Some of the best childhood memories come from having a story read to them by their parents. This warm tradition of reading a bed time story has been passed down from generation to generation. While getting your children INTO bed may consist of a little fussing and fighting, after you’ve finished their bath time and got them into bed, reading them a book will certainly make their eyelids droop. If you’ve run out of good books for kids, check out the 7 Best Bedtime Stories for Kids.
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
By Eric Carle
Colorfully drawn and very popular among children, follow the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
2. Goodnight Moon
By Margaret Wise Brown
In this classic of modern children’s literature, a little bunny says goodnight to all the familiar things in his softly lit room.
3. The Giving Tree
By Shel Silverstein
Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk…and the tree was happy. But as the boy grew older he began to want more from the tree, and the tree gave and gave and gave. So begins a story of unforgettable perception, beautifully written and illustrated by the gifted and versatile Shel Silverstein.
By Janell Cannon
Stellaluna is the tender story of a lost young bat who finally finds her way safely home to her mother and friends. This award-winning book by Janell Cannon has sold over 500,000 copies and was on the bestseller list for more than two years.
5. Where the Wild Things Are
By Maurice Sendak
In this classic book, Max is a mischievous boy who dons a wolf suit, tames wild beast and crowns himself as king. With all sorts of rumpus and fun, this colorful book allows a child’s imagination run wild.
6. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
By Jane Yolen
Filled with wonderful detail and humor, children and their parents will love the expressions and antics of the eleven different dinosaur children depicted here, and each species is spelled out somewhere in the young dinosaur’s bedroom. In the end, young dinosaurs behave a lot like people do: They give a big kiss, turn out the light, tuck in their tails, and whisper “good night.”
7. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
By Laura Joffe Numeroff
What happens if you give a mouse a cookie? Why he’ll need a glass of milk to go with it! He’ll also need a lot more in this hilarious story of a mischievous mouse. The vibrant illustrations enliven this modern day classic.