Best Bedtime Stories
I created this bedtime stories list based on our interests, things we’re learning about (36 Picture Books that Teach Life Skills) & classic bedtime stories.
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Here is a list of our favorites BEDTIME STORIES
(ages 2-7, in alphabetical order):
Printable list includes bold and italicized books marked as best reads for ages 2-4
100+ Best Bedtime Stories (ages 2-7) printable list
is a fun rhyming book that teaches the importance of patience (instead of losing your temper).
Another fun book by Adler. This one may help your little monster lover enjoy bedtime routine just a little.
A classic bedtime story in our house.
Beautiful illustrations and funny story that touches on insomnia and whether you prefer to sleep with someone else or alone.
I remember this book from my childhood and it was passed down to my son (although not from me). It is a great book to help kids who are learning to enjoy reading or are afraid of the dark. Two very unrelated topics.
Sandra Boynton is one of my favorite board book authors! This is a must have for your home library and for helping toddles deal with bedtime routine.
Magical Animals at Bedtime: Tales of Guidance and Inspiration for you to read with your child to comfort and enlighten
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Buddah at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with your Child to Enchat, Enlighten and Inspire
BEST Bedtime Stories for Infants:
These are the best books for infants because they are just like the name says indestructible!
A few of our favorites from when my son was little…
He loved the touch and feel series! Baby Touch and Feel Colors and Shapes
Classic baby game in a book! Baby Peek-a-Boo
This story is super cute as well.Baby Babble
Best Chapter Books: ages 8- Tweens
Bedtime stories are not just for younger kids! These books can be read independently (depending on reading level and interest) but all are suitable for read alouds, especially for multi-age audiences. For example if you’re reading with younger children and your tween decides to join. My personal favorite is Shel Silverstein’s books & The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka. Kids of ALL ages LOVE these because they’re silly.
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Kate Decamillo will forever be one of my favorite authors!
Miraculous journey of Edward Tulane
The Tale of Desperaux
Because of Winn Dixie
Mary Pope Osborne:
The Magic Tree House Series
Percy Jackson Series
Shel Silverstein: Poetry is an excellent choice for bedtime reading! It offers a different genre that some kids (who are already readers) may not choose on their own.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
A Light in the Attic
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
The Secret Garden by Francess Hodgesen Burnett
The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales-This is a silly take for school age kids (who have already read/ heard the classics like the Gingerbread man). It’s fun to have another take on a classic story and bonus points if it’s silly too.
J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter Series
The Chocolate Touch
How to find more book ideas?
~Try a Google Search: “third grade (or whatever grade/age) chapter books” or “third grade graphic novels (for a chapter book series or type of books)
~Search for recommended reading list by grade level online or check your local library (many libraries have a summer reading program with printed booklists you can take home). “Third grade core lit”. Sometimes local libraries have a pre-printed list of book recommendations from local teachers ESPECIALLY in the summer.
Tips for Reading Bedtime Stories:
Set a routine & respect it!
Example: we read 2 short (or one long) story nearly every night. If you travel make sure to bring two books and we read what you can, when we can. If there is time we briefly discuss the story (we average a weekly book talk).
Involve your child:
Do a Picture walk- “read” the pictures and try to guess what is going to happen on each page (if its a short story 5-10 double sided pages).
Ask them questions:
- What do you notice (about a picture)
- What do you think about that?
- Why do you think he/she did that?
Or talk about what you notice/wonder about the pictures.
Accept whatever level of participation they are able to provide.
*for infants and toddlers just focus on vocabulary (you can mix it up and practice identifying names or motioning when there are action words but remember to speak in simple sentences).
Make it engaging!
Do the voices (if it is enjoyable for you give characters different voices) OR If not model confident reading (even if you really don’t feel that way).
Read with expression! Use inflection & tone, pause at the commas and stop at the periods say an ALL CAPS word LOUD or SpOoKy or whatever fits into the storyline).