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The Whole Story: 40 Book
Box Sets and Collections Starring Mighty Girls

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Katherine

A Mighty Girl's top picks of girl-empowering book box sets and collections for children and teens.

book-sets-collections-webIf there’s anything a reader loves more than a new book, it’s a great new series! A series is an excellent way to encourage kids' interest in reading as they get drawn into a story over several books — and, for those rabid readers, collections let them find out what happens to their favorite new character without having to wait for the next book to be released!

Fortunately, there many book series featuring Mighty Girl characters, and, in this new post, we've highlighted 40 of our favorite girl-empowering collections for both children and teens. We've included a mix of Mighty Girl classics and recent releases — all of which will keep her busily reading to find out what happens next!

If you're looking for more girl-empowering books for children and teens, check out our full book collection of over 2,500 titles. 

Big Sets for Young Children: Picture Book Collections

Little Box of Ladybug Girl

Even the youngest children can enjoy a great box set! Fans of Ladybug Girl will be happy to see the Little Box of Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis, a selection of four board books featuring Ladybug Girl and, of course, her dog, Bingo. These short books feature simple sentences and stories that are accessible to toddlers, but use artwork from the preschool picture books, meaning they’ll delight younger siblings of Ladybug Girl fans when they get their very own Ladybug Girl books

Disney Frozen: The Ice Box

Little Frozen fans will love Disney Frozen: The Ice Box. Four short, simple board books based on the film pack into a handy box with a handle for easy transportation. The stories are accessible to toddlers and young preschoolers, and the vivid artwork is sure to be a hit with any Anna and Elsa fan.

Inside Out: Box of Mixed Emotions

Fans of Disney-Pixar's hit film Inside Out can continue the discussion about how emotions shape our actions with this boxed set of five books, each featuring one of Riley's Emotions: Joy, Disgust, Fear, Sadness, and Anger. The five books fit into a slipcover that includes a cutout so kids can feature their Emotion of the Day, making this set a useful tool for parents and caregivers to talk about moods! For more books and toys related to this hit film, visit our Inside Out Collection.

Star Wars Little Golden Book Treasury

From determined politician Padme Amidala to the original rebel princess, Leia Organa to Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this Little Golden Book treasury has them all! Little Golden Book adaptations of all seven Star Wars films are included, complete with fun retro-style illustrations and text that's suitable for reading aloud or for newly independent readers. May the Force be with you! Fans of the newest Star Wars hero can also find many Rey-themed books, toys, and clothing in our Rey Collection.

A Madeline Treasury

If you loved the irrepressible Madeline growing up, you’ll love this collection. This beautiful volume includes all six of Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline stories, plus an introduction by Anna Quindlen, an essay by Bemelmans about how he created the beloved character, and photographs of Bemelmans’ family. It won’t take much browsing through these beautiful picture books to see why several of the volumes are award winners!

Ordinary People Change The World Gift Set

Brad Meltzer began writing these picture book biographies for two reasons: to inspire his daughter and to show kids everywhere that anyone can be a hero! This gift set of the first four volumes includes two daring women, Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks, as well as books about Abraham Lincoln and Albert Einstein. Kids will be fascinated to hear that these near-legendary figures were really people, just like them. Complete the series with the new series additions I Am Lucille BallI Am Helen Keller, and I Am Jane Goodall.

Creatrilogy Box Set

If you'd like to inspire some creativity in your Mighty Girl, check out Peter H. Reynold's Creatrilogy Box Set. After observing how children lose their love of creating visual art, Reynolds wrote this set of books — The Dot, Ish, and Sky Color — to encourage kids to enjoy creativity and artistic expression. This set will inspire any child who loves art or who worries that her art isn't good enough.

Eloise: The Ultimate Edition

Eloise is another classic Mighty Girl character, and now her stories are available in this impressive collection. This set collects The Absolutely Essential Eloise, Eloise in Paris, Eloise at Christmastime, and Eloise in Moscow — so young readers can follow all of the adventures of the irrepressible 6-year-old resident of New York City's Plaza Hotel!

My First Series: Chapter Book Box Sets

Once kids start reading independently, box sets get to be even more fun — who wants to wait to read the next adventure of a favorite character? These box sets are perfect for younger elementary-aged kids or for kids on the verge of reading, who can start the series as read-alouds and then finish it by reading to Mom or Dad!

Lulu's Animal Adventures Box Set

Join Lulu and her friends as they work to rescue and care for the animals in their neighborhood! From a tiny duckling to a prickly hedgehog, they figure out the best way to take care of these animals in need — and work together to make it happen. This chapter book series for early readers is light and breezy, perfect for young animal loves, and provides valuable representation of multiracial children in a diverse community as well.

Ivy and Bean Super Special Collection

Early readers will love checking out the Ivy and Bean Super Special Collection (age 6 - 9). These two Mighty Girls couldn't be more different — Ivy wears fancy dresses and reads big books, while Bean doesn't even own a skirt and loves to run around and get into everything — but after their first adventure, they become fast friends. This hardcover set collects the first eight Ivy and Bean books.

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Collection

Five times the mysteries and five times the fun are here in this collection of Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew, the Nancy Drew reimagining for early readers! These early chapter books are perfect for young mystery fans: just exciting and suspenseful enough, and with intriguing scenarios and fun vocabulary. And if she loves these books, you can check out our Nancy Drew Collection for more products featuring the female sleuth, including some of the original volumes.

A Box of Clementines Set

Clementine is a spunky, unforgettable third grade girl, and the first three books of her “spectacularful” series are now available in this fun box set. And while Clementine can seem irrepressible, sometimes the ideas that "sproing up" in her brain lead to misunderstandings — or outright trouble! With the perfect combination of real-life challenges and just the right amount of humor, Clementine is sure to become a close literary friend.

The Complete Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist

If your Mighty Girl’s taste runs more to wacky experiments than day-to-day scenarios, she'll love Franny K. Stein! Jim Benton’s Franny is determined to take over the world; unfortunately, her grandiose plots don’t tend to work out quite as she’d envisioned. All seven books from the series come in this set, which celebrates cleverness, ingenuity, and the daring it takes to see just what happens when you mix these two things together...

Ramona Quimby Box Set

Now you can introduce a new generation to Beverly Cleary's classic character Ramona Quimby with this giant set! This box set collects all eight books featuring Ramona, from Beezus and Ramona to Ramona's World. Whether she’s getting into tussles with her older sister Beezus, struggling to find her place at school, or trying — not always successfully — to help out Mom and Dad, these stories will have your kids giggling!

The Doll People Set

Annabelle Doll is eight years old — and has been for over 100 years! And when she teams up with Tiffany Funcraft from the modern Funcraft family, there are sure to be adventures. Kids will love the excitement and adventure as Annabelle and Tiffany explore the world and solve long-mysterious disappearances... all while avoiding the peril of ending up in Permanent Doll State as regular, non-living dolls. As an added bonus, this box set includes two paper dolls for playtime when reading is done.

The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking: The Collected Works

It’s a rare adult woman today who doesn’t remember reading at least one of the Pippi Longstocking books! Astrid Lindgren’s three books featuring Pippi are now available in this collected volume. In addition to the beloved stories, there’s also new information about Lindgren’s life and how she created these unique stories. For toys and films based on this popular character, visit our Pippi Longstocking Collection.

The Whole Story: Box Sets for Tweens and Teens

By the time you’re buying books for tweens and teens, stories are getting more complex, with themes and characters that carry throughout, often meaning that individual volumes don’t stand alone as well as the books for younger girls. That makes box sets an even better option, since the Mighty Girls in your life can now follow the story from start to finish with one collection.

Complete Little House Nine-Book Set

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books have introduced boys and girls to life in the 1800s for years, and now, all nine books are available in one collection. Follow Laura from the Big Woods at five years old, to her marriage and the birth of her daughter, who would later help her mother publish these classic children’s novels. It’s the perfect way to share a remarkable piece of history with a very personal point of view. A set of the first five novels with full-color illustrations is also available.

The Amelia Rules Collection

Amelia Louise McBride has seen just about everything, from her parents' divorce and a move to a small town, to wacky frenemies and crushing crushes — and even a few ninjas! But whatever it is, Amelia knows can handle it — especially with the help of her friends Reggie, Rhonda, and Pajamaman. This box set collects eight volumes of the Eisner-nominated graphic novel series, perfect for old or new fans of Amelia and her adventures.

The E.L. Konigsburg Collection

Author E.L. Konigsburg has written many award-winning and beloved novels, including From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Now, fifteen of her novels are now available in this beautiful box set. New paperback editions with updated artwork will introduce this favorite author — the only author ever to win the Newbery Medal and be the runner-up in the same year — to a new generation of young readers. Her fascinating stories of coming of age are sure to intrigue tween readers.

The Penderwicks 3-Book Box Set

No matter what happens, the Penderwicks sisters know they can always count upon each other! In this nostalgic series full of breezy humor, these sisters find adventure wherever they are — whether it's rambling through a large estate in The Penderwicks, rescuing their father from the horrors of dating in The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, or figuring out how the dynamic shifts when one of them is away in The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. Kids will love this light, fun read featuring a bustling, loving family.

The Nancy Drew Diaries Supersleuth Collection

Beloved Mighty Girl detective Nancy Drew has seen many reimaginings over the years. In The Nancy Drew Diaries, the character is given a more modern bent, with contemporary settings and a first-person narration that is more engaging for many tween readers. This box set includes the first ten novels from this updated series, perfect for young mystery fans who won't want to wait until they can solve the next mysterious crime.

Smile and Sisters Box Set

Raina Telgemeier's autobiographical graphic novels capture just the right mix of humor, tween struggles, and positive messages! In the best-selling Smile, kids follow Raina's personal struggles after a dental catastrophe, while in Sisters, we see how Raina and her sister Amara wrestle with their clashing personalities, even as their family faces other difficulties, from job loss to struggling relationships. This box set touches on universal themes that every girl will recognize.

Oz: The Complete Collection

The cherished American fairy tale series is now available in a complete set of paperbacks! From the moment Dorothy set foot on the Yellow Brick Road, readers were hooked. Fifteen books later, there was a whole world full of unique characters to explore — and many of them are Mighty Girls. This set compiles all fifteen books into five paperback volumes so fans of Oz can read the whole thing. For more items featuring Dorothy and her friends in Oz, visit our Dorothy Collection.

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories Box Set

Introduce a new generation to the classic stories of the girl detective with this set! The first four books — The Secret of the Old Clock, The Hidden Staircase, The Bungalow Mystery, and The Mystery at Lilac Inn — are all here in beautiful new paperback reissues with new cover artwork that refers back to the era of the original stories, giving kids a great introduction to Nancy, Bess, and George and their mystery-solving exploits. For more Nancy Drew-related items, visit our Nancy Drew Collection.

The Enchanted Collection

Fans of this creative fantasy author will love this collection, which includes Fairest, The Two Princesses of Bamarre and the Newbery Honor-winning Ella Enchanted. With unique takes on classic tropes from fairy tales and folktales, and heroines who dare to defy the roles set out for them, these fantasy novels are sure to be a hit with your Mighty Girl.

The Borrowers Collection

Little people have some big adventures in Mary Norton's classic series The Borrowers! Pod, Homily, and their daughter Arriety are miniature people who "borrow" what they need from the giant "human beans" who live around them — everything from matchboxes for dressers to postage stamps for artwork! These charming stories have been favorites for many, and were even adapted into the Studio Ghibli film The Secret World of Arrietty. This beautiful volume collects all of the Borrowers books and stories, perfect for both old and new fans.

The Keeper of the Lost City Box Set

Twelve-year-old Sophie has never quite fit in, and she's always had to conceal a big secret: she's a Telepath. When she meets a mysterious boy named Fitz, she learns that she literally doesn't belong where she is: Sophie is an elf living in the human world. But while returning to the elf world answers some of her questions, others linger...including where she really came from and why she can't remember her past. This box set collects paperbacks of the first three volumes of the series, Keeper of the Lost City, Exile, and Everblaze.

The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel Box Set

Fans of Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club will love these graphic novels adapted by Raina Telgemeier! Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey, and Dawn are The Baby-sitters Club! Whatever comes up — from cranky toddlers to unexpected illnesses to spats between friends — you can count on them to work together to support one another and save the day. This box set collect the full-color editions of all four volumes of these graphic novels, perfect for fans of the series.

Fablehaven Box Set

Inside gated woods, the mysterious and magical world of Fablehaven follows its own set of rules — rules which are enforced by Kendra and Seth's grandfather. But when the rules are broken, Kendra and Seth have to learn the ways of this new world quickly and find the courage to step in against powerful, dangerous forces. The box set includes paperback editions of all five of the Fablehaven books, covering Kendra and Seth's story from their first experience of Fablehaven to their desperate quest to prevent the Demon King Gorgrog from escaping his prison. This exciting fantasy series is sure to be a hit.

The Amulet 7-Book Collection

After tragedy strikes their family, Emily and Navin’s mother Karen decides to move the family to their great-grandfather’s house in the little town of Norlen. The locals believe the house is haunted, but the family discounts the rumors — until Karen is kidnapped by a monster! Emily and Navin discover they will have to follow her into another world if they want to reunite their family. Along the way, Emily discovers a stone amulet and learns that she has powers she didn’t know she possessed. This box set collects the first seven volumes of this popular and critically-acclaimed graphic novel series.

Complete Anne of Green Gables Box Set

Indomitable redhead Anne Shirley from Green Gables, PEI, Canada, is a classic Mighty Girl character. This series has been a favorite of girls everywhere since its publication in the early 1900s, and this set will let you easily share Anne’s story with a new generation. From Anne’s time in Avonlea, to her experiences at college, to her married life with children, and finally the story of Anne’s daughter Rilla during World War I, this series is full of stories to treasure. NOTE: This recommendation is for the 8-book box set, not the electronic Kindle version by a separate publisher which reportedly has many problems.

The WondLa Trilogy

When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary where Eva Nine was raised by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for other humans; she knows they exist, because of an item she treasures — a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, "WondLa." But when she meets others and is introduced to the community of New Attica, she realizes that all is not as it seems... and Eva Nine may be the only hope for all of planet Orbona. An innovative series that combines beloved children's literature with a space adventure, and includes an Augmented Reality component, these books will intrigue young fantasy fans.

Puffin in Bloom Illustrated Classics Collection

Four classic Mighty Girl books get a colorful new edition in this boxed set! These new volumes of Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, A Little Princess, and Little Women feature cover design and interior illustrations by artist Anna Bond. The set includes a matching slipcover case, making this set a beautiful addition to any bookshelf. Fans of this set can also check out Puffin's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - 150th Anniversary Edition, also illustrated by Bond.

The May Bird Trilogy

When shy, precocious May Bird falls through a lake, she discovers the Ever After, a world of ghosts — and a terrifying enemy, Bo Cleevil, who has his sights set on both the Ever After and May's world. Through the course of this trilogy, May must make an unusual group of friends, find her way home, and then take the bravest step of all: going back into the Ever After to rescue those she left behind and defeat Bo Cleevil once and for all. Fans of fantasy will devour this set!

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles Collection

All four of Wrede's hilarious adventure stories about Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper, have been collected in a box set, now featuring exquisite new artwork! This set includes Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons. Kids will laugh as Wrede turns all of the tropes about dragons, princesses, and magicians on their heads, and thrill at the intrigue and adventure as Cimorene protects her new dragon friends.

The Wrinkle In Time Quintet

Go in search of a tessaract with Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin — and discover a complex world of folds in time! This groundbreaking quintet of fantasy / science fiction books features new cover artwork by Taeeun Yoo. The combination of intricate fantasy, individual and cosmic drama, and realistic family life is fascinating, and the messages it offers about compassion, courage, and the search for knowledge will leave a deep impression on any young reader.

The Breadwinner Series

For the first time, all of Deborah Ellis's The Breadwinner books are available in a single collection! Over the course of the series, 11-year-old Parvana goes disguising herself as a boy to provide for her family in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan to helping other children seek safety to suspicion and imprisonment by American authorities. Ellis' groundbreaking series has introduced many tweens and teens to the challenges and dangers facing girls under Taliban rule, and these new fifteenth anniversary editions include updated covers and maps, as well as a new forward for The Breadwinner. Haunting and passionate, this series is not to be missed.

The Serafina Series Box Set

From the moment that children at her home on the Biltmore Estate start disappearing, Serafina begins to realize that she is different than she thought. She forms a friendship with Braeden Vanderbilt, the young nephew of the Biltmore's owners, and slowly grows into — and claims — her role as the protector of Biltmore and the Blue Ridge Mountains. This New York Times bestselling series is now available in a box set that collects hardcover editions of Serafina and the Black Cloak, Serafina and the Twisted Staff, and Serafina and the Splintered Heart.

The Seeds of America Trilogy

It's 1776, and Isabel, Curzon, and Ruth are all slaves. But something new is in the air: a plan to win freedom from England. Freedom, that is, for some... unless the three of them decide to take their freedom themselves. With a war in the background, each must choose sides, figure out who can be trusted as an ally, and decide just how much they are willing to risk to be free. Laurie Halse Anderson's award-winning historical fiction trilogy is now available in this box set, perfect for tween and teen readers ready to imagine the thrills, adventure, and danger of the quest for freedom during the American Revolution.

The Hunger Games Trilogy Box Set

With Mockingjay’s movie adaptation now in theaters, this is the perfect time to introduce a Mighty Girl to the original books. Follow Katniss Everdeen as she struggles to survive — and rebel against — a world where the decadent Capital combines reality television with death sport, forcing tributes from oppressed districts to kill each other for the entertainment of the elite. This beautiful box set features special edition paperbacks with striking redesigns of each book’s logo.

Stargirl / Love, Stargirl Box Set

See the story of Stargirl in a whole new way with this box set. In Stargirl, Leo faces the choice between his love for the unique, eccentric Stargirl and popularity with the peers who have turned on her; Love, Stargirl is the companion novel from Stargirl's perspective. Together, they provide a fascinating and sometimes painful glimpse into the harsh emotional world of high school — and the joys that being yourself can bring.

The Song of the Lioness Quartet Box Set

When Alanna of Trebond first appeared in the Song of the Lioness series, it established Tamora Pierce as an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy. This box set unites the four books of the quartet into the whole Pierce originally intended, with all volumes featuring new cover art and afterwords by the author. Follow Alanna as she disguises herself as a boy so that she can train as a page, then eventually claims her destiny as a knight — and as the savior of the kingdom of Tortall.

The Immortals Quartet

This set collects another of Tamora Pierce's popular Tortall stories! In The Immortals Quartet, a young orphan named Daine possesses a mysterious "wild magic." As she explores the potential in her powers, she'll also discover the truth of her parentage, the ability to talk to animals, and her duty to protect her kingdom from terrifying creatures. This beautiful new paperback collection comes in a dramatic slipcase and includes original afterwords from Pierce about each book.

His Dark Materials Trilogy

Join Lyra Bellacqua on her quest to save both her own world and its parallel — ours! This bestselling trilogy tackling questions about science, theology, and magic is full of adventure and excitement. This box set includes all three volumes — The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass — as well as bonus material featuring "found papers" from several major characters. Teens will love being able to follow the journey from start to finish with this set.

The Abhorsen Trilogy

Read the series that established Garth Nix as a force to be reckoned with in young adult fantasy! In a place where the boundary between life and death is blurred, the Abhorsen must help the uneasy dead rest. As Sabrael finds her destiny as the Abhorsen — and Lirael her own destiny as Sabrael’s successor — they must also find a way to prevent the Destroyer from snuffing out Life itself. Nix’s Old Kingdom provides a darker High Fantasy realm for teen readers to explore.

The Divergent Trilogy Box Set

In Tris’ world, everyone has to choose life in a faction that represents a particular virtue. But a strange result on Tris’ faction testing leads to her discovery that she is Divergent, a status that will be the key to overcoming the control exerted over the majority of the population. This set also includes the 48-page booklet The World of Veronica Roth’s Divergent Series, which features more information on the setting plus a Q&A with the author, music playlists, and discussion questions for book groups.

Jane Austen: The Complete Works

She is one of the most influential novelists in the English language, and the woman who changed attitudes about whether female authors — and female characters — were of literary value. Now, you can enjoy all of Austen's works — her six novels, plus a volume of early writings and juvenilia — in these beautiful cloth-bound books. It's the perfect gift set for a reader who's discovering the wit, humor, and rich language of one of the world's most esteemed authors.

The Grisha Trilogy

The once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters... and its savior may be Alina Starkov, a refugee who reveals an unexpected power and gets swept to the royal court to be trained as one of the Grisha, the magical elite. But Alina struggle to fit in, and things are not as they seem. As a new threat to Ravka grows, a frightened girl will become a hardened leader. This trilogy, with its innovative fantasy setting, is sure to be a favorite; the box set comes with three paperback editions, plus a collectible poster-sized map of the Grishaverse.


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