Five Best Ever Nighttime Books for Young
No evening is complete without a bedtime story. I would
always fall asleep to the sound of my mother’s voice reading
one of my favorite books. As I drifted off into dreamland, I
imagined that I was a character in the book having the same
adventures. Try these best ever nighttime classics the next
time your child asks for a story.
1. Where the Wild Things Are By Maurice
Sendak - If your child likes monsters this book is
full of them. They may look scary but they are of the gentle
variety. The story is about a boy named Max and his
adventures on an island of monsters. Max becomes king of the
island and wants to tell everyone what to do. What will the
monsters do? This will become a nightly favorite as will
other titles by Maurice Sendak.
2. Arthur by Marc T. Brown - Arthur has
become a favorite story book for kids. He has even become a
television series on public television networks. Arthur is a
young boy who is learning about himself with the help of
friends like Buster Bunny and his parents and a sister named
D.W. Through interesting stories, Marc Brown uses Arthur to
teach children about sharing, telling the truth,
selfishness, helping others, finding self-worth, and
treating others the same way you want them to treat you.
Your children won’t be able to wait until bedtime to see how
Arthur gets himself out of his latest situation. Grown-ups
figure prominently in the Arthur series which demonstrates
to kids how parents, teachers, and neighbors work together
to raise the next generation in their community.
3. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon -
Stellaluna is the story of a baby fruit bat that tumbles
into the nest of a group of baby birds. The story shows that
friends come in all shapes and colors. The baby birds
befriend the helpless bat and try to find the way back home.
This will become a favorite for your child at any age. It is
a heartwarming bedtime story they will ask you to read over
and over again.
4. Tikki Tikki Tembo retold by Arlene
Mosel - Children love tongue twisters. This bedtime
story is a classic. A young boy called Tikki Tikki Tembo for
short has a mishap and falls into a well. He calls for help
and the story twists and turns as each person that is told
must recite his entire name in order to tell what has
happened to him and to get help. His full name is Tikki
Tikki Tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo.
That’s a mouthful! But, what everyone wants to know is: Does
he get rescued from the well? Read the fascinating book and
see for yourself.
5. Go Away Big Green Monster by Edward R.
Emberley - This book at first sounds scary, but it
is a designed to help those children who are afraid of what
might be lurking in their rooms in the dark of the night.
This book uses bright colors to reveal with each page, the
features of a scary nighttime monster. Once the monster is
revealed, slowly page by page he starts to disappear because
he has been told to go. The features of the monster
disappear one by one until the monster itself is gone. If
our child is afraid of monsters in the dark, this book will
teach them how to banish the imaginary monsters from their
room and get a good night’s sleep.
Nighttime is a special time. It’s easier to go to bed with
an interesting story that will replay in your dreams as you
sleep. Choose a book from the list above and make it a favorite
for your child.
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