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Best Children's Books For Girls

Girlhood Books We Grew Up Reading

If you're anything like me, reading has always been an escape from the every day. And although my tastes have somewhat evolved, I can still grab my old copy of Peter Pan and devour it in just a few sittings. Each of these classic children's books were read aloud in many a classroom, graced the shelves of elementary school libraries all over, and featured a slew of strong female characters. How much do you remember about these old friends we knew and loved? Can you match the quote to the girlhood classic?

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"We're a great group. I'm not bragging, I'm just being honest. We're all different, but our differences work together to bring out the best in each of us . . . "

2 of 7

"If she had been an affectionate child, who had been used to being loved, she would have broken her heart, but even though she was 'Mistress Mary Quite Contrary' she was desolate, and the bright-breasted little bird brought a look into her sour little face which was almost a smile."

3 of 7

"As the skipping rope hit the pavement, so did the ball. As the rope curved over the head of the jumping child, the child with the ball caught the ball. Down came the ropes. Down came the balls. Over and over again. Up. Down. All in rhythm. All identical. Like the houses. Like the paths. Like the flowers."

4 of 7

"I am six. I am a city child. I live at the Plaza."

5 of 7

"We love our bread, we love our butter, but most of all, we love each other."

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"Wilbur didn't know what to do or which way to run. It seemed as though everybody was after him. 'If this is what it's like to be free,' he thought, 'I believe I'd rather be penned up in my own yard.'"

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"Mary and Laura looked at each other and laughed. They could smell bacon and coffee and hear pancakes sizzling, and they scrambled out of bed."

Join The Conversation
EvieJ EvieJ 6 years
@bryseana: The movies are COMPLETELY different from the books! I grew up reading Anne of GG, and was so disappointed in the movies. @Tara: My mom and I made it a mission to buy all of the Nancy Drew books. I now have a complete set. Is that sad? This quiz was great, btw, and brought back so many reading memories. I think I'm going to start stocking my daughter's shelves now. She's only 3, but it's never too early!
MSucre MSucre 6 years
This wast great! Do more like these! Loved it!
whats-her-name whats-her-name 6 years
Agreed, OnlySourCherry. Madeline was awesome, though.
Pursy Pursy 6 years
This quiz was so fun!
Chi-Diem-Chau Chi-Diem-Chau 6 years
Love this quiz! I also loved the Boxcar Children. =)
katiekat95 katiekat95 6 years
Got them all!! Read and loved every single one of those books.
Tara-Block Tara-Block 6 years
Ha, I just reread A Wrinkle in Time, too! My favorites growing up were Nancy Drew!
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I haven't read A Wrinkle in Time. I'll check it out too.
Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 6 years
That was awesome. I can't believe I missed the Wrinkle in Time one. That's one of my favorite books, so I guess I should follow Kelly's lead and reread it.
neonbee neonbee 6 years
Yes, A Little Princess was just darling! I have to buy copies of Madeline. Just too cute.
Kelly-Schwarze Kelly-Schwarze 6 years
I am rereading A Wrinkle in Time currently and I JUST read the part you quoted! These are all amazing books
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I love A Little Princess too. Just bought Anne of Green Gables recently. I've seen the tv movies but haven't actually read the book. It should be great.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
Great quiz!!! The only one missing is one of my all time favorite books: A Little princess :)
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