When it’s time to put the toddler down, one of the best ways for toddlers to transition from stimulating activities, such as throwing Duplos or splashing bath water, is a calm and engaging kids book. For some kids, this means a favorite you’ve read six thousand times. Other want something new every night.
We asked @BabbleToddler followers for some bedtime story recommendations. Here are eight of the sweetest, funniest, most beautiful and fun books for your not-yet-sleepy little ones.
Be sure to add your favorites in comments.
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Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever! 1 of 8
@DresdanPlaid reads at least four stories from this book to her son every night. His favorite involves and Austrian tuba player.
A Sick Day for Amos McGee 2 of 8
@coloringstar loves the gorgeous illustrations, which won Phillip C. Stead and Erin Stead a Caldecott Medal.
Guess How Much I Love You 3 of 8
@frecklyone sends her toddler off to bed with the book that shows love stretches from here to the moon.
@westPhillymama's son loves the poems and pictures Mary O'Neill and John Wallner's book about 12 colors.
Baby Danced the Polka 6 of 8
@mamafulton recommends this fun read about a baby who'd rather dance (the polka!) than take a nap.
Little Critter Storybook Collection 7 of 8
Of the seven books in this Mercer Mayer collection, @TiredMommyTales recommends "Just Big Enough." Mayer writes and illustrates clever and cute stories about the struggles of being young -- "I Was So Mad" anyone? -- and always end on a sweet note.
Maisy’s Bedtime 8 of 8
@gwened02 suggests this book about Maisy the mouse's night routine. Toddler's love Lucy Cousin's simple stories and drawings.