Bedtime stories can be the bane of a parent’s existence. Reading to your child is a wonderful thing for many reasons, but many books aimed at kids are likely to put mom or dad to sleep long before the little one.
There are some fantastic books that are wonderful at any age, and will hopefully help mitigate the sting of having your child pick one of them that needs to be read at least once a night – FOREVER.
Is Your Mama a Llama is my husband’s favorite read aloud book for little ones. He reads the whole thing in a ridiculous accent, and has as much fun as the kids (maybe more). A silly little rhyming book, and very sweet. You can also go for the Llama LLama series, by Anna Dewdney if you’re a llama fan – and who isn’t?
I love Chester. I would buy these books with or without children. Mélanie Watt set out to write a book about a mouse… until Chester the cat got his paws on the manuscript. Chester is the spiritual twin of my orange tabby Beaker.
Click Clack Moo is the story of cows who are unhappy with their working conditions – and they’re not going to take it any more. One of my regular customers works for a union, and this is her standard baby gift for all her coworkers’ baby showers.
The bus driver is leaving the bus for his break – and his parting works are… Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Now, it’s on you to avert disaster. I love Mo Willems illustrations, and his pigeon with the anger management issues.
The Practical Princess and Other Liberating Fairy Tales is still a book I love reading. With heroines who solve problems with their smarts, and don’t just fall for the prince automatically, these are well told and just great. I had a hard time finding this, and had to get a used copy.