Book Lists for Daughters

by June Fuentes on July 17, 2010 in Nurture, Tools, Training Ground for Mature Adult Character

Daughters should be using their time well and reading books is a wonderful way to learn more about godliness, character, life, homemaking, and so forth, but please, don’t just give your daughter just any kind of books. Be prayerful and selective about what kinds of books to give them. As a young girl I came across many books that were inappropriate, a waste of time, or just fed the flesh. Books have the power to influence and teach our children for good or evil so be sure of what you are placing in front of them. I make it a habit to always look/read through the books my children read so I know exactly what is being put in front of them.

Here are some recommended books for daughters that I have either had my daughters already read that I highly recommend or will have them read in the near future. They are not in any specific order:

 

The Bible

So Much More by Elizabeth and Ana Sofia Botkin

Raising Maidens of Virtue- Stacy McDonald

Polished Cornerstones-Doorposts

Lamplighter Books-various authors 19th century fiction includes a godly theme/character

Beautiful Girlhood-Mabel Hale

The Golden Gems of Life-SC Ferguson

Life of Faith Series

Elsie Dinsmore Series

Above Rubies Magazines by Nancy Campbell

Bible Doctrine/Theology

Stepping Heavenward-Elizabeth Prentiss

For Instruction in Righteousness-Doorposts

Christian Character-Gary Maldaner

Books on Christian Missionaries-various authors

The Hopechest-Rebekah Wilson

Homemaking/The Family and anything by JR Miller

Keepers at Home – Keepers of Faith

Foxes Book of Martyrs

Voice of the Martyrs Magazine

World Magazine

Creation Magazine

Passionate Housewives Desperate for God-Jennie Chancey and Stacy McDonald

The Courtship of Sarah McLean-Castleberry Farms Press

Jeff McLean: His Courtship-Castleberry Farms Press

Do Hard Things-Alex and Brett Harris

Start Here-Alex and Brett Harris

Before You Meet Prince Charming-Sarah Malley

I Kissed Dating Good-Bye-Joshua Harris

Noble Womanhood–Pearables 19th century writing

Little House on the Prairie Series

Daughters of Destiny-Noelle Goforth

The Kings Daughter and other Choice Stories

Mother-Kathleen Norris

Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends-Sarah Malley

Ten P’s in a Pod-A. Pent

What He Must Be-If He Wants to Marry My Daughter-Voddie Baucham

The Excellent Wife-Martha Peace

Training Our Daughters to Be Keepers At Home-Ann Ward

Social Graces- Anne Platz

Rod and Staff Readers–Amish readers

The Moody Series- Sarah Maxwell

Choice Stories for Children-Ernest Lloyd

The Little Boy Down the Road- Doug Phillips

The Kathleen McKenzie Series

G.A. Henty Books–historical books for boys but also good for girls

My Mommy, My Teacher-Johannah Bluedorn

Christian Charm Course-Emily Hunter

When reading literature, occasionally you might run across undesirable topics. I always advise parents to use it as a tool to teach a biblical worldview. Some parents even make it a “game” or “challenge” to find areas in a book or piece of writing to note feminism, sin, agendas, fallacies in logic and so forth as they can make for excellent points of discussion.

Our daughters and sons are too precious to put just anything before their eyes. We must guide them to use their time wisely and reading good books is a wonderful way to do this while challenging the spirit. Let us all set an appreciation for high standards and quality literature for reading in our homes!

June Fuentes

June Fuentes is the happy wife to Steve and blessed homeschooling mother to eight beautiful children that they are raising for the Lord. She has a heart to see mothers all around the world grasp the vision of biblical motherhood and to see this noble role restored in the 21st century to the glory of God. June strongly believes that weak homes equate a weak nation and therefore blogs at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home to minister to Christian women on how to build up strong Christian homes. She is also the owner of Raising Homemakers, and is the author of the encouraging eBooks, True Christian Motherhood and How to Build a Strong Christian Home. She is the founder of Wise Woman Consulting, her service to teach women how to successfully make money blogging at home and a consultant for Lilla Rose, where you can find unique and beautiful hair products. She would love for you to join her on the journey to biblical womanhood on Facebook and Twitter at @wisewomanbuilds.

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angeljen July 17, 2010

I love this list! It is so helpful to me. Those books are going on my wish list!

I a probably a bit different to most readers as I am 24 and single but am trying to teach myself all the home making skills I am missing. I am starting from scratch really as it is in opposition to how I have been brought up. So I am trying to correct old habits while learning new ones!

I am hoping that with good resources and examples, like this site, I will learn not only the practical skills but also the important character traits.

angeljen

Angel in Tx July 17, 2010

I would add the Anne of Green Gables books to the list. Lots of character in those as well as Little Women – excellent!

Suzanne July 17, 2010

I would love to put in a plug for Sarah Maxwell’s series “The Moody’s”. They are stories the young girls can read with no examples of unGodly behaviours whatsoever.

Miss Rachel P. July 17, 2010

LOVE this! ๐Ÿ˜€ My sister and I have read many of these delightful and godly books! ๐Ÿ™‚ Good godly books really are very helpful in developing godly character and forming opinions and things about life. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I’d read more books like this when I was younger, instead of some of the youthful romancy kinds mixed in with the good stuff like this.

Sharing the link to this on our blog for young ladies! ๐Ÿ˜‰

God Bless!
~Miss Rachel~

P.S. – angeljen, I am 24 as well…it’s never too late to start my dear! ๐Ÿ˜€ Enjoy the learning process! ๐Ÿ™‚

Kristen July 17, 2010

I would also add “Girl Talk” and “Feminine Appeal” from Carolyn Mahaney!

Katie July 17, 2010

Some “just-for-fun” suggestions (some may appeal to boys and to adults, too):
The Peterkin Papers
anything by Carolyn Haywood
Roller Skates

Mrs. June Fuentes July 17, 2010

If anyone needs help with needing/finding the link to one of these recommendations, let me know and I will be happy to post it for you.

Tahirah July 17, 2010

The Narnia Series is also an excellent addition to a young woman’s library. I LOVE this list and will be referring back to it when my family asks what to get my daughter for Christmas and birthday gifts. Thank you Mrs. Fuentes ๐Ÿ™‚

Kacie July 17, 2010

I’m bookmarking this one! I just found out today that we will be welcoming our first daughter sometime this December!

Mrs. June Fuentes July 18, 2010

Congratulations! It is never too early to begin collecting for a child’s future library! ๐Ÿ™‚

Brooke July 17, 2010

Oh, how lovely! I always enjoy getting new book ideas!
May I add some suggestions?
Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy
Set Apart Femininity by”
Sacred Singleness by ”
When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy
(Any of the Ludy books really)
Through Christ,
B

Valencia July 17, 2010

Thank you sooo very much!!! I’ve been wondering what books would be wholesome and Godly for girls instead of vampires and werewolves.

Mrs. June Fuentes July 18, 2010

I have a few thoughts about that myself. Not too long ago I did a “review” on Twilight giving a Christian mom’s perspective. My thoughts are the same for Moon and Eclipse. You can read it here:

http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/2009/10/twilight-christian-moms-review.html

If you are looking for more wholesome books, movies and resources for the family, I highly recommend:

http://www.visionforum.com/

Hope this helps!

Many blessings…

Alysa July 17, 2010

Awesome list!! I have been looking for something like this, so thank you so much for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

Emily July 18, 2010

I love this list & have been often disappointed with recommended reading I find, as I don’t want any magic or anything like that. Mrs. June Fuentes, I know where to find some of these books (Elsie series, The Moody books), but can you share where to find the other ones? Thank you so much!

Kristi July 18, 2010

You have no idea what an answer to prayer this was!!! Last night, after spending the evening with a family who is having trouble with their almost 11 yo daughter, I was asked if I could mentor her. Since my DD has only just turned 9, I wasn’t quite sure what I should recommend she look at, AFA books and such go, to help her. I prayed last night about it, and this was most definitely an answer to prayer! A few of these I have, just didn’t think about, and the rest are easily picked up. Thank you SO much!!

shanna Brooks July 18, 2010

Thank-you for the reading list. I was thinking of your blog a few days ago. I was teaching my 9 year old stepchild to sew. She was so excited. She tried to learn crochet from mom and she said it did not go very well. I had her sit down with me and taught her to sew. She created her first sewing project. She made a mini tooth fairy pillow. I have posted the pics on my blog @ http://www.mommiesandbeyond.com I am excited that she has enjoyed learning sewing. Big sister has learned to cross stitch during this visit and she has really been enjoying it. It made me think of raising homemakers. I want our girls to know that they can do or be anything that they wish. However, I think it is important for them to have life skills and home making skills for care of themselves and their future families! Thank-you for your wonderful blog!

Jeanne in Texas July 18, 2010

http://www.pearables.com has some really great resources for both girls and boys. We have the Home Economics Vol. 1 that I have used with my 7 year old daughter. It is practical wisdom on how to keep a home, with easy lessons you and your daughter can read and do together — everything from learning how to cook, clean, organize, sew, etc… I LOVE this book. The lessons are written to the daughter and are fun to do. They have many other books that look wonderful as well. I am in no way affiliated with them, I’ve just been very, very happy with our Home Economic book! I highly recommend them!

Gretchen July 18, 2010

While many of those books are wonderful, godly books, I think if that’s the only reading list that you select books off of for daughters that they will have a serious lapse in their education! What about classics like “Black Beauty” or “Oliver Twist”? What about historical fiction for older girls by authors like Brock and Bodie Thoene? I loved the American Girl historical fiction series when I was growing up and there are a lot of good moral lessons to be learned from those. There are so many other good books out there that don’t necessarily have “Christian” authors or that are about things other than homemaking or courtship. Those are certainly noble topics that should be taught and examined but…I think that a well-rounded, godly young lady should have OTHER things that they can intelligently converse about. How dull for her future husband to only be able to discuss homemaking and what the proper attributes of a godly young woman ought to be! While I think that there is a definite need for a return to more traditional family and individual dispositions, I don’t think that we should be craving a return to a time when women were told that they didn’t need to have a well-rounded education because they weren’t expected to be intelligent in areas outside of the home. I was expected, when growing up, to read good books and the Bible, but also to seek out education in any and all good directions that I felt led. As a result, my husband is blessed to be able to talk about a variety of subjects and topics with the woman who holds his heart- me. I not only hold his heart- I hold his attention and his respect for something that doesn’t get enough recognition by society- my BRAIN.

Mrs. June Fuentes July 19, 2010

Dear Gretchen,

Thank you for commenting. I assure you that my daughters have read “Black Beauty” (one of their favorites) and “Oliver Twist”. They were not on this list for the sake of time/space and because I tried mainly to focus on books that would help girls in areas on godliness, character, vision for home and family, and homemaking since these can be harder to find.

I believe a young woman should always be in the process of educating herself–and that learning takes place over a lifetime. True wisdom and knowledge comes from the Lord, and that is why I have placed emphasis on godly literature. I wholeheartedly agree that a woman should be well-rounded educationally and never stated otherwise.

Hope this makes things clear…

Shannon July 18, 2010

I would really like age suggestions for each book. I have a young daughter who is advanced in reading. She loved the Kathleen McKenzie series and another series from the Life of Faith books. She has read the first three Elsie Dinsmore books, however, due to content, we are having her wait to read the remainder of the books. Being a mother of many children, there is no way I can possibly read every book before they do or to them.

J July 18, 2010

What age levels would these various books be appropriate for, both in terms of able-to-read-words and able-to-understand-concepts?

Lina July 18, 2010

I love this list!

Where can I find Noble Womanhood?

Mrs. June Fuentes July 19, 2010

I will have to edit this list, the book is actually called True Womanhood. It also has a companion workbook and pearables.com sells it. I did not buy mine from the website though, I was fortunate to pick it up from a garage sale for next to nothing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mrs. June Fuentes July 19, 2010

Since a few of you asked for age suggestions, I will try to list them–but keep in mind the uniqueness of each daughter regarding reading/comprehension abilities and maturity. What might be suitable for a teenager could also be appropriate for a preteen or younger depending upon the child. Moms, you know your children the best and I encourage you to look over the material to make the right decision for your sweet daughters.

The Bible (any age, can also be read to them)

Ages 5-9

My Mommy, My Teacher
God’s Wisdom for Little Girls (I am adding this to the list)

For younger girls 8-13

Little House on the Prairie
Kathleen McKenzie
Elsie Dinsmore (some might want to wait with the books that depict her as she grows older)
Life of Faith
The King’s Daughters and Other Choice Stories
Making Brothers and Sister’s Best Friends
Choice Stories for Children
The Moody Series
Rod and Staff Readers
Ten P’s in a Pod
Creation Magazine
World Magazine
Far Above Rubies Magazine
Lamplighters (some of them)
Books on Christian Missionaries

The rest of the list for older girls 13 years and above, although some older girls will also enjoy from the list above too if they have not read them. Books such as Christian Character, Polished Cornerstones, For Instruction in Righteousness and Training Your Daughters, etc. could be started earlier as mom see’s fit, she could customize it to her daughter.

The books on courtship and dating can be introduced when the parents feel their daughters are ready for or need to read the material. This will be different for every family.

There are so many great books out there–these are just a few off the top of my head.

Hope this helps…:)

Vickie July 19, 2010

Thanks so much. I’m going to copy this list to read with my daughter.

Erin July 19, 2010

Just a question as I have a limited budget…I’ve been considering purchasing Polished Cornerstones for my girls, but also Keepers of the Home – is it redundant to buy both? How are they different?
Thanks for this list – so helpful!
Erin =)

Mrs. June Fuentes July 20, 2010

Hi Erin,

Polished Cornerstones focuses their lessons around upon godly character. It is excellent and has a multitude of projects to pick from to encourage what they are trying to teach. You can get a discount from them using a Raising Homemakers here:

http://www.doorposts.com/homemakersblog.aspx

Training Our Daughters to be Keepers At Home-is a 7 year curriculum with the focus on teaching domestic arts and skills. There is also encouragement to live a godly life from an amish perspective.

If I had to choose one it would be Polished Cornerstones. But it depends on what you are looking for, much of the skills in TODTBKOH can be found at your local library such as sewing, canning, hospitality, etc.

Many blessings…

Jenn July 20, 2010

I could not agree more!!! And I am so thankful for your long list of suggestions. We are currently reading the Little House series…nearing the end! And I am almost finished re-reading Stepping Heavenward. The last time I read it I was in high school…reading it again, now as a married woman with children of my own has been absolutely wonderful!

Jasmine July 20, 2010

What about boxcar books? My 8 year old daughter loves to read. She reads Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins, & Boxcar books, as well as American Girl books. My husband and I have recently been discussing books, but honestly we can’t afford to buy alot of books new, so we use what our local library has. Does anyone have any input on these type of books?

Jen July 21, 2010

Thank you for sharing these! So helpful! Even though this blog is for girls, I’d love to see a list for boys as well!

angela July 22, 2010

Great post….I am linking it on my blog!

Emilie July 22, 2010

Where’s the Harry Potter?

Lindsey July 22, 2010

Thanks for this list! I will be buying books like these, a little bit at a time, and as the budget allows. May I also suggest books by Nancy Wilson of Canon Press? The only two I have actually read are Building her House and The Fruit of Her Hands. I really learned alot from them both and will be reading them over again soon to really drive home their messages. I would suggest these for older teens or girls who are ready for the issues within marriage.

Carpet Shampooer ยท November 9, 2010

roller skating is a very enjoying sports and past time too :

Sherid March 29, 2011

Thank for such a wonderful list!

We own Polished Cornerstones, but I was looking for advice regarding which skills based curriculum/information to add to it. What are the differences in Pearables Home Ec, Far Above Rubies, TODKAH & Keepers at Home? What are the strengths over buying one of these programs/books over the other?

Thank you again
In Him

Beth Reynolds April 5, 2011

Hello all, I went to the vision forum web site in search of the book Raising Maidens of Virtue (it was recommended by a friend) but they said it was not available. I was wondering if anyone had one I could borrow or buy? Please email me at marybeth74@windstream.net if you do…I sure would love to read with my daughter. Is there a similar book for boys? Thanks abd have a blesses day …… Beth

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