These are my favorite childhood books that embodied a strong female character. Each story is unforgettable and still relevant today. Each story, as a child, brought my imagination alive and these are truly the stories that made me love to read.
1 Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. This fantasy children’s novel was first published in 1975, although it is a universal story that has lasted through the ages. The story explores immortality and shows why it is not as desirable as it appears. This is a modern children’s tale of magical proportions. The story centers on ten-year-old Winifred Foster, who feels suppressed in her current life. She seeks freedom in the woods by her house, and while on an adventure in the woods discovers the Tuck family. A family who drinks from the spring that she soon finds – made them immortal. Lessons are evolved in this delightful story of pure children’s literature. In one word this story is unforgettable. 106 pages. Published in 1975.
2 Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.
This children’s book explores themes of abandonment and is set in Kansas during the 19th century. A widowed man raising two children, decides to write an ad to find a mail-order bride. Sarah answers his ad, and travels to become his wife. 85 pages. Published in 1985.
3 The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Who could forget Dorothy’s journey into the merry ol’ land of Oz? A timeless and unforgettable tale that will bring your child’s imagination alive. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was first published in 1900. The story is still timeless and meaningful in today’s world.
4 The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope. This is the first book I ever remember reading. This is the first story that actually made me want to continue reading. The first book in this series was believed to have been published in 1904.
5 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This is the first book published in the series The Chronicles of Narnia. When three siblings accidentally discover a wardrobe, they find it is actually a portal to a snow-covered forest called Narnia. Narnia is a magical world of fauns, constant winter, and kings and queens. First published in 1950.
6 Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White. The story of a pig named Wilbur who is saved by a barn spider named Charlotte. Charlotte’s web messages help persuade the farmer’s daughter, Fern Arable, to let Wilbur live. A beautiful tale! 192 pages. Published in 1952.
7 The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett. When two disagreeable children are enticed by their own imaginations and magic of nature they work to bring an almost dead garden back to life. A beautiful story with watercolor illustrations. A classic story of children’s literature that has opened the mind, and imagination, of children across the world. In The Secret Garden your child will discover the healing power inherent in living things, and in healing powers of the mind.368 pages Ages 11+. 234 pages. First published in 1911.
8 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. This is a timeless story that follows the lives of four sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Little Women explores the overcoming of character flaws. Each of the sisters learn to overcome their character flaws, in order to live up to their parent’s expectations. This is a powerful story first published in 1868!
9 The Little House Collection Box Set by Laura Ingalls Wilder. No book collection would be complete without Little House, and the strong characters that arise from this series! Originally published in 1932.
10 Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The illustrations in this boxed set are unforgettable. And who could possibly forget Alice? Slip off into this fantastical world of magic! Originally published in 1865.