We all know the benefits or reading. Do a simple search on the internet regarding reading to children and you’ll  be swamped with information regarding the matter.

I myself, started reading to my kids even while they were still in my tummy. Start them young and you’ll reap the benefits as you go along. My kids have such great appetite for books now and it’s all because of the exposure they had early on.

Our read-alouds happen at various times of the day, but one sure time that we never miss is bedtime! Below are the most recent books that we read before going to bed.

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My children love the adventurous spirit of the Gruffalo’s child as she creeps off to find the Big Bad Mouse on a cold winter’s night, and with excellent images to accompany the tale they instantly warm to the character.

                                                                              

A definite favorite!

A definite favorite! It has been our routine to re-enact the scenes in the story where the mother rocks her baby in her arms and it’s so much fun! At the end, my eldest (6) cuddles me in his arms and sings back the song to me–definitely a bedtime ritual that will be etched in our memories and will be treasured forever.

 

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My kids definitely dig the story of Max’s adventures when he sails away to the land where the Wild Things are. I love that the illustrations are dreamlike, the writing style simple, yet imaginative. Indeed a timeless classic; a book to be read and re-read every night of the week, a book to be enjoyed and cherished.

 

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This book is a favorite of my youngest (2 yrs old). The book shows wonderful illustrations of animals and their young saying goodnight to each other. We use the stuffed animals we have available in our story-telling and mimic the sounds they make.

 

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My toddler loves to say “Grrrrr!” The rhymes are very appealing to kids that my 2 older kids especially love to read in chorus- “Little octopus is wrapped in arms, not one not two but eight!” and my toddler would join and say “Otopus!” We always end up laughing and giggling with this book, something which my kids would not let go of for a very long time.

 

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A great way to review counting skills even at bedtime. Count till you drop!

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Who doesn’t have a copy of this book, right? Simple, fun story in poem format. Once this book is read, my kids know that It’s really time for bed-lights out!

 

These books have been part of my children’s bedtime routine and by the time we’re finished reading all of them, you bet we’re all ready for a good night’s sleep!

 

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