For some kids (and parents), bedtime can be an extremely stressful time.
Not all bedtimes were created equally. Some kids go out like a light as soon as they hit the pillow; others, however, find bedtime a little more difficult, making it a stressful time for parents.
Whether it's a fear of the dark causing the difficulties or they're just particularly energetic, it can be hard to encourage your child to see bedtime as a positive, relaxing experience. However, as with many things, a good book tends to help.
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Here are five books that we think will help in creating a positive bedtime experience for your little one.
JUST BECAUSE written by MAC BARNETT illustrated by ISABELLE ARSENAULT
Parents with kids who have curious and active minds will relate to this one. It's funny how kids save up all their questions (and thirstiness) for right before bedtime, isn't it? This book captures the playful interactions between a dad and daughter right before bedtime, where he makes up increasingly creative answers to her countless questions. We love this one.
ABZZZ … A BEDTIME ALPHABET written by ISABEL MINHÓS MARTINS illustrated by YARA KONO
This book comes highly recommended by Children's Books Ireland, and we can totally see why. The book is aimed at little ones who fight sleep with all their might, but this book is so good at making people sleepy that it even falls asleep itself by the end!
THE NIGHT GARDENER written by THE FAN BROTHERS
"Something was happening on Grimloch Lane. Something good."
This is a completely magical, beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of William, who one day finds that the tree outside his window as been sculpted into an owl while he slept. Every day he wakes up to more of these garden sculptures, which fill his town with more colour and life than it has ever seen before.
GOOD NIGHT STORIES FOR REBEL GIRLS by ELENA FAVILLI and FRANCESCA CAVALLO
This book needs no introduction, seeing that it is an international bestseller and there are now numerous books in the series, but we couldn't write an article on bedtime stories without including his gem. Illustrated by sixty different women from around the world, this book explores the stories and lives of one hundred amazing women, from Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama. It is simply a must-read.
NIGHTLIGHTS by LORENA ALVAREZ
Put simply, this is a gorgeous, fascinating book. Every night, little stars appear in Sandy's bedroom. She makes cute creatures out of them to play with until she falls asleep and then captures them in drawings when she wakes up. Nobody seems to pay any heed to this until a girl at school seems more interested in Sandy's drawings than anyone has been ever before.
Have you read any of these bedtime books before?