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Our favourite stories from 2013

We have read lots of great stories this year and my daughter and I talked about the ones that she most enjoyed reading. We pulled old friends and new friends out of the bookcase and here is the list that she came up with (we could have added so many more!). They are not necessarily newly published books, just books that we’ve enjoyed. Her all time favourite is still The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales, I may have to buy a new copy of the book soon to replace our very battered, well loved version.

The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales by Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright

Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter by Axel Scheffler is still a favourite and we often borrow the German translation from the library.

Ruby, Blue and Blanket by Jane Hissey inspired some more imaginative dressing up games.

We often borrowed Avocado Baby by John Burningham from the library so I finally bought my daughter her own copy!

We spend lots of time looking at the different activities that take place on the decks of The Hundred Decker Bus by Mike Smith.

Mrs Armitage and The Big Wave by Quentin Blake makes my daughter laugh out loud. She often says ‘Hello Gorgeous!’

What’s The Time, Mr Wolf? by Debi Gliori has so many wonderful details in the pictures that it always takes a while for us to read.

Wee Granny’s Magic Bag by Elizabeth McKay and Maria Bogade amuses us every time we read it, my daughter calls the story Magic Granny!

We don’t eat cold cabbage soup in our house but since we started reading The Princess and the Peas by Caryl Hart and Sarah Warburton peas are back on the menu!

Conni’s adventures are also a favourite and we often read Das Groß Conni-Bilderbuch.

The Sticker Dolly Dressing books are still huge favourites and my daughter likes to look through them even when the stickers have been stuck. She especially enjoyed Sticker Dolly Dressing: Dream Jobs and Sticker Dolly Dressing: Costumes Around the World this year. I already have the next Sticker Dolly Dressing book for our next plane journey!

We’re slowly moving into reading chapter books and are currently on our seventh Rescue Princess book.

Dixie O’Day in the Fast Lane is a new favourite. It’s short enough for us to read all seven chapters in one sitting!


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14 responses to “Our favourite stories from 2013”


  1. Jaymie Shook avatar

    I love end of the year/beginning of the year lists – they make it so easy for me to beef up my TBR list! Thanks so much for linking into the KLBH 🙂


    1. Catherine avatar

      I read lots of end of year lists too – can you ever have enough books?!


  2. Mummy's to do list avatar

    The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales looks great value for money and I’m sure my daughter would love it. Thanks for the tip. Love the new-look site too!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you. I love the look of the new site too 🙂


  3. Tara Looney avatar

    Great list! Can’t wait to check out Dixie O’Day: Life in the Fast lane.


    1. Catherine avatar

      Dixie O’Day is a great read, it’s an action packed story with lots of wonderful twists and turns 🙂


  4. Stacie Theis avatar

    What a wonderful collection of books. Thanks so much for sharing these books!


    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome. It was very difficult to choose which books to leave out!


  5. ~ linda avatar

    Great list and I am ready to find that hundred decker bus! Looks like fun. Thanks, ~ linda


    1. Catherine avatar

      The Hundred Decker Bus is a lot of fun, we spend a lot of time looking at the huge poster page at the end.


  6. Jennifer Fischer avatar

    Pinned to my library list book. I especially look forward to reading Avocado Babies!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Avocado Baby is a great story, we know it almost by heart!


  7. Jen avatar

    What a great list. Totally different from my list but I think all yours look great! I especially want the book of paper doll dresses from around the world.


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you- there are so many great books we didn’t include. Your list is great too.

      The Sticker Dolly Dressing Books are fantastic and provide some great learning opportunities through having fun. In our experience the enjoyment continues even once the stickers have all been stuck!

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