I'm buying books for a little girl and post-dating them for her third, fourth [...] twelfth birthdays. I need book recommendations for each year of her life!
The little girl
I take care of will soon be going to preschool, and while I'll definitely be in her life as a babysitter and family friend (her parents are moving just down my street), I won't be around as consistently. I want to make sure that no matter what, she's got bits of our relationship around even when I'm not there, so I'm creating a starter library of books with inscriptions that she'll get every year on her birthday.
She already has Blueberry Girl
by Neil Gaiman, The Secret Garden
, A Little Princess
, both the Eloise and Olivia series, and Alice in Wonderland
I'm fine with getting her more than one book per birthday year, but I'm struggling on some years and not sure when some books are appropriate. And, since we have a twenty year age-gap, I need some help on more up-to-date books than what I read as a kid in the 90s.
Some books I'm already considering:
2nd birthday: Birdie's Big Girl Shoes
(she has a serious shoe fetish)
3rd birthday: Ladybug Girl
4th birthday: Paper Bag Princess
5th birthday: The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
6th birthday: My Father's Dragon
7th birthday: The Wolves in the Walls
8th birthday: Coraline
9th birthday: Matilda
10th birthday: The Hundred Dresses
11th birthday: The Golden Compass
12th birthday: Island of the Blue Dolphins
Clearly the list, especially as it progresses, relies on what I read as a kid, so newer suggestions are especially welcome! As she's sort of a thrill junkie (though that might change), I'm less worried about risking it with scary books. What other great books do kids love at six, or eight, or three, or twelve? Why?