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My Daughter's Top 5 Favorite Children's Story Books

By Edited May 21, 2016 3 15

I have been reading to my 3-year old daughter since she was a baby. It has become a part of our daily ritual, before naps and again before bedtime. It gives her time to wind down and relax before going to sleep at night and it gives us a great chance to bond one-on-one! There are definitely some stories that she favors above the others and we end up reading them again and again! Here I will review my daughter's top 5 favorite children's story books.

bear in the boat
5.) The Bear In The Boat - written and illustrated by Ilse-Margaret Vogel

This book is an oldie but a goodie! It is a very cute rhyming story about a bear that comes to take his friends for a ride in his boat, but he has too many friends and it starts to sink. Bear and his friends have to come up with other plans to spend time together. I don't think it's so much the story of this book that delights my daughter, but the very cute and well-written rhyme that it is written in. Here is an excerpt from The Bear In The Boat:

"So they all got on fast

(The Snail was the last),

And Owl shouted, 'Anchors aweigh!"

The Cow cried, 'It's great

That nobody was late.

We all will go sailing today.'

But what do you think?


Bear's boat was too full,

And it started to SINK!"

If you can find a printing of this cute book that I picked up at a second-hand store, I would highly recommend it! It lends itself nicely to all sorts of great voices and accents!

llama llama misses mama
4.) Llama Llama Misses Mama - by Anna Dewdney

This is another awesome addition to the Llama Llama line of books but we like this one best. It's about a young llama and dealing with missing his mama on his very first day of school. Again, this one rhymes (my daughter really likes that!) and is so stinkin' cute! Here is an excerpt from Llama Llama Misses Mama: "Meet new faces. Hear new names. See new places. Watch new games. Hang the coat and say good-bye. Llama Llama feeling shy… Mama Llama goes away. Llama Llama has to stay." My daughter's favorite part is when the mama comes back to pick him up from school, she get's so excited and claps like crazy. This has been a great help with explaining to her that she will be going to school next year and not to be sad because of all the fun she will have. I think it's really helping to prepare her!

i love it when you smile
3.)I Love It When You Smile - written by Sam McBratney - Illustrated by Charles Fuge

This book is so precious! It's about a young kangaroo who is feeling quite crabby one morning and his mother's attempts to cheer him up! It reminds me of my daughter on many mornings when she's not so "bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!" Here is an excerpt from I Love It When You Smile: "His mom reached out and flipped him up head over heels. It was the kind of game that little kangaroos love to play! But would it work this grumpy morning? No. Little Roo did not smile. Not even a teeny-weeny bit." By the end of this book, both of us have huge smiles on our faces. I sometimes purposely pick out this story book on purpose when my daughter is feeling a little crabby! It has really bright illustrations and the characters are all incredibly cute!

tumble me tumbily
2.) Tumble Me Tumbily - written by Karen Baicker - illustrated by Sam Williams

This one is MY favorite children's book that my daughter and I read together. Karen Baicker is a master of rhyming and she makes the most incredible pictures with her words! Not only does this story have very creative word play, but the illustrations are beautiful! Here is a little piece of Tumble Me Tumbily: "Grape jelly jiggle belly coming down the slide, smash a berry messy, merry mix it up inside. Toot Toot! Choo-choo coming down the track, Pretzel, cracker tummy packer bringing me my snack." This book is a must have and I don't even mind when she requests it night after night! It is actually a compilation of three stories by this author, but they all flow well together and together, they create the perfect length story for bedtime.

1.) Pinkalicious - written by Victoria & Elizabeth Kann - illustrated by Victoria Kann

This story, on the other hand, I can get tired of after about the 5th time in a row! It's a story about a little girl that is obsessed with the color pink and when her and her mother make pink cupcakes one rainy day, she eats a few too many. When she wakes up in the morning, she is all pink! Her mother is quite alarmed, but she is delighted! Here is an excerpt from Pinkalicious: "My hair was the color of raspberry sorbet. I cried because I was so beautiful. I even had PINK tears. I put on my pink fairy princess dress and twirled in front of the mirror, while Mommy speed-dialed the pediatrician." This is a good tool to show kids that too much of anything is not good! Any little girl that likes pink or fancies herself a princess like my daughter will LOVE this story! My daughter never tires of this one and requests it all the time!

Reading to your children is a great way to spend time together and if you can instill a love of reading in your child, you can open a world of possibilities to them. It is also a great way to transition from play time to sleep time without going through the stress of threats and begging that can sometimes accompany bedtime routines! So whether you're looking for a book for your daughter or to give as a gift, if you choose one of my daughter's top 5 favorite children's story books, you'll have a winner on your hands!





Oct 30, 2010 11:00pm
Our favorite story (I don't know, nor care, if the kids liked it or not) was Love you Forever by Robert Munsch. It is about a mommy who would rock her child after he went to sleep every night, even when he was a teen. Then when he grew up and got out of the house, she would go to his house and rock her grown son while he was sleeping. Then, when the mommy gets too old, the son goes to the mommy's house and rocks her each night after she goes to sleep.

I heard someone read that on the radio days after our first child was born. I was bawling when the story was over. I had to get the book. I still tear up every time I read it.
Oct 30, 2010 11:33pm
Yeah, we have that book and I love it, but it makes me too sad! My daughter started asking questions and my husband decided to try explaining that when people get old, they get sick and die! Well, my daughter had heard me say, more than once, "I'm getting old!" so she immediately thought I was going to die and freaked out! We probably won't read that one too much until she's forgotten that whole episode!
Oct 31, 2010 12:06am
Thanks for sharing! Nice list - and I wasn't aware till reading this that the rhyming story are quite appealing.
Oct 31, 2010 12:12am
I'm not sure if my daughter likes to hear the rhyming books as much as I like to read them to her, but they are my favorites! Thanks for reading!
Oct 31, 2010 7:03am
Rhyming stories are always fun. I loved Fox in Sox by Dr. Seuss, but my wife hated to have to read it. When our son was little, anytime we had a visitor come to the house he would ask them to read Fox in Sox for him. We video-taped several of our friends with him. That's been 10 years ago. We should dig out the videos again.
Oct 31, 2010 4:03pm
That would be cool to watch those vidoeos again, what a neat idea!
Oct 31, 2010 5:54am
Thank you for a great article. I agree that it is important to read story books for children at all ages, even babies!
Oct 31, 2010 4:01pm
Both of my kids HAVE to have their stories!
Dec 5, 2010 11:22pm
I voted up askformore's comment because I was thinking the same thing. I was watching something last night on TV and it shows how lucky that the chilren being read to are lucky to be recipients of it. (No need to mention what it is. I don't want to ruin the mood).
Oct 31, 2010 10:02am
Thanks for a chance to think back to my childhood!!
I love all the books by julia donaldson such as The Gruffalo. She's amazing at rhyming
Oct 31, 2010 4:02pm
HEY - we just read The Gruffalo last night, I get such a kick out of that book! "The mouse was walking through the deep, dark wood, the mouse saw a nut and the nut looked good." Great stuff!
Nov 9, 2010 8:58am
Great choices! When my kids were younger, they loved the Laura Numeroff/Felicia Bond circle stories-If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, etc.
Nov 9, 2010 12:00pm
I love those books too, but my daughter is not too impressed! :)
Dec 5, 2010 11:24pm
Wow. You have a great conversation going here. So many people enjoy reading your articles than mine. How sad. I'm so jealous. LOL. At least I get to start a conversation at InfoPirate. YAY!
Dec 6, 2010 9:31pm
I've enjoyed reading many of your articles freedom! I think you have a wonderful and cheery personality! I'm just a natural gabber! :)
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