Five Go-To Bedtime Stories That Every Child Will Love

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Getting ready for bed is one of my favorite times of the day. And not just because it’s time to go to sleep.

Although let’s be real here, that is a major bonus. Bedtime means time for cuddles. Time for a story or two. Time for those last minute sillies of the day to wiggle and giggle themselves out. Jammies and lavender lotion; Kisses and peek-a-boos behind a lovie – Hands down the best moments of being a mommy.

I usually let Zeb choose what book he wants to read out of his bedtime story basket. One or two of these are picked every night along with one other from his collection. This list is by no means final. Lord knows that as he grows, so will his favorite stories. But right now, at 18 months, these are:

Sugarbean’s Top 5 go-to Bedtime Stories:

Goodnight Moon

by Margaret Wise Brown

I’m going to be honest, I didn’t get the hype about this book before I had Zeb. I knew tons of people who would say how much they LOVE this book. Now though? I totally get it. It’s very rhythmic and I love how with each turn of the page the room gets darker. We’ve read it so many times that I am now able to recite it by heart – which works out great for those times when he wakes up in the middle of the night but I don’t want to turn on a light. 

The Going to Bed Book

by Sandra Boynton

Miss Boynton and I go way back! I love all of her books. My sister, Summer, had a ton of her books when she was Zebs age. This particular one is very special to me in a silly kind of way. When Summer was just starting to learn how to read, this was her favorite bedtime story and she memorized it word for word. She didn’t tell anyone she had done so, but instead had convinced us all she learned how to read overnight! I’ll never forget it. It’s one of my favorite memories. Sandra Boynton and her books will always hold a special place in my heart.

Good Night South Carolina

by Adam Gamble & Mark Jasper

These books are pretty cool. There are TONS of them! This one is part of their Good Night Our World series, featuring cities, states, and countries from around the world. Since he was born in SC, Santa brought him this one for his first Christmas. It has that perfect night-time rhythmic feel to it as it takes you all over South Carolina to say good night. Zeb has his favorite pages that he likes to point at and have me read it again. It is definitely a must have and I plan on getting him some of the other Good Night… books to tie in where some of our family lives.

Hugs For You

by Paula Hannigan

This is such a precious book. It is very simple and easy to read through. It’s great for the littler ones (yes, I know that’s not a word.) We actually read through it twice when he picks this one. The first time, we read it all the way through (complete with tickly giggles from the puppy and big squeezes from the elephant). Then, we start at the end and work our back making the noise for each animal and saying goodnight.

I Love You Through and Through

by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

See this little boys belly? Sugarbean likes to show this little boy his belly, too. He wiggles his fingers and toes when I read “I love your fingers and toes…”. And he honks his nose and points to his ears on “[I love] your ears and nose.” This one is a fun one for me, too, because I’ll kiss him on his nose or tickle his belly. 

Are these your child’s favorite bedtime stories, too? We’re always on the lookout for new books. Comment below to share your favorites!


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