August 2, 2012

5 books for bedtime

If you’re past the age of ten, you might not have someone tuck you in and sing you a lullaby...

If you’re past the age of ten, you might not have someone tuck you in and sing you a lullaby, but chances are that you still read some version of a bedtime story—it’s just that the story is maybe about the upcoming election! The simple pleasure of reading in bed is one that never diminishes. Start your child’s lifelong love of books with these titles, some old, some new.

If You Give a Pig a Pancake – From the authors of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin, another tale with an adorable protagonist with an appetite. The consequences are adorable and funny: a maple-syrup covered piglet is just the beginning.

Goodnight Moon – Possibly the bedtime book to end all bedtime books, this classic by Margaret Wise Brown is a masterpiece in simple poetry and exquisite illustrations that read like a lullaby.

Where Children Sleep – This book is for older children and will inspire a discussion about the social issues that affect your kids’ peers around the world. A photography book by James Mollison, Where Children Sleep reveals significant truths about children’s lives internationally by documenting their bedrooms.

Arabian Nights – These tales have inspired movies, books and operas. In the story, the yarns save Scheherazade, the king’s new bride, from execution for 1,001 nights. From Aladdin to Sinbad the sailor, the queen’s tales are rich with fancy, suspense, adventure, and humor.

Where the Wild Things Are – The late, great Maurice Sendak’s most beloved book was Where the Wild Things Are. In just 48 pages, completely and sensitively captures the emotions and experiences of living with a child’s wild imagination.

What are your favorite bedtime books? Share the joys of those stories with sons or daughters, and build their libraries. From board books to novels, there’s plenty of room in Bolton’s B-Cubed collection—enough for 1,001 nights, and more, of bedtime stories.


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