As a part of National Book Lover’s Day, I thought it would be fitting to discuss some of my favorite bedtime stories as a child and as books I read with my children.
Being an avid reader, I’ve loved books since before I knew how to read. Even growing up in a household where I was a first-generation Asian-American being raised by an immigrant mother who was learning the English language herself, my mom would tell me how I’d cling to books like they were my best friends.
When it came to words on a page, things just clicked. I’ve always known the power of books and the importance of them in a person’s life, especially in that of a child’s life.
Being a mother now, I jumped at the chance to read some of my favorite books as bedtime stories to my kids and we even discovered some new favorites along the way. I’ve always loved the fact that the kids seem so much happier and peaceful after I read them a bedtime story. It totally warms my heart whenever they ask me to read them a story and I cherish those moments with a passion. Being able to share the joys of reading with my kids is one of the highlights of my day and one I highly encourage all parents to do with their kids.
– Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
– Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
– Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
I’m a huge fan of poetry and books that rhyme. These classics have stuck with me through the years and even reading them as an adult has me chuckle and smile with all the happy feels.
– Where is Baby’s Birthday Cake? by Karen Katz
– Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
– Pinkalicious by Victoria & Elizabeth Kann
Where is Baby’s Birthday Cake? is my 4-year-old’s favorite book. We must have read that book countless times a day. She ended up memorizing the book and eventually “read” to us. Pinkalicious is one of my 10-year-old’s favorite books and another book we read multiple times a week at bedtime. It’s definitely a fun book and I love the the cute concepts in it.
As you can probably already tell, I’m obsessed with books. Sharing this obsession with my kids brings me immense joy and I’ll never stop trying to share my love of books.
So, what are some of your favorite bedtime stories? What do you love to read to your children?