Before we had Jules, Robbie and I both read to the boys at night. He would read to Finn while I read to Bennett and the next night we’d swap. Now that we have Jules, one of us stays downstairs with him and the other reads to both Finn and Bennett together.

When it’s Robbie’s turn, I’ll check in on the monitor sometimes and I’ll see a Finn shaped monster wriggling under the covers while Bennett tries to sit on his head, or Bennett will be singing and spinning on the floor while Robbie reads to Finn, or maybe it will be some combination of singing, sitting on heads and reading, all at once.

I’m more strict with the bedtime routine. Bath, Brush teeth. Choose books. Then we all read together and after books we tell stories about our day. Then I hand out the imaginary baby red foxes and zebras (super important), give kisses and say good night.

But lately we’ve been running into Bennett’s old room (now Jules’s nursery) for five minutes of stargazing before I tuck them in. The nights are getting warm and we open the window so we can hear the cicadas and feel the breeze. We look for satellites and planets and airplanes and some of us (Bennett) pretend to see shooting stars. It’s a little ritual that I’ll cherish when they’re too big for bedtime stories and imaginary baby zebras and red foxes. But hopefully not for stargazing.

Favorite books for little kids 3 to 6

Now that we read to the boys together, the books we read are for kids between 3 and 6. Here is a list of the books you’ll currently find on the boys’ shelves.

(You can find our favorite baby books here.)


(Ages 3 to 6)

A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen
Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Animalium: Welcome to the Museum by Jenny Broom
Asana and the Animals: A Book of Pet Poems by Grace Nicholas
The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
The Best Birthday Party Ever by Jennifer Larue Huget
The Big Book of Big Dinosaurs by Alex Frith
The Blueberry Pie Elf by Jane Thayer
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Captain Jack and the Pirates by Peter Bently
The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool
The Complete Adventures of Curious George by H. A. Rey
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White
Dandelion by Don Freeman
Day Dreamers: A Journey of Imagination by Emily Winfield Martin
The Dog That Nino Didn’t Have by Edward van de Vendel
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey by Emily Winfield Martin
Gaston (Gaston and Friends) by Kelly DiPucchio
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen
If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen
In the Town All Year ‘Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper (Be sure to get the Original Classic Edition)
Madeline and The Bad Hat by Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline and The Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline’s Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Olivia Helps with Christmas by Ian Falconer
Olivia Saves the Circus by Ian Falconer
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers
Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
Pip Squeak Joins the Band by Audrey Tarrant
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

Favorite books for little kids 3 to 6