|We love many, many bedtime stories, |
but WHERE DO DIGGERS SLEEP AT NIGHT?
is sort of a favorite around here.
Don't know why? ;o)
Bedtime stories are such an easy and wonderful way to keep reading fun for young readers.
But a recent study showed that many kids and parents are not cuddling up with bedtime stories on a regular basis (or even at all). So, for today's "Keep Reading Fun Day", I want to talk about the many benefits of bedtime stories (and to list just a few of our favorites)!:
1. They are the perfect cuddle time at the end of a day! There is nothing better than cuddling up with a favorite (or often many favorite) bedtime books!
2. The repetition of these bedtime favorites helps build an early love of reading. This is so fun to see happening with my little guy right now. He asks for his favorites again and again (and when I've read them to him as many times as I possibly could before we must turn out the lights, he loves to keep them close to himself in bed and look at them as he goes to sleep.)
3. Bedtime stories are a wonderfully easy way to make sure we always fit in our daily-read alouds. Even though regular read-alouds are super-important for young readers, it can be ever so easy to miss fitting them in when things get busy. When they're part of a regular bedtime routine, these importanT read-alouds will never be missed! (Of course we always make sure to fit them in as many other places in the day as we can too. :o) )
And now for just a few of our bedtime favorites:
TEN LITTLE FINGERS AND TEN LITTLE TOES
by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury.
Oh my! This book is just so very beautiful and so peaceful and calming to read at bed time. My little guy asks for it again and again!
NIGHT-NIGHT, FOREST FRIENDS by Annie Bach
The illustrations in this recently released board book are so very beautiful! Another favorite around here. I especially love the inclusion of the one animal who does not go to sleep at night. Very calming.
BABY DANCE by Ann Taylor and Marjorie van Heerden
We found this book on our most recent trip to the library and my little guy loves it. It is meant to be sung and I have sung it to him so many times that he is now singing it with me.
GOODNIGHT MOON by Margaret Wise Brown
Like many parents I'm sure, I have this book completely memorized. I read it to my oldest and my youngest every night for years. A bedtime classic!
TIME FOR BED by Mem Fox and Jane Dyer
Another one that we read every night for years. So beautifully calming as each animal gets put to sleep.
WHERE DO DIGGERS SLEEP AT NIGHT? by Brianna Caplan Sayres and Christian Slade
Yes, I couldn't leave out this bedtime favorite! Especially good for truck loving little ones. :o) My little guy really does love it for a bedtime story. "Mommy wrote it," he tells me. "Mommy wrote 'Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?". So much fun when he completes each rhyme!
What do you think about the importance of bedtime stories? What bedtime stories do (or did) your children enjoy? (Looking forward to some new favorites to add to our list!)