Even as an infant, Alia has her favorites when it comes to books – Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann, Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr., and From Head to Toe by Eric Carle to name a few. This very first book review will be on our bedtime stories.
I have a book bin in Alia’s room which consists of books that we read before going to bed. We read 2 books before she sleeps (I put a limit now or otherwise it’ll be a never ending read aloud :p). I try to keep the books short and simple, and if possible bedtime related stories. Here are her favorites as of 15 months old (hehehe):
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow: Among the Five Little Monkeys book series, this is definitely our favorite! Alia’s favorite part is when the doctor said, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” and she’d wave her finger at me :p
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: Even though this book doesn’t have the best illustrations (What’s with the green and orange colors??!!) and the rhyme scheme is a little off (Goodnight comb. Goodnight brush. Goodnight nobody. Goodnight mush), I still think that it’s a special bedtime story. We say goodnight to the things on the book, and you end it by saying goodnight to each other.
One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor Pinczes: This is the longest book that we currently have in our bin, but for some reason, she seems to like this best. The littlest ant told the other 99 ants to line up a certain way so they’d get to the picnic faster – which is better, 2 rows of 50 or 10 rows of 10? Alia seems to like the illustrations of different animals carrying food from the picnic.
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton: I read this book to Alia since she was 2 months old and it never gets old. Now we’d stop and “talk” about the pictures like how they do exercise AFTER they took a bath, for instance hehehe.
Now we also have Llama Llama Nighty Night by Anna Dewdney, 10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann. I’m always on the look out for great children’s books, so share with us you and your child’s favorite bedtime stories! 😀