Reading to your child before going to bed does not only make for a great bonding experience; it makes your little one feel more calm and relaxed before dozing off. Bedtime stories will also stimulate their imagination, contributing to your child’s creativity. Here are some books you can read to your kid before they’re off to dreamland.
#1 Pura the Cat
A local favourite, Pura the Cat written by Tan Soon Meng tells the story of a stray cat named Pura who lives on Boat Quay with her friends Bhavana, Mei, and Dexter. Unbeknownst to Pura, she is actually a rare breed which will make anyone who captures her even richer. Follow the adventures of her friends as they all work together to rescue her, making Pura the Cat an extraordinary tale about friendship.
#2 Where Is the Green Sheep?
This children’s photo book tells the story of sheeps in different colours—from the cool blue to the warm red. However, the protagonist, a green sheep, remains a mystery until the end. Authors Mem Fox and Judy Horacek treat kids to an entertaining search for the missing green sheep.
#3 Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is a classic story that kids of all ages will love listening to at the end of the day. It marries poetry with adorable illustrations telling the story of a little bunny who says goodnight to everything in the room including to the photo of three little bears, the clocks, and the kittens.
#4 Race to Rio
Perfect for kids who want to feel inspired to follow their dreams, Race to Rio is a story about Joseph Schooling and his dream to one become an Olympic swimmer. He’s greatly supported by his parents and despite setbacks, Joseph continues to dream big until he won Singapore’s first Olympic Gold medal. This book will not only make your child want to aim for something high but will also show them the importance of their parents’ support in turning their dreams into a reality.
#5 The Going To Bed Book
If kids don’t want to go to bed, they might as well hear a story about it, but in a more fun and engaging way. The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boyton features catchy rhymes and ideas that will make nightly routine even more familiar to your child, making bedtime less stressful—as you’d like it to be.