A warm series about two girls living in Deep Valley, MN, pre-1900s.

As a child, I begged my grandmother to tell me stories about “Saturday Marie,” an ongoing bedtime story series that was based on an alternate version of my own life. Her stories were inspired by the adventures of Betsy-Tacy, set in late 1800’s-early 1900’s fictional Deep Valley, Minnesota.

Illustrated by the Newbery Award-winning Lois Lenski, Maude Hart Lovelace’s series is whimsical and warm, and follows the close relationship between best friends Betsy Ray and Tacy Kelly. The book has a great balance between fanciful stories imagined by gregarious Betsy and age-sensitive issues like shyness, the birth of a new sibling, and the death of a family member. The Betsy-Tacy series ascends in reading difficulty as the characters age, starting at age six and ending in college. We recommend starting with The Betsy-Tacy Treasury: The First Four Betsy-Tacy Books and taking it from there.

Find The Betsy-Tacy Treasury: The First Four Betsy-Tacy Books at your local library.