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Summer is coming, and what better time to stock up on some good books for fun vacation reading? Daily Mom is here to help you find the perfect reads! We have compiled a list of 10 classic books that teach important lessons to help build your daughter’s character. Fill her bookshelf with them now so that she can dig through them all throughout the summer months!

Table of Contents

1. The Hundred Dresses

by Eleanor Estes

The story of a young girl, Wanda, who is teased by her classmates for wearing the same dress every day. A classmate learns to stand up for what is right when Wanda doesn’t show up for school anymore.


2. Charlotte’s Web

by E. B. White

Charlotte saves her pet pig from certain death with the help of a rat and a spider.

 

 


3. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

by Grace Lin

Minli lives in a hut with her parents. Her father’s stories and folktales help inspire her to dream big.

 

 


 4. Pippi Longstocking

by Astrid Lindgrin

Living without parents is one big adventure for Pippi. Good thing she has her friends Tommy and Anika to enjoy life with.

 

 


5. Mr. Popper’s Penguins

by Richard Atwater

The adventures of a House Painter and his family of Penguins! This story is nothing but fun.

 

 


 6. Little House in the Big Woods

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The heartwarming story of Laura Ingalls and her pioneer life. Take a unique peek into America’s past with a loving family.

 

 


 7. Because of Winn-Dixie

by Kate DiCamillo

Opal is a different kind of girl. Growing up and learning alongside her pup, Winn-Dixie, she is full of honesty and curiosity.

 

 


 8. Moon Over Manifest

by Clare Vanderpool

A true mystery. Abeline and her new friends go on a spy hunt trying to learn about the history of their town and what role Abeline’s dad could have played in it.

 

 


 9. Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson

A classic story of true friendship, amazing adventure, imagination and overcoming tragedy.

 

 

 


10. Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O’Dell

Learn about survival with this story of an Indian girl who lives alone on the Island of Blue Dolphins waiting to be found.

 

Looking for more ideas on how to spend Summer Vacation? Check out Daily Mom’s Nurture Board on Pinterest.

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