23 Bedtime Story Favorites

When people find out they are expecting, they begin looking forward to things they will enjoy with their little one. From my Facebook feed I assume most mothers expecting girls immediately start on their collection of headbands with flowers and bows bigger than the average infant head. Everyone has the stuff they get excited about. My husband and I did. After we got over the initial shock of the news, that is. He, like most dads, was excited about having a son to throw a ball around and go hiking with him. I, like most women, thought about all of the cute outfits I could put on him, because *Parent Perk* you get to pick out their clothes for the first couple years. The second thing I was excited about was sharing all the stories with him that I loved and cherished growing up.

Children are made readers in the laps of their parents -Emilie BuchwaldIMG_1901IMG_1611

We’ve read some of the picture books, but keep in mind my son is six months old and our bedtime-story time right now is me reading while he scratches the pages and looks all around the room. Sometimes he likes to hold the books and look at the pages. I know he’s young, but it’s a good habit. It’s never too early to cultivate a desire for reading and learning in a child.

Here’ the list I’ve started. I haven’t read all of them with him yet, and we’re still working on adding them to our library, but we’ll get there. Most of them are picture books, stuff I can read to him while he’s a baby. Let me know if you have any favorites you are looking forward to or already have shared with your children.

  1. Dr. Seuss books
  2. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  3. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  5. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
  6. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (personal favorite!)
  7. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  8. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  9. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  10. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst (while I’m here, can I just ask that we stop trying to make classic children’s books into movies? It doesn’t work. Includes #6 and #1, exception some #1 and #9)
  11. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  12. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (If I can make it through without crying!)
  13. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  14. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.  and John Archambault
  15. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  16. Chrysanthemum by Kenvin Henkes
  17. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  18. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  19. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  20. On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
  21. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  22. Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  23. Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickman