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Written by James Kicinski-McCoy

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Story time is not only one of our favorite pastimes, but it’s also an important one. Reading with kids on a daily (or nightly) basis is a surefire way to instill a love for the written word for years to come. With that in mind, we’ve gathered some of our favorite reads to refresh the bookshelves of your littlest ones—from babies to six-years-old—and get them looking forward to bedtime.

1. Buenos Dias, Bebe!, $5, DK Publishing. 2Jellycat Farm Tales Book, $17, Jelly Cat. 3. Goodnight Gorilla, $13, Peggy Rathmann. 4. Madeline in London, $14, Ludwig Bemelmans. 5. Dragon’s Love Tacos, $10, Adam Rubin. 6. Little Owl Lost, $12, Chris Haughton. 7. The Day The Crayon’s Quit, $10, Drew Daywalt. 8. Imogene’s Antlers, $14, David Small. 9. I Must Have Bobo, $13, Eileen Rosenthal. 10. Bread and Jam for Frances, $12, Russell Hoban. 11. I Want My Hat Back, $10, Jon Klassen. 12. Knufflebunny, $10, Mo Willems. 13. I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato, $13, Lauren Child. 14. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, $14, Judith Viorst. 15. Those Darn Squirrels, $14, Adam Rubin. 16. The Great Paper Caper, $14, Oliver Jeffers. 17. Peek-A-Who?, $7, Nina Laden. 18. Where The Wild Things Are, $11, Maurice Sendak.

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