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Books the Babyccino team love!

A few months ago I started an email asking the girls on the Babyccino team to list some of their favourite children’s books. I thought it would be a fun idea to share our favourite books with you! But it wasn’t as easy as it sounded! (The email string grew longer and longer, it would almost just be easier if I shared the email string with you!)

It was such a fab topic to start with each other and finally (!) I have grouped the books together and compiled a Top Thirty. So here goes, in no particular order, some favourites from the Babyccino girls:


Courtney’s childhood favourites are:


I’m loving Esther’s list. A mix of English and Dutch titles and I too have a fondness for The Secret Garden.


One day I’m going to sit by Emilie’s bookshelves with a pot of tea and talk and talk and talk to Emilie about her reading lists. It’s again been a hard choice for me to narrow Emilie’s down to five. The lists go on……..


Nina’s love of Lindgren and Beskow’s books make them top on her list. I too love the illustrations in these books – so captivating.


Helen’s favourites are rather nostaligic to my own childhood as we are both from England. I too adored Topsi and Tim, and Mog, Mog and Owl.


And finally here’s mine. It’s so much fun thinking of your favourite books but when you have to narrow them down to only a few it’s such a difficult task! My list are books from my childhood. Books which really have left strong and happy memories for me. I have hundreds of others which I adore reading to my children but then we’d never get this post out to you!

I’m pretty sure we’ve started a great discussion here and got you thinking of your favourites. I’d like to think we’ve also brought back some great childhood moments when you see these titles. Please share your favourites with us – we’d love to know!

Vanessa x


Comments (9)

October 27, 2016

Amazing list, thank you. It would be super handy to be also given an indication of around what age the book is suitable for (saves a lot of time googling).

October 27, 2016

As a fellow Dutchie I totally agree with Esther’s list. Good memories. As I am hoping to have our baby within the next month I would also love some younger recommendations! And, I would love other people’s views on whether or not they think it’s a good idea to actually read English books to young children when we’re both Dutch speakers at home. On the one hand I think I sound pretentious, on the other hand it might help them later in life? Love to hear what you think!

October 27, 2016

I agree with Georgina! the list is very useful but is it possible to have an idea about the suitable age to read them? thanks 🙂

Annie from Brimful
October 27, 2016

Book list posts – these always make me so happy!! Impossible to limit my favs down to just five….but I’ll try 😉.

1) Age 8-12 — The Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Lovelace (follows a girl and her friends from age five through adulthood)

2) Age 12 — Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

3) Age 13-14 —The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson

4) Age 13-14 —The Harvester by Gene Stratton Porter

5) Age 13-14 —The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery. I loved the Green Gables series too….but this book was by far one of her most romantic! ❤️

Shannon in NYC
October 27, 2016

There’s so much to love here! It made me happy to see Paddle-to-the-Sea on Emilie’s list, and brought back memories of my mother reading a number of Holling C. Holling’s books to my siblings and me as children. They’re wonderful for slightly older children who still enjoy being read aloud to, and the very detailed illustrations are captivating.

October 27, 2016

So many great suggestions! I wanted to throw out a suggestion for two excellent books: Love That Dog and Hate That Cat, both by Sharon Creech. Both are written in free verse poems from the point of view of a boy who is trying to understand poetry (as assigned by his awesome teacher) and tells a very sweet story. My kids and I love reading these books out loud.

October 28, 2016

Wonderful lists! Here are my five:
The Lonely Doll
Cricter the Boa Constrictor
Little Women
The Nancy Drew series
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew
On an unrelated note, Esther’s lunchbox Instagram post this morning was so inspiring! Please do a “week of lunches” blog post! Would love to get some fresh ideas, and also see an example of a typical, quick Dutch school lunch (here in the US that would be peanut butter and jelly, apple sauce and string cheese 🙂

October 28, 2016

I so much enjoyed reading these lists. It would be very hard to choose five books. Some of my favourite authors from childhood and early teens that have not already been mentioned are Joan Aiken, Rumer Godden, Noel Streatfield, Lucy M. Boston, K.M Peyton (especially Pennington’s Seventeenth Summer), Robert Nye (Harry Pay the Pirate is a very funny adventure for boys and girls) and Elizabeth Goudge. I read and re read the Saddlers Wells series by Lorna Hill – perfect for girls from perhaps age 8 or 9 who love romantic stories of ballet and horses.

November 3, 2016

I keep getting distracted with checking out all the book recommendations and forgot to say thank you for the wonderful post and for the one with Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s list.
My son recently finished “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” and it became one of our favorite story.
He also likes The Hardy Boys series.

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