A book is a dream that you hold in your hands – Neil Gaimon
Reading bedtime stories is such an essential part of our bedtime routine. It gives Emily the chance to wind down, have a cuddle and get ready for bed. The story becomes a cue to let her know it’s time for bed. When Daddy is at home at bedtime the story reading is his job. This is such a special time for Emily to have the all important one on one time with her Daddy and it’s a time for them to connect and share something magical.
Since we introduced bedtime stories into the routine a few months ago we have gone a bit mad buying books to read. We have found some bargain books in Home Bargains for 69p and some a little more expensive in Waterstones. I thought I would share today our favourite books to read to Emily at 10 months old.
10 Minutes to Bedtime Little Unicorn – Daddy chose this book for Emily in Waterstones and then ordered it on Amazon for half the price. It arrived a few days later and it was the bedtime story of choice that night. It is described on Amazon as the perfect bedtime tale. Sounds pretty perfect to me!
”It’s bedtime, but one lively little unicorn can’t quite settle down and go to sleep! As her dad counts down the minutes to bed, what mischief can she get up to?”
The Caterpillars Wedding – This is a story from my childhood (published in 1995 when I was 2) and it is one that I remember absolutely loving. It is so nice to be able to share this story with Emily at bedtime. We like to snuggle up in bed and read the book before her bedtime feed. There are lots of silly rhymes in the book and ends with a huge glittery pop up page which Emily just LOVES!
”Big John knew straight away that Josephina was the caterpillar for him. But what could Josephina wear on her wedding day?”
Where’s Mr Penguin – This is another book that Daddy chose for Emily and another one of her absolute favourites. She is really into the sensory and interactive books and the minute so the felt lift the flaps in this book are perfect for her. The story is short and sweet but really that is all she needs. She loves to lift the flap and peek into the mirror on the last page!
”A hide and seek book for sharing with a very tiny person”
I’m sure in the coming weeks/months/years we will add a lot more stories to our collection and come across more favourites. At the minute these are the ones that Emily seems to enjoy the most and the ones we love to read to her. What are your favourite bedtime stories to read to your children? Which ones do we need to pick up?
Love Laura xx