Addison & Mackenzie's Recommended Reading

Over the last year or so, Addison and Mackenzie have started to really enjoy their books.  I have always made it a point to have lots of books around the house, and we started making regular library trips as soon as they learned not to eat/slobber on/tear the books.  It took awhile to get past the picture book stage, but they are finally beginning to appreciate books with a little "story" to them.

Here are some of their our favorites:

The Minerva Louise books are pretty simplistic, but humorous.  These can be read in a few short minutes, and the girls get tickled at Minerva's misunderstandings.  I think it teaches them logic in a roundabout way too.  For instance, in one book, Minerva turns a discarded pair of mittens into a hat for her head and tail.  After the first reading, the girls understood why that was funny and will say something like "That's not a hat, silly!"  (We don't own any of these, but check them out from the library regularly.)

Llama Llama books are very near the top of my own list and have endured for quite awhile as one of the girls' favorites as well.  We own two of these and read them quite often.  The Llama Llama books have a nice rhyming flow and they are long enough to feel like a substantial bedtime story.

Though we have read it many, many times, The Little Red Hen  has become a recent favorite.  It's probably mostly because I do the voices for each character and the girls like to help me toward the end.  I rather like the hen's slightly smug, can-do attitude, so I enjoy reading this one.

It has fallen in popularity in recent months, but Love You Forever was one of Addison & Mackenzie's favorites for a long time.  I got SO tired of reading it over and over, but it was the first book I heard Addison recite nearly word for word to her baby dolls, so it was totally worth it.

I picked up this book of fairy tales for the girls' birthday, and it is by and large the favorite right now.  The collection includes several classic tales, such as Snow White, The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs, Hansel and Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, etc.  Other fairy tale books I have picked up are much too long to hold the girls' attention, with almost no pictures and far too many words.  Plus, we all know the classic fairy tales can get a little "dark" at times, and I want to avoid too many death scenes in their stories (at least while I still have some control!).  This collection is exactly what I wanted.  The pictures are bright and colorful.  The stories are long enough, but not too long for A & M's three-year-old attention span.  These tales skim right over most of the darker details and none of the stories end badly (except for the Gingerbread Man--he still gets eaten, but my girls think it's hilarious).  Mackenzie and Addison love just about every story in here, and I don't mind reading them.  We both win!

What are your favorite kids' books?  Any recommendations for us?


  1. Love these suggestions! We've been spending lots of time at the bookstore just down the road and we bought The Adventurers by Rachel Elliot... and that's the only book the girls want me to read to them! It has great illustrations, too ;)

  2. love these suggestions. i just added them to my library account so they'll be ready to pick up tomorrow. we do the llama books, too.

    we LOVE anything by Mo Willems, especially the pigeon books. i think that we own them all right now.

    my kids also LOVE this one now:

  3. OH!!!!!!!! I'd forgotten about the little red hen. I like that book and we don't have it.

    D came home last night with about 6 new books despite me telling him the babies don't need any. They really don't :)

    Their favourites at the moment are a Bible story book we have (toddler version) with interaction speech bubbles and this emotions book we have with Winnie the Pooh. Very cute

  4. Great suggestions!! I need to check some books for the girls.

    Have a fun weekend.

  5. The boys favorites are Rhyming Dust Bunnies and Swim Swim by Lerch. They recite parts of the books during their day. It's so cute!!!

  6. Hi! I'm stopping by from Kelly's Korner Blog. We love the Llama Llama books too! They are so cute. The Little Red Hen is also a favorite at our house. =)


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