I’m going to try and post a a Peapod’s Picks every Friday, or at least alternate Fridays. They’ll be picture, board or cloth books – some old, some new – that we’ve enjoyed or are looking forward to.
This week: our favourite bedtime books.
Peapod is nearly 7 weeks old now and sleep is not high on his to-do list. He’ll cave in to a nap in his sling or doze off lying on us but getting him to sleep in his crib is another matter!
So, while it doesn’t always go to plan and there’s no hard and fast timings about it, we have our bedtime routine of bath-feed-book-bed to help.
At the moment, he’s too small to mind what we read, more interested in just hearing our voices, but I’m loving the chance to read some picture books so he has a picture book for bedtime.
So this week, I’ve picked out some of the ones we’ve read so far:
Sometimes I Like To Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill and Charles Fuge
I read this as part of my interview to get on my Early Years degree a good 15 years ago and in honesty I’d almost forgotten it, but my love for it has been rekindled!
It’s a great all-rounder: Wombat and friends spend the day running, jumping and playing – perfect for an interactive daytime read. But by the end of the day, Wombat is tired and ready to snuggle up to sleep – perfect for bedtime. I love the illustrations too. This will be on heavy rotation for years I think!
Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton
It’s officially impossible to read this without yawning. In a really, really good way!
Illustrated in typical ‘Haughton’ style with lovely nighttime colours, it’s a cleverly composed book – simple, repetitive and full of sleepy sounds and noises perfect for joining in with (intentionally or otherwise!)
Beautiful night sky/solar system pictures on the inside covers too!
Can’t You Sleep Little Bear? by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth
A classic! A heartwarming tale of Little Bear who just can’t sleep with dark all around him and Big Bear’s reassurance.
Parents everywhere will smile a knowing smile as Big Bear has his evening read by the fire repeatedly interrupted by his sleepless charge and little ones everywhere will be comforted by Little Bear and his gradual acceptance of the dark.
Bonus points for being quite a long one too – perfect for those stubbornly not-going-to-sleep nights, appropriately!
Humphrey’s Bedtime by Sally Hunter
I love Sally Hunter’s Humphrey’s Corner books. Gentle and warm and full of the familiar, with lovely, soft and detailed illustrations.
Humphrey’s Bedtime takes us through Humphrey’s bedtime routine (perfect for little ones just starting to get used to one of their own!) and big sister Lottie’s refusal to join in as she’s a ‘big girl’ who’s too busy putting her own babies (teddies) to bed.
Again, one that will prove only too familiar for parents and a comforting cuddle of a book for children who’ll see others doing just the same as them at bedtime.
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman
I absolutely adore the Bear… series by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman’s illustrations are rich, detailed and full of atmosphere.
Bear Snores On is brilliantly onomatopoeic, with a lovely balance of fun and sleepiness! It’s an especially lovely one to snuggle up and read quietly on cold, rainy autumn nights and it’s another I’ll be reading ALL the time!
The Night Box by Louise Greig and Ashling Lindsay
As with ‘Between Tick and Tock’this has the feel of an illustrated poem rather than the traditional story style found in most picture books.
A lovely look at all the little changes that occur when the Night box is unlocked and night comes out to take over from day (then vice versa at the end).
Full of details both from home and the natural world, it’s a great way to look at the difference between night and day, and the transition between the two.
I have quite a few other bedtime themed books in my collection that we’ll be reading over the next few weeks, so we’ll probably do another bedtime themed Peapod’s Picks in the future. But are there any I’m missing?
What are your favourite bedtime stories?
Do you have any your little ones love, or favourites from when you were little?