Local sleep expert, Veena Parry of Sleep Sweet Sleep Deep strongly advocates a consistent bedtime routine to get kids relaxed and ready for bed. And a bedtime book is the perfect addition to the pre-sleep routine.
Veena, believes reading a book to your little ones is the best way to wind down for everyone. It’s a wonderful bonding experience, and it’s educational; reading books to your kids is proven to increase a child’s understanding of literacy, phonemic awareness and writing. If you can read one book a day or at every sleep time, your child will have read more than 2000 books by the time they start kindy.
Sleep Sweet Sleep Deep rates the 5 Best Bedtime Books
5. Good Night Sleep Tight – Mem Fox
This one is fun! Great for ages 0-6 and has some well-known nursery rhymes serving as a continuing narrative within the story! And who doesn’t love a babysitter named “Skinny Doug”?
4. Good Night Good Night Construction Site – Sherri Dusker Rinker
This book will excite the truck/cement mixer/excavator enthusiast in any child! It’s beautifully written and illustrated and gives a great sense of positive reinforcement regarding sleep routine.
3. All the Awake Animals – Crescent Dragonwagon (yes that is the Author’s name)
Want your child to learn their alphabet? This is a great way! And it’s sleep friendly! No kidding, my toddler read this from 10 months and knew his alphabet by 18months.
2. Time for Bed – Mem Fox
Just gorgeous! Great illustrations, this one is perfect for the newborn and younger child. It has a wonderful sense of rhythm.
1. Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown
This has been a world famous and classic sleep book for over 30 years! And it’s easy to see why, captivating and perfect for children 0-6yrs. There is also a great video version of this narrated by Susan Sarandon, (this can be for awake time).
I also have some tips on how to help the reading process when reading with your toddler! It’s all about the ﬁnger point! ➕ for parents … Are you struggling with sleep? Do you need a pick me up, and a laugh?
Go the F%^$ to Sleep – Adam Mansbach
There is also a great version narrated by Samuel L Jackson, which will lift the spirits of any sleep-deprived parent…
If you need any help with your sleep Veena from Sleep Sweet Sleep Deep is here to help! Sleep Sweet! ??