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The Best bedtime stories for preschoolers

Updated on July 24, 2009

Reading is important for many reasons..

  • It teaches your child to pay attention as well as focus.
  • Your child will learn how to turn pages or hold a book.
  • Your child will also be encouraged to read more.
  • May is " Get Caught Reading" month


Reading is a very important part of your child's day. Not only does reading captivate their attention long enough for their bodies to relax, it also forms a bedtime ritual. Nothing beats a good book. Having time at the end of the day to snuggle together is time you will never get back again!. So grab a good book and READ!!!

"Just 20 minutes a day reading aloud to young children promotes family bonding, encourages listening and language skills, and gives children a strong reading foundation."

Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Both are full of great illustrations. After reading this to my son a couple of times he was reading it right back to me!


Polar Bear Polar Bear What do you hear? by Bill Martin Jr.

How Does Dianosuar say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Tegue

 I love this one.  It is very fun in the way it teaches a child not what to do when going to bed. 

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wiseman

 Sweet one to talk about wishing one goodnight... This one alway reminds me of the time my sone would say good night  and God Bless Barney Pap Paw and the Monn!

Do you know how much I love you by Sam McBratney

 This a book that I recieved when my son was born.  It is still a favorite.

I Love you Every little Bit Margaret Wang and John Butler

This is a book my sone recieved from his Grammie.  He still gets ticklled at the love your littel nose and toes parts..

Honorable mentions

 Some Honorable mentions go to Maurice Sendak for his Where the Wild things Are.   I do not reccommend you read this before bedtime for a toddler anyway.  This book sure heightens the imagination!

 Also please be sure to check out any books by Graeme Base.  I owned  Animalia long before my son was ever thought of just because of the illustrations.  There is not much story line but beautiful in depth illustrations that can only be appreciated if you really look at them closely!


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      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      OOOhhh I have some of these books. And we love telling these stories esp. Good Night Moon and Guess How Much I love you during pajama day in school. :)

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      Kushal Poddar 

      9 years ago from Kolkata,India

      Good collection.


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