We all have our favorite children’s books. Good Night Moon, Little House on the Prairie and Blueberries for Sal are just a few of mine. When my girls were born, I read them all my favorites. But I also read lots and lots of newly released titles. There are many books that have stood the test of time but there are many more that have not. I’ve been sad and I’ve spent time grieving for my favorites that would never sit on the girl’s bedside tables but I moved on. I moved on because I wanted my girls to be readers. Not readers of my favorite books but readers of their own favorites. Children really do judge books by their covers and it is important for them to see new titles. They also get bored. Hearing some of our favorites a few times is great. Hearing our favorites over and over again can get old.
So, today I am introducing a new series:
Once Upon Now
I will highlight some of my favorite children’s books and pair them with titles that are similar but newer. I hope that these lists will provide lots of new titles for grown ups to read and give to the children in their lives.
For this first post, I am choosing the most commonly given and read children’s book. Good Night Moon. A great book for sure. But there are so many other great books about bedtime.
Here are some of my favorite, recently released Bedtime Books.
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
Are You Awake by Sophie Blackall
A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker
Charley’s First Night by Amy Hest
Cuddle Up, Good Night by Kate Cleminson
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Night Knight by Owen Davey
Stars by Mary Lynn Ray
The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
Tuck Me In by Dean Hacohen