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!

 

Goodnight Moongoodnightmoon

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

 

The Book with No Picturesbookwithnopictures

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

 

 

 

The Cat in the Hatcatinthehat

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 Bededgargetsreadyforbed

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

 

Beautiful Oops!beautifuloops

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 Nightifanimalskissedgoodnight

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.

Pair this with familiar animal friends: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Sleepy Kittens

 

Goodnight Darth Vadergoodnightdarthvader

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.

Also by Jeffrey Brown: Darth Vader and Friends and Vader’s Little Princess

 

Where the Wild Things Arewherethewildthingsare

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

 

The Giving Treethegivingtree

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

 

 

Somedaysomeday

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

 

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Interested in any of these bedtime stories? Email us at greatreads@fullybookedonline.com to request for a title.

 

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  1. Marie Bernadette Quilala

    My favorite bedtime story was The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge. Why? It’s a heartwarming story about the threat of obsolescence in a cold world of progress. The little red lighthouse feared it was being put out to pasture when the bridge was being built over it. I couldn’t get enough of that story – or the happy ending – right before bed. Like all great stories, it’s as powerful now as it was half a century ago.

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  3. The secret garden. My favorite.

  4. The cat in the hat.
    It’s an any time of the day and night book.
    Classic favorite.

  5. FavoriteS are: (1) Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems. This is how my daughter learned that going “boneless” was a tool for negotiation (or blackmail.)
    (2) Corduroy by Don Freeman. I start to choke up when Lisa tells Corduroy, “I like you the way you are.”
    (3) Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. Because I want my daughter to know that girls can do anything; like defeat fire-breathing dragons wearing only a paper bag.

    My daughter’s current favorite is “I’m Not Cute,” by Jonathan Allen. My daughter has asked me to read it so many times, it’s definitely not cute anymore.

  6. Justine Tajonera

    One of my favorite bedtime stories is Sleepy Kittens (from the movie, Despicable Me). When I read it with my daughter, we always giggle at the finger puppet kittens drinking milk and I always change the tune of the lullaby. The rhymes are lovely and we actually yawn when we read the story. I love the ending so much: Though while we sleep, we are apart, your mommy loves you with all her heart. <3

  7. Justine Tajonera

    One of my favorite bedtime stories is Sleepy Kittens (from the movie, Despicable Me). My daughter and I love to read it together and I keep varying the tune of the lullaby at the end (even if I can’t carry a tune! Haha!). The rhymes are so relaxing and we end up yawning too. I love the end so much. 🙂 “Though while you sleep, we are apart, your mommy loves you with all her heart.” <3

  8. Estela Chua Contreras

    I love to read Guess How Much I Love You to my baby girl at night before she goes to sleep. Its a fitting story to prepare her to sleep and at the same time express our love for each other. And she will stretches her arms wide whenever I will ask her how much do you love Mama!

  9. I had quite a collection of children’ books when I was a young(er). One of my favorites was Nemo: Ang Batang Papel by Rene O. Villanueva, published by Adarna House. I think I’ve always fancied myself floating away even when I was a kid.

  10. “Guess How Much I Love You” and “Just In Case You Ever Wonder” are my favorite bedtime books to read to my small kids. I love how they smile everytime I read the words of love and affirmation to them. I also like reading Bible stories and they enjoy it a lot too.

  11. Our family is not big on bedtime stories, but I remember that we had a boxed set of storybooks about a bear and his friends. Too bad I forgot the title and those books have now been given away.

  12. Growing up, I fell in love with the books – I refused to sleep without reading a book (or having it read to me). I would read a minimum of two books before sleeping. I didn’t care if I’ve read it the night before – the world inside the books are just so interesting and fun to be in. With that, I cannot decide what my “ultimate favorite” is – here are my top favorites instead: Tomie Depaola’s books (Pancakes for Breakfast, The Art Lesson, and The Popcorn Book), Roald Dahl’s books (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory + The Great Glass Elevator, Danny, the Champion of the World, and George’s Marvelous Medicine), Frog and Toad (by Arnold Lobel), Pippi Longstocking’s books, Curious George – there’s just so many. I love all of them because each story is unique and the art is just beautiful; because of all these, I was shaped to be a writer (and would hopefully publish a children’s book for my thesis next year! <3)

  13. Ma. Ayasha Janille Iroy

    My favorite bedtime story/ies will be the brother’s grimm fairy tales. I never get tired of hearing/ reading those stories until now. I remember we had this big hardbound book of brothers grimm fairy tales and I would always read and look at the pictures whole day long. Such a beautiful memory to live by.

  14. My favorite bedtime story is the Emperor’s New Clothes, because it taught me that instead of trusting other people we barely know, we should trust more the people we love and around us whom we wholly know. And if things are too good to be true, its perfectly not real. Also, people with bad intentions will make way to trick you, it depends on you if you will allow them.

  15. Growing up, my favorite stories were Grimm’s fairy tales. Although these stories were made slightly kid-friendly than the original, they still have beautiful characters, lets your imagination run wild, and has a deeper lesson entwined in them. Later on, I realized the “darker” side of these stories, but these stories are definitely classic and will be passed on from generation to generation.

  16. My favorite bed time story is Cinderella. It’s a classic story with a moral lesson showing that kindness always wins.

  17. “The Little Prince” will always be my favorite bedtime story. The heart, wonder, and beauty of that tiny book will always reach into the depths of my soul, no matter how old I get.

  18. My favorite children’s bedtime story was “Up, Up, and Away Goes the Red Balloon” because it helped me appreciate basic plot and math (which I despised that time).

  19. I’ve always loved reading the book of the stories from the Bible. Can’t really remember the stories but they helped shape my faith.

  20. My favorite is peter pan because I love the sense of adventure it gave me while reading it,

  21. Marie Lyzette Cuenca

    I loved Peter Pan bedtime stories when I was a kid. 🙂

  22. My favorite bedtime stories are “The Princess and the Pea” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” I enjoy reading them when I was a kid, and I really miss relieving my childhood books!

  23. My favorite bed time stories are those that usually start with “Once upon a time” and ends with “And they lived happily ever after”. But the best bedtime story for me of all time is the “The Little Prince”.

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