Sunday, February 5, 2012

Claire's Recommended Reading List

I thought I would share some of my daughter, Claire's favorite books.  She is three years old and very girly!  These are some of the stories she wants to read over and over.  You can click on the pictures and the link will take you directly to Amazon.  Most of these books are available new in hardcover editions for about $12.00 - a good deal!  Just add them to your cart!

This story is adorable.  The author is Rebecca Jannie.  It is about a little girl who wants a horse for her birthday but gets a bicycle instead.  She says "I wasn't real keen on ridin' a horse with wheels where hooves ought to be." I always use my special western-cowboy accent when I read her this story.  This story is one of my favorites too.  I never mind when she asks "again?"

Pinkalicious, Purplicious, and Goldilicious are all written by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann.  Claire LOVES these stories and she even had a Pinkalicious birthday party inspired by the book. (If you missed the Pinkalicious birthday party post, click here.) 

LLama, LLama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney is another favorite. Claire also loves the other LLama LLama books that are available;  LLama, LLama Mad at Mama and LLama LLama Misses Mama. The author must be a mother!  She has such a great understanding of preschoolers and the love a mother and child have for one another.  They are very sweet, clever stories with bright illustrations.  Warning:  the rhyming pattern in it gets stuck in your head and you soon find yourself
in search of more words that will rhyme with "llama."

Grandma got Claire a Raggedy Ann doll and Raggedy Ann story books for Christmas.  She was in love!  We snuggle Raggedy Ann and read her stories over and over. I love it because I remember some of these stories from when I was a little girl.  I was only able to find this book used on Amazon.  I got this book a long time ago and the books grandma got for Claire are the originally published versions - very old!  There are other Raggedy Ann story books on Amazon though so take a look!

Claire also loves Olivia - the cartoon or any Olivia books.  Olivia is a smart, sweet pig who has big dreams and a big imagination!  It is entertaning for both kids and grown-ups too!


This book is so sweet!  It is about a little girl who is SO excited to have tea with the queen.  She tells everyone she sees that she is having tea with the queen.  She gets everything ready to have tea with the queen.  Then at the end of the story you see that the queen is actually grandma.  Claire has tea parties with both grandmas so this story is extra special for her! This book was written by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.

Penny Loves Pink

This story, written by Cori Doerrfeld, is about Penny who loves everything Pink.  Everything in her world is pink until her baby brother comes along.  She protests his arrival because boys are blue.  The illustrations are so clever because in the background of each page you can see the mom (with a large belly) and dad shopping for blue baby clothes and painting a blue nursery. 

These are some of the favorites at our house!  How about all of you?  What are some of the highly requested stories at your house?  I would love to hear!  I am always excited to discover new books my kids will love!


  1. Thanks Claire! Talia needs to get some "girly " books! We loved Brown Bear Brown Bear -especially Peyton.There was an old lady that swallowed a fly and Wide Mouthed Frog are silly ones they always like. Emily's Balloon was a favorite too. Now Peyton seems to go towards Little Critter and Berenstein Bear books. Ethan is a little harder - cant really seem to find anything that really makes him want to read!

    1. Melanie, You're in luck! I am planning to do a Hugh's recommended reading list too! Have you tried the Michigan Chillers books for Ethan? Hugh and Jacob love them! I don't know Emily's Balloon. I'll have to check that out. We are huge Berenstain Bear fans here too! And Clifford! :)

  2. Many thanks to the adorable Claire for her wonderful list. And for making me smile.

    Warmly, Michelle