Paediatricians, nursery school teachers, grannies and nannies are all on the same page when it comes to reading it seems. More than ever our kids need to sit still and read a good book with their parents by their side. Reading to a child is not only fun, but a great way to improve their concentration, stimulate their developing imaginations and teach important life lessons. For this reason we are doing a Sleep Tight series for kids!
As I write this post slogans like READ TO SUCCEED and READERS ARE LEADERS are ringing in my ears, and I am having flashbacks to the grumpy school librarian explaining the Dewey Decimal Classification system. But books don't have to be a dusty, in fact they can be a springboard to other worlds and a great way to end each busy day.
Watching TV and playing computer games have easily won a child's attention in the past, but the last few years have seen screen time increase even further with the acquisition of smart phones and fantastic internet sites. Creativity is often fueled by boredom and stifled by entertainment. Entertainment can be too easy to find.
So kill a couple of birds with one stone. Bedtime stories can serve as a chance to read, stop screen time creeping in the hour before bedtime and give your kids a chance for a cuddle or to get some stuff of their chests. End the day on a good note with these tried and tested bedtime stories that actually promote sleep to your kids.
Pajama Time Written by Sandra Boynton
Looking for Sleepy Written by Maribeth Boelts & Illustrated by Bernadette Pons
Big Red Barn by Felicia Bond
The Dream Jar Written by Lindan Lee Johnson & Illustrated by Serena Curmi
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Molen & Mark Teague
And for some fun and giggles (and lessons about eating, loving and playing) these are all great too!
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss (or any of the Dr Seuss books)
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
Vegetable Glue by Susan Chandler
Sugarlump and the Unicorn by Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks
Sparkly Shoes and Picnic Parties by Sophie Tilley