old-Fashioned Girl, etc.  MBLiterature
Austen, JanePride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, etc.  MBLiterature
Bronte, CharlotteJane Eyre  MB - She and her sisters wrote more books  MB, if you are interested.Literature
Burnett, Frances HodgsonSecret Garden, A Little Princess - "Sara Crewe" is the shorter version of "A Little Princess." I'd pick the latter.  MBLiterature
Fisher, Dorothy CanfieldUnderstood Betsy  MBClassic juvenile fiction
Gaskell, ElizabethWives 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.  MBClassic juvenile fiction
Johnston, Annie FellowsThe 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.)  MBLiterature
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.  MBLiterature
Porter, Eleanor H.Pollyanna, Pollyanna Grows Up, Just David, The Miss Billy books.  MBLiterature
Stratton-Porter, GeneFreckles, 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.  MBLiterature
Sweetser, Kate DickinsonTen Girls from Dickens, and Boys and Girls from Thackeray.  MBHeroines from Literature
Wiggin, Kate DouglasRebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, The Bird's Christmas Carol, Mother Carey's Chickens, etc.  MBLiterature
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, IsabellaAmong the Tibetans, The Hawaiian Archipelago, Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, etc.  MBTravels in Japan, Tibet, Malay Peninsula, Hawaii, Rocky Mountains, parts of U.S.
Bell, LilianAs Seen By Me  MB - an enjoyable author with a good sense of humor.Travels through Europe
Bly, NellyAround 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, PrincessTwo Years in the Forbidden City  MBLife in the old Chinese court
Pfeiffer, IdaA 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.  MBA widow's worldwide travels
Perkins, Lucy FitchThe 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 EmmaNotes 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
This section's small because there's already so much to choose from on the Historical Fiction Page.
Barr, AmeliaRemember 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.)  MBHistorical Fiction
Curtis, Alice TurnerYankee Girl at Fort Sumter, A Little Maid of Old Maine, A Little Maid of Old Philadelphia, etc.  MBGirls 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, Mary1492, 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.)  MBHistorical Fiction
Charlotte YongeCharlotte 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" PierceAt 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. VaughanWoman's Work in the Civil War; A Record of Heroism, Patriotism, and Patience  MBU. S. Civil War
Der Ling, PrincessTwo Years in the Forbidden City  MBLife in the old Chinese court
Earle, Alice MorseHome Life in Colonial Days  MBColonial Life in America
Fowler, William WorthingtonWoman on the American Frontier  MBWomen'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, CarlWoman's Life in Colonial Days  MBColonial Women
Larcom, LucyA New England Girlhood  MBChildhood in Early America
Marble, Annie RussellThe Women Who Came in the Mayflower  MBPilgrim 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 PruittLetters 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

There are obviously many books that could go here, so I've only listed a few popular choices that are still under copyright.

L. M. Montgomery - A number of her books are still under copyright and aren't available online. If you liked her Anne books, keep reading! Her other works are just as (or even more) enjoyable! Emily of New Moon, Jane of Lantern Hill, and The Blue Castle are a few of my favorites. There are more novels and also many collections of short stories (edited by Rea Wilmshurst). Here is a link to a complete list of works. I highly recommend this author!

Little House on the Prairie books - by Laura Ingalls Wilder. (Some boys really like these too, since they have a lot of "how-to" type information.) We really enjoy these at our house!

See the following sites to find more books for girls, or lists of famous women to learn about. Some of the books (and women) aren't homeschool appropriate, but you probably won't have much trouble figuring out which they are. Wikipedia is a great place to look up people / books / authors to decide if they suit your tastes.

*More Free Books at this site - there are more ladies on my other lists that aren't listed here. See the RC books, Homeschool Books, and Historical Fiction pages for many more good books for, and by, ladies. These books are often obvious by their title or author.

A Celebration of Women Writers - E-texts by women (and some by men, for women) at UPenn. - free e-books in various formats.

Women In History - A list of famous women and a summary of their accomplishments, as well as links to further info. (Not all are suitable for homeschool.) If you find someone who interests you, look for a biography of them online or at the library.

The Victorian Women Writers Project - at Indiana University

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