My Kids Favorite Bedtime Story Books
Children’s Bedtime Stories
My kids love a good story every night before they go to bed. I’m sure that most parents know a few books off by heart, if you have kids less than 3 years old as they tend to have a favourite book that they make you read over and over and over again. This article will make you aware of some of the classics and a few that I enjoy reading to my kids.
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a famous short children’s book designed by Eric Carle. The story is about a little caterpillar and how the caterpillar eats its way through lots and lots of different kinds of food. Eventually the caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly. This book has won quite a few children’s awards since it was first published in 1969. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. The Very Hungry Caterpillar also touches upon educational themes, such as counting, the names of the days of the week, different foods, and a butterfly’s life stages. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been described as one of the greatest childhood classics of all time.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar has been translated into over 50 languages. The book has been used by librarians, school teachers and parents as an educational aid, with accompanying activities developed to be used with the book.
Eric Carle’s unique style of translucently painted tissue-paper collage art works is instantly recognizable. Carle’s art work is created using the collage technique, by layering cut out hand-painted papers, which form bright and colourful images. Many of Carle’s children’s books have additional effects, such as die-cut pages, as in The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Eric Carle’s other books include Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The very busy spider, The tiny seed and The Mixed-Up Chameleon Board Book.
Funnybones is another classic children’s book, the book was written by Janet Ahelberg and Allen Ahelberg and is a brilliant book for bedtime as the illustrations are clear and simple. The book is about three main skeletons called, big skeleton, small skeleton and a dog skeleton. They start their story from their dark dark cellar. Eventually, they find out that everyone is sleeping and there is no-one who they can frighten. The skeletons decided to scare themselves, which they enjoy doing no end.
The rhymes throughout the book really are catchy and can help, develop children’s interest in the book even more. (On a dark dark hill, there was a dark dark town. In the dark dark town there was a dark dark street). Inside pages are mainly jet black as the stories theme is night time and when combined with beautiful illustrations, the book becomes very captivating and stood out clearly. The book consists of humorous dialogues and can put a smile on anyone’s face. The Jolly Postman, Peek-A-Boo Board Book, Dear Zoo, The Baby's Catalogue, Peepo! These are other books of Janet Ahelberg and Allen Ahelberg.
3. The Enormous Crocodile
This book is very close to my heart, because when I was young I had a copy of this book. I grow up with Roald Dahl books and films all through my childhood. Personally I think he is the best children’s author of our time.
This picture book is no doubt appealing to the eye, however, the actual text is brilliantly written and very humorous. It is about an enormous greedy crocodile that eats children. On his way through the jungle he meets different animals, such as a hippopotamus, an elephant, a monkey and a bird. He tells these animals about his ‘secret plans and clever tricks’ to eat the children in the village.
During the book, we see the crocodile’s attempts to gobble up the children, however the animals from the jungle intrude and disrupt his nasty plans. He pretends to be a coconut tree, a see-saw, a wooden animal on a ride in a fair and also a bench in a park. A different animal comes charging into the different situations and saves the children’s lives. By the end the elephant gets so sick of the crocodiles nastiness that he swings him round and round and throws him into space and into the hot sun!
I really enjoyed this book, it was very funny but the descriptive words and funny names for the animals really make the book, in my opinion. I couldn’t help myself but really get involved in this book and wondering if the crocodile would ever be successful or if someone would stand up to the crocodile and his mean ways. The illustrations are excellent, and accompany the text brilliantly.
My Collection (I Mean my son’s)
At the moment my son loves the Disney films and a book, especially Toy Story and Cars as does every 3 year old in the world. I found a good book called “Disney's 365 Bedtime Stories". The book has almost every Disney and Pixar character going. The stories are not really based on the films which are quite refreshing and unpredictable. They do have good morals to each story which makes this book standout from the rest of them. There is little in the way of illustrations but there are little pictures of all the favourite Characters throughout this book.
If you are looking for good Toy Story book though the Disney Annuals are really good activity books with some mini stories included.
4. The Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child
Ever since my son saw these on TV he wanted to view it again and again so I got him the books instead. They are beautifully drawn and written in both books and the story has a steady flow all the way through. They are don’t take too long to read and you enjoy reading them with your children. The same creators of the Gruffalo books (Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler) also wrote the Stick Man. A delightful book about a stick in winter time, who’d thought that a stick could have so much fun.
5. I Love You, Little Monkey
This is by Alan Durant and Katharine McEwen, it has bright colourful pictures with an easy to follow story. Little monkey is quite naughty so big monkey gets cross. Moral of the story although little monkey is naughty big monkey will always love him. This book works very well after your child has been naughty just before bedtime.
6. Dinosaurs Love Underpants
This book is one of those silly stories that makes no sense but makes you think what if that was true? Again the author’s Claire Freedman and Ben Cort has made the book very colourful with a fantastic story but if your child is under 3 then some interesting questions come up after you have read it.
7. Baa Baa Bedtime
Baa Baa Bedtime by Susan Curtis and illustrated by Janet Samual is my son’s choice at the moment. It has soft sheep for the kids to touch and feel all the way through the book. It’s a simple story that’s just fun to read.
There are so many children’s books out there and everyone has different tastes and favourites they like to read. I just wanted to highlight a few of the ones that have made bedtime that much easier and give you much needed quality time with your kids. You may not think it at the moment but if you read every night, your kids will remember at story and that story will remind them of you.