Reader to Reader: Favorite Bedtime Books

We asked SpringfieldMoms readers for their favorite “goodnight” books for their little ones. Our randomly-drawn winner was Danielle Wilson-Watts, who won two tickets to Shrek the Musical at The Muni.
By far (and no surprise), most people listed as their favorite:  Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Many readers liked these books:
  • Go Dog Go! by P.D. Eastmanbedtime reading
  • Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
  • I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt and Cyd Moore
  • I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak and Caroline Jayne Church
  • Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  • Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw
  • The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Barn and Felicia Bond
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
Other books that are favorites with SpringfieldMoms families:Family reading.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  • Are You My Mother by P.M. Eastmand
  • Barbapa by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor
  • Bears in the Night by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr, John Archambault and Lois Ehlert
  • Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown
  • Daddies Do It Different by Alan Lawrence Sitomer and Abby Carter
  • Daddy Snores by Nancy Rothstein and Stephen Gilpin
  • Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Goodnight, Beach by Adam Gamble and Cooper Kelly
  • Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex
  • Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  • Goodnight Johnny Tractor by Andrew Pinder
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
  • I Know A Wee Piggy by Kimberly E. Norman and Henry Cole
  • I Love You As Much… by Laura Krauss Melmed and Henri Sorensen
  • I Love You More by Laura Duksta and Karen Keesler
  • I Love You This Much by Lynn Hodges, Sue Buchanan and John Bendall-Brunello
  • I Love You Through And Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak and Caroline Jayne Church
  • I Love You to the Moon by Melissa Staehli and Melissa Ivey Staehli
  • Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino and Steven KelloggParents Reading to Laughing Boy
  • Je t’aimerais toujours by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw
  • King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently
  • Knuffle Bunny by Mo Williams
  • Little Bitty Bakery by Leslie Muir and Betsy Lewin
  • Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? By Dr. Seuss
  • My Go to Bed Book by Hildegarde Ford and Mary Win
  • My Goodnight Book by Eloise Wilkin
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • Olivia by Ian Falconer and Dame Edna
  • On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  • Pout Pout Fish  by Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna
  • Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz
  • Sesame Street’s Sleep Tight by Constance Allen and David Prebenna
  • Shark vs Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld
  • Six Bears Get in a Pickle – in Gordon Dioxide’s Book Of Slightly Odd Bedtime Stories
  • Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
  • Snuggle Puppy! by Sandra Boynton
  • Snuggle Up Sleepy Ones (about animals in Africa going to sleep as the sun sets) by Claire Freedman and Tina Macnaughton
  • Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  • 10 Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth and Laura Huliska-Beithmom and son reading
  • 10 Minutes till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
  • The Blah by Jack Kent
  • The Flea’s Sneeze by Lynn Downey and Karla Firehammer
  • The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood
  • The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
  • The Sleepy Little Alphabet: A Bedtime Story from Alphabet Town by Judy Sierra and Melissa Sweet
  • The Three Little Pigs by Golden Books
  • The Tickle Tree by Parragon Books
  • The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss and Joe Mathieu
  • There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss
  • Tickle Monster  by Josie Bissett and Kevan J. Atteberry
  • Time for Bed by Mem Fox and Jane Dyer
  • Where Does God Live? by Holly Bea and Kim Howardbook on couch
  • You Are My I Love You by Maryann Cusimano Love and Satomi Ichikawa

Some families prefer book series for bedtime:

  • American Girl Doll books
  • Berenstain Bear books
  • Llama Llama books by Anna Dewdney
  • Dr. Seuss books
  • Fly Guy books by Tedd Arnold
  • Junie B Jones series by Barbara Park and Denise Brunkus
  • Pete The Cat Series by James Dean
  • Sophia the First
  • The Never Girl Series books
  • 39 clues Series by Rick Riordan
  • Tiger books, like Tiger Can’t Sleep and Read to Tiger by S. J. Fore and R.W. Alleyread photo

Some families prefer songs:

  • You Are My Sunshine
  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Some people have made bedtime extra special:

  • We watch daddy’s video of Mr. Brown Can Moo? Can You? Daddy’s deployed and videoed himself reading our little guy’s fave book.
  • Love You Forever and Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You. When I was deployed I recorded them for my boys.
  • The Kissing Hand  We love it so much and my son gives me a ‘kissing hand’ (and I give him one!) before I leave for work everyday, too!  Such a sweet book!
  • I wrote an original poem for my children.
  • My Daddy and Me by Tina Macnaughton. His dad is a truck driver and is out on the road a lot so I want to make sure he knows his daddy loves him.
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