These books instil important life lessons and help Tatlings wind down for the night

We're not sure how they do it, but between juggling their work, social calendar and family time, our Tatler friends have got motherhood effortlessly sorted. We ask mums Belinda Huber, Lynn Yeow-de Vito, Jade Kua and more for their favourite storybooks to put their kids into bed and why they love it.

1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

 “It’s a very simple book that is good for winding down for bed with the children. It says goodnight to everything in the room and there is also a little mouse on each page that the kids love to find.”

Belinda Huber, mum to Hunter (2), Ashley (5), and Hayley (6)

2. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

“The story teaches our kids not to cast stereotypes and to believe in themselves and in whatever they set out to do—values that Ken-Yi and I would like to instil in Max and Isabelle.”

Stephanie Lee, mum to Isabelle (1+) and Max (3)

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

 “This colourful storybook is a good introduction to the days of the week. It’s also fun to teach my boys about the life cycle of a caterpillar as it turns into a beautiful butterfly.”

Lynn Yeow-de Vito, mum to Lucio (5), Nico (7), Tanin (9), and Marco (15)

4. The Elves and the Shoemaker by Vera Southgate

“This book teaches children that patience and hard work will eventually be rewarded and recognised.”

Serene Chua, mum to Bella (2+), Christian (4), Amber (6)

5. Words Without Walls published by Edipresse Media Singapore

 “This storybook project is filled with meaningful content that encourages the boys to make decisions based on logic and to inculcate a sense of compassion.”

– Marilyn Lum, mum to Robert (2) and Philip (3)

6. Kind: A Book about Kindness by Alison Green & Axel Scheffler

“This book teaches children the different ways of being kind. I love that the kids can go to bed thinking about being positive and kind to others.”

Astrie Sunindar-Ratner, mum to Noah (11), Myla Rose (9), and Neal (2+)

7. How Things Work by T.J. Resler

“My eldest son, Wei Chen, has a lot of interest in inventions, so I think science-based books like this inspires his creativity.”

Jilly Wang, mum to Lim Yu Yang (2), Lim Wei Kheng (6), and Lim Wei Chen (9)

8. How We Save A Heart by Jade Kua

“I wrote this children’s book for pre-schoolers to teach them that the right thing to do when someone has a cardiac arrest is to start CPR and use an AED. Many adults whom I teach CPR to are actually afraid to use their skills, so I realised that it is important to teach kids to be brave from a young age.”

Jade Kua, mum to Marcel (3), Marion (6), Mark (8), Mariena (17), Mariesa (19), Martin (20)

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