Mom of two Mischievous Monkeys: Our family's favourite bedtime stories

Friday, February 22, 2013

Our family's favourite bedtime stories

Like most families part of our bedtime routine is to read books. Now that Nathan is older he typically spends time reading on his own as he reads chapter books. Part of his homework though is to spend time reading out loud to work on his word pronunciation. So we do get to hear what he is reading.

Every night though (unless we are out late or too sick/tired) Karensa cuddles up with one us to read a book (or two or three) before bed. Sometimes she even sits with Nathan and he reads to her. When it is a book that Nathan really likes, typically one I read to him when he was younger he will join us.

Below is a list some of our favourite books and why they make the list. We have a good collection of books in our house and when we want something different we take a trip to the library. But some books are just so good that they get read over and over! 

The Monster at the End of this book – Someone we know recommended we buy this book, so we did. The kids love it and it provides good suspense and a nice surprise ending.

We’re going on a Bear Hunt – We love this as a song/action game when going on walks so naturally enjoy the book too! A nice fun one, and I remember singing this as a kid.

I Love you Forever- I bought this book shortly after Nathan was born and even when the book is not read, every night as I tuck him in I say “I love you forever, I like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you’ll be”.

Smiley Shark and Clumsy Crab - I am not sure if it is the nice, bright pictures or the silly antics of the ocean creatures but lately these are Karensa’s favourites.

Seeing Red- This one is a new favourite, when Karensa saw it in the Scholastic flyer she asked me to get it and since we love Robert Munsch I did. We were not disappointed and as always the story line is cute and adventuresome. Plus, an added bonus was one of the kids in the story is named Arie, which happens to be my dad’s name and is not a name you see often.

What are your Family's favourite books? Please leave a comment below letting us know!


  1. My favorite bedtime book is probably Goodnight Moon!

  2. I'm not sure I know my kids really love their personalize books so may they are their favorite :)

  3. We have, and love, both "I Love you forever" and "The Monster at the end of this book." Both are great books! We will have to check out the rest of these books. Thanks! :)