One of my favorite bonding rituals that I have with my daughter is reading to her before we go to bed. As a self confessed bibliophile, I knew that it was important to share my love of books with my child. Before she was even old enough to focus on the pictures, I’ve read to her and the sound of my voice was a calming implement in getting her to sleep. Now that she is older, she picks out her own books to read at night but every once and awhile she still grabs for these favorites from her infancy.
I can’t say enough about the books by Leslie Patricelli. We were fortunate enough to be gifted her book “Big Little” and my daughter loved it so much that I knew I had to acquire all of her books for her. Babies just love to look at other babies and that’s where Leslie Patricelli nails it. The wording is simple and the illustrations are adorable.
I absolutely adore all of the books from the Little Owl series. The illustrations are unique enough to grab any child’s attention and the stories are very sweet. In this story the little owl wakes up as the rest of the world is falling asleep and he checks on his friends in the middle of the night. It’s a beautiful little book.
This book is very close to my heart now after having my daughter. She made me read her this story every night for close to two months just after she turned one. I had to repurchase it after she ruined her first copy and I even bought one to put away in her memory box. I highly recommend getting it for your Littles!
Goodnight Moon is a classic! Simply put, it is poetic. My daughter reads this on her own constently and can even nail most of the words on her own now. This book is a perfect gift for baby showers and new Mothers. (I’m pretty sure that’s how we acquired our copy!)
I really love the illustrations in this book. They are so delicate and charming. I found that this book was a little too wordy to catch my daughter’s interest when she started learning to talk but she loved the pictures when she was little. I’m sure that we’ll be dusting this book off again soon enough.
Who doesn’t love Curious George? I absolutely adore the new movies that are out now and so does my daughter. The animation is soft and comforting. After watching the movies half a dozen times with my little I knew that it was time to start getting her some of the books. Most of the Curious George series is better for children ages 3-5 but this book is simple and easy to read with your little ones under the age of 3.
If you are in the mood for a good cry and a book that will tug at your heart strings, you need to pick up Love You Forever. It goes through the life cycle of one Mother and her little boy, from when he was a child to when his mother is too old to care for herself. The story line is endearing and it will captivate your soul any time you read it.
On a more fun note, check out the Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton. The books in this series are really entertaining and whimsical! You follow the bedtime routine of a bunch of animals who are living on a boat together. It’s clever, good humored and always a hit at bedtime.
All of Mercer Mayer’s books are classics but this one happens to be one of my favorites. My daughter pretty much came out of the womb serious and stubborn so I think that she really relates to the main character in these books. (If your Little is like this too, I also highly suggest I Was So Mad) Considering when these books were released I think that the illustrations have held up pretty well too. They are really intricate!
That’s all I have for our list for the Best Bedtime Books for Babies! What books do you like to read to your kids at night? Do you have any gems that might have been left off? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time Kangas! Stay strong, radiate positivity and love fiercely.