Bedtime stories are a favorite family past time. It’s not only important for quality family time, but it’s also important for helping children learn to read.
March is National Reading Month in the U.S., as designated by the National Education Association in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The organization’s 15th annual Read Across America Day will be celebrated on March 2 and is a program designed to encourage children to discover the joy of reading.
It’s safe to say most parents look forward to that special bedtime story with their little ones.
Celeb moms agree — including Jennie Garth, Jodie Sweetin, Samantha Harris and Jessica Seinfeld — and have shared with Celebrity Baby Scoop their favorite bedtime stories and precious moments with their little ones, just in time for NEA’s Read Across America day on March 2.
“Full House” alum Jodie Sweetin, currently stars on :Can’t Get Arrested:”
“We love to read,” Sweetin tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “We have story time every night before bed. It’s about 20 minutes and they get to pick three books. Usually it’s the same ones. We have ‘Goodnight Moon.” But “Pajama Time” by Sandra Boynton is their favorite. It’s really cute and has a song — it’s our favorite cuddle book before bedtime. The baby loves her first-words-books. I’m a big reader myself, so I love reading to the girls. That’s a really big thing for me.”
Founder of Baby Buggy, Jessica Seinfeld:
“My family loves reading poems by Shel Silverstein together,” Seinfeld tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “We’ve read his poems so many times that by now we can all recite them by heart. At bedtime, we read a few together, using different voices for each character. After reading time, we try to give each child about 20 minutes alone time with mom or dad, to talk about issues that have arisen at school or home that day. We always try to end the day with some big laughs.”
“Beverly Hills, 90210″ alum Jennie Garth:
“‘Skippyjon Jones’ is a favorite book of ours, it makes them laugh,” Garth tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “And I like ‘Crysanthemum.’ And then there’s always ‘Goodnight Moon,’ which always makes me feel peaceful and sleepy!”
“ET” Correspondent Samantha Harris, collaborator on the ‘Samantha Jean’ for DL1961:
“There are different favorite books for each of our two girls for bedtime,” Samantha tells Celebrity Baby Scoop. “Right now, each night, 10-month-old Hillary gets to cuddle before her bottle with ‘Good Night Moon.’ It was one of my favorites growing up. Josselyn gets to pick two books to read while cuddled up in mommy and daddy’s bed with us each night. Before we bring her to her room for lullabies, our favorites come from the ‘Elephant and Piggie’ series by Mo Willems. ‘I Broke My Trunk’ and ‘Elephants Cannot Dance’ are at the top of the list. My husband, Michael, does the elephant’s voice and I read the piggie’s parts. It cracks up all three of us!”
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