favorite bedtime books

March 30, 2009

These three books are great for younger babies and toddlers alike. We've had them for awhile and juliet really enjoyed them as a one year old and continues to love them as a two year old as well. They are available as board books which is great when reading with babies.

Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

This book keeps us laughing all the way through. It has very few word, in fact, some pages are just illustrations, but juliet jumped right into this story of a gorilla escaping from the zoo and following the zookeeper home and crawling into bed with him--along with several of his animal friends. She especially loves the part where everything is completely black and you only see a pair of wide open eyes--those of the zookeeper's wife when she realizes there are a bunch of animals in her room. Juliet squeals and points in delight every time we get to that page. It really never gets old.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Kate Toms

I LOVE this one. It was the first "story" book I bought for juliet when she was only 6 or 7 months old. She didn't really like it at that point, but I read it and was so excited for the day when she would sit and read it with me. We have read it over and over since then and it is a favorite of us both. It's basically the "twinkle, twinkle little star" rhyme, but with a new twist. Cute fabric cut-out mice tell the story as they wonder what the little star is. Every page has a glittery star that is really fun for babies to scratch when they are first starting to read books.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Clement Hurd

A classic that needs no explanation...juliet loves following the little bunny as he says good night to all the things in the great green room. When she was about 18 months old, she started saying, "goodnight nobody" to us which always made us laugh. You'd think she would be really into the kittens or the mouse or even the mittens, but no. Her favorite thing to point to on every page is the fireplace. She points to it and whispers very softly and dramatically, "fire." Needless to say, we've hid the matches.


anslatadams said...

My son had a book (I still have it around here
somewhere) called "Happy Birthday, Moon" and it
has a bear talking to the moon and his voice echoes and he thinks the moon is talking back to him! Really cute! This cover reminds me of it!

anslatadams said...

LOL! I just read your whole commentary under
the photo of this book! She will definitely love having a fireplace in her home someday! I've always wanted one and STILL don't have one! lol My sister has had two and hardly ever used them! Maybe your daughter thinks of Santa when she points to the fireplace!

vanessa said...

I"ll have to look for "happy birthday, moon"--sounds like one juliet would really like. a bear talking to a moon is right up her alley.

we actually do have a fireplace in our house, but we have it boarded up....i'm guessing she will figure that one out soon enough and we'll have to break out those matches. :)

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