"I will defend the importance of bedtimes stories to my last gasp!”
- J.K. Rowling (Author of the Harry Potter series)
Reading bedtime stories to children is a great way to promote love for reading. It helps them sharpen their memory, encourages logical thinking, improves their vocabulary, and gives wings to their creativity. It also strengthens the bond between parents and children at an early age.
A bedtime story is a great way to unwind and soothe your child and settle him/her in for a sound sleep.
Here is a round-up of our favorite bedtime stories for 3-5-year-olds:
And what makes them our favorites? They are easy to grasp, have repetitive sounds, they are informative without burdening the child with information overload, and are armed with colorful pictures.
Take a look.
1. “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown
A bestseller for generations, Good Night Moon is a classic bedtime story!
It is the story of a small rabbit that lives in a peaceful world and encourages children to wish 'goodnight' to everyone before going to bed and instills a bedtime routine. It has been written in order to amuse, educate, and build the growth of a child in the most appropriate manner.
2. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of the most illustrative and informative books for children between the ages of 3 to 5 years.
With its colorful images, the book illustrates the journey of a caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly through evolutionary stages. It talks about the days of the week, counting, and food items.
3. “Good Night Gorilla” by Peggy Rathman
"Good night, Gorilla," says the zookeeper. But the naughty Gorilla isn't quite ready to go to sleep. He follows the zookeeper lets all of the other animals out of their cages. It is quite exciting for young children to join in with their favorite animals as they finally go to sleep. Almost wordless yet full of expressive graphics and funny details, this book is ideal to be a part of children's bedtime rituals.
4. “Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle
Little Blue Truck is a popular children’s book that uses colorful, expressive illustrations and realistic sounds that are induced by the narrative to tell the story of a little blue truck.
Little Blue Truck tells a powerful story to teach children valuable lessons about the importance of kindness and friendship.
5. “The Ant and the Grasshopper” - Aesop Fables
The Grasshopper is fun-loving. The ant is hardworking. They act differently under the same circumstances. This fable talks about the important moral lessons about the virtues of hard work and planning for the future. This book full of vibrant illustrations is a great night time read.
6. “The Lion and The Mouse” - Aesop Fables
This traditional fable about a tiny mouse helping a giant lion has been entertaining and teaching important lessons to children for years. In spite of this being a simple story, you will be amazed to see how actively children engage with it.
7. “Beauty and the Beast” - Classic Fairy Tale
This traditional fairy tale is an absolute classic!
The journey of a smart girl who helps transform a wild beast into a handsome prince encourages children to look beyond physical appearances at an early age. This story could be a little long for the younger bracket but is thoroughly enjoyed by the older ones.
8. “The Ant And The Dove” - Aesop Fables
A popular Aesop’s fable, this is a story about the reward of compassionate behavior. Children learn lessons easily when explained through the point of view of animals and this story does exactly. A reminder to be good and do good at bedtime, is a great way to end the day for kids.
9. “The Ugly Duckling” - Fairy Tale
With animal sounds and pretty accurate illustrations, this classic fairy tale talks about learning to be friends with people who are different from you. It also encourages children to accept themselves and others for who they are.
10. “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin, Jr
This heavily illustrative story introduces children to the fascinating world of animals and colors, making it the perfect bedtime read for parents and children. The rhythmic and repetitive pattern of the book will be a source of amusement for little ones.
Let us know which one is your child’s favorite bedtime story.
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