There is no greater ritual than a book before bedtime, (make it more than one) and how about reading a book first thing in the morning too?
Time For Bed
by Mem Fox
Illustrated by Jane Dyer
Red Wagon Books 1997
Ages: Birth to 3
Topic: Bedtime Reading
Mem Fox's delightful good night book will lull your toddler to sleep, even if you have to read it over again and again. The rhyming words sing like a melody and the delightful double spread watercolor illustrations by Jane Dyer, which depict mother animals putting their babies to sleep, are charming.
Prop up the big board book format on a table by the crib and make the pictures accessible to your child as he closes his eyes.