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2009 list of bedtime books for young children (up to 6 years old)

Jared Castle "Oregon writer"
The list author says: "These books are on my sons' bookshelf and were the most popular for bedtime reading up about age six. They delivered the maximum giggles, helped me teach good manners, good hygiene and good behavior all while feeding my sons' curiosity.

I limited the list to just the books we owned. I've written a full review of each book that I encourage you to check out as well."
Boing!
Boing!
"You need to read this bedtime book with the volume and enthusiasm of a circus ringleader. Lots of fun!"
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Book & CD)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Book & CD)
"Lyrical and fun. My kids memorized this book in no time."
The Icky Sticky Frog
The Icky Sticky Frog
"Sticky fun! Don't forget to add the "Frog Zoo Light Carabiner with Sound" available here at Amazon (see my full review)."
Peach and Blue (Dragonfly Books)
Peach and Blue (Dragonfly Books)
"A beautiful, sad story about an usual friendship between a blue-bellied toad named Blue and a peach named Peach. Be ready to shed a tear yourself."
Green Eggs and Ham
Green Eggs and Ham
"I have two use two distinct voices for the main characters to entertain my sons, but they love this story. An added bonus is that I can refer to it when they are reluctant to try a new food -- and it works!"
Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
"Nothing helps ease your little boy into sleep like letting out a few monster roars during bedtime reading."
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat
"This is a fun bedtime story, nothing more, nothing less. My sons weren't looking for a debate about latch-key children and abandonment. We'll leave those reviews to the sociology graduates. If your children enjoy this book, I also recommend, "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.""
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) (Big Little Golden Book)
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) (Big Little Golden Book)
"Don't turn the page!!! But, of course, you will. See my full review for the secrets to making this a bedtime classic. This was my sons' favorite book at age 4."
Clinton Gregory's Secret
Clinton Gregory's Secret
"Chock full of imagination and adventure, Clinton Gregory's Secret details seven days of fun, including dinosaurs, pirates and spaceships."
Micro Monsters: Life Under the Microscope
Micro Monsters: Life Under the Microscope
"A great bedtime book and a wonderful message about why good hygiene is so important."
Chuck Jones' Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
Chuck Jones' Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
"Don't let the other reviewers dissuade you from buying this book because it is an edited version of The Jungle Book. I have a five-year old and a four-year old and they enjoy this shorter version. I'll introduce them to the original book in a couple of years."
The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners
The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners
"Another handy message to share with little boys at bedtime. These "reminders" have helped us teach good manners and behaviors to our two, young boys."
The Berenstain Bears and the Truth
The Berenstain Bears and the Truth
"Reinforce good manners and behaviors at bedtime with this excellent book from the Berenstain Bears collection."
DK Readers: Munching, Crunching, Sniffing, and Snooping (Level 2: Beginning to Read Alone)
DK Readers: Munching, Crunching, Sniffing, and Snooping (Level 2: Beginning to Read Alone)
"Another DK Readers favorite of our two, young boys."
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! (Eyewitness Readers, Level 2)
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! (Eyewitness Readers, Level 2)
"Gross, yet fascinating to little boys."
Slinky, Scaly Snakes (DK Readers: Level 2)
Slinky, Scaly Snakes (DK Readers: Level 2)
"Right up there with bugs and spiders on the favorites list for my two young boys. Full of great color photographs, the book introduces 25-30 new vocabulary words all about snakes."
Pirates
Pirates
"This book helps introduces kids to a large amount of new vocabulary but, more importantly, covers so much ground that it acts as a fantastic springboard to further study history or science."
Jack and the Box: TOON Level 1
Jack and the Box: TOON Level 1
"A very different book but warmly received by my sons. A silly toy and a silly boy make for a fun story."
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
"Nothing helps melt away grumpy attitudes like reading about Alexander's day. The story is over the top and helps my sons understand their day hasn't been so bad afterall."
Pirateology: The Pirate Hunter's Companion (Ologies)
Pirateology: The Pirate Hunter's Companion (Ologies)
"Designed for older children but don't pass this up for your little boy(s). The book can be a resource for years to come. For now, the hidden messages and velvet pouches inside this book make it a treasure chest of a bedtime book."
Fox in Socks (Beginner Books)
Fox in Socks (Beginner Books)
"Another fabulous tongue-tying book that brings out the giggles."
My Daddy Snores
My Daddy Snores
"Is your son scheduled to have a tonsillectomy? Here's a good bedtime book that explains why it is important to be able to breath easily when you're sleeping."
The Chance Brothers Ride Outlaw Trail
The Chance Brothers Ride Outlaw Trail
"I learned of this book through the Amazon Vine program. My sons learned a lot of new vocabulary about horseback riding and cowboys. They enjoyed the action story but never were scared. We'll be reading other books in the Chance Brothers series."
Thomas the Tank Engine's Big Yellow Treasury (Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends)
Thomas the Tank Engine's Big Yellow Treasury (Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends)
"A great collection of three stories -- The Pony Show, The School Fair and Henry Goes to the Hospital -- all of which are great for early readers and perfect reading for bedtime."
Zathura The Movie: Brothers Together Early Reader
Zathura The Movie: Brothers Together Early Reader
"While not a classic, this book spoke to our two young boys and its message of togetherness and family is useful."
Owl at Home (I Can Read Book 2)
Owl at Home (I Can Read Book 2)
"My sons can't help but giggle at Owl's struggles with bumps in his bed, a sneaky winter storm and the upstairs/downstairs puzzle."
Little Bear (An I Can Read Book)
Little Bear (An I Can Read Book)
"A gentle story that I like to read to calm my little bears down before bed."
A Fish Out of Water (Beginner Series)
A Fish Out of Water (Beginner Series)
"This is the book I read at bedtime to remind my sons to listen to their parents/teacher/swim instructor. The story is not scary and delivers the key message (listen to directions) with humor."
Little Bear's Friend (An I Can Read Book)
Little Bear's Friend (An I Can Read Book)
"Another soothing Little Bear book from Else Holmelund Minarik. I like this book's messages about friendship and sharing."
Good Night, Gorilla
Good Night, Gorilla
"Gorillas are funny. Gorillas that climb into your bed are hilarious. So says our 5-year old and 4-year old boys."
Bedtime: First Words, Rhymes, and Actions
Bedtime: First Words, Rhymes, and Actions
"This is our tickle book. It has been a favorite from ages 1 to 6."