Is there anything better than snuggling up with your toddler and a quiet story after a busy day? It's extra nice if that toddler is freshly bathed with damp hair.
These are ten of my favorites for bedtime, with a mix of old classics and newer titles.
2 Good Night, Gorilla - The zookeeper is locking up for the night, not realizing all his charges are following him home to sleep in his room.
3 Free Fall - A beautiful wordless book where the details of a little boy's room morph into his dreams.
4 The Quiet Book - A crew of sweet animals list off all the different kinds of quiet, from "first look at your new haircut quiet" to "sleeping sister quiet."
5 Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site - All the construction vehicles reflect on the day's activities before settling into their soft dirt beds.
6 Stars - Stars are everywhere, from a magic wand to strawberry plants before the fruit appears. And, of course, in the sky.
7 Counting Kisses - Starting at ten kisses and working down to one, a family puts their sleepy baby to bed with kisses from head to toe.
8 Piggies - Hilariously detailed illustrations of piggies doing various activities on chubby toddler hands, eventually ending with goodnight kisses.
9 The House in the Night - A recent Caldecott winner done in black, white, and gold scratchboard - gorgeous!
10 A Book of Sleep - The owl watches other animals sleep the night away, and when they wake up, he's just drifting off.
What are your favorite bedtime books for little ones?