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I have no idea what to get for dd and ds. we co-sleep and we read to them every night. Dh has a really bad book that he bought for his first son and I do not want him to read that to the kids.<br>
I also bought a book titled bedtime stories but it is horrible! it talks about a boy who does not want to sleep alone and his mom takes him to the doctor??<br>
what do you like to read to your lo's? what are their favorite bed-time stories<br><br>
heehee sorry Iforgot to add ages dd is 4 and ds is 2
 

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I don't know how old your kids are but we pick out the most gentle seeming stories from our huge stack of picture books we get out of the library.<br>
2 y/o ds loves the very hungry catapiller and other board books. 4 y/o ds enjoys a wide variety. We used to read "Mrs. Moon" by Clare Beaton which is a book of lullabyes.<br>
4 y/o has also enjoyed the dragons of blueland books before bed. And dh reads him folk tales.<br>
I usually don't buy books unless I already know them from the library or somehting. "Barefoot Books" tend to be great.<br>
Do you have a good library that you could browse?
 

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You don't say how old your kids are and that makes a big difference. My DD is 8 and I still read to her almost every night, but we are reading Calvin and Hobbes collections right now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
When DD was really small she loved Boynton board books. Good bedtime ones include:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSnoozers-Bedtime-Stories-Lively-Little%2Fdp%2F0689817746%2Fref%3Dsr_1_6%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225841382%26sr%3D1-6" target="_blank">Snoozers</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPajama-Time-Sandra-Boynton%2Fdp%2F0761119752%2Fref%3Dsr_1_11%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225841382%26sr%3D1-11" target="_blank">Pajama Time</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FGoing-Bed-Book-Sandra-Boynton%2Fdp%2F0671449028%2Fref%3Dsr_1_24%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225841497%26sr%3D1-24" target="_blank">The Going-To-Bed Book</a><br><br>
but we would just let her pick one or two that she felt like hearing. Some of the reprints of classic Little Golden Books are actually quite sweet. We liked:<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FPoky-Little-Puppy-Golden-Book%2Fdp%2FB000J4JSTG%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225841740%26sr%3D1-2" target="_blank">The Poky Little Puppy</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FColor-Kittens-Little-Golden-Book%2Fdp%2F0307021416%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225841784%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">The Color Kittens</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FGolden-Egg-Book-Little%2Fdp%2F0307301281%2Fref%3Dsr_1_14%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225841895%26sr%3D1-14" target="_blank">The Golden Egg Book</a><br><br>
And of course also by Margaret Wise Brown: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FGoodnight-Moon-Book-Margaret-Brown%2Fdp%2F0061119776%2Fref%3Dsr_1_6%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225842071%26sr%3D1-6" target="_blank">Goodnight Moon</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FRunaway-Bunny-Margaret-Wise-Brown%2Fdp%2F0060775823%2Fref%3Dsr_1_8%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225841982%26sr%3D1-8" target="_blank">The Runaway Bunny</a>.<br><br>
As DD got a little older, we enjoyed <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLittle-Bear-Boxed-Set-Father%2Fdp%2F0064441970%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225842134%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Little Bear</a> books, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FLucky-Song-Vera-B-Williams%2Fdp%2F0688144594%2Fref%3Dsr_1_5%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225842217%26sr%3D1-5" target="_blank">Lucky Song</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FChair-My-Mother-Vera-Williams%2Fdp%2FB001I8DHQM%2Fref%3Dsr_1_19%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225842276%26sr%3D1-19" target="_blank">A Chair for My Mother</a>, and many others.<br><br>
It is kind of nice to have something to read a little bit from each night. Now I sometimes will read my DD a chapter of a Beverly Cleary book, or an American Girl book. Classic Winnie-the-Pooh is always great of course. We tried the Little House books, but my dd doesn't like them. Reading several Mother Goose rhymes can be fun. We particularly liked our <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMy-Very-First-Mother-Goose%2Fdp%2F1564026205%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225842509%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Rosemary Well's collection</a>.<br><br>
I could go on and on. Were you looking for a particular type of book?
 

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cool and thank you ladies! I basically want books that do not get them too excitable. Dh just read to them The Twits by Ronald Dahl and I did not think it was age appropriate.
 

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One of our most favorite books is "Llama Llama Red Pajama"! It is VERY cute!
 

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i think it was around the age of 4 when my dd enjoyed me telling her stories of what she was interested in. like her life as a baby, her dad's and my life as a child. then she became interested in her gparents life.<br><br>
by the time she was 5 she was interested in biographies and autobiographies. so i would read from pieces and parts of the biogs or autobiogs i was reading.<br><br>
oh yeah for my dd at 4 her fav book was heidi. she loves and still enjoys mysteries and poetry. dr seuss of course still a big hit. but she got scared of horton and the who's when who was going to drown. we couldnt read that book for the longest time.<br><br>
other favourites<br>
Moose and Mouse <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FMoose-Mouse-I-Am-Reading%2Fdp%2F0753409291" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.co.uk/Moose-Mouse-.../dp/0753409291</a><br>
this has been a fav of not just her but her friends too.<br><br>
one of our favourite authors is iza trapani <a href="http://www.embracingthechild.org/atrapani.html" target="_blank">http://www.embracingthechild.org/atrapani.html</a><br>
if you can find the cassette along with teh book i'm a little teapot it is a treat<br>
i borrowed it many times from the library (never found the cassette to buy) from when dd was 3 and she learnt the whole book by heart.
 

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Sometimes its hard to find things that will keep both kids' interest (18 mo & just turned 4yrs)<br><br>
But we've had great luck with reality/science books geared towards young readers about every day things - leaves, seasons, bugs, lobsters, etc. Your library should have a big selection. Great photos, lots to talk about.<br><br>
For "stories", the ones that continually come off the shelf:<br><br>
Goodnight Moon<br>
The Very Hungry Caterpillar<br>
LLama LLama Red Pyjama<br>
Go Dog Go<br>
Courduroy<br>
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus<br>
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie<br>
The Going to Bed Book<br>
There's a Wocket in my Pocket<br>
Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You<br>
Wacky Wednesday
 

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Some of our favorites:<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FStory-Bear-Dennis-Haseley%2Fdp%2F0152002391" target="_blank">A Story for Bear</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FMilkman-Carol-Foskett-Cordsen%2Fdp%2F0142408042%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225897616%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">The Milkman</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FRaft-Jim-Lamarche%2Fdp%2F0064438562%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225897641%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">The Raft</a><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FHenry-Hikes-Fitchburg-D-B-Johnson%2Fdp%2F0618737499%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225897664%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Henry Hikes to Fitchburg</a><br><br>
These are probably our favorite low-key bedtime books. They're not necessarily about going to bed, but the tone and meter really seem to help the kids wind down.
 

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My kids two favorite nighttime book are <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Good Night, Sleep Tight Little Bunnies</span> and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">I Love You Stinky Face</span><br><br>
Good Night, Sleep Tight Little Bunnies is about all sorts of animals falling asleep all snuggled up to their parents.<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FNight-Sleep-Tight-Little-Bunnies%2Fdp%2F0439225256" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Night-Sleep-Ti.../dp/0439225256</a><br><br>
I Love You Stinky Face is about a little boy who asks his mom if she would love him if he were a stinky skunk, a scary ape, a cyclops etc... and how the mom reassures the boy of her love, no matter what.<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FI-Love-You-Stinky-Face%2Fdp%2F0439635713%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225898095%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/I-Love-You-Sti...5898095&sr=1-1</a><br><br>
Here's a great list of children't night time books:<br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FFavorite-Childrens-Night-Time-Books%2Flm%2FR1DW3ZGH8CE14R" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Favorite-Child...R1DW3ZGH8CE14R</a>
 

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Another vote for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FI-Love-You-Stinky-Face%2Fdp%2F0439634695%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225908716%26sr%3D8-1" target="_blank">I Love You Stinky Face</a>.<br><br>
We also love <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FWhere-Wild-Things-Maurice-Sendak%2Fdp%2F0060254920%2Fref%3Dsr_1_1%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%26qid%3D1225908750%26sr%3D1-1" target="_blank">Where The Wild Things Are</a>.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FSeusss-Sleep-Book-Classic-Seuss%2Fdp%2F0394800915%2Fref%3Dsi3_rdr_bb_product" target="_blank">Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book</a> is another favorite.
 

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DD loves the LIttle House books. We started with Farmer Boy, which is much easier for kids to get into I think, it seems very engaging for young children. We started reading it to DD when she was two, she spent an entire year insisting that we call her Almanzo like the main character in the book.<br><br>
She also really likes the Brambly Hedge series by Jill Barklem and the Sophie books by Dick King-Smith.
 
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