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

Complete Book of Farmyard Tales - 40th Anniversary Edition

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

Pip and Posy: The Super Scooter

by Axel Scheffler [Nosy Crow Ltd]
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Pip & Posy. Der tolle Roller

by - [Carlsen Verlag GmbH]
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Ruby, Blue and Blanket by Jane Hissey inspired some more imaginative dressing up games.

Ruby, Blue and Blanket

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

Avocado Baby (Red Fox Picture Books)

by John Burningham [Red Fox]
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We spend lots of time looking at the different activities that take place on the decks of The Hundred Decker Bus by Mike Smith.

The Hundred Decker Bus

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

Mrs.Armitage and the Big Wave

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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.

What's the Time, Mr Wolf?

by Debi Gliori [Bloomsbury Childrens]
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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!

Wee Granny's Magic Bag (Picture Kelpies)

by Elizabeth McKay [Kelpies]
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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!

The Princess and the Peas. Caryl Hart

by Caryl Hart [Nosy Crow]
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Conni’s adventures are also a favourite and we often read Das Groß Conni-Bilderbuch.

Conni-Bilderbücher: Das große Conni-Buch

by Liane Schneider [Carlsen Verlag Gmbh]
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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!

Sticker Dolly Dressing Costumes Around the World

by - [Usborne]
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Dream Jobs

by Emily Bone [Usborne Books]
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We’re slowly moving into reading chapter books and are currently on our seventh Rescue Princess book.

Rescue Princesses: The Lost Gold (The Rescue Princesses)

by Nosy Crow [Nosy Crow Ltd]
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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!

Dixie O'Day: In The Fast Lane

by Shirley Hughes [Bodley Head]
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14 thoughts on “Our favourite stories from 2013

  1. 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.

    • 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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