Bedtime Stories: More Than Just Preparing Children to Sleep

In our house, it is a tradition to read bedtime stories to our children. My husband and I take turns to put my son to bed. So, every other night, it is my turn to read him a story.

Benefits of bedtime stories

According to G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D., chief of the child development and behavior branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, MD "Neural research shows that when parents and caregivers interact verbally with children -- which includes reading to them -- These gains range from improved logic skills to lower stress levels. But perhaps the most profound benefit discovered in recent years is the way bedtime stories can rewire children's brains to quicken their mastery of language".

So, you are doing more than just preparing your child to sleep when you read him/her a bedtime story!

Books that we've read recently

Although my son doesn't mind to hear the same story more than once, I always try to read a new story at least once per week. We love to read classic children books such as: The Giving Tree, Where the Wild Things Are, and Treasure Island .

But, we also read new, or relatively new books. These are some of the new books that we have read during the last few months.

Merci Watson Series - These books are fantastic! I wrote a post about this series - click here to read it. These are the six books composing the series.

The Day the Crayons Came Home

The Day the Crayons Quit - Great Book; extremely funny. Click here to read more about this book.  

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids

I am Albert Einstein (Ordinary People Change World)

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos 

Stella!: A Treasury

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One

 The Man in the Moon (The Guardians of Childhood) The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie (The Guardians of Childhood) 

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