THE WORST WITCH - Mildred Hubble was a trainee witch at Mss Cackle's Academy, and she was making an awful mess of it. She couldn't even ride a broomstick without crashing it and she was always getting her spells wrong.
Brave Irene by William Steig. Courageous Irene Bobbin is the dressmaker's daughter. Irene volunteers to get the gown to the palace on time, in spite of the fierce snowstorm that's brewing. Empowering book for young female readers.
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton - one of the first books I can remember reading on my own without any help from an adult, I loved Enid Blyton books as a child and read them to my boys when they were small ;
Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann, a book written by a psychologist to frighten children into good behavior. Made into a gothic opera which is also amazing. This used to terrify and enthrall me when I was little.