Favorite Books for Three Year Olds (As Picked by a Three-Year-Old)

In the past, I have written about some of B’s favorite books and I figured it was time for an update now that he is three (and very happy to tell you that he is three – three fingers up and all!). I love that he is such a reader and it was tough to narrow it down to five (maybe I should write these types of posts more often to include more books, huh!??!). Without further ado, here are the B-Man’s top five books (in no particular order) of the moment:

kissing handThe Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn & Ruth E. Harper- Okay, this may be more my favorite than B’s, but we both love it. B has had some trouble leaving mama and we found this book to be really helpful. It even begins with the little raccoon, Chester, saying to his mother “But I don’t want to go to school. I want to stay here and play with you.” Mama raccoon teaches Chester about a “kissing hand” so that he can always get to mama’s love and she can get to his.


2 eggsTwo Eggs, Please by Sarah Weeks & Betsy Lewin – Our librarian recommended this one and we are so glad that she did. It’s a simple read but B loves that he can “read” it to me. In a diner, customers come in and order “two eggs, please” in different ways. The eggs and the animals are “different but the same.”


LionThe Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney – Why I haven’t broken down and purchased this book, I have no idea. I’m pretty sure we have checked this out of the library more than any other family. This book only has pictures (so I had to look up the fable so that I could “tell” the story) and that may be why B loves it. The watercolor pictures are beautiful and the lesson of nobody is too big for help and nobody is too small to help, is lovely.


cowThe Cow Who Fell Into the Canal by Phyllis Krasilovsky & Peter Spier – B received this book from his godmother who had it as a little girl. He thinks it is hysterical that the cow falls into the canal and then roams the streets of Amsterdam looking for a straw hat to eat. And we both agree that the name Hendrika is super fun to say!


Chicken JoyChicken Joy on Readbean Road by Jacqueline Briggs Martin – For some reason, B loves any and all books with chickens. We have read quite a few but seem to come back to this one quite often. In this book, the rooster has lost his ability to sing so his friend the chicken searches for Joe Beebee whose music makes people forget their troubles to see if Joe Beebee’s music can help the rooster.


Like I said, this is just a select few of B’s favorites. This could be one of my longest posts if I included all of them. I’ll try for a spring edition of his favorite books (maybe outside themed?), too!

Please share your favorite books for three-year-olds in the comments section.

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow.


Baby B’s Top 5 Books for Babies and Toddlers

I love to read and when I was pregnant with Baby B, I used to worry what if I gave birth to a kid who does not like to read? I had visions of us curled up reading book after book and I would be so disappointed if that never came to be.

Baby B must have picked up on this in utero and came out loving books from day one! Now, at 17 months, we start our day and end our day curled up and reading book after book (with a few books throughout the day, too, on some days) and I love it. My wonderful friends threw me a book themed baby shower (and friends have been generous with hand-me-downs) so Baby B has quite the library.

Without further ado, here are B’s Top 5 Books (as of this week!):

61tk7o7kWWL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_My Truck is Stuck. We read this book multiple times in one sitting. The title pretty much sums up the plot but what also makes it a home run is that dogs drive the truck (and car and van, etc.). B LOVES both dogs and trucks so it doesn’t get much better than this! I have taken to reading an abridged version of it which B seems to love (there are a few phrases that repeat over and over again) and it is a great way to introduce counting (how many vehicles try to get the truck unstuck).

51lu4-PDW8L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_I Love You More. This is one of my favorites, too. A mother and son walk through the words comparing their love of each other to what they see around them (“I love you taller than the tallest tree, I love you brighter than the brightest star in the sky” etc.) and culminates with “I love you more than anything in the whole, wide world!”

51b5Hi0xUUL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_Where is the Green Sheep. My parents gave this one to Baby B at Christmas and he as read it constantly every day since then. He loves the different type of sheep (“Here is the bed sheep and here is the bath sheep” etc.) and he always gets so excited when the green sheep finally appears!

51nOM+3iw+L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. B is actually interactive with this book which is so much fun. When the bus driver says “goodbye”, B waves at him and says “bye bye” and when the pigeon is upset because he can’t drive the bus (illustrated by a squiggly line over the pigeon’s head), B blows a raspberry. It’s a great book about not necessarily getting what you want and that temper tantrums are kind of silly and don’t work.

513ZEJYKRFL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and The Big Hungry Bear. B’s cousin, Elliott, gave this to him which may have something to do with his love of the book. B LOVES Elliott! Anyhoo, this book is great because the sentences are short and the illustrations are beautiful.

We are always on the lookout for new books so please share your favorites with us (and everyone else) in the comments section!

Thanks for reading bright-yellow.

I Write Like – Finding My Famous Writing Style

Bright-Yellow started a year ago as a way for me to maintain my writing skills while searching for a job – and to share my inherited skill (from my mom) of sharing fun facts and tidbits with friends (and complete strangers).  Thanks to I Write Like, I now know that my writing style is a combination of Stephen King (see this post as an example – I don’t think I’m nearly as scary but I made kayaking sound scary?), Cory Doctorow (I had to look him up (after reading his Wiki I realize I really need to hip it up) – the guy writes a blog called – does this mean Bright-Yellow is crap? Eeek! The Cory Doctorow inspired post is here), and Chuck Palahniuk (another one I had to google – he wrote “Fight Club” – cool but I avoid violence so I have neither read the book or seen the movie (I know!) but apparently this post resembles his style).  I’m not sure how many folks are in the I Write Like database, but I need to go to bed soon so analyzing each and every blog post doesn’t seem likely.

Go ahead – insert some of your writing and share (via the comments below) who You Write Like!

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow – please be sure to share the fun!

My “Writing Buddies”:

Stephen King

Cory Doctorow

Chuck Palahniuk

Wine by the Dollar

A few weeks ago, Bill Daley profiled Carolyn Evans, author of “Good, Better, Best: A No-Nonsense Guide to Popular Wines” in the Chicago Tribune.  I ripped the piece out, set it aside, and forgot about it – until tonight.

Next week I’m having a few friends over for spring cocktails and so I began the clean up of “the good enough apartment” tonight.  I started with reorganizing the piles of papers and – voila! – treasures like this article found!

In “Good, Better, Best: A No-Nonsense Guide to Popular Wines“, Carolyn Evans helps real people like you and me figure out the best wines to purchase at different price points.  Looking for a good Chardonnay under $10? She suggests Columbia Crest Two Vines ($8).  Or how about an inexpensive Pinot Noir? Mark West Pinot Noir Sonoma County apparently fits the bill. Actually, I can vouch for that one personally – yum!

Good, Better, Best: A No-Nonsense Guide to Popular Wines” will be added to our bar shelf and I suggest you do the same.  In the meantime, check out Carolyn’s Web site here or follow her on Twitter by clicking here.

The Trib article included Carolyn’s Top 10 “Must Try” wines available under $15.  That list includes:


1. Cavit Collection Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie, Italy; $7

2. Columbia Crest Two Vines Chardonnay, Washington; $8

3. Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Riesling, California; $12


4. Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon, California; $22 (for 3-liter box)

5. Gabbiano Chianti, Tuscany, Italy; $9

6. Mark West Pinot Noir, Sonoma County; $10

7. Bogle Petite Sirah, California; $10

8. Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz Cabernet, South Australia; $11


9. Korbel Brut California Champagne, California; $9


10. Sutter Home Family Vineyards Moscato, California; $6

So, do you have any to add to the list? Share with the rest of us!

Thanks for reading Bright- Yellow!

One Year Anniversary – The Paper Anniversary

Today, April 6, Bright-Yellow officially celebrates its one year anniversary.  I find it funny that the one anniversary is the paper anniversary which we’re celebrating for a digital product!

One year ago, I launched Bright-Yellow as a way to challenge myself with daily writing while I searched for a full-time job.  Returning to Chicago as a double unemployed couple meant living on a budget.  I enjoy sharing the tips and tricks I find for budget living as well as general “stuff that you should know, too” that I discover along the way.

Groupon logoA year ago, my first post was about Groupon, a daily deal available for one day only.  When I wrote about it a year ago, Groupon was available in New York and Chicago.  Today, 45 cities enjoy Groupon from Albuquerque to Washington, D.C.  and Groupon offers deals seven days a week (as well as a side deal every day).  If you have not signed up for Groupon, DO IT NOW!  And iPhone users, download the app – you no longer have to print the Groupons – just show your phone and you’re all set!

Since starting Bright-Yellow, I have posted 118 times, had 10,391 page-views (apparently you readers like booze and books since those are the top tags used to find Bright-Yellow), had my busiest day on December 15 (Gifts that Do Good), and Jeff and I have gone from double unemployment to double employment with Jeff landing a dream job (that involves booze – apparently that beercation was well worth it)!

The next few posts will be a check in on some more favorites from the last year so if you have a particular past entry you’d like highlighted, just let me know through the comments section.

As always, thanks for reading Bright-Yellow.