Choosing the Right Book for Bedtime
What Should I Read Aloud? by Nancy A. Anderson (University of South Florida – Tampa) is a great book for use by parents and teachers seeking books to read to preschool through second grade level children with entertaining story-telling and the joys of reading. Of special value are the first two chapters devoted to providing advice on how to best share books with young children and how to help children to develop and practice their own reading skills while doing so.
Nancy believes that
“Bedtime and books go together like milk and cookies. There is no better way for a parent, grandparent, or babysitter to get a child settled into bed than to pull out a favorite picture book. Then, instead of bedtime becoming something for children to dread and fight against, it becomes an enjoyable time when the parent and child can unwind and be close to each other. Often young children will drift off to sleep with happy characters and thoughts on their minds to dream about. As they get older, be prepared for them to negotiate for you to read “just one more book, pleeeease!”
Here is a list of some of my favorite books to read at bedtime:
1. The Goodnight Train by June Sobel
2. Twinkle, Twinkle Time for Bed by Caroline Williams
3. The Going To Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
4. Hush Little Baby by Sylvia Long
5. Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest
6. The Prince Won’t Go to Bed by Dayle Ann Dodds
7. The Boy Who Wouldn’t Go to Bed by Helen Cooper
8. Ruthie Bon Bair: Do Not Go To Bed With Wringing Wet Hair by Susan Lubner and Bruce Whatley
What are your bedtime routines?
What are your favorite books to read at bedtime?
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