Every day I try to read to my 22-month-old. We usually read together in the morning right after breakfast and before I go to work. Most of the books we have are bedtime stories, e.g. “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey Rinker and “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd. Can you recommend some age-appropriate books with a good morning theme?
I suspect the plethora of nighttime books is evidence of writerly reactions to the sleep habits of children. Lots of kids need help falling asleep; fewer have trouble waking up. The lack of books about the morning led our family to wear out a copy, in board book form, of Rachel Isadora’s “Peekaboo Morning.” Margaret Wise Brown has a morning book, too —“A Child’s Good Morning Book” — though it is nowhere near as popular as her well-known classics. There is a more recent re-illustrated version, but you should scour your local library for the original, illustrated by Jean Charlot.
The good news is this fall two lovely books were published that will fit into your morning routine: “Awake Beautiful Child” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Gracia Lam, and the worldly and delightful “How the Sun Got to Coco’s House” by Bob Graham.
For a less literal morning book try “A Good Day” by Kevin Henkes. Animals confront troubles and then invent solutions. It’s a great way to start the day, even for those who aren’t morning people.