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Night Night Books

Amelia’s bedtime routine is consistent: after dinner and bath, it’s time to brush teeth, put on pajamas, and read a book. Then there are two rounds of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, sound machine on, lights off.

We rotated between the same three books every single night for almost a year, but over the past couple months Amelia became antsy during storytime and just wanted to play instead of sit still through her old favorites, so we started switching it up. Now we read a variety of books, but I don’t want to forget the sweet three that we relied on for so long!

Goodnight Moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd

A true classic for a reason: the repetition is soothing but there are plenty of details in the illustrations. Amelia loves saying “hush” and finding the rabbit on each page.

Little Sleepyhead, written by Elizabeth Pike and illustrated by Patrice Barton

This book came from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and it’s one of the first times that we observed Amelia connecting the story to real life: when there was a father, she would shout “Dada!” and point to Sam. The baby on the last page has a stuffed bunny and she would shout “Bun bun!” and point to her own rabbit; the first time she did that, we were so surprised! We also named characters that looked similar to family members – lucky Pop and GG.

Night Night Forest Friends, written and illustrated by Annie Bach

Amelia’s favorite parts are saying “Hooooo” on the owl page and saying goodnight to each forest animal on the very last page. Sometimes we would play “Find the squirrel” but mostly she wanted to point to each animal and have us say “good night frog.” Either way, adorable.

Recent favorites include The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton, Night Night, Elmo! written by Gina Gold and illustrated by Ernie Kwiat (I think she started wanted a pillow and blanket due to this book),  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault and illustrated by Lois Ehlert, and a surprisingly fascinating (to Amelia) book about emotions called ABC Look at Me! by Roberta Intrater.

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