Books are, and always have been, part of our bedtime routine with our kids. I love picking special books to buy them for Christmas and Birthdays, and my Mum is an amazing book buyer too. So we end up with loads of goodies! We always read at least one book each night with the kids, and have done since Brooklyn was maybe 6 months old. He's super into it now, Marlo struggles to pay attention for a whole story but hey - what two year old doesn't!
Here are our FIVE favourite sweet bedtime stories (+ a bonus not-so-sweet, but funny, one at the end)...
This is one of Marlo's favourites and even though likely aimed more at her age (2) than Brooklyn's (5) - he gets just as into it too. It is a board book about a wee bunny and the book takes you through it's little bedtime routine. You help put his PJs on by clapping your hands, you fluff up the pillow, tickle his ears, and other cute directions.
This book is a battle of love between Daddy (Big Nutbrown Hare) and his baby (Little Nutbrown Hare). Little Nutbrown Hare is expressing how much he loves Big Nutbrown Hare, but Big Nutbrown Hare always beats him. It's an awfully cute story!
This is a new addition to our collection and I just love it! This adorable book is about being unique and different and that it is totally OK! It talks about different feelings and emotions and the illustrations to go along with them are just to-die-for cute! Written and illustrated by the author of Kuwi the Kiwi, this is a must have to any kids book shelf.
The cutest poetically written wee book, going through the journey of making a cuddle. All about how the cuddle will make you feel and where it comes from. Not going to lie - there was definitely something in my eye when I first read this book (darn allergies)!! "There's so many things that a cuddle can do, inside this book is a cuddle for you!". There is also 'I found you some kisses' by the same author - equally lovely!
This book is currently a favourite of mine (never mind the kids haha!). It is full of wee child relatable poems, all about feelings. From excited, to worried, curious, to frustrated. Brooklyn was upset the night before last as his Dad didn't make it home for bedtime stories, I started reading 'Sad' and 'Angry' and he sat there listening in. At the end it was like a switched flicked and he realised it was okay he felt that way - but that he didn't need to let his feelings take over. Huge fan of this book, and the illustrations are by the wonderful Evie Kemp which are just stunning!
Bonus not-so-cute but funny bedtime story...
I CAN'T SLEEP - by Stephanie Blake
If you have any of the books in this series, then you'll know they're always a giggle! This one features a lost blanket, a brave big brother... and not a lot of sleep! My Mum bought this for Marlo - funny ha ha (she's not an amazing sleeper)!
I hope you like my book picks and have maybe found some new ones to add to your kiddies bookshelves!