On Our Night Stand – What Gertrude and I are Reading Before Bed


Bedtime with a toddler, at least in my house, is hit or miss. She may go to bed unbathed, teeth unbrushed, without pajamas but I can always count on a story. Check out our current favorites.







Lenny & Lucy
By: Philip Stead

A picture book about moving to a new house and making new friends.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
By: Philip Stead

Amos McGee, a friendly zoo keeper, always makes time to visit his animal friends, but when he becomes sick and cannot come in to work, the animals pay him a visit instead.

Bear Sees Colors
By: Karma Wilson

While taking a walk with Mouse, Bear meets many other friends and sees colors everywhere.

Tikki Tikki Tembo
By: Arlene Mosel

When the eldest son fell in the well and most of the time getting help was spent pronouncing the name of the one in trouble, the Chinese, according to legend, decided to give all their children short names.

Hooray for Today
By: Brian Won

Owl wakes up and is ready to play, but all his friends are sleeping.

A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals
By: Lucy Ruth Cummins

Members of a large group of animals, including a penguin, two rabbits, and a koala, disappear at an alarming rate but the hungry lion remains. Ages 4-8

By: Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum’s only problem, once she reaches school age, seems to be her name which becomes the object of ridicule by jealous classmates. Chrysanthemum begins to feel that her name is “absolutely dreadful” instead of “absolutely perfect” as it once was. But with the help of supportive parents, and an especially wonderful music teacher, Chrysanthemum soon learns to appreciate the beauty and melodious sounds of her name again.

Max and the Tag-Along Moon
By: Floyd Cooper

When Max leaves his grandfather’s house, the moon follows him all the way home, just as Grandpa promised it would.

By: Victoria Kann

A little girl who is obsessed with the color pink eats so many pink cupcakes that she herself turns pink.

The Cow Loves Cookies
By: Wilson Karma

While all the other animals on the farm enjoy eating their regular food, the cow chooses to eat the one thing that she loves best.


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