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Five Picture Books Perfect for Bedtime Cuddles & Snuggles

This is a guest post by Emma, from My Book Corner

As the nights draw in the temptation to snuggle up nice and early with a comforting pile of picture books should not be ignored!

I love helping people find the best books for their children at My Book Corner, so I was more than happy to help when Kat asked for my suggestions for some great picture books to help you feel ever so warm and cosy.

Have fun browsing through my collection of five books which are perfect for bedtime cuddle time.

Today We Have No Plans

Jane Godwin, Ill. by Anna Walker

For all those who love weekend pajama days, this one is for you.

Weekdays are frantic for so many households. Swimming lessons to get to, school lunches to prepare, notes to sign … and then the weekend comes.

As Sunday comes around the pace slows significantly both for the character in the book and for us as readers. The narrative meanders along beautifully and encourages us to stop and explore the little things in life.

Jane Godwin’s fabulous narrative is matched perfectly with Anna Walker’s signature illustrations.

You simply must read this one as the weekend beckons.

Somebody’s House

Katrina Germein, Ill. by Anthea Stead

Ever let your imagination wonder who lives in all those wonderful houses you pass?

With a delectable ambling rhythm, Germein takes her readers past lots of wonderful houses at the bottom of ‘a long and looping street’.

‘Who do you think is inside?’

I love the eclectic mix of inhabitants from dancing animals, knitting sheep to baking grannies.

The warmth virtually glows from those lovely orange hues on the front cover – you’ll be smiling as you read and absorb this one. Gorgeous!

Books Always Everywhere

Jane Blatt, Ill by Sarah Massini

This is one of those great picture books which has been carefully crafted with the pre-schooler in mind.

With minimal text, and utterly charming illustrations, Blatt enchants her young listeners with the magical world of books.

From rainy books to sunny books, giving books and sharing books, Blatt extolls the virtues of books in all shapes and forms – and you can’t argue with that!

With Nan

Tania Cox, Ill by Karen Blair

If you love encouraging your little ones to be mindful, slow down, and use their imaginations then you are going to adore With Nan.

Nan and Simon go for a walk, mindful of Nan’s opening words of wisdom,

‘There are some things that aren’t always what they seem.’

Cue some great pencil drawings of things which aren’t quite what they first seem, just as Nan predicted.

Tania Cox encourages a joy and curiosity in nature in this warm picture book.

I Dare You Not To Yawn

Hélène Boudreau, Ill by Serge Bloch

This one simply must be added to your bedtime story routine. It’s brilliant.

Our young narrator has a very simple, yet highly important, tip for his younger readers. Do. Not. Yawn.

If you yawn, all sorts of things begin to happen. You’re told to put your pyjamas on, then a bedtime story is read, a song is sung and the lights are turned out before you’ve had time to think!

What?! All from one little yawn.

‘QUICK, cover your mouth – mmpprff! – to keep it from escaping.’

Those delicious, warm descriptions of those pesky yawns as they start creeping up on you, are just too accurate. You have been warned …

Fun, clever and totally adorable.

So. Those are my top five. Would love to know your thoughts.

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  • Emma @ My Book Corner

    Thanks for having me Kat – I did quite enjoy putting that little collection together. Happy reading everyone!!ReplyCancel

  • Justine

    This is a beautiful collection! Thanks for sharing :) looking forward to tracking them down!ReplyCancel

  • My kids have loved Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown) and Goodnight Gorilla (Peggy Rathmann). Oh, and The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

    One of my favourites is I’m Still Awake Still by Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson. It’s got gorgeous pictures, and comes with a CD of the songs in the book, sung by Sue Johnson (mostly).

    And another is The Colour Kittens, which is a little golden book, also by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s one that’s left over from my own childhood, which I remember loving, and my kids have all enjoyed it too.ReplyCancel

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