Lulling your children into dreamland can be quite the daunting task. Some days my sweet one goes down without a fight, but other nights—it can be off-the-charts drama. Most nights, my hubby takes on book time so I can steal away for a shower or to make dinner. This time is so special for my daughter and her Daddy. I love watching the smiles, giggles, and snuggles—they totally melt my heart!
Here are a seven of our family’s favorite bedtime stories:
On the Night You Were Born, by Nancy Tillman
Oh my goodness, this book has the potential to create a real sob fest for parents! Both my husband and I can hardly start reading this story to our daughter without sprouting tears. I love the way Nancy Tillman goes straight to the heart by identifying what a celebration being ‘the one and only ever you’ truly is. To me, this is the heart-song of parenting: to leave our children knowing how fearfully and wonderfully made they are.
The Napping House, by Audrey Wood
Though my house is more like The Crazy House, I relish the idea of living in The Napping House. Seriously, though, a house where EVERYONE is sleeping—um, that would be a sanctuary! This book is a classic and I remember loving it when my Momma read it to me. The colors are vibrant, the illustrations are beautiful, and the story is catchy and cute.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
Who doesn’t like Eric Carle’s books? The colors, the cutouts, the shapes—everything is just incredible. My little one will sit and stare at this book all on her own, because it is REALLY that cool! Eric Carle has offered me some moments of peace and sanity time and time again. I have managed to unload the dishwasher in the amount of time this book has entertained my little plum. For sleep or play, this story is a gem!
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
This is the bedtime story that I find myself randomly quoting throughout the day. I love the concept of going through the house and saying goodnight. Maybe if I did this, I might sleep better? Who knows, but the point is, Margret Wise Brown is really onto something with her lovely book. Goodnight Moon has been cherished by countless readers and will continue to be a favorite for years to come.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff
I totally feel like the mouse most of the time. I drink my coffee and then I want a scone to go with it, or I eat some chips and all I want is a chocolate bar to counteract the massive amounts of sodium I just ingested. All that to say, here is a children’s bedtime story that is entertaining to both parent and child alike. Ok- well, it is at least entertaining to the adults in my house.
Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch
I am prepared to throw out a major *spoiler alert: this book is a total tearjerker. I still cry whenever I see the toilet paper rolls in the bathroom and the story pops into my head. Even so, Robert Munsch has written a message that is so important for our kids to hear—we will absolutely love them FOREVER.
Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
Little Nut Brown Hare is so freaking cute and I definitely get a real kick out of calling my husband “Big Nutbrown Hare.” This story is precious and the illustrations are just adorable. The story is sweet and sing-songy, so I definitely encourage you to add your own inspired songs to this one. Although I do find myself from time to time saying, “Guess how much I’ll love you, if you JUST GO TO SLEEP!” Enough said.