Bedtime books have been a part of our nighttime ritual since my son was an infant, but the older he gets, the more important they’ve become.
It’s something he looks forward to — something he negotiates for more of. And now that he’s in the early stages of reading, honing his word-recognition skills, this burst of bedtime book love couldn’t be more perfect.
(That, and it’s an excuse to snuggle up together.)
So if you’re looking to bulk up your children’s book collection, or maybe you’re looking for some good books to give for Christmas, all of these come highly recommended by my 4-year-old.
Here are 22 of his favorite bedtime books that we come back to night after night:
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If we’re having a hard time dragging him away from electronics, these books are a nice bedtime compromise. Each page is interactive, asking the kids to do something — whether it’s tap 5 times on the yellow dot, or gently rub the leaves on a tree. They’re so popular that he’ll often request an encore!