Reading aloud is a great way to engage young children with stories while expanding their vocabulary, developing their comprehension, and instilling a love of reading and learning. For so many kids, bedtime stories are the most highly anticipated read-alouds, and we have some wonderful books that are perfect bedtime reading.

Snow Lion

The Snow Lion
by Jim Helmore
illustrated by Richard Jones

“Unfussy prose by Helmore (Letterbox Lil) makes for lovely, measured storytelling, and it’s a fine match for Jones’s generously scaled art… Visually and emotionally, there’s expansiveness, poignancy, and hope in these pages, the Snow Lion’s benevolent presence presiding over it all.”
Publishers Weekly

Back to Bed Ed

Back to Bed, Ed!
by Sebastien Braun

“Reassuring and right up a toddler’s nighttime alley.” Kirkus Reviews

Can You Growl Like a Bear

Can You Growl Like a Bear?
by John Butler

“Large text curves gracefully through each image. Nature is depicted as ever-friendly, where frolicking, twinkly-eyed animals lope through soft grasses…This simple book will fit easily into any storytime or bedtime repertoire.” ―School Library Journal

One More Sheep

One More Sheep
by Mij Kelly
illustrated by Russell Ayto

“Playful illustrations, colorful commentary by the sheep, and rhythm of the text will no doubt make this an excellent read aloud and bedtime staple. This is a must have for all picture book collections.”Baker & Taylor CATS Meow

Nighty Night

Nighty Night!
by Margaret Wild
illustrated by Kelly Argent

“Mischievous mix-ups rule in this fun-loving tale of barnyard babies who stave off the bedtime hour for as long as possible…. Wild and Argent depict these antics through simple, rhythmic sentences and muted watercolors that lend a cozy, snuggle-up feel to the story….Young readers won’t want these characters to say good night and will surely use this book to forestall their own imminent bedtimes.” Publishers Weekly

Where is Baby?

Where is Baby?
by Kathryn O. Galbraith
illustrated by John Butler

“A heartwarming, read-aloud story perfect for sharing with the littlest of little ones, just before bedtime.” ―Midwest Book Review

 

Find these books on Amazon or at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble! For more read-aloud recommendations, check out our blog post: “Great Read Aloud Books for Storytime, Bedtime, and More.”