We all know how important it is to read to your kids, and a new local reading series is promoting the connection between a bedtime story and quality sleep .

On the first Saturday of each month, the "Start with Sleep" store on Hertel Avenue will host a nationally-acclaimed children's author for reading and discussion.

"Reading to your child before bed really anchors a good bedtime routine," said Start with Sleep Owner and Sleep Expert Soda Kuczkowski. "We've gotten away from a bedtime routine, but we've really gotten away from reading. It's just so important. We need to get back to the basics of bath, brush, book, bed."

Below are the dates and times for upcoming "Start with Sleep Storytime for Kids" sessions. All events begin at 11am.

Saturday, July 6th: Michael James, the co-author of the new children's book, Princess Pumpkin the Pocket Alpaca

Saturday, August 3rd: Rich Morrison, best-selling children's author and founder of The Hug Alliance & Hug The Moment

Saturday, September 7th: Darren Garwood, international children's author and the creator of the Jackson Superhero Series

(WGRZ-TV)