Three Great Snuggle-Time Children's Books Fall

No modern technology can compete with good old-fashioned, sit-on-my-lap story time for little ones and those that love them most. A favorite story told in the voice of someone special, sitting close with an arm around the shoulder, wraps up the day with a feeling of security that simply cannot be duplicated in any other way.

Story time is a precious time to build the relationship between parents and children and develop thinking skills and vocabulary. But most importantly it helps strengthen the bond between parent and child. Here are three titles that make for an especially rich story time or even a treasured gift for a beloved child.

Bark George

Turn tears into laughter when you read the humorous, lovable story, Bark George, written and illustrated by Jules Pfeiffer. A mother dog takes her puppy to the vet because of ‘speech problems’–her puppy does not bark like a dog. Their visit to the vet produces ‘dialogue’ of various animal sounds that make reading as fun as listening. The illustrations sparkle with wit and expression that guarantees fun interaction between the snuggling child and the lucky reader. Everyone within hearing distance will grin at the creatively expressed mother dog feelings, the inventive vet, and the very lovable puppy. The ending will surprise delighted laughter from toddler to adult. In fact, you will never get tired of being surprised by this extraordinarily engaging storybook. Recommended ages four to eight.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

What child doesn’t love the ‘come find me’ game? In Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, author William Steig draws the child and reader into the forlorn world of mother and father donkey when their little donkey is lost. Actually, their child, Sylvester, has made a hasty wish that turned him into a rock. Nobody knows what happened and a suspenseful plot ensues as Sylvester finds it impossible to get out of the hard situation to become a little donkey again–well, almost impossible. Children will become absorbed in the colorful illustrations and the classic plot of being missed, searched for, and then blessedly found. The ever reassuring, happy-ever-after effect lingers into bedtime. Recommended ages three to ten.

Little Bear

A first chapter book for early readers and a favorite read-aloud book before bed or during snuggle time is the longtime favorite, Little Bear, by Elsie Holmelund Minarik, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Little Bear’s many childish, homey antics are affectionately told and illustrated simply in short chapters. Little Bear, excited about a new snowfall, works hard to get dressed in all of his winter clothes. Then, Little Bear wonders if Mother has forgotten his birthday. He makes birthday soup for all of his little friends, but Mother has not forgotten and there is a birthday cake after all. The author created a perfect good night kiss moment in the last chapter, thankfully, as it’s always hard to stop reading about Little Bear. Recommended ages four to eight.

Treasured memories of childhood most often center on happy time with loved ones. Simple, inexpensive reading time together can be enjoyed consistently and build a cache of wonderful memories and relationships. Choosing a special book can help create special memories of laughter and closeness.

Parent Resources

Babee Talk, creator or nursery bedding and travel toys, offers a great post on five bedtime traditions for children

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