What would be the best bedtime books for you and your kids? That is, what’s their favourite to read, or what you read to them? There are of course many benefits of reading to children, no matter the time of day, but bedtime stories are special. As it is the last thing they’d have in mind before snoozing off to dreamland. Fun memories of story-telling gives them comfort, and it might also encourage them to sleep on their own beds, come the time and age.
There are many titles that should be included on a list like this, but let’s go with the classic books first. We’re sure that there are many lovely books of your favorite contemporary authors that you would recommend, but there’s just something from these ones that kids and those that are now bigger kids loved from their childhood. If your favorites aren’t listed, please let us know in the comments so we can add them.
The Little Prince
Top of our list would be the story of a golden-haired boy and his adventures, meeting a wise fox, a pilot, and many other characters who he learned a lot from. The Little Prince was written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and published in 1943. Although a book that seemed to be written for kids, and appeal to kids, it is full of life lessons and allusions to adulthood . The Little Prince left us with many memorable quotes too, one which I’m sure you know is “What is essential is invisible to the eye,” (Fox speaking).
Winnie the Pooh is a constant resident in our lives, especially in the kids’ rooms, even their shirts bear Pooh bear and his friends as prints. Winnie’s character first appeared in the 1926 book Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (but introduced as Edward Bear in 1924 in the book When We Were Very Young).
As you all know, the book is about the adventures of a teddy bear called Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends Piglet (a small toy pig); Eeyore (a toy donkey); Owl (a live owl); and Rabbit (a live rabbit). The very lively Tigger (a toy tiger) was introduced later on in another book in the series while Kanga (a toy kangaroo), and her son Roo are introduced later in the first book. There are a lot of life lessons we, and the kids can learn from Pooh.
Paddington Bear is the character in a book series written by British author Michael Bond. Starting off with A Bear Called Paddington published in 1958, Paddington’s adventures went on to be published in more than twenty books. The series revolves around a friendly bear that wears an old hat and a duffel coat, carries a battered suitcase, and one who loves marmalade. He has had adventures around London – markets, treasury, airport, river, laundromat, garden, zoo and doing many things – shopping, riding the bus, meeting the queen, mailing letters, and many others that kids could learn from or relate to for having experienced them.
Paddington is very adorable that kids will surely enjoy going to dreamland after a story about him. He has also imparted a lot of lessons to kids on how to behave. Most of the themes included in the books would be – not to interrupt adults, apologize when you’re wrong, be thankful, consider others among many others.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a picture book designed, illustrated, and written by Eric Carle, first publishedin 1969. This story of a caterpillar eating its way to become a butterfly has been named “one of the greatest childhood classics of all time” and has won many awards, including a major graphic design award – for its rather creative way of depicting the story incorporated in the book…a first in its time (holes eaten by the hungy caterpillar, and such).
Dr. Seuss’ Beginner Books
Theodor Seuss Geisel, who we know more as Dr. Seuss started publishing books in 1931. He has over 60 books to his name, published during his career and even posthumously. Most of his books were also listed in Publishers Weekly’s best-selling children’s books of all time.
For starters, The Cat in the Hat is the recommended read, as some of his books tend to lean on insensitivity to some matters. The second book would be Green Eggs and Ham, a book consisted of 50 simple words, that’s perfect for little kids who are starting to read. Another easy book from Dr. Seuss is One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – a rhyming book that kids learning to read will also enjoy.
Other Best Bedtime Books For (Techie) Kids (Classic Edition)
I’m sure your list would also include Aesop’s illustrated stories and fables, and Hans Christian Andersen’s many tales too, and yes, they are really good reads that will stimulate kids’ imaginations. They would also pick out a moral lesson or two, so include them on your nightly routine. Roald Dahl’s tend to border to magic so proceed with caution. Although we have Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at home, among a few others.
We believe books are the best gifts for little kids, they teach them valuable lessons they can take with them as they grow older, and the book also allows their imagination to go beyond illustrations – which can somehow create a path for them to aspire to be artists, writers, poets, or just eternal booklovers.