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.


Charming Art

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Today’s post is courtesy of my friend, Tony. Tony is about to become a first time father and, as a result, babies and kids are a big  part of his conversation these days.  A friend of his, told Tony about Art Charms and if you’re a parent (or an aunt, uncle, etc.), you’re going to love this site!

Art Charms is the brainchild of Cleveland designer Chad Verhoff.  Chad and his clever, creative mind takes kids drawings and turns them into works of jewelry art (the photos above are from his site showing the original artwork and the finished jewelry product).  Personally, I love the idea of a charm bracelet made of my kids’ art (if I had kids).  If you’re not the charm bracelet type, then go for a pendant.  For Dads, Chad makes key chains (I guess these are for Moms, too) and cuff links.  All pieces are made in sterling silver but Art Charms will create a 14k gold piece upon request.

No kiddos?  No problem – why not submit a drawing done by you or someone you love?  You still capture a memory and have a unique, one of a kind, meaningful piece of jewelry art!

Thanks for reading Bright-Yellow.  Tomorrow I promise to post the latest in my visits to the 50 wards of Chicago.  I visited a ward today (great one btw), but tomorrow’s post will be about the ward I explored with my friends a couple of weeks ago – basically a trip around the world without leaving Chicago!