Family Bonding with Bedtime Books
By Barbara Bietz — Bedtime rituals are especially important for today’s busy families.
Youngsters need to make the transition from active play to a quiet, restful mood. From soothing rhythmic poetry to playful prose, every family needs an assortment of bedtime books in their collection.
Sleepy Time by Gyo Fujikawa is a classic board book that will engage any toddler. Even on the go two year olds will be entranced by the charming images of babies preparing for bed.
The beautiful illustrations of animals preparing to sleep in their own provide a sense of sweet comfort for little ones. Sleepy Time was originally published in the 1970’s and may be familiar to some parents, adding to its family appeal.
The Goodnight Train by June Sobel and Laura Huliska-Beith offers soothing rhyme that takes little listeners on a gentle ride through magical tunnels and bridges. The rhythmic language creates a cocoon of coziness that will rock kids to sleep. The illustrations of a fantasy dreamland are chock full of pastel details that will delight youngsters. The Goodnight Train is a perfect selection for future train engineers, but will be equally enchanting to young princesses!
Max and Ruby’s Bedtime Book by Rosemary Wells is sure to be a hit with Max and Ruby fans, which included just about everybody! In this delightful trio of stories, Grandma shares tales about Max and Ruby. The antics of the bunny siblings are ever amusing and the stories grandma shares are no exception. From the time Ruby and her friend played restaurant, to the occasion when Max was a hero, and more. The interaction between Grandma, Max, and Ruby makes this a perfect bedtime story for a grandparent to read. The familiar characters are no doubt a comfort to kids at bedtime. After a few readings, it will seem like Max and Ruby are part of the family.
Remember – Bedtime reading is not just for toddlers and pre-readers. Nighttime reading is great for older kids, too. Even if your kids have outgrown feet pajamas, keep reading! Grab a copy of the latest middle grade novel and curl up the kids for bedtime books.