Stories at Bedtime (and Books We’re Loving)

We’ve always been kind of inconsistent about reading stories at bedtime. But we’re finally getting a better routine.

Now around 7:30, we make our way into Von’s room and she can play quietly or color or sit with me while I read books with her. She’s only 3, so we still read a lot of picture books.

I am already anticipating when we can read longer stories together, but right now is great too. She loves it too, and it’s been proving to be a great way to wind down at the end of the day. I still have vivid memories of my parents reading to me as a child, and I want Von to have that too.

It’s my favorite part of the day right now. I love sharing my love of stories with von, and I love when she asks, “mommy will you read another one?”

The answer is always yes.

We read for about a half-hour and then we snuggle.

It’s the best bedtime routine, even when it doesn’t always run as smoothly as I’d like.

Some of our favorites bedtime stories:

  • The Mercy Watson series (these are great audiobooks for the car too!) – follow the Watson’s and their pig, Mercy, and all the adventures that come with having a pig as a pet
  • Lola Dutch by Kenneth and Sarah Jane Wright – Lola Dutch loves having fun. The illustrations in this book are GORGEOUS. I also just learned that this is a series, so I can’t wait to read more about Lola Dutch!
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans – A classic from my childhood, I love that Von loves these books too!
  • Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd – I saw a friend pick this one up, and had to grab it. It’s currently on backorder so you know everyone seems to love it this summer!
  • Night-Night Spot by Eric Hill – This is one I’ve been reading to Von since she was born. We don’t have many board books anymore, but I can’t seem to let this one go. Plus, it’s a great bedtime story.
  • Will You Be My Sunshine by Julia Lobo – Another cute, charming board book I keep hanging onto. A mom and a baby mouse.
  • This Beautiful Day by Richard Jackson – Enjoy the day you’re living! This one also has beautiful pictures, I’m so glad I bought a copy a few years ago when I saw it.

What picture books are you reading right now?

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  1. This is such a great post! I don’t have any kids yet and don’t read picture books anymore but would definitely come back to this post if I ever need it for work or my friends’ kids! 🙂

    1. Thank you!! Finding new books to read to kids is always hard for me, I always save blogs with recommendations!

  2. Reading out loud to kids is so important!! I love this 🤗 I remember reading the Mercy Watson books – so good! Some of my favorite picture books are The Library Lion, Beekle: Adventures of an Unimaginary Friend, and all the Mother Bruce books 😂

    1. Yes! I love it so much! I’m adding those to my list, since we haven’t read them yet!

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