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Celebrate the Blessing of the Bedtime Story
“One more story? Please!” asked my daughter. And a smile slipped across my face.
Our family really loves bedtime story time at our house. From the colorful creations of Eric Carle and sing-song words of Bill Martin to the get lost in imagination stories of Maurice Sendak or wordless wonders of Aaron Becker, our family loves this time together. We sit snuggled up on the floor or couch and indulge ourselves in our favorite books. Some books make nightly rounds for weeks on end while some are pulled from the shelf to add depth to a lesson or discussion we've had that day.
These are the times when as my little ones grow older, as all little ones must. I take refuge in knowing that we are building lasting memories and deeper relationships with our kids. I hope that our children will cherish these times together as much as I do. And I believe they will.
A Good Rhythm and Routine
Reading together at bedtime has become such an essential part of our family that we make it a priority. And if one of those days come when mommy and daddy are busy or tired (they do happen) and we try to skip it, our kids don't let us. I count that as a blessing and a victory.
Inspire Creativity and Build a Legacy
This small effort each night has already produced great fruit in our kids' own love for reading and their ability to consume books far more quickly than I could as a child. It has inspired them to create their own artwork and stories, and indeed you'll note my own children listed as coauthors on Mommy's Favorite Smell and Daddy's Favorite Sound.
Not only can we share our favorite stories from childhood or use a book for a teachable moment, but we can better understand our children’s own interests. My oldest is drawn to stories about animals while my two middles love stories of princesses and girls like them, and my youngest is all about cars.
I hope you'll let us encourage you in your pursuit to connect more deeply with your child or grandchild. Grab a copy of Mommy’s Favorite Smell and Daddy’s Favorite Sound for your bedtime story time, your kids will have fun trying to guess the favorite sound and smell, and sure to enjoy you making those silly sounds and doing your best lion voices.
I promise you’ll enjoy the fruit of your efforts and your kids will too!
20 of our Favorite Bedtime Books
1.The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
2.Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
3.Journey by Aaron Becker
4.Polar Bear, Polar Bear by Bill Martin
5.The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
6.Look! by Jeff Mack
7.There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog by Lucillle Colandro
8.Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by David Soman & Jacky Davis
9.Nibbles the Book Monster by Emma Yarlett
10.Have you seen my Cat? by Eric Carle
11.In the Hall of the Mountain King by Allison Flannery
12.Heaven: God’s Promise for Me by Anne Graham Lotz
13.Princess Grace and the Little Lost Kitten by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson
14.Yellow Copter by Kersten Hamilton
15.The Things I can Do by Jeff Mack
16.When I Pray for You by Matthew Paul Turner
17.Quinn’s Promise Rock by Christie Thomas
18.Giraffes can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
19.The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
20.Press Here by Herve Tullet
Please take a moment and share your favorite family reads in the comments below. I’m always looking for new books to add to our shelves!