Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Own Top Ten Tuesday

I was going to do this at the end of the year, but ran out of time. So here it is at the beginning of 2012. These are CJ's...
Top Ten Bedtime Books

I'll See You in the Morning Board Book

A cute rhyming bedtime story showing that mama always watches over while you sleep. The images show a little boy and his teddy bear so I show CJ and say "Look there's CJ, and there's lovey (his lovey) and they are in bed." It's short and sweet with lovely pictures. We got this at his baby shower.

"I'll be here if you need me. I'm only steps away.
So close your eyes and go to sleep, and dream of a brand new day."

I don't think I really have to state why this is one of both CJ and I's favorites. It's just a great children's classic, that everyone knows by heart.

"Goodnight nobody
Goodnight mush
And goodnight to the old lady whispering 'hush'"

On the Night You Were Born

What child doesn't love to hear about the night they were born. The words for this book sound like a song and is based upon Psalm 139 : "For your are fearfully and wonderfully made".

"For never before in story or rhyme
(not even once upon a time)
has the world ever known a you, my friend,
and it never will, not ever again."

Lala Salama: A Tanzanian Lullaby

I got this for CJ to represent his auntie, my best friend Silvia, who was born in Kenya and speaks swahili. I remember hearing her mom say "lala salama" sometimes at bedtime. I think this is more my favorite than CJ's. He loves the pictures, which are absolutely gorgeous oil on watercolors. The illustrator is from Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa.

"I lift you out of the kanga. You and I sit by the gentle fire next to our home with the golden thatched roof, watching the tall clouds, watching the night come."

 Night Night Blessings

I got this book a while ago free for review, and it quickly became one of our favorites for bedtime. It helps lead us on our prayers, thanking god for everything that he's given us that day. The images are adorable, CJ always points to the dad and says "dada" because he has a mustache just like Craig does.

Starlight Sailor (currently on sale)

This beautifully illustrated story is based on the old poem "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have this wish I wish tonight." Then it follows as he sails through dream-land where all his wishes come true.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: And Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes

Another great collection of bedtime nursery rhymes. The images are just darling in this one. Great for little ones.

How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?

This is one of my personal favorites. The book goes through a bunch of animals getting ready for bed. Their respective mommies and daddies ask the little ones how many kisses they want before bed. It ends with a little girl and her dad, then a little boy and his mom. CJ points at the little boy with his mom and says "Mama!"

"How many kisses do you want, princess pink? Daddy asks Little Girl with a wink. I want a HUNDRED, says Little girl, One on my nose and one on each curl."

Three Bedtime Stories: The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, and The Three Little Kittens.

This is an old hand-me-down book for someone. It just got introduced to the bedtime rotation recently, but its already a hit. It is a "Little golden book", but in a larger hardcover format. It has the three classics stories of Goldilocks, The Three Little Pigs, and The Three Little Kittens (who have lost their mittens). CJ is currently obsessed with cats so that is his current favorite.

Good Night Cape Cod (Good Night Our World series)

We don't live on the Cape, but CJ's godmother does. She got him this book for his baby shower and he loves it. It is based on goodnight moon, but says good night to things found down on the cape, such as summer baseball players, canals and bridges, and even cranberry bogs.

All books, images, and quotes are copyright to their respective authors and publishers. 
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  1. What a great list! I like the look of How many kisses? Off to order it right now, I am sure my daughter will love it!

  2. Thanks! That's a great one, we read that almost every night. :)


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