How is bedtime in your family? Slowing things down with a before-bed book might wrap the evening up nicely and prepare your child for a night of rest. The soothing sound of your voice can lull him or her to sleep, while the magical story you read may inspire fun dreams.
But what makes a good bedtime story? When selecting a book to read before bed, try looking for a slow-moving tale with relaxing illustrations and themes appropriate for your child’s age. Adventurous, overly exciting, or scary tales may be best saved for another time. Need a few ideas? Check out these seven books perfect for bedtime.
1. Goodnight Moon
With its soothing illustrations, and slow, repetitive cadence, there’s a reason this children’s book is such a classic. Help your children say goodnight to the room, the red balloon, and – of course – the moon, with this childhood classic written by Margaret Wise Brown.
2. Where The Wild Things Are
Inspire magical and creative dreams with Where the Wild Things Are. Your child can meet Max and see where his wild behavior takes him, all while enjoying the beloved words and illustrations by Maurice Sendak.
3. The Runaway Bunny
Engulf his or her imagination in the dreamy drawings of The Runaway Bunny. Author Margaret Wise Brown and illustrator Clement Hurd remind young readers of the strength and perseverance of a mother’s love.
4. Harold and the Purple Crayon
Follow along as Harold draws his own imaginary world. But what happens when he wishes to return to his bed? This sweet story by Crockett Johnson is sure to spark the imagination while setting the tone for sleep.
5. Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me
Learn about the lunar cycle while enjoying a visually stunning story of father and daughter. Written and illustrated by Eric Carle, this book features fold-out pages for a more interactive experience.
6. Are You My Mother?
Join Baby Bird’s journey to find his mother. Is it a cat? A cow? A dog? Charming illustrations and a sweet story make this P.D. Eastman classic a forever favorite.
Will tonight be a one-story night or a three-story night? This collection by Sandra Boynton features seven petite stories, so you can choose how many to tell.
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