My favorite part of our routine are the bedtime books. The 4 of us sit on a double-wide rocker and snuggle while we read. It’s heavenly, and I think we’d all agree that reading helps the kids to unwind. Bedtime books have to meet certain criteria, which don’t apply to our daytime books. In our house, bedtime books must:
- Be short (patience runs thin by bedtime)
- Be calming
- Have fantastic images to keep the attention of tired toddlers
At this age (22 months), the following are our top 5 favorite bedtime books:
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear – This book hypnotizes the boys. The repetitiveness helps them to zone out, and it’s been a favorite in this house for over a year. When we travel, this is one book we always pack.
- Digger Dog – We were first introduced to Digger Dog at our local library Storytime. They almost always choose this as one of their two books to read. Dig dig dig!
- Stanley’s Garage – Oh, Stanley. With simple illustrations and lots of cars, how could this not be a big seller?
- Tacky the Penguin – Sunriiiiiiiise on the icebeeeeeerg. Hooooow many toes does a fiiiiiiish have?
- The Going-To-Bed Book – We like all of the Sandra Boynton books. They’re short, fun and perfect for small hands to hold. If you’re also a fan of her books, try the boxed set.
To give you a glimpse into these books, these are our favorite pages from each one. Check out the huge dinosaur that Digger Dog dug up! Somehow it’s always a surprise when we get to that page.