Now that we have a two- and three-year-old, our bedtime routine is fairly well established. Bath, Books, Bed. I have always loved reading to my kids. We started out in a rocking chair, then tucking them into their cribs. Now we all pile onto a twin bed and read a few books before turning on the night light. There’s something so sweet about their freshly washed hair and clean pajamas and the way their little bodies still as the pages turn. Here are the books we love to read:
Read Aloud Bible Stories: Vol. 4
by Ella K Lindvall
If you’ve never tried the Read Aloud Bible Stories, I would highly recommend them. The pages and sentences are simple, so these are great for younger kids, but they don’t water down the Bible at all. There are 5 volumes in all, and each includes 6 or so stories. Each story ends with the question, “What did you learn?” along with some prompts. As Evelyn has gotten older, I love hearing what she says and thinks about.
The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
From Noah to Moses to King David, every story points to Jesus. Reading this story of God’s redemptive plan to my kids can bring me to tears. We love this book. The audio CDs that come with the deluxe edition are so, so good for car rides. The stories are long, so we saved the book until our kids were a little older – around 2 1/2.
Favorite Parables from the Bible: Stories Jesus Told
by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
I know I’ve posted about this book before, in fact I try to mention it as much as I can. My mom found three of these parables for my brothers and me, when we were little kids and the pictures have always stuck in my head. I was so thrilled to find a collection of all eight parables on Amazon. Our copy is already getting worn because my kids look at it almost daily, and I love giving this as a gift at baby showers.
Of course, we also read lots of library and story books at night. Most nights we also let our three year old use her flashlight to look at a few more books before falling asleep. Here are some all-time favorites:
by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
A classic that makes me yawn every single time. (ps. This post is hilarious, if you’ve read the book before!)
The Going-To-Bed Book
by Sandra Boynton
I don’t know what it is, but my kids love Boynton books. I love the ending of this one, “They rock, and rock, and rock to sleep.” Our kids always want to examine the page where the animals exercise.
Steam Train, Dream Train
by Sherri Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
A fantastical tale of a train being loaded up with toys and treats by an animal crew, before they all tuck into their beds and steam ahead into the night. Full of rhymes and fun pictures. Some nights I don’t even read the story because the kids just like to talk about the illustrations.
My Dad Is Big And Strong, BUT…: A Bedtime Story
by Coralie Saudo and Kris Di Giacomo
If you want a book for your husband to read at night, this is it. Zach spotted this gem at our local children’s bookstore, and it is such a funny, sweet book about a kid trying to get his dad through a bedtime routine.
The sweetest, heart-melting moments of parenthood.