Kids Bedtime Stories: The Toddler Edition

Bedtime books for toddlersIf you were to take a peek into my house around 8:15 every night, you’d probably see the following:

One extremely cute two year old boy saying ONE MORE STORY!

We love to read books in this house, a fact that makes me extremely happy. I was an avid reader as a kid (still would be if I actually had the time) and I desperately want my kids to have a love affair with reading.

Right now, we read between 2-3 books a night and it’s always struggle to decide which ones. Mama has her favorites. Daddy has his. And Bug? Well he always wants the SAME ones. I’m sure it’s the same in your house.

So what are we reading right now? Here’s our current list.

Family favorites: Anything Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton Books

What’s not to love about her adorable animal characters? From What’s Wrong Little Pookie to the Barnyard Dance, we read these at least once a week. (In fact, we used to read The Going to Bed Book every night; Mama has it memorized.)

Mama’s Favorites:

  • Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
  • This book about a lost stuffed animal just makes my heart happy. And I love the smile on my son’s face when I talk like Baby Trixie. Makes him giggle EVERY time.

  • Bob & Otto by Robert Bruel
  • A cute book about a worm and a caterpillar who are friends. It highlights the importance of having different jobs and roles.

  • Thunder Bunny by Barbara Helen Berger
  • This is a beautiful story about a bunny who’s just a little bit different.

Daddy’s Favorite:

  • Little Wolf Song by Britta Teckentrup
  • A calming story about a wolf who can’t quite howl yet…it’s a perfect night time book with beautiful artistry.

Bug’s Favorite:

  • Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scary
  • I honestly can’t tell you how many times we’ve read this story. And it’s 69 pages, so I can’t lie. I skip pages. (Not sure how much longer we can get away with that.) He loves searching for Goldbug in every scenario. We pick out which cars we want to drive (pickle car? carrot car?). It’s a fun book and I’m sure it will be in our collection for a long time.

What are your favorite books? With Christmas and birthdays coming up, I need to put some new ones on my list.

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  1. Julie W says

    I am so happy to hear that someone else loves to find Goldbug as much as we do! (Devon’s favorite is the pickle car, btw.)
    We also love Sandra Boynton, Perfect Piggies being the most commonly requested. Other favorites: Any Golden book (with the exception of Tootle), Puff the Magic Dragon, The Pinkalicious series (Purplicious is our family fav), and The Monster at the End of the Book.

  2. says

    My son is almost 5 and I can’t part with any of the Sandra Boynton books. But he loves Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. I love All the World (mainly for the artwork). And dad reads whatever!

  3. Heather H says

    We love to read any and all Dr. Seuss books! These books have also helped my daughter with her own reading skills now that she is in kindergarten!

  4. says

    We love Knuffle Bunny! My favorite part is its subtitle: “A Cautionary Tale.” Have you read Knuffle Bunny Too? Solid, but sequels are never as good as the originals, are they?

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