10 Bedtime Stories to Read to Your Child
Bedtime stories are not only confined to planting moral values in your kids or helping them sleep. It is also about spending quality time with them that strengthens their creativity and imagination. So, it is time to get creative at night-time and make the most out of that comfortable zone of the night.
Here are a few stories that can prove to be inspirational while the child is going to sleep at night. These stories can also help your kids with their reading skills.
1. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo narrates a story of a clever mouse manipulating his enemies, to save himself. Although the story outlines Gruffalo with long claws and terrible teeth, it is hardly frightening. The book nurtures about looking at the bigger picture and facing things that scare you. ‘The Gruffalo’ is a beloved book because of the riveting story and an assured smile on your little one's face.
2. Where The Wild Things by Maurice Sendak
An enthusiastic child named Max becomes the king of wild things after encountering the wild creatures. The story then follows him finding his way back home as he realizes the importance of love and family. ‘Where the wild things are’ is a book colored with adventure resonating with the spirited little one.
3. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Anna Dewdney weaves a book full of adorable rhyming phrases and a comforting tale. ‘Llama Llama Red Pajama’ sketches out the tale of a frightened baby llama calling for his mama. The book then paces forward to share a beautiful message of a mother's unconditional love. It is perfect for your cozy bedtime story as it reassures your child that you will love them no matter what.
4. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
The book sings a tale about five trucks tucking themselves in bed after a long day working. ‘Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site’ is a learning experience for little readers as it illustrates how trucks work and what makes them different. The engaging short tale about hard-working trucks promises a ticket to snooze land.
5. If Animals Kissed Goodnight by Anne Whitford Paul
A book driven with cheerful rhymes and whimsical illustrations will win the heart of your little one. The story paints the picture of cute little animals humming goodnight. ‘If Animals Kissed Goodnight’ is a wonderful book that is dreamy and an easy read. It's a story packed with a playful and heartwarming theme.
6. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram
‘Guess How Much I Love You’ is a book of little important reminders wrapped up in beautiful illustrations. The book radiates the boundless love of parents playfully and lovingly. The following short story is like a goodnight kiss to your kids and a message that conveys loving them to the moon and back.
7. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
‘Goodnight Moon’ is a classic that remains cherished for its lucid rhyming phrases and vivid illustrations. The story promises a better tomorrow with endless possibilities. Margaret Wise Brown does a fine job switching off the mind with every page flipped.
8. The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
‘The Night You Were Born’ shares a beautiful message that the universe loves you the way you are. The book wipes off the traces of any self-doubt by instilling a safe place with no judgments involved. Overloaded with compassionate and welcoming phrases, it will make your little one soothed.
9. The Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss
Everyone admires Dr. Seuss for his good-humored rhyming verses and unique illustrations. 'The Sleep Book' starts off with an infectious yawn of a bug that makes everyone around him sleepy. The book is not much of a story but an attempt devoted to making the readers and the listeners drowsy.
10. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle
‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ is a creative book that enhances the reading ability of children. Apart from being an impressive read-aloud book, it grasps children with repetitive patterns. The book dedicates a journey to the dreamland on quiet nights.
Bedtime stories may warrant relaxing sleep, but the environment that the child sleeps in plays a much important role. Cultivating a habit of reading stories enriches the sleeping patterns of children.
One important part of the comfortable environment is the comfortable bed mattress that could deliver an unrivaled comfort along with snug blankets and soft toys that contribute to an undisrupted sleep. The quality of a sound sleep after all largely depends upon the type of bed your kid’s sleep in.