Top Ten Tuesday: Best Bedtime Books

September 8, 2009

So, I have been wanting to compile some top ten lists for awhile and just recently discovered the perfect motivation: Top Ten Tuesday at

I have a special fondness for bedtime books--here are my top ten favorites: 
(You can click on the titles to read my extended reviews and see pictures of the covers!)

1. In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck
* Probably my favorite children's book ever. It's so beautiful and amazing--I really cannot say enough good things about it. I would read this even if I didn't have a child to read with. 

2. The Night is Singing by Jacqueline Davies
*Another beautiful book--it makes my literature-loving heart leap every time we read it. 

3. Time for Bed by Mem Fox
* I love this one for babies and toddlers. It's soothing and sweet and your child will memorize it in no time--nothing sweeter than hearing your baby "read" to you!

4. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
*Juliet is in love with Madeline--she cannot get enough of her. We read this one all the time and she likes to tell me that her bed is "just like Madeline's." 

5. Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty
*Hondo and Fabian are the cutest dog and cat pair ever. We love reading about their adventures and then watching them tuck in and go to sleep for the night. 

*You've heard the song over and over again, but this book makes it fresh and fun. Sparkly stars make this one especially fun for babies and toddlers to interact with. Juliet loved scratching the stars when she was a baby. 

7. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
*A classic. Needs no explanation. A beautiful and comforting goodnight routine that every child should experience. 

*I love lullabies, but found I didn't know that many when Juliet was born. This book has all the classics, plus a few I had never heard of before--it has all the words and music, plus beautiful artwork to go with the songs. We sing from this all the time. 

9. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
*Guaranteed to make your toddler laugh out-loud every time! Hilarious and fun. 

10. Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats
*Rollicking rhyme, gorgeous illustrations--this book has it all. If you've never read a Keats book, this is a great one to start with. He's simply amazing. 

I'd love to hear what your bedtime favorites are! Leave a comment and let me know!


oh amanda said...

Yay, Vanessa! It's a perfect list and sadly I have not read many of them. Hopefully we'll be off to the library today! :)

Stefany said...

What a great list! I think it is so great when people post these lists because now I have something new to look for. There are so many books and I need a push in the right direction sometimes!

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

Great list! I haven't stumbled across half of these, so we might have to be taking a trip to the library soon. Our toddler definitely has her favorite bedtime books, even if they aren't specifically for bedtime. I'm so thankful that she loves to "read" with Mama!

Annie said...

I found the Time for Bed book by Mem Fox at a thrift store last year and picked it up. I LOOOVVEE it! It is one of my 2 year old's favorite books. Great pics! I also love Goodnight Moon, yes that is a classic I love!

Corinne said...

Thanks for sharing these. I am always on the hunt fo new, great books for my nieces. I will check these out!

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