Bedtime can always be a challenge when you have kids. The more you have the more challenging the bedtime juggle can become. That is why establishing a bedtime routine early on is one of the best things you can do for both yourself and your little one – especially after a summer break and school to head back to. Part of that routine for many of us is taking the time to slow down and read together before lights out. That’s why we thought many of you could use our list of children’s books to help with your kids bedtime routine!
For the Stubborn Sleepers
For the little ones that take awhile to wrangle into the covers this super fun before bed book is just perfect. It is great for holding their attention and getting them focused at the task at hand: sleep. Don’t Let Pigeon Stay Up Late! By Mo Willems is perfect for your little mischief makers. The Rabbit Who Wants to Sleep by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin is the best book for those little ones who just can’t sleep. It guarantees your little ones will be snoozing before you do with this book. Get cozy and get ready for a simple routine at night.
For the Active Kid
Maybe just getting your kid to sit and focus on a book doesn’t exactly work for you. Maybe your little one needs a little help before they can snuggle into bed. Good Night Yoga by Mariam Gates is a great way to calm your little ones and stretch them out after a long active day. Sometimes a little mindful breathing and stretching together is all you need to promote a great sleep and this book makes it simple and approachable for your kids.
For the Adventurer
All of us love a great adventure but some kids love them more than others and these bedtime books are just perfect for those with endless imagination. Bedtime for Batman by Michael Dahl is great for those kids who look at everything as a big adventure. Show them just how amazing a bedtime adventure can be! If I Had A Little Dream by Nina Laden is a beautifully illustrated journey about the dream world. Again showing kids the beauty of their own endless imaginations right before bedtime to help encourage those big adventurous dreams.
For the Animal Lovers
Kids go through phases all the time and when they are little one of those phases can be a complete obsession with animals. That means everything you cuddle, read and eat needs to be animal related in some way. For them If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul is perfect for snuggling their stuffies and getting ready for bed. This super sweet little book will get you a million bedtime kisses before you finally say sweet dreams. The perfect way for anyone to get ready to head off to dreamland. Of course if you have a kid more a fan of the extinct animal variety; How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by: Jane Yolen is perfect. Roar your way to sleep with this is fun book for your little paleontologist.
For Kids Afraid Of The Dark
Bedtime is tough enough with kids, but throwing in that fear of the dark and it becomes an even steeper uphill battle. Finding books like What Was I Scared of? By: Dr. Suess are great for helping your child beat their fears at bedtime. Put them at ease and give them a big boost of bravery to help them concur their fears with ease. The best part about this book is that it even comes in a glow-in-the-dark edition to make it that much more exciting!