by Carrie Hike
Pete the Cat
Sometimes, the kids bring me their chosen selection of bedtime books at night, and I inwardly groan. That is not the case with this one. It's fun to read, and it has a good message. Pete is one cool cat. His positive attitude and way of rolling with life's circumstances teach kids to not sweat the small stuff.
Llama Llama Red Pajama
All four of my children can recite the complete text of this book. It has been a favorite bedtime book in our household since my oldest daughter was a toddler, over 10 years ago. I will probably never be able to bring myself to toss it in the goodwill box, no matter how much KonMari simplifying I do.
Llama Llama Red Pajama has the perfect mix of rhyme and simplicity for a young child while addressing separation anxiety and bedtime fears. Baby Llama learns that "Mama Llama is always near, even when she's not right here."