Some of these books are classics, others are just our favorite finds that I love to share with people. I love great art - the whimsical animals of Bedtime Hullaballo, the fantastical images of The Tickle Tree and the creative collages of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
Many of these books we have read so often that we know them word for word, even 2 year old Camden. We discovered them through our local library. When we didn't want to take them back, and then borrowed them subsequent times, we occasionally decide to add some of our favorites to our permanent collection.
If Animals Kissed Goodnight
by Ann Whitford Paul, illustrated by David Walker
The rhythm and rhyme make for a great read. Kids really enjoy seeing how animals may kiss goodnight - they even like to try some of the methods out!
Ann Whitford Paul must adore a good bedtime story, because she has written other great bedtime books: Snail's Good Night, Little Monkey Says Good Night, and Owl at Night
Of course, I must mention Bedtime Hullaballoo by David Conway, illustrated by Charles Fuge - from our favorite author/illustrator. Also from Charles Fuge: I Know A Rhino and This Is The Way - these and If Animals Kissed Goodnight all are creative takes on childrens' stuffed animal friends. See more about these books in my first post - Our Absolute Favorite Author/Illustrator.
We love Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Kate Toms
The hand-stitched illustrations from Kate Toms are so creatively crafted, any of her books are worth checking out. The added verses to this very traditional tune are wonderful as well.
The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
We love alphabet books and this is an excellent one! Reinforce learning the ABC's while putting them to sleep. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written.
The Tickle Tree
by Chae Strathie, illustrated by Poly Bernatene
Before I go to sleep
by Ronne Randall and Tony Kerins
by David Ezra Stein
by Karma Wilson, illustrated by John Segal
Best Bedtime Classics:
Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram
by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
The Napping House
by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood
Some nights when we need extra calming activities we have found wonderful interactive bedtime stories for our iPad: Goodnight Safari, Grolly's Animal Adventures, Miss Spider's Bedtime Story, and Nighty Night! HD. You can find more information about these on my page Best Learning Books & App's.
We love new books at our house - if you love any other literature on this topic, please share!