Three Cheers for Daddies Who Read Bedtime Books Aloud

Three cheers for daddies who read! Not only do daddies who read bedtime stories do something wonderful for their children, they can give moms a much-needed pre-bedtime break to hop online and connect with other moms or read or write!

My husband, I am proud to say, has been reading to my daughter, literally since she was in my belly. Guess whose voice she recognized first immediately after being born?

Yup. Daddy.

At a recent teacher’s conference, Samantha’s teacher mentioned what a good reader she is and that she can “sight read” almost all the kindergarten-level words.

She said she is one of the best readers in the class. [Blush.]

But who gets credit?

That’s right. Daddy.

I once asked my husband, Jason, for his top reading recommendations. This was a couple of years ago and my daughter must have gotten a hold of the paper because it is all torn and crumpled. But I saved it from a certain demise so that I could share the list of books someday.

It turned up while spring cleaning my office and I felt that someday had arrived. So here you go:

Jason’s Top Read-Aloud Books

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Dr. Suess’s ABC by Dr. Suess

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

Olivia by Ian Falconer

Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

Abuela by Arthur Dorros

Franny B. Kranny, There’s a Bird in Your Hair by Harriet Lerner and Susan Goldhor

I’ll ask him for a list of books for older kids next time. What are your favorite read aloud books?

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12 Responses to “Three Cheers for Daddies Who Read Bedtime Books Aloud”


  1. 1 Heddy_e March 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I credit my father for my love of reading. He read to me every night!

    We love to read to our 9 month old, a favorite is Moo, Baa, La la la by Sandra Boynton.

  2. 2 Megan March 24, 2008 at 10:47 am

    We love Sandra Boynton, too, especially “Pajama Time.” Another favorite (non-Boynton) is “Mommy Doesn’t Know My Name” or any of the Little Critter series of books.

  3. 3 Michele March 24, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Our family’s all time favorite read alouds include:

    A Cricket in Time Square
    Little Men
    Trumpet of the Swan

    These might be too “big” for your children though.
    I say three more cheers to your dh too! Every dad should be so caring.

    Michele

  4. 4 Tricia S. March 25, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    The Pokey Little Puppy
    A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
    Where the Sidewalk Ends bu Shel Silverstein

  5. 5 emsgeiss March 26, 2008 at 6:37 am

    OMG, Christina…my husband’s voice was the first voice that my son recognized too! He stopped crying while they were cleaning him up when my husband went over to him. Michael looked right at DH–and had I not watched the video (countless times) I’d never have believed it myself. I agree…three cheers to those papas! We’ve been (especially DH) reading to Michael since utero. Our faves are almost any Boynton, Guess How Much I Love You, Good Night Moon, and now that the little guy is into learning his alphabet–Dr. Seuss’s ABC’s. Great post–as always!

  6. 6 allena March 26, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Hey girlfriend, you forgot “The night Max wore his wolf suit, and made mischeif of one kind/and another/his mother called him wild thing.”

    Where the Wild Things Are~I got the darn thing memorized, we read it so much around here:)

  7. 7 Julianne March 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    We have a read-aloud Dad in our house too. I love it! Our favorites are Sandra Boynton books and Harry the Dirty Dog.

  8. 8 Stephanie April 1, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Such a great list! Good Night Moon and Green Eggs & Ham are my favorites from his list.

    I would also add:
    * Marvin K. Mooney, Will You Please Go Now! by Dr. Seuss
    * Only You by Robin Cruise

  9. 9 The Writer Mama April 2, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks for your input!

    This is a great ongoing list…

  10. 10 Jenny April 3, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Hi, my husband loves to read to our kids, too especially to the 5-year-old (the older one likes to read to herself now and “not be disturbed.” :))

    Here is a really good one that my 5-year-old loved hearing every night when she was a bit younger and more “tantrum-y”: “When Sophie Gets Angry, Very, Very Angry” by Molly Bang. This award-winning book chilled my daughter out and validated all of her feelings like nobody’s business.

    All of the “Curious George” books are also beloved bedtime tales at our house!

  11. 11 Kelli April 6, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    Hip! Hip! Hooray! I could not agree more. I love peeking in my daughter’s room at bedtime to see her all snuggled up with her daddy while he reads her a story. He’s said numerous times how much he looks forward to that time with her each night. He says his favorites to read to her are the Dr. Seuss books. Of course, we switch off so some nights I get to “do stories” with her, while my husband reads with our little boy. If I had to pick a favorite (& there are many)to read to my 3 year old daughter, it would be “I Know a Rhino” by Charles Fuge. My 21 month old son’s favorites are pretty much anything Winnie the Pooh and he loves the “David” board books by David Shannon. The illustrations are hilarious.


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