Early Reader Books - 10 Favorite Bedtime Books

Normally we do four favorites but it was too hard to pick just a few when we had so many great ones to share. Every night we have a story time, whether we're home or away, on the road in a car or snuggled into bed, Pie picks three for Pops McGops to read and one for herself. Since we do our reading during the day for school or just because, I get to do the songs.  Some may find our bedtime routine a little extreme... Some nights it feels that way, especially when she pulls out all her favorite stalling tactics.  However, it's a part of our lives we've come to embrace and none of us would have it any other way.  

Today we're sharing 10 (well, 11 really) favorite story books we happen to own, though there are plenty of others we regularly check out of our local library
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1 - The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

We have literally been reading this book to her since she was born, perhaps even before then.  It's a quick little book that she can now read herself and was one of the first ones she tried on her own. I'm sure it helped that she had the entire book memorized.  If you're looking for a book to gift for new parents, we highly recommend this one.

2 - Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

If you haven't heard of the Llama Llama books yet, go to your library and get one! They're adorable, funny, cute, and usually have a bit of a lesson for your kids. Like not being dramatic at bedtime... cough. cough... 
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3 - Just Go to Bed by Mercer Mayer

Another parent favorite is this classic from Mercer Mayer because... Seriously... Just GO to bed. Stalling is one of our most common occurrences and this book makes light of that very thing. It makes us smile for a moment before we get to the point of yelling. And that point comes. Often. 
4 - Roar of a Snore by Marsha Diane Arnold

I'll admit this is one of my favorites. There have been times when it was not requested and I read it anyway because I like it. The rhythm and rhyme of this book is catchy and I think it's cute. So Pie gets to listen to it whether she wants to or not. 
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5 - I'll See You in the Morning by Mike Jolley and Mique Moriuchi

A sweet book that was great for those years of separation anxiety and still holds a little spot in our hearts now. It's a short one that we've read for a long time. Besides it's loving message, it's fantastically illustrated. 
 
6 - Panda Whispers by Mary Beth Owens

We're an animal-book loving family and that's one of the reasons this book made the list. Another is that it's a quiet and calm book that helps bring down the craziness of the day at bedtime. If you've got an animal lover, like Pie, you might love this one too. 
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7 - How Do You Say Good Night? By Raina Moore

Another beautifully illustrated book with a sweet and loving message. We've been a fan of this one for a long time too. What more do you need than momma and baby animals saying goodnight?  
8 - Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch

There are some classics that just transcend time and generations. You've seen this book appear of another of our lists. This book was one of Pie's favorites to read on her own when she started. It was one of ours when we were kids too. While it may not be about going to bed, it does make a good bedtime story.  
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9 - Lull-a-bye, Little One by Dianne Ochiltree

I love this book, it's cute, short, and rhymes. Three things that are perfect for bedtime. Now we are reading chapter books at most bedtimes, I don't mind going back to these bedtime favorites every now and again. This one is always on my list. 
10 - Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton

We're huge Sandra Boynton fans. She has a knack for being silly and making us laugh. She even has some CD's that go along with her books. And we lovesinging the silly songs from any of them. Funny animals getting ready for bed, perfect for our little goofball. 
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11 - A bonus book of short stories! 

Snoozers by Sandra Boynton

This isn't really a story book, it's a bunch of short stories that are just as silly as the rest of Boyton's books. And as it says right there on the cover, it's for lively little kids. It's rare our Pie is anything but lively.  We probably will always sing the silly lullaby from time to time. 
There's a chance if we had the time to stop at the library and pick up only our favorite bedtime stories this list could go on for pages and pages. There are so many awesome bedtime stories for kids. We're really looking forward to sharing more of our favorites, look for more favorite stories coming soon. We're always looking for more great bedtime stories!  Share with us your favorite bedtime books to read with your child. What are your favorite bedtime stories?

 

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