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8 Favorite Bedtime Stories. What's On Your Shelf?

bedtime stories, kids books

What toddler doesn't love snuggling up with a good book?

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.

Photos: flickr, amazon, MacMillan


  • Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever! 1 of 8
    Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever!
    @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
    A Sick Day for Amos McGee
    @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
    Guess How Much I Love You
    @frecklyone sends her toddler off to bed with the book that shows love stretches from here to the moon.
  • Pajama Time! 4 of 8
    Pajama Time!
    Jamma, jamma, jamma, jamma, PJs! @PeanutandMe24's daughter loves this Sandra Boynton favorite.
  • Hailstones and Halibut Bones 5 of 8
    Hailstones and Halibut Bones
    @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
    Baby Danced the Polka
    @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
    Little Critter Storybook Collection
    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
    Maisy's Bedtime
    @gwened02 suggests this book about Maisy the mouse's night routine. Toddler's love Lucy Cousin's simple stories and drawings.

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