"Help! What are the best books that I can read to my daughter?"

In the world of children’s literature, the world temporary stopped turning when Mamamia’s Holly Wainwright admitted she had never read Anne of Green Gables

People were so shocked, that one of our colleagues brought back her childhood copy of the novel back from Brisbane, just for Holly and her daughter to read.


That got us thinking.

What are the books that every parent should read with their daughter (and, let’s be real, sons shouldn’t miss out on these classics).

Thanks to the many people who shared their thoughts on Holly’s Facebook page, and our own favourites in the Mamamia office, this is your go-to list.

1. Charlotte’s Web

2. Wizard of Oz

3. Nancy Drew (we’re unsure if this is still a thing?)

4. Wonder

5. Little Women

6. Matilda (plus, any Roald Dahl novel, truthfully)

7. The Malory Towers collection

8. 7 Little Australians

9. Babysitters Club

10. Little House on the Prairie series

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11. Famous Five

12. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

13. Black Beauty

14. My Friend Flicka

15. Pollyanna

16. Anything by Enid Blyton

17. The Magic Faraway Tree series

18. Playing Beattie Bow

19. Madeleine

20. The Secret Garden

21. What Katy Did series

22. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls

What would you add to the list? We need all the suggestions!

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Mamamia is funding 100 girls in school, every day.

So just by spending time with Mamamia, you’re helping educate girls, which is the best tool to lift them out of poverty.

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