One of my favorite things to do with my children is to read them bedtime stories. Whether we choose a book that is new to us or one that is an old favorite, storytime is the best way to wind down and finish the day. At our home, children love to choose the books. They are rewarded with several selections if they get ready for bed quickly. Here is a list of some of our favorite picture books to read aloud. For books to read aloud to older children, check out this list.
1. Tadpole’s Promise by Jeanne Willis: When a caterpillar meets her perfect love, a tadpole, she begs him never to change, but their relationship is doomed.
2. If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano: Advises the reader about what to do, and not do, in order to successfully spot a whale, such as wrapping up in a not-too-cozy blanket, ignoring the roses, and especially, being patient.
3. The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud: Papa Bear wakes up to find his son missing, and his search leads him to an opera house and a command performance.
4. Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown: When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy lost in the woods, she asks her mother if she can keep him as a pet only to find him impossible to train.
5. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McClosky: The ducklings go for a walk to find a home at the Boston Public Garden pond.
6. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow: A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.
7. How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan: A little boy provides instructions for properly babysitting one’s grandfather, such as offering him tasty treats and entertaining him with special games.
8. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson: On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.
9. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak: Max travels to a faraway place inhabited by wild things.
10. Corduroy by Don Freeman: Corduroy embarks on an adventure as he searches for a lost button all over the department store where he lives. His life is made infinitely better with a little girl buys him and takes him home.