KCLS Recommends: Children's - Judy Moody Read-Alikes
Annotation:Resourceful seven-and-one-quarter-year-old Alice-Miranda finds her new boarding school to be a very curious establishment with no flowers in the gardens, a headmistress that has not been seen for years, and a mysterious stranger who seems to be hiding out on the premises. Ages 8-10. J Harvey
Annotation:Betsy and Tacy are two five-year-olds who became inseparable friends almost from the first day Tacy moved into the house across from Betsy's on Hill street, in presumably a southern Minnesota town. Ages 8-10
Annotation:Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.
Annotation:Cast off by her old friends, Cinderella agrees to help a new student deal with the stepsisters she will soon have, and meantime, a former friend tries to prevent Cinderella from dancing the lead in their tap recital.
Annotation:Studying her Ruby Redfort Survival Handbook, Clarice Bean ponders her worst worries while forgetting that "the worry you haven't even thought to worry about...is the worry that should worry you the most."
Annotation:Armed with attitude, individuality, and a penchant for disaster, Clementine, a wonderfully wacky girl who is the inventor of the world's first pair of bologna glasses, makes her first appearance in this hilarious chapter book.
Annotation:Determined to live a completely unique life without any rules to bog down her creative spirit, Dessert ends up getting in trouble more often than she would like, especially when she won't say sorry for anything she does wrong!
Annotation:From the moment Gooney Bird Greene arrives at Watertower Elementary School, her fellow second-graders are intrigued by her unique sense of style, fascinating stories, and unusual lunches.
Annotation:Raised by her extended family in Africa, Anna Hibiscus travels to Canada and has her first joyful experience of snow, makes new friends and celebrates Christmas with her grandmother.
Annotation:While staying with their aunt for a year, three nine-year-old cousins keep busy baking and selling cookies, putting on a poetry and singing performance, and trying to encourage a romance between their aunt and one of their former customers.
Annotation:Ivy and Bean try to make money by writing a newspaper about Pancake Court but the neighbors are not pleased to read about themselves.
Annotation:In this ninth installment of the hilarious Just Grace series, third-grader Grace desperately wants the starring role as Fairy Queen in her class play, but alas, it is not to be.
Annotation:The talkative and precocious Eloise visits Paris with her nanny and turns the City of Lights upside down in this second book in the Eloise series.
Annotation:Lulu, who loves animals, brings an abandoned duck egg to school, even though her teacher has forbidden her from bringing animals to school ever again.
Annotation:With summer coming to an end, about-to-be-fourth-grader Moxy Maxwell does a hundred different things to avoid reading her assigned summer reading book.
Annotation:Third-grader Emma's peaceful life as an only child is disrupted when she has to temporarily share her tidy bedroom with four-year-old Anthony Scarpetto, a bona fide "pain in the patootie."
Annotation:Ottoline and Mr. Munroe, her very helpful dog, enroll in the Alice B. Smith School for the Differently Gifted and while Ottoline worries that she may not have a special gift, Mr. Munro worries about the ghost that is said to haunt the school at night.
Annotation:Piper is sad about leaving her home and friends behind when her father, a Navy aircraft mechanic, is transferred yet again, but with help from her often-annoying sisters and a surprise from their parents, she finds happiness in their new home in Pensacola, Florida.
Annotation:Roxie Warbler, the niece of a famous explorer, follows Uncle Dangerfoot's advice on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang of school bullies and a pair of murderous bank robbers.
Annotation:Sassy Simone Sanford plans a fabulous dinner party for her fourth grade class, but it turns into a recipe for disaster when her dog eats the food, her friends make a mess, and the new girl in school is missing.
Annotation:When a classmate makes fun of her name, eight-year-old Stella picks a new one for herself, but discovers that the name she abandoned suits her just fine.
Annotation:Discovering her talent for playing the ukulele then forming a band at school, Hayley is dismayed to learn that her school's music program is about to be cut and devises a plan to save both the program and her music teacher, in a story complemented by basic instructions on how to play the ukulele.
Annotation:Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.
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A list of realistic humorous children's fiction books that have strong young female lead characters.