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From Generation to Generation: Popular Bed Time Stories for Kids

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We’ve all grown up hearing various classic nursery rhymes and bedtime stories that have been passed down from grandparents to parents to children. What truly makes a story so popular that it manages to weather all types of trends and fads? When it comes to children’s stories, one major aspect is that the stories tap into the reader’s imagination. The use of magical elements forces children to think outside the real world and imagine possibilities that are not logically feasible. Fairy tales that were spawned centuries ago make use of simple, human elements and emotions. In those days, it was a primary form of entertainment, especially in cold weather or at night when it was not safe to go outside.No matter how technological our society may be today, the simple fact is that we still experience the same basic emotions as people did back then. Coupled with a little magic and a handful of memorable characters, this helps children to identify with the characters. Stories and nursery rhymes that feature children as the protagonists encourage child readers to put themselves in the hero or heroine’s shoes.

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As stories are handed down from one generation to the next, each storyteller may also put their own spin on it to make the tale more interesting. In this way, the same basic story can be told by several people, but it may feature several variations. Apart from simply entertaining children, many of these classic stories also serve to teach children life lessons or moral values. This can be as simple as teaching children not to talk to strangers, to higher-level messages such as forgiveness or telling the truth. Perhaps the most prominent issue in most classic stories is the balance between good and evil, and the realization that right always trumps wrong. 

Compared to many modern texts, classic stories make more use of rich vocabulary, helping young readers to improve their language skills without realizing it. Since many of these stories often tend to make use of verse or rhymes in the dialogue, children are introduced to this other form of literature as well in a seamless transition. Reading to children at bedtime is a fantastic way for parents to bond while also teaching children in a relaxed and entertaining way. As the child grows older, parents can encourage them to read out loud instead. A fun activity is to show the child how to write their own nursery rhymes and fairy tales too. This helps to develop their imaginative and literary skills, as well as their understanding of moral issues. Within this guide are numerous resources to help you get started in reading to or with your child. It includes the most popular and famous nursery rhymes, Aesop’s fables, fairy tales, tall tales, and of course, a few stories just for the holidays.

Nursery Rhymes

  • Popular Nursery Rhymes and The Lessons They Teach
  • Historically Popular Nursery Rhymes
  • Favorite Nursery Rhymes with Activities and Resources
  • World Famous Nursery Rhymes
  • Well Known Nursery Rhymes and Lesson Plans
  • Mom and Girl Enjoy Reading Bedtime Stories
  • An Archive of Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • Beloved Nursery Rhymes with Coloring Pages
  • Classic Nursery Rhymes for Kids
  • Videos of Household Nursery Rhymes
  • Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Rhymes for Kids
  • Dreamhouse Nursery Rhymes
  • Mother Goose

Aesop’s Fables

  • An Alphabetical List of Aesop’s Fables
  • The Entire Collection of Aesop’s Fables
  • Succinct Versions of Aesop’s Fables
  • A Downloadable E-Book of Aesop’s Fables (PDF)
  • Audio Read Aloud Aesop’s Fables
  • A List of Folkloric Aesop’s Fables
  • Aesop’s Fables Animated
  • Illustrated Aesop’s Fables Online
  • A Slide show of Concise Aesop’s Fables (PPT)

Fairy Tales

  • The Entire Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tale Collection
  • A Collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • A Chronological List of HCA Fairy Tales
  • Classic Children’s Fairy Tales
  • Best Known Fairy Tales and Legends
  • Links to Popular Fairy Tales
  • Three Kids Enjoy Reading Their Favorite Bedtime Story Books
  • Well Known Fairy Tales from Around the World
  • Classic Fairy Stories by Andrew Lang
  • Favorite Fairy Tales for Kids
  • Famous Norwegian Fairy Tales
  • Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grimm
  • The Arabian Nights Fairy Tales
  • An Archive of Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • Famous Fairy Tales for Children

Tall Tales

  • The Most Well-Known American Tall Tales
  • A Selection of Classic Tall Tales
  • Links to Popular Tall Tales

Holiday Stories

  • Beloved Christmas Stories (PDF)
  • Christmas Classics for All Ages
  • A Few Christmas Classics

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