Parents' Guide to

Anne of Green Gables

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Beloved classic features lovable, imaginative heroine.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 8+

Best book series out there

I started reading this series at about 8 years old. I watched the movies and Avonlea TV show before I could read. I would say that these books are appropriate from about 7 years old although they may be a bit challenging for the average reader until about 12. These are a great series to start reading to your child or reading with your child when they are interested in chapter books. There is nothing in this book that could be considered offensive. It has so many good morals in it. It shows a young girl who gets into trouble unintentionally despite her best efforts to be good. It’s hilarious and is relatable. It’s still my favorite series as a young adult
age 10+

The Absolute Classic

This is a book that no child should miss out on. Anne is a character that portrays several good attributes, such as determination to reach goals, willingness to always help or undying and healthy positivity. Not only is the book an amazing learning tool for children, it is also a way of relaxing for parents. Especially if you have read this book in your childhood, the memories it might bring will be pleasant and funny. If you are interested in a longer review that gives tips on what messages to take from the book and apply to your life, feel free to visit our MagicShop website:

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (30 ):

More than a century after she first beguiled readers, Anne Shirley is still one of the most beloved characters in children's literature -- and for good reason. You can't help but be charmed by her mix of chatter, imagination, fierce loyalty, and enthusiasm. Her tendency for the dramatic -- both the dizzying heights of joy and the depths of despair -- makes her relatable and sympathetic, and her ability to see beauty in everything is inspiring.

Montgomery's knack for creating memorable characters and realistic dialogue makes ANNE OF GREEN GABLES extremely readable, though reluctant readers (or younger kids in general) may balk at her many descriptions of Prince Edward Island's natural splendors. Those who are ready for Anne's adventures, though, will find her a delightful companion -- and will be excited to follow her through the book's multiple sequels.

Book Details

  • Author: L.M. Montgomery
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Bantam Books
  • Publication date: June 1, 1908
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Last updated: June 4, 2020

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