Book recommendations for a 5 year old girl?
DD is 4.5. The Little House books weren't quite as big a hit as I thought they might be, but we made it through a bunch of those. I also second the Astrid Lindgren suggestions. Those have been very popular for a year or so.
In the last few weeks we've read Ramona, Heidi (big hit, I edited out some of the religious stuff, though), The Wizard of Oz, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Secret Garden, Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, Lemony Snicket, and a few Roald Dahl books. My DD has a big appetite for high drama and lots of emotional tension, though. :p
Beautiful picture books are still popular at that age (or should be!) also more complicated picture books- William Steig comes to mind, Kate and the Beanstalk is great.
Borrowers, Edward Eager, Edith
Nesbit (5 Children and It).
All of a Kind Family
I usually assume people have little house, Roald Dahl, etc
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh
The Odyssey (Gillian Cross, really nice version with very cool pix)
Peter Pan ( the original one, HuGe hit)
D'Aulaire's Greek Mythology (my kids are obsessed with Greek myths right now)
First two Harry Potter books (I think they get a little dark)
I know there's more but I am blanking.
Thinking of starting The Hobbit.