Reading with your children, especially before bedtime, creates a cognitive and emotional bond unlike anything else, and one of the most special moments you can give to your child. Bedtime reading not only creates a relaxing time for the child to decompress, but it's also a crucial factor for a child's reading and processing development. That is why experts say that it is never too early to begin reading to your child, and even newborns and toddlers will benefit from listening! Bedtime stories also create memorable experiences for children, and it is a way to subtly teach them vital life lessons and character development.
Join us as we explore five bedtime story classics we’re sure your kids will love (and you may even remember some from your youth!).
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
I’m sure you’re familiar with this children’s classic about a bunny’s regular schedule before going to bed. The little rabbit prepares for bed by going around his room saying goodnight to all his possessions until he’s finally too tired and falls asleep. This is a perfect story to read to your child in a soothing voice to relax him or her to sleep.
In this humorous story, all the 26 lower case letters of the alphabet climb up a coconut tree. The 26 letters are too heavy for the tree to handle, which causes the tree to bend causing all the letters to fall down. The uppercase letters come to the rescue of the lowercase letters, and as each letter recovers, they explain what injuries they sustained in the fall. A perfect story to introduce your little one to the concept of “big” and “little” alphabet letters and their sounds!
It comes as no surprise that all children want to know how much their parents love them. In this cute story, a little rabbit called Little Nutbrown Hare tries to measure the extent of his love for his dad Big Nutbrown Hare. Regardless of how hard he tries, however, Big Nutbrown Hare continuously beats Little Nutbrown’s degree of love. This story is sure to make your child feel secure and loved for as you embrace him while reading this book!
This book is a favorite of mine and will both entertain your child while bringing tears to your eyes! Fabulously written, it depicts a mother’s never ending love for her son. The mother sings to her son at all stages in his life; as a baby, as a 2-year-old, as a 7-year-old, as a teen and even when he is a grown man. The mother’s persistence and her love for her son are what make this story so moving.
And finally, this last book teaches your child the importance of sharing in a fun and lighthearted way. This is the tale of a fish that thought he was too beautiful and as a result, the fish became too proud of his bright rainbow body. Ultimately, he found the most inner happiness when he started giving away his sparkly fins to the other fish at sea. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, makes this book and its accompanying lesson all the more fun!
Any other bedtime stories you love reading to your kids? Let us know below!