Seven of Our Favorite Bedtime Stories

bedtimestoriesOne of the things my kids love best about our bedtime routine are the stories that we read. Every night, each child gets to pick a short book to be read, plus we read a chapter of a longer book. While the books we read aren’t limited to bedtime stories for kids–at our house, pretty much anything with words goes–here’s a list of our favorite books that are well-known and loved in hour home:

  1. Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton- A wonderful tale of a fuzzy, like-able cat named Splat. Throughout the story, Splat, and the readers, learn about school and that–contrary to prior belief–it’s really a wonderful place.

  2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown- A classic that you may even remember from your childhood. Saying “goodnight” to all the things in the charming house is a wonderful way to wind down the day and get ready for bed.

  3. Brown, Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle- Sneak in a vocabulary and color lesson as you read this rhyming story to your kids. Even the youngest kids will stay engaged as they listen to the descriptions of each animal.

  4. First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes- Follow along as Kitten experiences her first full moon, which she thinks is a bowl a milk. This suspenseful tale will keep everyone’s attention as you read to find out if Kitten succeeds in getting her “bowl of milk.”

  5. Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann- One of the most popular bedtime stories for girls, this story of a little girl gets Pinkitis will cause your little girl to beg for her pink tutu and magical wand as she gets ready to drift off to dreamland.

  6. One fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Suess- No collection of books would be complete without a tale from this popular children’s book author. This book is great for beginning readers; your child will love to help you out with all of the words that you suddenly “forget” and will go to bed beaming with pride that they helped Mommy read the book.

  7. How Much I Love Youby Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram- This is such a sweet bedtime story that I find myself reading it to the kids several times a week. Follow along as a little bunny tries to describe his love for his parents.

Once the kiddos are sound asleep, I try to get a little “me time” and indulge in a good book. One that you should check out, is Lighting the Way: Nine Women Who Changed Modern America by Kareena Gore Schiff. The real-life stories in here will inspire you as you do your part to change the world: by raising future world-changers.

What are your kids’ favorite bedtime stories? Leave us some titles in the comments!


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