Do you remember as a child when your parents would read to you before bed?
In part, it helped you develop – learning new words and growing your imagination – but it also helped you to get to sleep at night.
I always remember my mom reading to me…
A few of our favorites were: Goodnight Moon or Love You Forever:
“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always. As long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.”
That is undoubtedly the most recognized quote from the book, Love You Forever, and probably one that many of you have heard…
For me, I still think of that quote from time to time – even as a 22-year-old who is married and lives a 24-hour drive away from my mom now. It is special to me as it reminds me of being young, spending quality time with my mom, and it also reminds me of the love she has for me.
While it might be a quote from a book, it is one that she read with pure confidence that she meant it.
So, while reading to your baby is important in their development, it also plays a vital role in the act of bonding.
A few of the best bedtime books for babies include:
Seuss’s Sleep Book
Dr. Seuss is an iconic author of children’s books and he has one for just about every occasion. The classic, rhyming picture book starts with a small bug who is getting very sleepy. Of course, he yawns, and this sets off a chain reaction – making all those around him sleepy. With nods to snoring, sleepwalking, and alarm clocks, this bedtime story celebrates everything related to sleep.
This American picture book was published in 1947 and remains a highly acclaimed and classic example of a bedtime story. The rhyming poem continues through the main characters ritual of saying “goodnight” to various objects – both living and inanimate. Say goodnight to your child and just about everything in sight with this classic.
Llama Llama Red Pajama
This fun and easy-to-read aloud book doesn’t miss a beat! It follows the little Llama as he lies awake in bed, scared, while listening to his mother do the dishes and talk on the phone. Find out if he will ever be able to get some sleep in his red pajamas.
Bedtime for Frances
Your toddler is not the only one sporting those bedtime delay tactics which are both funny and utterly exhausting. Check out this minimalist illustration and follow Frances as she delays her bedtime.
Time for Bed
Who doesn’t love cozy scenes of sweet, baby animals snuggled up with their mothers? I think even as an adult that might put me right to sleep. Time for Bed couples those dreamy scenes with a musical and to top it all off, it is fun-to-read. Appropriately, the book concludes with a human mother and her child.
Hush Little Baby
The lyrics of this classic lullaby bring to life the bedtime rituals of a sweet little bear in his striped pajamas.
The Going to Bed Book
What better of a book than one that describes the activity itself?
This short and fun read is great for every night of the year, for years to come. It features animal passengers aboard a large ocean liner and follows them as they brush their teeth, change into their pajamas, and, of course, exercise, before winding down for bed.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
This is yet another classic lullaby that will have you singing right along to it. In addition to getting you in the mood for a lullaby, the book puts the classic song to gorgeous paintings of an ideal nighttime world.
Touch the Brightest Star
This interactive bedtime story is a great way to help your child wind down in an orderly fashion. As they press a firefly, pat a deer, and blow a breeze, they never even have to leave their bed.
If your child is curious about what happens in the zoo after dark, this book is sure to grab their attention! In this bedtime story, a gorilla escapes from his cage and follows the zookeeper around at bedtime, letting all the other animals out, too!
What are your favorite bedtime stories to read to your child? Let us know in the comments!