Benefits of Reading to Children Before Bed
Reading to young children may have many benefits and advantages. Reading to children frequently may stimulate their development. It is shown to give kids a bit of a jump when they reach school. When you read to children, it helps promote their motor skills, by learning to page turn as well as improving their memory, emotional, and social development. Many studies indicate that children who are read to beginning at an early age have better language development compared to peers who are not read to.
When you read to a child, it creates quality time which furthers the social bonding between parents and their children. In these special moments between a parent and child, it helps parents introduce children to new aspects of the world and more abstract concepts. Reading before bed may also help get children excited for bed. By creating a regular routine, for both adults and children, the quality of sleep improves with regular routine.
If your child is one who fights sleep every night, there are several ways you can prepare them for sleep while you read. Don’t keep the lights too bright while you read, the lights can keep the child alert and ready for play. When you read to them, tuck them in and get in bed with them. It creates closeness and helps them feel snuggled and secure. As you ready, yawn a lot, whether it’s fake or real, it will trigger your child to feel sleepy as they will follow suit in their own yawns.
If you’re not sure what books you may want to read to your child, take a look at some of our favorite bedtime stories.
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr.
This story is a bedtime classic. The book is rhythmic and asks each animal to describe the animal on the next page. It provides a simple and early lesson in words and colors.
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurt
This book is a classic that most of us read when we were children. It’s a fantastically calming story about a little bunny saying goodnight to the rhyming objects in his room including the moon, the spoon, the brush, bowl of mush, and the cow jumping over the moon.
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
This is another sweet story about a little bunny trying to express to his parent how big his love is. The illustrations are beautifully done and the sentiment is adorable and charming.
- Astronaut Annie By Suzanne Slade and Nicole Tadgell
This story is about a little girl preparing for a career day at school. She talks to her family about her future dreams as she intends her future career to be an astronaut. There’s even great bonus material about famous female astronauts and facts about the moon.
- Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
This story is another classic about a boy name Harold and his artistic adventures. He goes an expedition of drawing landmarks, and creating his own purple picnic as he finds his way back to bed.
- Time For Bed by Mem Fox and Jane Dyer
This is a story filled with cozy illustrations of baby animals and their mothers, paired with sweet little couplets as the mother tuck their babies into bed.
- Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey and Tom Lichtenheld
This book is a tour of a busting building site as all of the construction vehicles finish their jobs and go to bed. This is a great book for the little truck enthusiasts.
- The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood
A story about the sleep people and animals that one by one, climb into Granny’s big bed for sleep, until the very last and smallest one wakes everyone up.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This is another color classic filled with Eric Carle’s unique style that tells us about a caterpillar who eats and eats and eats but, who eventually turns into a beautiful butterfly.
- Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss
This is another one that we are all probably familiar with. It’s filled with rhyming verses and colorful illustrations. It shows children that life will not always be easy but children can face any situation and keep moving ahead.