Hearing a bedtime story as you're snuggled in your bed is a magical part of the nighttime routine for many children. It can take you to lands that are far away in your mind and help you to relax and fall into a peaceful slumber. Any story you like can be read at bedtime but there are also specific stories that focus on going to bed, nighttime or sleeping. The following lists of stories will help to make your bedtime extra special.
"Goodnight Moon" is a bedtime classic. The star of the book is a tiny bunny and the book follows him saying goodnight each of things in his room before going to sleep. He even says goodnight to the moon.
Time to Say Goodnight
"Time to Say Goodnight" is about animals of the forest and meadows that are getting ready to go to sleep. It also features "nocturnal" animals that are awake all night and sleep during the day.
The Going to Bed Book
"The Going to Bed Book" is about animals on an ark that get ready for bed. After the sun sets the animals prepare for sleeping by doing things such as brushing their teeth and taking a bath.
Where the Wild Things Are
Another bedtime classic, "Where the Wild Things Are" is a book that has been a favorite for many people throughout the years. Max is a boy who dresses up in a wolf suit and misbehaves so he is sent to his room without his dinner. In his room he escapes into a world of imagination and his room becomes a forest filled with "wild things." These creatures look kind of scary but they really aren't scary at all.
Cinderella or The Little Glass Slipper
"Cinderella" is a classic tale about a beautiful girl whose father marries a woman who is mean to her and makes her do all the housework. The evil stepmother also has daughters of her own who are mean to Cinderella as well. Cinderella has a very sad life until she meets a handsome prince who she eventually marries and "they live happily ever after."
Alice in Wonderland
"Alice in Wonderland" is a beloved classic tale about a young girl named Alice who falls asleep underneath a tree and dreams of falling down a rabbit hole. This is where her exciting adventures begin and she encounters characters such as the mysterious Cheshire cat, the Mad Hatter and the evil Queen of Hearts.
The Shy Little Kitten
"The Shy Little Kitten" is an adorable book about a shy little kitten that takes off on an interesting and sometimes amusing journey. The fun begins when the kitten meets other creatures along the way.
The Sleep Book
"The Sleep Book" is a classic book by the famous Dr. Seuss. In this sleepy tale many silly creatures yawn and want to go to bed in a world filled with rhymes.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
"How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?" is a fun book about 11 dinosaur kids who are going to bed. They do things like turning off the light and giving kisses. Each dinosaur is a different species and the name of the species is spelled somewhere in their room.
Good Night, Gorilla
"Good Night, Gorilla" is a colorful book about a zookeeper who says goodnight to all of his zoo animals. The playful gorilla steals the zookeeper's keys and lets all the other zoo animals out of their cages as they go along. All of the animals then follow the zookeeper back to his house.
"Skippyjon Jones" is a very silly cat that turns into El Skippito through his imagination. He becomes a mighty sword fighter when he puts on his mask and cape and battles an evil bumble- bee in this story.
"Pajama Time!" is a board book that makes putting on your pajamas a lot of fun and turns it into a party or game. There is even a little pajama dance in it that adds extra fun.
Goodnight, Little Bear
"Goodnight, Little Bear" is a wonderful story about Father Bear who is searching for his Little Bear who he has forgotten is on his shoulders.
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
In "Don't Let the Pigeon Stay up Late!" a very stubborn and tricky little pigeon tries to get out of going to bed. You will love his excuses for not going to bed!
Wynken, Blynken and Nod
"Wynken, Blynken and Nod" is a fun book about three bunnies that sail into the nighttime sky aboard a wooden shoe boat. They use silver and gold nets to catch the stars and they laugh along with the moon.
Chicky Chicky Chook Chook
"Chicky Chicky Chook Chook" is a wonderful book about cute, little yellow chicks and other adorable creatures. They play and sleep and even make it through a storm.
Guess How Much I Love You
"Guess How Much I Love You" is a sweet book about Little Nutbrown Hare and his dad, Big Nutbrown Hare. They love each other as wide as they are able to reach and as high as they can hop (and even all the way to the moon).
The Lion and the Mouse
"The Lion and the Mouse" is one of Aesop's Fables. It is a story about a mouse and a lion that together learn that an act of kindness is never for nothing and it is always worthwhile to even have a tiny friend.
The Goodnight Train
"The Goodnight Train" is a magical fantasy train ride that soars through things like clouds made of ice cream and ends at Dreamland Station.
Little Red Riding Hood
"Little Red Riding Hood" is a classic adventure story about a young girl who brings food to her sick grandmother. Red must travel through the forest in order to reach her grandmother's house and she meets a bad wolf along the way. This causes serious problems for Little Red Riding Hood.