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Reading bedtime books with children before sleep is a great routine to set the stage for a restful night and good dreams. We all know how important sleep is especially for young children as they are rapidly growing and developing.
Bedtime books normally have a more calming rhythm many times using rhyming and a gentle flow. They can change a child's focus from a possible worrisome day or not wanting to go to sleep to the magic found in a story. Books can reset the stage for a good night's sleep.
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Bedtime routines are important; they set expectations of moving towards sleep. Many include bath time, putting on pajamas, brushing teeth and crawling into bed for a story.
Think about it...you sit still for a story. Whether it's bedtime, nap time or just a quiet time, bedtime books can help a child transition from the go, go, go to a more slow, slow, slow!
Be consistent and keep it short. Bedtime books will vary in length depending on the age of your child. As children grow older, they need more time to settle or can even enjoy parts of a book read over a period of several nights.
As children reach preschool and elementary age, not only does their reading enjoyment and ability change, but also their need for a longer bedtime routine. More is going on in their lives; it takes longer to banish the thoughts from the day and worries of tomorrow and achieve a restful mind ready for sleep.
Bedtime books help with this! This sweet time before bed becomes more than a routine, it becomes a time together. Reading books and stories becomes a shared experience and expression of love.
Reading tips at this age:
Chapter books are great tools to add to your child's bedtime routine once they are at the age of listening well and imagining the story on their own without the aid of pictures. This is also a wonderful way to introduce the fun and adventure found in chapter books for emerging readers who may see them as daunting!
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The soothing rhythm of Goodnight Moon has rocked many a child to sleep over the past 74 years! I would say that makes this a classic bedtime story for children.Margaret Wise Brown based this sweet tale of a bunny telling its toys and surroundings goodnight on her own childhood bedtime routine of doing the same herself. More ideas for Goodnight Moon
Max Lucado's classic has touched thousands of children over the past 25 years and has now been released with new illustrations in hopes of impacting new generations with its special message of God's love!
Ideas for Just In Case You Ever Wonder
This sweet bedtime book is unique because although Nancy Tillman illustrated it, the text is actually a lullaby by Eric Metaxas. The author takes the reader on a journey through a series of animals ready to go to sleep and some putting their own young to sleep with words of love.
Ideas for It's Time to Sleep, My Love
I bought Time for Bed in board book format for my granddaughter. I have always enjoyed books by Mem Fox, and this one is such a special read! I love books that use animals for these could be a mom or dad or grandparent or foster parent, etc. tucking a child into bed with love.
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