5 Must Read Bedtime Stories for Kids

by | Feb 10, 2017 | 0 comments

Bedtime reading is such a precious time. It has always been the pause at the end of our day, and I always take the opportunity to learn more about each of my 3 kids’ days.  Although we always mix it up, in our house we have 5 go to bedtime stories for kids.

Now that my twins are older, they have reading time on their own. It’s a perfect way for them to wind down. But, although we might not still read together, I always take the opportunity to individually ask each of them about their day, and I always tell them each one specific thing that they did good that day.

It’s a boost to their self-esteem, and positive praise and affirmations build them up as individuals. Especially because I have 3 daughters, I often tend to refer to them all at the same time as “girls!!” It’s just a habit of mine during the chaos of the day. So, taking the time to address them as individuals is the most important part of our bedtime routine.

My girls absolutely love hearing about that one good thing that they did. And it’s usually something simple like, “thank you for clearing your plate without me having to remind you”; “great job sharing with your sister”; “nice work on your spelling test”.

I can always, always, always think of at least one good thing that they did during the day.

Below you will read my favorite 5 bedtime stories for kids…

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All that being said, reading bedtime stories has been a huge part of our bonding experience since my daughters were born, and it still is with my youngest daughter. It’s something that we can really do with our kids at any age. It’s a perfect way to slow down the pace and unwind together. Not to mention, reading is educational and informative.

5 Must Read Children’s Books

  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown 

“Goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere.”

This is a classic book that families have been reading together for decades since it was published in 1947.  My mother even use to read it to me.  When I saw it in the book store it brought up so many wonderful feelings for me.  As a result, I had to buy it for my children.

It’s so simple, but just perfect. The repetitive rhyming in the book is calming. I’ve read it so many times that I actually have the entire book memorized. And in fact, if you like this book, you will get a kick out of the more modern version of the book by the same author called Goodnight iPad.

2. Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

“No more of this Llama drama!”

A story about a little Llama who doesn’t want to go to bed. Yup, we’ve all been there. It’s another repetitive, rhyming book that is calming and cute. Due to the love and popularity of the Llama, Llama books, there is now an series of Llama, Llama books too that are just as good as the original.

3. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

“Let the wild rumpus start.”

Next is another classic story that was eventually turned into a movie. This book has been a popular children’s tale for decades because of the creative and imaginative plot. The illustrations are beautiful.


MLH Tip:  Establish a bedtime routine that incorporates calming activities leading up to “lights out”.  In our house we like bath time, warm milk, and bedtime stories for kids.


4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

“On Saturday, he ate through one piece of chocolate cake, one ice-cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon

That night he had a stomach ache.” 

Probably my absolute most favorite book on the list (and of all time) is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Read along as a caterpillar eats his way through the days of the week to becoming a beautiful butterfly. This book has fun illustrations with a beautiful message to children.

5. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram

“I love you right up to the moon-AND BACK.”

Finally, Guess How Much I Love You?  Surely you’ve heard this quote before. This story is about a mother and child in a friendly competition to prove who loves who more. By the end of the story, Little Nutbrown Hare is asleep and his mother whispers this quote in his ear. How sweet!

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young modern mother reading bedtime stories for kids to her son using a flashlight in a hut of blankets

Bedtime Stories for Kids Makes Bonding Extra Special

Most noteworthy, special time and these bedtime stories for kids are all about bonding with your children. A predictable, calm bedtime routine is so important for kids getting a good night sleep.  Maybe reading these stories will create special memories for our families.  As a result, maybe your child will share these same stories and create the same loving memories with their children in the future.

If you enjoyed this list, be sure to also check out this post:  5 Books Moms Must Read .  Now that you have some amazing books to read with your children, pick some for yourself too.

And no matter what stories you read with your kids, remember that the bottom line is to pick books that your child enjoys. And if it’s the same book every single night, well that’s okay! That is how he/she learns.

In conclusion, I hope this list of bedtime stories for kids brings some more joy to your family’s bedtime routine! Let me know in the comments below which of these books are your favorite and which books you would add to this list.  We at Mom’s Life Hacks are always looking for new wonderful books to share with our tribe.

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