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Lucy Maud Montgomery for Young Readers: What to Read Next!

This LibGuide is for young readers looking to learn more about L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, and what to read after falling in love with the worlds of Lucy Maud Montgomery.

Books like Lucy Maud Montgomery's

Montgomery wrote in her journal, "I doubt if I shall ever have time to read the book again — there are too many new ones coming out all the time which I want to read. Yet an old book has something for me which no new book can ever have — for at every reading the memories and atmosphere of other readings come back and I am reading old years as well as an old book."

Whether you're looking for an old favorite or for what could become a new favorite, here are some of our favorite Montgomery-like literary favorites! Here are more stories about strong, creative individuals, with wonderful thoughts and personalities and experiences to share.

Our Recommendations

The Betsy-Tacy Series by Maud Hart Lovelace

The ten-book Betsy-Tacy series follows three best friends, named Betsy, Tacy, and Tib, (although mostly Betsy) on their life journeys from early childhood through early adulthood, into their family lives as adults. The humorous, charming, and heartwarming tales of Betsy and her friends and family are full of beautiful depictions of carefree growing up years in a warm, turn of the century, American town, as well as many difficult and timeless experiences of life that can touch readers of any era and any age.

Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink

This story is centered on the Woodlawn family, living in 19th century Wisconsin, and especially on Caddie. Caddie is living an unconventional and adventurous lifestyle for a young woman of the time, exploring the beautiful land around their home, getting into scrapes at school, and learning to live with people who look and think in different ways from her.

 

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

When Kit Tyler travels from her childhood home in Barbados to a Puritan town in 1600s Connecticut, she has no idea that she's about to become part of a community that fears witchcraft above all else, and that being different, and befriending people who are different, can put her life in grave danger.

Little Women (and others) by Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott's most well-known (and loved) story is that of the four Little Women, named Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, who grew up in Concord, Massachusetts with Marmee, their wonderful mother, during and after the American Civil War. Louisa May Alcott also wrote many other wonderful stories, including An Old-fashioned Girl, Jack and Jill, Eight Cousins, Little Men, and several others!

The Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer

This series (recently turned into a Netflix film starring Millie Bobby Brown) follows the journey of the youngest Holmes sibling, Enola, as she evades her older brothers (famous Sherlock and Mycroft) and conducts her own investigations and adventures.

Two Are Better Than One by Carol Ryrie Brink

This charming semi-biographical story by Carol Ryrie Brink (the author of Caddie Woodlawn) follows two girls, Chrys and Cordy, on their tween escapades and "romantical" adventures, as writers, creative thinkers, and best friends, proving that, at least in their own lives, "two are better than one".

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

After her parents die of cholera in India, a lonely little girl named Mary Lennox is sent to live in the moors of England with her melancholy Uncle Archibald in his big, old house - a house with mysterious crying in the night, whispers of the ghost of Aunt Lily, and an abandoned garden. But as spring saves the world from winter, perhaps Mary's arrival can bring a new spring for this house.

Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster

When Jerusha Abbott is unexpectedly sponsored to attend college, by an anonymous member of the board of trustees of the John Greer Home for Orphans, the one stipulation is that she will write monthly letters to "Mr. Smith" to practice her writing and keep him updated on her academic success. But Judy Abbott is looking for a friend and "Mr. Smith" becomes her "Dear Daddy Long-Legs", and Judy's most trusted confidant.

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

Rebecca Rowena Randall is ten years old when she's sent to live with her two aunts in Maine. There, she learns to grow and love, even when her spirited nature gets her into trouble with her family, and discovers wonderful friendships and adventures along the way.

Thursday's Child by Noel Streatfeild

When bold and vibrant Margaret Thursday is sent to live in an unhappy orphanage with a terrible matron, she discovers a perfect solution: to run away and to bring her best friends with her! As the saying goes, "Thursday's child has far to go", and Margaret Thursday is determined to go far. Their journey includes working on a river barge, joining a theatre troupe, and finding family in friends. 

Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Little House on the Prairie series, which begins with The Little House in the Big Woods, follows the Ingalls family across the mid-19th century United States, and through the growing up years of the Ingalls daughters: Mary, Laura, and Carrie. 

Librarian's Note: My personal favorite is Farmer Boy, about Almanzo Wilder, which can be read as a stand-alone work. 

What Katy Did series by Susan M. Coolidge

This story is set in the mid 1800s and is centered on Katy Carr and her family. Katy, the oldest of six children in her family, is constantly trying to make and keep resolutions to be better - only to promptly break them. But when a serious injury changes everything, Katy has to choose how she will live when she can't take anything for granted anymore.

Your Recommendations

We've shared some of our top picks for what-to-read-next after Anne of Green Gables (and all the other L.M. Montgomery's we can find!), and we would love to hear yours as well! Please join our discussion board on the tab to this page to share your book recommendations for us and other readers!