As summer fades away and school starts up, it’s a perfect time to get back into the habit of reading with your kids before bedtime. Here are 5 books to add to your bedtime routine.

1) Whose Butt? by Stan Tekiela

Whose Butt

This is a delightful book with amazing photographs and non-fiction information about animals. The reader has to guess the animal by looking at a photo of its’ rear end. It will be sure to get some laughs and entertainment from young readers.

2) The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

daythecrayonsquitThis is a humorous story of crayons on the verge of mutiny. They protest their over use or lack of use by writing letters to their owner. He takes their advice and requests in account and creates a masterpiece at the end of the book. This is a must read for kids, parents, and teachers this school year.

 3) The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

TheDotA classic tale of a young child who doesn’t think that she can make her mark in life. With the encouragement of her art teacher she finds that she can make some pretty amazing art by making a small dot and signing her name. She then makes many portraits of various shapes, sizes, and colors. The young prodigy shares her learning and wisdom with another budding artist and the reader can guess how the cycle continues on. This book would be a fun read and then parents and kids could make their own “dot” portrait. Another bonus is you can upload photos of your dot portraits at:

4) Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre


Although Matty’s art teacher has warned him that too much glue never dries, Matty loves glue. After all, he and his dad make oodles of glue projects at home. One day during art class, Matty finds the fullest bottles of glue, and the fun begins. With a squeeze and a plop, Matty pours a lake of glue before belly flopping right in the middle and finds himself stuck to the desk. When Matty’s dad arrives at the school, instead of being mad, he celebrates his son’s creativity and calls him a work of art.

 5) Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg


A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing; not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. How about an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator. This book is a great way for kids to learn to make the most of moments even if they don’t have an eraser!

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Debra Barry

Debra Barry


Teacher. Writer. Mom. Wife. Domestic Engineer. Shoe Shopper. Coffee Lover. Reader. Runner.

I share my life with my husband, Chauncey, two step-sons, Kevin and Alex, five-year-old son, Brady, and our dog, Lucy. I have spent the last 18 years educating children.