If only every Sleepys Mattress Warranty (see here) included a guarantee that your child would go to sleep quickly, we’d all have a great night’s sleep. Yet reading a great book to your child right before bed can be almost as good if you have a great story!
After asking hundreds of mom’s Parents Magazine listed these 11 all time favorite bedtime storybooks to read to your kids:
1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Every child can relate to the mis-behaving boy who sails away to a place of monsters. Full of whimsy adventure and ending happily, this is an all time fav.
2. Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Combining lots of humor with tender moments, Splat the cat is a funny hero with all kinds of antics that help lesson anxiety about school.
3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
This book is a classic, providing a demonstration in early word and color recognition.
4. Skippyjon Jones by Judy Scachner
Another book about a kitty, Skippyjon is a hilarious and energetic cat full of adventures. He stars in a series of fun and lively books.
5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Most of us can remember having this book read to us. It’s a calming tale about a little rabbit saying goodnight to the items in his room. Fun to read with its rhymes and illustrations.
6. Pajama Time by Sandra Bounton
Make bedtime into a pajama party with this bouncy fun little book.
7. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
So easy to read, this book shows off an imaginative world under the water. It’s Dr. Seuss style rhyming that we all love.
8. I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore
Kids love to relate to this book about a child trying to delay bedtime by asking questions to his mom about how she loves him. Fun for both parents and children to read.
9. Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
What do you get when you have too many pink cupcakes? Why a case of Pinkitis of course! You will have to add some healthy food in your diet quickly. A fun delightful book.
10. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Some of the sweetest illustrations are in this charming tale. It’s about a little bunny and his parent having a contest of how much they love each other. Very sweet, and it ends in falling asleep.
11. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
When it’s baby llama’s time for bed, he’s not ready to leave him mommy. He has all these worries about where she would be gone to. Then she returns reassuring him that she is always near. This is a comforting story, perfect for bedtime.