Our bedtime routine usually consist of bath time, brushing our teeth, story time, talking about our day, prayer, and lastly, tucking the kiddos in. I am a working mama and I am very tired on most days. So there are days that we might skip one or two things. But I always try to remind myself that they are only going to be little for such a short period of time and that I really need to cherish these moments. Despite how tired I am, I love bedtime stories so I always try to at least read one book.
Over the past month, my three year old has been making me read him two or three books at night. He has his favorites picked out already and when story time is around the corner, he will usually say something like this:
“Mommy, tonight you will read to me and Lucas the Sleepy Time book, On Mothers Lap and the Bible book”
Who can say no to such a demanding preschooler?
Here is an image of my failed attempt to make a heart out of our favorite books:
- Owl Babies by Martin Waddell: This book is about three owl babies who’s mother left their nest and they FREAKED OUT. The youngest owl is constantly saying he misses his mommy as the two older siblings try to figure out where the mother could have gone. In the end, the mother returns and is confused as to why her children panicked. She reassured them that she will always come back.
- Sleepy Time by the Me Reader Jr. Sesame Street Set: This one has to be read every night. My kids love it! It talks about Elmo’s bedtime routine which is very similar to my own children’s routine (which is why I think they love it so much). In the end, it has a small poem called The Man on the Moon. I personally like it because I can read it in less than five minutes on a day that I am extra tired and I won’t feel guilty for not reading them a book.
- Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger: There is not a lot of reading when it comes to this book. I am not exactly sure what the author’s intention was by leaving most pages without words. However, I use it as an opportunity to make up a story with the little ones. The overall point of Grandfather Twilight is a story about an elderly man who get’s up from bed, puts the moon in the sky and then goes back to bed. Sounds odd when I put it that way. But trust me, it’s a favorite.
- On the Farm by the Me Reader Jr. Sesame Street Set: My boys LOVE animals and my youngest is just learning how to talk. This book is especially fun for him because he enjoys making the animal sounds every time we turn the page.
- On Mother’s Lap by Ann Herbert Scott: This book should have been number one but we are going by the order of my discombobulated heart. So number 5 will do. On Mother’s Lap is my personal favorite daily because I hope my children always find comfort in my arms or in this case, on my lap. This book talks about a little boy named Michael who wants to sit on his mothers lap. But he also wants to keep bringing his toys on the rocking chair with his mother. Towards the middle on the book, Michaels younger brother wakes up and the mother went to go get the baby. Michael got frustrated and said there won’t be room for him, all the toys and now the baby. The mother smiled and said “let’s see”. At the end of the book, Michael tell his mother that it feels good to be all together on her lap. She reassures him that “there is always room on mother’s lap”. Awwwwwww!
- Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton: Today my three year old told us that he would like to be a pilot when he grows up. The kid loves airplanes! This book talks about the flight process of a commercial airplane. From when passengers board to when they pick up their luggages at their destination.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault: To the mothers who have this book, please tell me I am not the only one who changes this song because I can’t ever remember the rhythm. Tell me I am not alone. Anyway, this book is great for our alphabet learners. It talks about all the letters of the alphabet climbing a tree and then they all fall off and then A invites them all to climb right back on. Now that I think about it, letter A is a bad influence.
- A Cuddle for Little Duck by Claire Freedman: This book talks about the daily adventures of little duck. It is a rhyming story filled with warm illustrations that littles ones enjoy.
- Read to me Toddlers Bible: We usually pick one random story from this book and I will read the brief description. Read to me Toddlers Bible is filled with great illustrations so that young ones could easily understand the stories in each page. This book also has a carrying handle!
And that is the end of our favorite list of bed time stories. We are constantly on the look out for new books so please comment if you know of any other fun bedtime stories. And also let me know if you like any of these books and how do your children react to them!
Until next time!
a loving mama