Toddler Bedtime Reads

“Let’s read a story! Let’s read a story!”

That’s what my almost 3-year old son always asks for before bedtime (or any sleep time!). With a request like that, I could only happily oblige. I’ve recently had to restock our little collection of books, adding in beginner reading books to the sturdy but limiting baby books. I got most of my hoard from Book Sale (my favorite!) at prices as low as P30. What a delight, right?!

Here are the top 5 picks from our bookshelf that Ky loves so much that we have to read it at least twice before he’d choose another title.

1. Time for Bed, Spot by Eric Hill


This is about Spot, a puppy, who’s trying to get ready for bed. As with all kids who are being asked to sleep, he wasn’t sleepy yet so he went through all sorts of things until he finally fell asleep. This is so perfect for bedtime! Ky (or any other boy or girl) can easily relate to it as it speaks of taking baths, reading books, playing, cleaning up-all the things that a child normally does and can relate to.


2. The Three Little Pigs


Don’t we all know the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf? Despite it being an old one, it still tickles children’s funny bone, especially the wolf’s huffing and puffing. We’d sometimes even play a game where I’d be the big bad wolf huffing and puffing and blowing, sending the kids screaming with laughter.


3. The Grandma Book by Todd Parr


This is a super simple (think stick drawings) and super colorful book about different grandmas. Though it’s more for the younger ones (my 10-month old loves it!), Ky still likes it because he can associate the grandma character in the book with his real grandmas. I would have loved to get all the other family books by the author too like The Daddy Book, The Mommy Book, The Grandpa Book, The Family Book had they been available. I guess I’ll have to try my luck another time.


4.  Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney


This is about two Nutbrown hares – a big and a small, trying to show each other just how much they love the other. Children will relate to how the small Nutbrown hare tries to express his love for the bigger hare – by using his arms, his feet, his body, anything to bring concreteness to the abstract. We’d always end this story with a hug and a kiss. Awww…


5. Five Little Monkeys Storybook Treasury by Eileen Christelow


One monkey alone spells fun fun fun! Multiply it by five and you’re sure to get a riot! This book has 5 different Five Little Monkeys stories and is indeed such a treasure. Each story features the five little monkeys and their witty and funny adventures. It’s repetitive and silly and fun and cute, perfect for the monkey in all of us! Oh yes, I like it too! =)


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