Raise your hand if you've ever found yourself reading to your little one and wanted to chuck the book out the window? I've literally found myself reading a book to her at bedtime and said out loud, "This is the dumbest story ever!". Since she's only 6 months old right now, most of the reading I'm doing is to myself. She doesn't fully understand what I'm saying, so I've found its important for me to pick stories I like too.
We have the routine of reading books every time before sleep, both naps and bedtime so there are lots of books to be read. In our home, we've found this ritual before bed helps our daughter wind down and know that its time for sleep. Over time, the energy we've invested in creating this ritual has really served us. For us, we've also found that starting with more active books (lift the flaps or pictures of other babies) and then moving to more calming stories has been really helpful for her to work out her pre-sleep wiggles. Here's a sample of a "day in the life" of books we read:
Global Baby Girls
by the Global Fund for Children
Global baby girls puts baby girls from around the world in the spotlight, celebrating their strength, diversity, and potential. From Peru to China, from Russia to Mali, this board book features captivating photographs of baby girls to share a simple, yet powerful message: no matter where they are born, baby girls can grow up to change the world. Baby girls are precious, but they are not valued everywhere. It’s never too early to introduce the importance of girls, and the power they can have in the world.
Are You My Mommy?
by Mary Murphy
Lift the flaps and join the peek-a-boo fun with a little pup searching for his mommy. Babies and toddlers are invited to lift the flaps and transform the pictures in this bright board book as they follow a puppy who is looking for his mother. Mary Murphy’s colorful illustrations of adorable animals will entice the youngest of children as they discover a variety of mommies and babies along the way.
by Sandra J. Howatt & Joyce Wan
Get ready for bed with this soothing sleepy story. The sun has set, and sleepyheads all across the land are tucked into their cozy beds. Rabbit is snoozing in the weeds, and Duck is snuggled in the reeds. Bear is nestled in his cave, and Otter is rocking on a wave. But there’s one little sleepyhead who’s not in his bed. Where, oh where, could he be? This sweet and snuggly bedtime book with irresistible illustrations by Joyce Wan is the perfect read-aloud story to prepare little ones for a cozy night’s sleep.
Girl of Mine
by Jabari Asim & LeUyen Pham
This book shows a dazzling little girl enjoying playtime in the moon's soft glow. As daddy cradles his baby girl, she is suddenly whisked away on a fantastical adventure, swinging above lush floral gardens under the golden moonlight. The sweet text, inspired by "Rock-A-Bye Baby," will whisk little ones off to peaceful slumber.
A Recipe for Bedtime
By Peter Bently & Sarah Massini
A few simple ingredients are all you need for the perfect bedtime.
Take one cute-enough-to-eat baby, add a spoonful of kisses, mix with plenty of cuddles, and finish with a sweet lullaby. This recipe for a bedtime routine unfolds in the form of an adorable set of step-by-step instructions. By the end, little ones will be all tucked in and drifting off to sleep. Soothing, lyrical text and warmly rendered artwork make this book sweeter than pie!
Wisdom and insight with a dash of humor to help guide you on your journey through motherhood.