books with your little girl's name in them

August 6, 2010




Ella Takes The Cake

I've mentioned before that I have a thing for names. I also have a thing for books (as you know...), so of course these two loves combine to produce a list like this!

I have been keeping this list for about a year now. Whenever I read a good (or fairly decent) book with a little girl's name in it, I list it here. Because I love searching for books with my name and my daughter's name in them, I thought I would share this resource with you. (In case you are interested in finding a book with your child's name in it!)

I think name books make great baby shower gifts. It's always a little challenge I give myself when a friend is having a baby. Sometimes I succeed, and sometimes I just don't.

Oliver (Read-Alongs for Beginning Readers)
Sorry to all the mothers of little boys! I don't have a boy's name list yet, but I think I will work on one very soon.
Veronica
I think this list could also be a fun inspiration for pregnant mothers looking for literary inspiration for their child's name! (I love this cover so much that I thought very seriously about naming this baby Veronica--Ben vetoed it, though.)

Some of these books are FANTASTIC books--others are just okay. The fact that your child's name is in them is the best part.

The list is by no means complete, I will continue to add to it as I find new books with new names in them. Also, I made a note if the main character is not human, but instead an animal.

A
Adelaide--Adelaide by Tom Ungerer
Alice--In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck
Alison--Alison's Zinnia by Anita Lobel
Anna--Anna's Rain by Fred Burstein
Annie--Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett

B
Babette--Brave Babette and Sly Tom by Elzbieta
Bruna--Bruna by Anne Cottringer

C
Cary--Quiet! There's a Canary in the Library by Don Freeman
Cecily--Cecily G. and the 9 Monkeys by H. A. Rey (giraffe)
Celeste--Celeste Sails to Spain by Alison Lester
Cindy Lou--Cindy Lou and the Witch's Dog by Jack Kent

D
Daisy--Daisy's Babies by Lisa Kopper

E
Ella--Ella the Elegant Elephant by Carmela and Steven D'amico (elephant)
Ella Sarah--Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Elena--Elena's Serenade by Campbell Geeslin
Eliza--Eliza's Kindergarten Surprise by Alice McGinty
Elizabeti--Elizabeti's Doll by Stephanie Stuve Bodeen
Emeline--Emeline at the Circus by Marjorie Priceman
Emma--Emma and the Silk Train by Julie Lawson
--Emma Kate by Patricia Polacco

F
Flora--Flora and the Frog by Shirley Isherwood
Fiona--Aren't You Forgetting Something Fiona? by Joanna Cole (elephant)
--Fiona's Luck by Teresa Bateman

G
Gemma--Gemma and the Baby Chick by Antonia Barber

H
Harriet--Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild by Mem Fox
Hazel-- Hazel Nutt Alien Hunter by David Elliot

I
Isabella--Isabella's Bed by Alison Lester

J
Jamela--Happy Birthday, Jamela by Niki Daly
Jenna--Beautiful Girl by Amy Shwartz
Josie--Josie and Mr. Fernandez by Patsy Backy

K
Katie--Katie and the Sunflowers by James Mayhew

L
Lila--Lila and the Secret of Rain by David Conway and Jude Daly
Lili--Lili at Ballet by Rachel Isadora
Lola--Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn, I am Too Absolutely Small for School by Lauren Child
Louella--Louella Mae, She's Run Away by Karen Beaumont Alarcon (pig)
Lucille--Lucille's Snowsuit by Kathryn Lasky (pig)
Lucy--Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horacek
Lulu--Ladybug Girl by David Soman

M
Madeline--Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Manuela--Manuela's Gift by Kristyn Rehling Estes
Maya--A New Dress for Maya by Malorie Blackman
Mia--Mia's Story by Michael Foreman
Molly--Secret Valentine by Laura Damon (mouse), Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Monica--Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

N
Nora--Nora's Ark by Natalie Kinsey Warnock

O
Olive--My Sister Olive by Paula Russell
Olivia--Olivia by Ian Falconer (pig)

P
Pearl--Pearl's New Skates by Holly Keller (rabbit)
Penelope--Princess Penelope by Todd Mack

R
Rose--Sophie and Rose by Kathryn Lasky (doll)
Rosa--Rosa's Room by Barbara Bottner
Rosie--Rosie Sips Spiders by Alison Lester
Ruby--Ruby's Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges
--Ruby Sings the Blues by Niki Daly

S
Serafina--Serafina's Birthday by Alma Flor Ada
Sophie--Sophie's Trophy by Susan Middleton Elya (toad)
--Sophie by Mem Fox
--Sophie and Rose by Kathryn Lasky

T
Tessa--Tessa Snaps Snakes by Alison Lester
Trixie--Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

V
Vanessa--Say Hello, Vanessa by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (mouse)
Vashti--The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Veronica-- Veronica by Roger Duvoisin; Veronica on Petunia's Farm by Roger Duvoisin (hippo)
Victoria--Victoria Flies High by Becky Ayres

Z
Zoe--Zoe and the Fawn by Catherine Jameson

Don't see your child's name listed? Let me know what you are looking for and I'll see what I can find! Also, if you know of any good books with your child's name in it, leave a comment and let me know!

14 comments:

oh amanda {impress your kids} said...

What about the Lyddie book we found the other day? She was a maid or child slave or something right? *sigh*

Ticia said...

No W names? :)
My kids fight over Bible stories with their names. I'm trying to think of some good ones.

Jane and the Dragon is a good story with a girl's name. We just got that from the library recently (thinking of buying it for my Mom named Jane).

Phyllis said...

No books with boy's names?

Mandy said...

Gracie & Grandma and the itsy, bitsy seed by Iben Sandemose. Just did a quick search in the Library catalog and found this book...requested it so we will see if it's any good!

Nico said...

No Juliet books? I came across your blog last week via ohdeedoh and have been a little freaked out ever since. Our 15m old daughter's name is Juliette and our #2 name (and the one we will use if our next child is a girl) is Lucia. I just wanted to say, get out of my head! :)

I love your blog and am now an avid follower. We read about a hundred books a day (J knows that no one ever says no to a book) and love the inspiration and suggestions!

April said...

The other day at the library, I spotted Annabel Again by Janice Boland from across the room. My daughter's name is Anabel but its close enough. Its about a pig though...I don't know if girls named Annabel would like having the same name as a pig. My daughter didn't seem to mind. My niece's name is Mya but I got her a book called All by Myself by Ivan Bates, about an elephant named Maya who wants to do everything by herself.

April said...

By the way, I will be sure to remember to contribute to your list when I am out looking for books!

Anonymous said...

My daughters names are Eliana and Sarah-Ann. They often go by Ella and Sarah though. When we found the book Ella Sarah gets dressed several years ago, my girls thought it was the coolest thing. We have a tendency to read Harriet you drive me wild more frequently though, substituting my children's names instead :-)

Lindsey said...

This is such a cool idea, and list of books! Thanks for putting it together!

My daughter's name is Jaedyn but her middle name is Emma so I could always go with that. :)

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Phyllis--I'm working on the boys list--it may take awhile for me to get it posted, though! This list has taken a year to compile so far!!

Nico--That is crazy about our name choices. :) I actually don't have any Juliet books! I am constantly on the search, but the only one I know of is the Shakespeare play and it's a bit tragic for a three-year-old, I think. :) At least she'll have one when she gets older...

Thanks to everyone for sharing your book suggestions! I will be looking for them at the library!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I remember reading your post a year ago about the name books. Thanks for compiling such a useful list. I'll keep an eye out for name books we like for you.

CK said...

WHAT. A. GREAT. IDEA!!! Unfortunately, however, my kids aren't on the list. I guess they have a little less common names: Lina and Cassa Marie. Ya. Might not find 'em. HEY! I could write/illustrate a book with their names!!!
Thank you!
-CK

Miss G said...

I am looking for a book with the name Ava for a friend. I have given her other two kids name books - Clara and Asha and Beckett (about a panda). Now I need an Ava. :) Any ideas? Kelly

Katharine said...

Sophie - When Sophie Gets Angry - Very, Very Angry

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