10 Books to Read
Have you seen our posts on social media yet? There is a new series called 10 books in 60 seconds. Crystal will review 10 amazing stories to read under different themes. The first post in this series is 10 bedtime books for ages 3-8.
Here is a list of books to make your next bedtime routine a fun time routine.
Brown Baby Lullaby
by Tameka Fryer Brown, Illustrated by AG Ford
From sunset to bedtime, two brown-skinned parents lovingly care for their beautiful brown baby: first, they play outside, then it is time for dinner and a bath, and finally a warm snuggle before bed.
by Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr (Ilt)
Late one winter night a little girl and her father go looking for owls. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird.
by Katrina Moore, Julia Woolf (Ilt)
As a family wakes up to begin preparing for the arrival of their immigrant relatives, the littlest girl begins to feel left out and nervous. But an encouraging brother and the welcoming arms of her grandma help end the day with a belly full of food, jars full of fireflies, and all in cozy, snuggly slumber.
Bedtime for Yeti
by Vin Vogel
Yetis are busy creatures and like us they get tired. When it is time for bed this Yeti needs his best friend, a stuffed toy named Chunk. Unfortunately, Chunk goes missing and Yeti cannot go to sleep without him. What should he do? Should he face his fears and go looking for him?
On the Night you Were Born
by Nancy Tillman
On the night you were born, the whole world came alive with thanksgiving. The moon stayed up till morning. The geese flew home to celebrate. Polar bears danced. On the night you were born you brought wonder and magic to the world. Here is a book that celebrates you. It is meant to be carried wherever life takes you, over all the roads, through all the years.
The Night is Yours
by Abdul-Razak Zachariah, Keturah A. Bobo (Ilt)
This lyrical text, narrated to a young girl named Amani by her father, follows her as she plays an evening game of hide-and-seek with friends at her apartment complex. The moon's glow helps Amani find the last hidden child and seems almost like a partner to her in her game, as well as a spotlight pointing out her beauty and strength.
Bedtime for Sweet Creatures
by Nikki Grimes, Elizabeth Zunon (Ilt)
Mommy needs to wrangle her sweet creature in bed so that the whole family can sleep. From tigers to squirrels to snakes, the little boy dodges around his bedtime, until he is tired enough to finally sleep. His imaginative animal friends weave their way through the illustrations, eventually joining him in curling up for the night.
La Princesa and the Pea
by Susan Middleton Elya (Author), Juana Martinez-Neal (Ilt)
El príncipe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn’t agree.
The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa, but the prince might just have a sneaky plan, too . . .
Old MacDonald Had a Baby
by Emily Snape, K-Fai Steele (Ilt)
From feeding to diapering to bathing his baby, he soon realizes he needs LOTS of help from his animal friends, including a sheep, a cow, a chicken, a goat, and a dog. A two-dad family and a humorous cast of animals star in this contemporary fun and warm take on the familiar rhyme.
Plenty of Hugs
by Fran Manushkin, Kate Alizadeh (Ilt)
This cheerful book follows a family from morning to night in lively rhyme that rolls off the tongue. There's a buzz for each bug, and a breeze for each tree, and plenty of hugs for you and me. The toddler and mommies take a morning bike ride to a farm stand, they visit a zoo in the afternoon, and in the evening there's the bath and storybook routine before the child is tucked cozily into bed.