Reading Together

Bedtime Stories

Posted on: March 13, 2009


The best time to read together with your child is while putting them to bed.   It is a great way to wind down from the day.  If you’ve been too busy to sit down and read all day, make reading at bedtime a habit and part of your child’s bedtime routine.  This way you make sure you are reading to your child atleast once every day.  

 The image of a child nestled snug in their bed while an adult reads to them is classic and may be one of the reasons why I wanted to have children.  Reading a story or two at bedtime to my delightful two year old is my favorite time of day.  I recently discovered a wonderful new bedtime book called Sleepsong by George Ella Lyon.  It has wonderful rhythm and begs to be read in a soft soothing voice.  There is music that the author wrote as well but just reading it aloud makes for a wonderful bedtime experience.    The illustrations by Peter Catalanotto depict a child getting ready for bed on the top half of each full page spread while the bottom half are whimsical  renderings of animals going to sleep. The illustrations set the mood for going to bed each night. 

 Here some of my other bedtime favorites.  Keep in mind that some of these you will be asked to read again and again.  I now have Goodnight Moon memorized because I have read it so much.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea

Goodnight, Goodnight Sleepyhead  by Ruth Krauss

I Love You, Good Night by Jon Buller and Susan Schade

Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems

SSsssshh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Markes


2 Responses to "Bedtime Stories"

Great blog, I will add it to my subscriptions and I hope that you will keep it up! Some of the books that you listed are favorites in our house as well. My daugher has always enjoyed Sandra Boynton’s The Going to Bed Book.

Thanks for the encouragement. My daughter likes Sandra Boynton’s books too!

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