Thursday, August 27, 2015

Our Favorite Bedtime Books


Nothing says "good night" quite like snuggling up with your little one and a good bedtime book. If you've spent much time around here, you know we are avid readers. Here are our family favorites, a few I'm sure you're familiar with, as well as several more obscure titles.

William and the Night Train by Mij Kelly and Allison Jay. The soothing, rhythmic words simply roll off your tongue as you read. No one wants to climb aboard the train to tomorrow as desperately as "wide awake William." Kids will relate to the eager anticipation for tomorrow, so non-conducive to sleep.

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue and Pamela Zagarenski. The illustrations in this Caldecott winning title are superb. The princess isn't tired- but that's okay, her parents assure her. She just has to brush her teeth, and wash her face, and change into pajamas...

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems. Anything by Mo Willems is golden, of course... but this particular Pigeon book is a stand-out. Very funny, and very fun for parents and kids.

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. The sweet classic in which a way-too-sleepy zookeeper locks up the zoo for the night... rather sloppily.

Pajama Time! by Sandra Boynton. This is my just-turned-two year old son's personal favorite. He quotes lines frequently, much to our amusement. And I can't blame him- it has quite a catchy beat to it! Snuggle Puppy is another Sandra Boynton title that, although not specifically designed for bedtime, is sweet to snuggle up with at the end of a long day. Again pretty much anything by this author is a gold mine.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd. What bedtime book list would be complete without Goodnight Moon? Probably the first board book my daughter memorized, it will always hold a special place in this mama's heart. No American childhood is complete without it.

What bedtime books do your kiddos adore? 

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