It would be stating the obvious to talk about the importance of stories for adults and especially for babies. It has been a practice as well as a tradition among mothers to sing lullabies or recite stories to put their children to sleep. Tales and dreams go hand-in-hand, and therefore it is necessary to pick apt bedtime stories for them. Here is a list of bedtime story books for babies that I would personally recommend.
“I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet,” – It is too adorable to avoid. Rob Campbell, the writer, narrates the tale of a child who writes a letter to the zoo, asking them to send him a pet. They do so but he finds most of them unsuitable till he gets the ‘perfect’ pet. This book will help your child understand the names of different animals and memorize them.
Hop on Pop
This book is written by one of the best-known children writer, Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel). The book introduces your child to rhymes, which also helps in developing his mental skills. In fact, it is a great boost to their confidence as they learn that they can properly enunciate words changing just a few letters.
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
If your child or you and your better half has a passion for trucks and heavy equipment, this is an apt bedtime story book for babies. Cranes, bulldozers, cement mixers, and other friends of Bob the Builder have worked hard throughout the day and are ready to go off to sleep. Similarly, the apple of your eye must be tired of playing and learning all day long.
Goodnight, Moon was written by Margaret Wise Brown is among one of the most adored bedtime story books for babies. Considered a classic and written in 1947, the story is written in the form of a rhyming poem where a little turtle is getting ready for bed. Before sleeping, he wishes goodnight to things and living beings around him including red balloon, two kittens, and obviously the moon.
Too Busy Sleeping
If you have another of those little devils on the way, you should read this book to your child. As when you bring another toddler home, the elder sibling would want to play with him, take him out, and do other things. However, the newly-born would be sleeping most of the time. The book would teach him about patience and love and without a doubt put him into a peaceful sleep.
The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep
It is quite difficult to put your kids to sleep sometimes with all his energy keeping him awake. This book would be a blessing for you. Written by Swedish author and psychologist Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, the book works as a means of sleep induction. It hypnotizes children to help them relax. The story revolves around Roger the Rabbit, who with his mother, is going to visit his Uncle Yawn and meets other creatures like Heavy-Eyed Owl and Sleepy Snail along the way.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is children's picture book written by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle. This is boldly colored, which helps children associate colors to objects and things. It is rhythmic in the pattern and reads like ‘a Blue Horse, Red Bird, Brown Bear, Yellow Duck,’ among many other animals.
Today’s culture is marked with the intermingling of different cultures and traditions. Sometimes, families are also diverse and your child needs to learn this. For that, this book comes handy. It helps the toddler to understand counting as ‘one’ may mean not just one but the whole of a thing, teaching him/her unity.
Time For Bed
As you would tell your child – it is time for bed. The story, written by Mem Fox, has different animal babies getting ready to sleep, while their parents gently tell them to do the same. In the end, and spoiler alert, the human mother puts her kid to sleep.
Goodnight, My Duckling
In my opinion, this is the best bedtime story books for babies as it had helped me with putting my naughty little cousins to sleep. In the story, a mama duck is taking her ducklings to home. Unfortunately, one little duckling gets separated. An old turtle comes to its rescue and leads it to its nest.
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