A Collection of Our Favorite Bedtime Stories

If you were very lucky, you were read to as a child.  You remember a comforting voice and delightful stories that will stay with you forever.   Developmental experts confirm what we already knew, there’s nothing better than reading to a child to build vocabulary, spark imagination and build a lifetime of happy memories.

In honor of International Children’s Book Day on April 2nd, we’d like to share some of our favorite children’s bedtime stories with you and your family.  Remember the children in your life this holiday, and surprise them with one of these classic bedtime stories that they will always remember, too.

Harold and the Purple CrayonHarold and the Purple Crayon (1955)- Bedtime Story
By Crockett Johnson

Cleverly disguised in this story is a wonderful life lesson–we are all creators of our own life experiences.  Four-year-old Harold, armed with his purple crayon, goes walking in the moonlight and creates a world of his own simply by drawing it.  Children love his many adventures in his imaginative quest to find his room.

Where the Wild Things AreWhere The Wild Things Are (1963)- Bedtime Story
By Maurice Sendak

This book, which was recently made into a movie, tells the story of Max, a mischievous child, who goes on a journey to where the wild things are.  His strange and exotic adventures lead him to realize in the end that there’s no place like home.

Where the Sidewalk EndsWhere the Sidewalk Ends (1974)- Short Bedtime Stories
By Shel Silverstein

Silverstein is considered a master of children’s poetry.  This charming collection of fanciful poems and stories is both whimsical and insightful.  Adults will enjoy reading these as much as the children will enjoy hearing them.

Make Way for DucklingsMake Way for Ducklings (1941)- Children’s Book
by Robert McCloskey

This enduring classic tells the tale of a pair of mallard ducks who decide to raise their family on an island in the lagoon in Boston Public Garden.  It is a heartwarming portrayal of the parents’ loving protection of their ducklings.

Goodnight MoonGoodnight Moon  (1947)- Bedtime Story
by Margaret Wise Brown

A classic in American literature, Goodnight Moon recounts a bunny’s bedtime ritual of saying goodnight to the objects in his room.  Be sure to notice the many details, such as the mouse, who is present in all the pages showing the room.

Charlotte's WebCharlettes Web  (1952)- Children’s Book
by E. B. White

This enchanting novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte finds a clever way to save his bacon!

James and the Giant PeachJames and the Giant Peach (1961)- Children’s Book
By Rold Dahl & Illustrated by Lane Smith

Join James, who discovers a giant peach that triggers an adventure across the sea where he encounters a group of oversized, talking insects who become his traveling companions.  It’s a wild ride, and best for slightly older children.

We hope you enjoy some of these classics with your family.  Happy reading!