Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Favorite bedtime stories

Happy National Young Readers day!!

Casper Sleep is a new company that makes American made, ship to your door memory foam mattresses. They are celebrating National Young Readers Day by combining their two favorite things, comfortable beds and books. So....

Yaaaaaaawn, smack smack

...let’s talk favorite bedtime stories!

Mommy Mine (written by Tim Warnes, illustrated by Jane Chapman) was one of my kids’ favorites! It shows a bunch of different animal moms with their little animal babies– beautifully illustrated, and snuggling together. Not only is it sweet and gets kids calm and ready for bed, but it shows that every mom is different, and that your own mom is special and perfect for you.

Between the ages of about 1 and 8, My middle child was a HUGE dinosaur enthusiast. So we pretty much all turned into a dinosaur family (partly because it was impossible not to). Our very favorite picture books EVER is Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp (written by Carol Diggory Shields, illustrated by Scott Nash). This book is so very much fun to read out loud! The words are fun and catchy and completely stand on their own, yet are brought to life so colorfully and fun (as evidenced by this awesome cover!). And, of course, at the end of the fun, the dinosaurs all fall fast asleep in the swamp (where they’re still asleep today). I love this book so very much.

And, because– dinosaurs!– another bedtime favorite was How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.) The first half of the book shows what dinosaurs would look like throwing the same type of tantrums that toddlers/preschoolers do when it’s bedtime (which is hilarious!), then it shows how dinosaurs really fall asleep— like perfect little examples.

What are some of your favorite bedtime picture books?


Jenilyn Collings said...

I love SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE DINOSAUR STOMP! That's one of my very favorite picture books. Definitely one that I never minded reading over and over and over. I also really like Kevin Henkes' books, like Owen and Wemberley Worried, and Sandra Boyton's books are awesome.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Dinosaur tantrums?! Jane and Mark's book sounds like a hoot. I had a book of nursery rhymes I really liked.

Tammy Theriault said...

I'm always up for new books for the kids! thanks for the recs girlie :D

Cynthia said...

Before bedtime, my kids have been enjoying Good Night, Good Night Construction Site and a new book called Sleepyheads.

Emily R. King said...

There's something about dinosaurs that never gets old! I'm a fan of Good Night Gorilla. My kids have destroyed two of those board books, they love them so much.