Though stories can be enjoyed at any time of the day, there’s a certain magic that comes with reading just before you go to sleep. It doesn’t matter how old you are—whether you’re all tucked in, waiting for mom or dad’s “once upon a time,” or you’ve picked out your own book, ready to go through the pages yourself, there’s no better way to end the day than with a bedtime story. Here are a few of our favorites—try reading one tonight!
By Margaret Wise Brown, pictures by Clement Hurd
For years, this classic story has been read at bedsides all over the world, helping restless children go to sleep by saying good night to everything in their room.
Also by Brown and Hurd: The Runaway Bunny
By B.J. Novak
Both parent and child will enjoy saying and listening to all these silly sounds before tucking in. It may take a while though—kids will want to read this again and again.
Also by B.J. Novak, stories for mom and dad: One More Thing
By Dr. Seuss
This Seuss classic can be enjoyed any time of the day, really. But it is just the kind of adventure you can go on before heading off to dreamland.
Other classics by Dr. Seuss: Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, Green Eggs and Ham, and many more
Edgar Gets Ready for Bed
By Jennifer Adams, pictures by Ron Stucki
A great way to introduce kids to this classic—without giving them nightmares, of course. Edgar the Raven has only one thing to say throughout the day: Nevermore! But even he needs to sleep, and when bedtime comes, his mom knows just what to do.
Learn with Jennifer Adams: Jungle Book: A BabyLit® Animals Primer, Les Miserables: A BabyLit® French Primer, and more
By Barney Saltzberg
No use crying over spilled anything, especially when you can turn it into a silly creature! Smudges and stains can become so much more—just let your imagination have a little fun.
Parents, make your own beautiful mistakes: Mess: The Manual of Accidents and Mistakes
If Animals Kissed Good Night
By Ann Whitford Paul, pictures by David Walker
Discover fun ways of saying good night with the help of different animals and their kids. The whimsical art and playful verse are perfect additions to your own bedtime rituals.
By Jeffrey Brown
Inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s classic, Goodnight Darth Vader takes us to a galaxy far, far away, where the dark Sith Lord meets his match—his twins, Luke and Leia, who refuse to go to bed.
By Maurice Sendak
Go on this wild rumpus and feed your imagination before going to sleep—you might just get an exciting dream out of it!
Learn with Maurice Sendak: Alligators All Around: An Alphabet and One Was Johnny: A Counting Book
By Shel Silverstein
Amidst Shel Silverstein’s silly words and crazy poems is this tale of kindness and unconditional love that all children—and parents—must read.
Also by Shel Silverstein: The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, Where the Sidewalk Ends, and many more
By Alison McGhee, pictures by Peter H. Reynolds
End the day with this heartwarming story of a mother’s enduring love. This simple but powerful story will surely stay with you long after bedtime.
Pair this with other classics: Love You Forever and Guess How Much I Love You
What’s your favorite bedtime story? Share it with us in the comments for a chance to win a bedtime book set!
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