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Bedtime Books We Love, Love, Love

There’s nothing we enjoy more than a good bedtime book…well, except maybe a full eight hours of sleep!

Our staff is made up of more than 80% parents, so we know that a book before bed can often be one of the most memorable parts of the bedtime routine (it cues sleep and allows for quality bonding time, what could be better?). And did we mention our CTO Tor Ivry’s grandmother is none other than acclaimed children’s book author Miriam Roth? So, yeah, we take storytime pretty seriously!

Here are a few of our all-time favorite children’s books for bedtime – from international reads to old and new classics – as picked by our staff:

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

“The number one book for my family is Goodnight Moon. My kids, who are 4.5 and 2, love looking at the details on each page, especially the little mouse, giraffe and pink elephant. It’s great for imaginative play. Our other favorite? Definitely the Hebrew book Tale of Five Balloons, written by Tor’s grandma!” –Dr. Assaf Glazer, CEO

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

“My favorite bedtime book as a kid was The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. As a kid, you hear a lot of the same fairytales over and over and over again. But this book took the narratives and character types I was so used to and flipped them on their head. Those parodies – and the surrealist artwork – made this book so much fun to read.” –Anthony Mangia, Marketing

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

“Hands down, my kids’ favorite bedtime book when they were little was Good Night, Gorilla. This board book is fantastic because it marries the ritual of a bedtime routine with the mischief of an adorable gorilla whose home is not the confines of a zoo cage. We also love Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, a delightful book about a wonderful group of dogs, including Schnitzel von Krumm, Bitzer Maloney, Bottomley Potts and Hairy Maclary!” –Lisa Kennedy, CRO

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

“My kids never go to sleep without a bedtime story. Even during the most stressful times at work, I always make sure I’m home for storytime. My 2-year-old likes the The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but I read one of my childhood favorites, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, to my 5-year-old and 7-year-old. It always cheered me up as a kid, even when I was in a lousy mood. It still does!” –Tor Ivry, CTO

I Dream of an Elephant by Ami Rubinger

“If I had to pick a favorite it would be anything by Ami Rubinger. He’s an Israeli illustrator who writes short books with rhymes. My 3.5-year-old daughter loves the imaginative, colorful illustrations and completing the rhymes.” –Amnon Karni, Engineering

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

“I loved Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs as a kid. Everything about it captured my imagination, from the zany premise (a town that rains food) to the good-enough-to-eat illustrations. What could be better than being whisked off to sleep with visions of spaghetti tornadoes dancing in your head?” –Diana Aydin, Nanit Blog

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

“Growing up, I was a big fan of Goodnight Moon, which my mom read to me all the time. I also loved anything by Dr. Seuss, especially The Lorax. The dreamy illustrations and word structures were perfect for, well, dreaming!” –Andrew Berman, COO


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Diana Aydin
Diana Aydin

Diana is an editor and writer based in New York City, and she frequently writes about health, parenting and everything babies. She’s been a fan of sleep since the early 1980s.