5 bedtime story favourites

At the moment we’re reading bits of the Moomintroll stories before bed, and they are quickly becoming family favourites. I thought I’d share some of the other books which have been bedtime reading hits with AJ over the last couple of years.

Shout Daisy ShoutShout Daisy Shout is a board book that we started reading to AJ when she was just 3 months old. She responded to the dramatic moments in the story right away and she still loved it well into her first year.

I Like it whenI Like It When by Mary Murphy is another really lovely book for very little ones; it’s got lots of repetition and bright pictures.

Pear in the pear treeThe Pear in the Pear Tree by Pamela Allen is a wonderful rhyming story about 2 kids trying to get a pear out of a pear tree. Plenty of Pamela Allen’s other books are available internationally, but this one only seems to be available in Australia and New Zealand.

Milly Molly MandyThe Milly-Molly-Mandy books by Joyce Lankester Brisley are from the 1920s and they are quaintly simple stories about a girl and her friends and the adventures they have in a country town. The copies of the books that we have are from the 1970s and feature adorable minimal illustrations.

Little LitLittle Lit is a hip collection of stories edited by Art Spiegelman and featuring stories written and illustrated by the likes of Daniel Clowes and William Joyce. Little Lit has stories about witches, ogres and magic spells and is definitely for slightly older kids.

What are your favourites?

8 Responses to “5 bedtime story favourites”

  1. Michelle

    For babies, I just love Hug by Jez Alborough. Just three words in the whole book, but there’s so much in the illustrations. For toddlers, I never tire of the Olivia books by Ian Fleming.

  2. Alisha

    We love any of the books by Sandra Boynton. We love the illustrations and stories. Some of my daughters favorites are The Belly Button book, Hey Wake Up!, Pajama Time and Snuggle Puppy. We also like I know a Rhino by Charles Fuge. That is our most favorite at the moment b/c it describes our daughter to a T. Hope you enjoy reading to your little ones too!

  3. Aoife

    The book both of my children first responded to was Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle – an excellent first book. But two books we keep coming back to (and are my favourites) are Each Peach Pear Plum and Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg – both fantastic in words and pictures. Love them.

  4. Erin

    I LOVE I Like It When. It has been a favorite of mine since 2000(I didn’t have a child until 2003) I am a complusive childrens book buyer. Before my first was born in 2003 I had 250, now, with 3 kids we are up to 890. You have some excellent picks on here:) I also love If You Were My Bunny, Counting Kisses, and ANYTHING by Kevin Henkes. Owen is my 3 year old’s all time favorite even over Dora!! Keep up the great work!

  5. Nanette

    We loved The Mousehole Cat by Antonia Bayley with sublime, glowing illustrations by Nicola Bayley – a mystical tale of loyalty, courage, community and continuity. Deep and delightful.
    Peter and Iona Opie’s books documenting rhymes, songs and other children’s lore are worth seeking out.
    Edward Lear’s verse and silly poems by Jack Prelutsky are a nice way to keep the mind busy while the body goes to sleep.
    Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories” was adored by my daughter, which led her at 4 to suddenly ask “Grandma what does ‘infinte sagacity’ mean?” to the amazement of us all.

  6. Amanda

    Although I am usually reading stories in the morning or afternoon (it’s my job!) and not bedtime, some of my current favorites are Little Pea by Rosenthal, Love and Roast Chicken by Knutson, Piggie Pie by Palatini, Pickin Peas by MacDonald and “Hi, Pizza Man” by Walter. There are a million more, but that’s what I’m reading this week anyway :)

  7. Nina

    I am thrilled to discover that Millie Molly Mandy was reissued (in 2002 no less). I will be ordering it soon.

    I have quite a few favorites at my blog. We read all day long. Daddy reads the last three books before night night and they tend to rotate among a few odd favorites.

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