Stacey Loscalzo

Oct 02

Once Upon Now: Bedtime Books

by Stacey

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


  1. Sarah says:

    What a great idea for a series! I’ve been reading bedtime stories for 3 1/2 years now and I’ve never read a single one of those… I might have to do a little updating for my new baby’s library.  I would love it if you could include a brief explanation of why you chose each book.  (I know that’s a lot more work, though…)

    • Stacey says:

      Sarah- A fun reason to buy or borrow some new titles! And yes- I do plan to include a little blurb with each book. I had this idea yesterday and was so excited about it that I just wanted to get it out there and didn’t have time. Thanks for reading!

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