Little children need to feel loved and taken care of. They crave their parents’ attention, energies, and time.Usually, parents are too busy during the day to give children their undivided attention. The time they devote to their children during the day has them overseeing kids’ studies and monitoring their activities. However, bedtime can be the perfect opportunity to give children your undivided time and attention and to engulf them with your love.
A perfect activity for nighttime is bedtime reading or storytelling. To aid you in this, we have compiled a list of ten books that you can read to your kids at bedtime. Meanwhile, if you have lots of vintage toys, you can also sell vintage toys online. So, let us dive into the list without any delay.
1. Bad Kitty Meets the Baby
Written by Nick Bruel, Bad Kitty Meets the Baby is a book about a house cat who meets the new baby in the house. At first, she confuses the baby for a puppy, then she is convinced it is a cat. The story revolves around her initial unhappiness about a new family member and then finally shows her acceptance of the adopted baby. The book has numerous illustrations and speech-bubbles, along with text. It is recommended for kids aged 2 to 5 years.
Nick Bruel is the creator of the Kitty series, which has 25 books featuring the Bad Kitty. He has also authored Poor Puppy, A Wonderful Year, Who Is Melvin Bubble, and other books.
2. A Year in the Secret Garden
A Year in the Secret Garden introduces the classical children’s story The Secret Garden to modern readers. The book is divided into months, and every section introduces the characters in the original story, gives some piece of information about the time when the book was written, and includes tasty recipes and fun outdoor activities for kids and families. The book is full of beautiful illustrations and photographs that give it a visual appeal as well.
Valarie Budayr, the author of the book, is a writer for children and young adults. The purpose behind her books is to inspire young children and to awaken awe and wonder among them.
Knowonder is a collection of 30 stories for kids. The stories are meant to be read-aloud, so there is only one picture per story. The descriptive nature of the tales makes it easy for kids to imagine all the characters and scenes even without pictures. The stories are short and fun and feature dogs, pigs, cats, mermaids, princesses, etc. At the end of each story, there are a few questions about the story, through which parents can judge the child’s understanding of the tale. Each story is about 20-30 minutes long.
The collection features stories by children’s authors from around the world, and as such, provide kids with new ideas, perspectives, and experiences.
4. The Princess Fables
The Princess Fables comprises of eleven short fairytales. Each fairytale features a princess who needs to learn an important life lesson. (For example, The Princess Who Always Said No.”) The stories are cleverly written and very engaging. They are around 20 minutes long and make for excellent bedtime reading. The best part is that they leave kids to ponder upon some important message, such as the importance of saying yes. These stories are suitable for kids aged five years and older. The book has been the receiver of multiple prestigious awards.
The author Marc Clark is a playwright, a scriptwriter, and an author for children. His other books include The Princess & The Parakeet, The Prince & Princess of Christmas, and The Royal Fables.
5. Beezus and Ramona
Beezus and Ramona is the first book in Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby series. The six chapters of the book center around the two sisters, Beezus and Ramona, and their relationship. Ramona is the younger sister who is always getting into some trouble. Though Beezus tries to manage the fallout of Romana’s mistakes, Romana still has to deal with the consequences of her actions. In that sense, the book has a moral.
The book was written in 1955 but is still read and loved today because of its near-to-life characters and the range of feelings it conveys. The series Ramona Quimby has a total of 8 books.
6. The SockKids Meet Lincoln
Recommended for kids aged 3 years and older, The SockKids Meet Lincoln is a story about socks. Socks can get lost when doing laundry and then reappear somewhere in the house later. The premise of the story is that the single sock that gets lost after laundry actually enters a portal and time travels to the past before eventually coming back home. In this story, a white sock named Stretch Socker travels through time and finds himself on the foot of Abraham Lincoln when he is giving the Gettysburg Address.
The book combines facts with fiction and serves as a fun and exciting way to educate young children about snippets of history. The Socker family members go on many adventures, which will be enthralling to read for kids aged 2 and above.
7. Hurricane Day
Written by Dee Nicholls, Hurricane Day is a book about hurricanes. When Jimmy’s parents discover that a hurricane is about to hit Long Island, where they live, they are forced to take a break from their busy lives to prepare for the storm. Jimmy is afraid of the hurricane and has a lot of questions. His parents answer all his questions, providing relevant information that helps calm him down.
This book is a great resource for parents who want to teach their children about hurricanes, especially those families who live in areas where hurricanes are a regular occurrence. With just 26 pages, the book is a short read.
8. Bork Reveals the Real Deal About the Facts of Life
This is a book for boys aged 9 to 13. It introduces them to adolescence, puberty, and reproduction in a fun-filled and humorous way. Through this book, boys will learn about the physical, emotional, and social changes that their body will go through during puberty, and it will prepare them for adolescence. The topics discussed in the book have been handled very sensibly, and only factual and necessary details about sex and reproduction have been given.
The book is an effective resource for kids who are curious and for parents who want to educate boys in their pre-teen years. Its author is Terri Shearer Trenchard, who has also written a similar book for girls.
9. Finding Fuzzy
The second book in the Sweet T Tales series, Finding Fuzzy is a story about a girl named Jenna who is enjoying a vacation on the coast of Carolina with her family when she discovers she has lost her favorite toy, a blue rabbit called Fuzzy. Just when Jenna has come to peace with the fact that Fuzzy is lost forever, she finds out that Fuzzy has been taken to provide a home for some newborn kittens.
Jemma has a tough decision to make, and the author leaves the end pages of the book empty so that the readers can complete the story themselves. There is also a guide for parents and teachers to help children in coming up with the ending. The book’s author is Cat Michaels.
10. The Author Visit from the Black Lagoon
Written by Mike Thaler, The Author Visit from the Black Lagoon centers aroundHubie. Hubie is a pupil in Mrs. Green’s class and discovers that a real author is coming to visit them. The kids are all asked to read the author’s books so they can tell her about what they read. Hubie goes to the bookstore with his mother to buy the author’s books. He also has dreams about the books. All the kids are interesting and have cute personalities. The book also features some funny cartoons.
Mike Thaler is the author of the Black Lagoon series and the Heaven and Myth series. A frequent speaker at churches and schools, he is known as America’s Riddle King.
We hope you enjoyed this list of bedtime stories for kids and plan to read some of the stories to your child. Your kid is sure to love these stories that are fun, engaging and informative at the same time.