Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Good Night Moon is a personal favorite. When my sons were young I read the story so often I had it memorized. They’d listen and look at the pages (illustrated by Clement Hurd) intently as the bunny in the book prepared for bed, telling everything in his room good night, including the moon.
The Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
The Bear Snores On is another favorite. Karma Wilson wrote this one. The title character Bear is having a rough time falling asleep, but with the help of his four- legged and feathered friends he finally drifts off to sleep. There are several books featuring Bear and his friends that are equally enjoyable.
Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest
Kiss Good Night is a story that’ll give you and your kids a warm, fuzzy feeling at bedtime. The main characters in this book are bears as well. This time a mother is tucking in her little cub. It’s a sweet story and sure to be a favorite in your home.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are was one of my favorites as a kid. Written in 1964 it chronicles the life of a mischievous boy with a great imagination and his adventure to another place… all without leaving his room.
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and the Purple Crayon allows the main character use his imagination in a creative way. The boy and his crayon come up with some amazing fun.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Eric Carle has many excellent books on the market. His artwork and story telling keep children and adults alike wanting more. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is just one of his great works. Nature, bright colors and learning the days of the week are all benefits of this story.
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein
You can’t go wrong with Shel Silverstein. He too was one of my favorites growing up. From Where the Sidewalk Ends to The Giving Tree I have nothing but fond memories of these masterpieces. The Giving Tree makes you think and can encourage a discussion between parents and children about the importance of helping others.
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
Before Disney animated him, Winnie the Pooh was a storybook character by A.A. Milne. Christopher Robin spends a lot of time with his stuffed animals that live a life of their own. Their many adventures are timeless.
“Read two books and call me in the morning.” would likely be the prescription from Dr. Seuss. His stories are also classics that hold up today. The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham and The Lorax are just a few kids will love to listen to as you try to correctly read all the tongue twisters involved.
Finally, make up your own tale. Kids like to hear stories they can relate to. Feature your little one as the main character and let them overcome an obstacle and reign supreme as the hero at the end. They’ll love being a part of the action.
What Are Some of Your Kids Favorite Bedtime Stories?