Story Time

Now that we’re into a bedtime routine, we read around three stories to Adelaide every night before bed. My sister worked at Gymboree Play & Music for years, so she’s familiar with some of the most popular books for infants and gave several to Adelaide for Christmas. We’ve been reading the same dozen or so board books over and over every night. I really like most of them, and thought I’d share them here. Right now we read mostly board books. We have some other non-board books that I look forward to getting out a little later. I’m also interested in what children’s books you love. As Adelaide gets older and her attention span can handle longer stories, I want to expand her library.

I also recently found this article about the 10 Worst Books for Toddlers.  I don’t know that I agree with all of their choices. What do you think?

But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
I love the sing-song rhyme of this story. It’s short so sometimes I just read it twice in a row.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
The first time I read this out loud I cried. I teared up probably the next 20 times or so. I’m good now.


We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
This was a gift from Adelaide’s Aunt Adrienne and Uncle Ben, given to her with a stuffed black bear at her shower before she was born.


Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
This one came with the little bunny. Adelaide likes the little bunny more than the book at this point. There is a texture to the bottom of the bunny’s foot and she loves to chew on it. Mom and Dad like the rhythm of this simple story.


Rockin’ Babies by Dr. Jenn Berman and Cynthia Weil
This is very clever. I wish I had written it.


Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
I remember this one from my childhood. It was one of our favorites.


The Night Night Book by Marianne Richmond
This one has grown on me. Again, it rhymes and the rhythm is almost like a lullaby.

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  1. Julie’s avatar

    Otto likes “Hippos Go Berserk” by Sandra Boynton. He also enjoys “The B Book” and “C is for Clown” by Stan and Jan Berenstain. The last two aren’t board books, but he seems to appreciate the repetitive sounds. We just don’t let him chew on those. 😉


    1. nextlifechapter’s avatar

      Thanks, Julie! I really want to check out “Hippos Go Berserk” and Sandra Boynton has a few others that have been recommended.



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