Are you and your kid getting sick and tired of the same old bedtime stories every night? Fortunately, there are plenty of engaging books out there that you can both can enjoy. Below are the top 10 bedtime stories that you and your kid will love reading, listening, and learning from every night!
Reading Bedtime Stories With Your Kid
Reading with your kid before going to bed is not only an excellent time to reconnect with them before seeing them in the morning, but also to help them with learning and reading skills as well. When you read a single story with them every night before falling asleep, you can help improve your kid’s auditory learning skills, as well as their reading skills, to help improve their education. Plus, there’s nothing better than helping your kid fall asleep by reading to them aloud. Here are a few great bedtime reads for you and your kid.
- Mortimer by Robert Munsch
If your kid has a hard time falling asleep, you will both love “Mortimer” by Robert Munsch. This children’s bedtime story is about a wordy boy who can’t go to bed at night and ends up driving his family crazy with his antics. If you’re a parent that goes through this same annoyance every night, you’ll connect with this book and enjoy reading it every night.
- The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
“The Going-To-Bed Book” is a great nighttime read for you and your child. This book is written about an ark of animals preparing to go to bed as the sun goes down. However, Sandra Boynton adds a sense of hilarity to her stories, such as a moose lifting weights and a pig doing headstands. There isn’t a better story to read to your child before going to bed while bringing a smile to their face.
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
The story of “Guess How Much I Love You” is about a small bunny that tries to express to his parent how big his love is. The parent bunny and “kid” bunny go back and forth offering an even more significant sign of affection. Ultimately, it ends up with both sleeping, making it the perfect bedtime story.
- Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
“Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” by Kevin Henkes, is a great bedtime read for your kid. The story is about a little girl named Lilly who brings a purple plastic purse, among other treasures, to school for sharing time. However, her teacher Mr. Slinger confiscated her belongings. This betrayal leads to revenge, but soon she feels remorseful, and she tries making amends.
- The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
“The Day the Crayons Quit” is a story about a boy named Duncan who opened his crayon box to find that they quit! All the colors are tired of one another and don’t want to do their job. This book is a splendid bedtime read for your kid. We can’t wait for you to find out what happens next with Duncan and his crayons!
- The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
“The Wonderful Things You Will Be” is a great story for you and your child to read together, no matter what time of day. Emily Winfield Martin uses rhymes to deliver the message to be kind and help things grow. However, it’s easy enough for your kindergartener to read without too much trouble, and the perfect way for you to both read together out loud.
- If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul
“If Animals Kissed Good Night” is about a young girl wondering how animal families say goodnight while talking to her mom before going to bed. This book uses rhyming verses and fun art to view that your kid will love. This bedtime story by Ann Whitford Paul is a great read to put your kid to bed.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Most kids know the story of “Alice in Wonderland,” but few have actually read the book. Alice tumbles through a rabbit hole and finds herself lost in Wonderland. With wild characters like the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, and more, Alice is in for a truly unique trip through this magical world. This out-of-this-world fantasy classic is the perfect nighttime read for all kids.
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
This award-winning classic chapter book is another excellent novel to share with your kids. No matter how old they are, they will love to laugh at the hijinks of Mr. Popper and his performing penguins. When the novel begins, Mr. Popper is a simple house painter, trying to support his family. When a penguin is gifted to him, he reaches out to the local aquarium and is sent a female penguin to keep him company. Pretty soon, Mr. Popper has more penguins in his home than he knows what to do with, so he creates a circus act with his marvelous penguins.
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Children of all ages will love to listen to you read this classic fantasy novel. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” is the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia series. This book follows Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, four daring siblings, as they enter a magical fantasy world inside of their wardrobe and into Narnia. This fantasy world is trapped in eternal winter by the White Witch, but with the help of the Great Lion Aslan, the kids can bring about change in Narnia.
Reading the same bedtime stories night after night can bore not only your kid but you as well. It’s important to add a few new books into the mix. Hopefully, using the help of our guide above, you can add a couple of exciting bedtime stories into your child’s life and keep them wanting more!