It can be pretty tough to find a decent bedtime story. Many beautifully illustrated books have paragraphs of text that make you wonder when you'll get to bed, while others are too simplistic, even for tots. These three picks — all out this year — are ones you and your little sleepyhead can both enjoy.
The personalization of this bedtime book makes it the perfect holiday present.
"Goodnight Little Me"
Written by Jennifer Dewing and illustrated by Mary GrandPre
Renowned illustrator Mary GrandPre, whose work graces the covers of the "Harry Potter" novels, lent her talents to this newly released children's book, which is made special for each reader. When you order the book, your child's name is incorporated into each page, including the cover. The letters are artistically spelled out on each beautiful spread, such as in the twinkle of the stars or a lighthouse's golden beam. Seeing his or her name in the pages of the book is sure to make your child feel special, ensuring the warmest and sweetest dreams.
Metro readers get 15 percent off! Enter code "metro" when ordering. Offer good until Dec. 31.
Rinker and Lichtenheld have mastered the art of bedside reading.
"Steam Train, Dream Train"
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Give those Thomas the Tank Engine books a break and get your kid hooked on a new train book. After spending a whopping 109 weeks (and counting) on the New York Times best-sellers list for their book "Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site," Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld are back with a new book, "Steam Train, Dream Train." Their latest release is full of things kids are mesmerized by such as trains, polar bears, race cars and kangaroos.
"Dream Animals" will remind you of your own favorite childhood book.
"Dream Animals: A Bedtime Story"
Written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin
Just out last month, this new bedtime book has a slightly vintage feel, with low-lit illustrations and whimsical rhymes to lull your little one to sleep. Your child will be looking forward to his or her sweet dreams after reading about the ones in this book.