10 Great Bedtime Stories for Kids
10 Great Bedtime Stories for Kids
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10 Great Bedtime Stories for Kids

10 Great Bedtime Stories for Kids

Do you have a little one (maybe more) that’s always asking you to tuck them in and read them bedtime stories? Are they (or you) stuck on the same book night after night? No worries, here are 10 classic books that are great to read to kids.


Goodnight Moon

by Margaret Wise Brown


Perhaps the first book you think of when you think of bedtime stories is Goodnight Moon, and we did too. It’s a quick enjoyable read, one that you might have to read several times in one night.

Rainbow Fish

by Marcus Pfister


A story all about ‘sharing is caring’ The Rainbow Fish is a good tale to share important values to young children. In our opinion, one of the most underrated on this list, and on of the most visually pleasing.

Arthur Books

by Marc Brow



There are tons of Arthur books that tell the stories of Arthur the Aardvark. and his animal friends. What’s more, it’s a beloved animated show on PBS that they can easily get hooked on (we speak from experience).

Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak


Is there a more revered and appropriate bedtime story than Where the Wild Things Are? The story follows a kid named max as he transports himself to a land of “wild things” where he becomes their leader and befriends some rather odd creatures. It’s a great learning tale for kids.

Harry Potter

by J.K. Rowling


This one might have an age minimum, because some themes can be a little dark, but the Harry Potter series, and especially the first book is great for introducing young-ins to an imaginative world of witchcraft and wizardry. Plus, it gives them a lot to look forward to like other books, movies, and even a theme park.

Any Dr. Suess Book

by. Dr. Suess


Seriously, your kid should love any of the late Dr. Suess’ iconic rhyming books. From bedside classic Green Eggs and Ham to the ones that have been turned into major motion pictures like The Lorax and Horton Hears a Who, among others.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle


This story is best told not long after supper, as reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar can result in a late night milk and cookies binge (which actually sounds fantastic).

Paddington Series

by Michael (not James) Bond


There something about bears that make’s fitting for kids (see: Winnie The Pooh, Berenstain Bears, Baloo in Jungle Book, Little Bear, Yogi Bear, and even Ted for the adults). If you’re looking for a little British influence, as apparently their music is popular for bed, look no further than Paddington, no doubt the most sophisticated of fictional bears.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

by Judith Viorst


A story that follows idea of Murphy’s Law, which states that everything that can go wrong will go wrong, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad day has by far the longest winded title on this list, but your kids should come to love it in no time. Bonus: it was just turned into a movie by Disney.


by A.A. Milne


There is no more iconic character featured on this list of books than the bear himself, Winnie-The-Pooh. It’s hard to believe that this lovable bear and his group of friends Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo were created in 1926. Today, it’s still going strong and is among the most popular and universally known children’s characters.

We couldn’t fit all of our favorites here, and we definitely left off some classics. Did we miss some of your favorite bedtime stories? Share them with us below!