15 Most Popular Bedtime Stories of All Time
For all you parents out there, this compilation of children’s classics is guaranteed to make the kids want to snuggle up in bed at night.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Originally published in 1947, this iconic book tells the story of a little rabbit’s bedtime routine, the importance of rituals, and the sweet innocence of early childhood.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are is the story of Max, an imaginative little boy who misbehaves so badly that his mother sends him to bed without supper. But then his bedroom mysteriously transforms.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
A small caterpillar emerges from his egg and begins to eat everything in sight. Soon, he is no longer small. This tale of science and gluttony is a colorful and bold affirmation of the wonder and beauty of nature. Added bonus: It helps kids learn the days of the week.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert
An alphabet with attitude, a coconut tree and a madcap adventure make this lyrical rhyming book a modern classic. Published in 1989, this delightful story of mayhem makes learning letters an unforgettable experience.
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
A magical tale of a cat in a hat and two kids home alone has made learning to read a hilarious joy for generations. Zany verses, simple repetitions and truly unforgettable characters transform a dull rainy day into an adventure your kids won’t forget.
The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
In this unique coming of age story, Babar has a gift for finding the silver lining in a sky of dark clouds. Though his life is marked by the sad death of his mother, this endearing elephant finds his way to being crowned King of the Elephants.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
A somewhat controversial tale, Silverstein’s book tells the story of a boy and an apple tree. At first, the boy uses the tree for shade and this makes the tree happy. However, as the boy grows, his demands soon take everything the tree has to give. A cautionary tale, or a testament to unconditional love? You decide.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
A department store bear, a missing button and the little girl who saves him have charmed readers for decades in this toy-comes-to-life story.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Rhyming text and quirky drawings bring Madeline, the spunky French girl who is afraid of nothing — not even the tiger in the zoo — to life.
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
First published in 1958, this book tells the story of how ordinary things become extraordinary when a bear called Paddington is involved. The first book in what has become a Paddington empire: books, toys and, yes, even a movie, will charm your youngsters.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
It was a terrible day, everything went wrong, right down to the lima beans for supper. How is a kid supposed to cope? Well, he might think about going to Australia, but he may also be glad to know that everyone has a bad day now and again. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible Very Bad Day has been earning the sympathy of readers since it was first published in 1972.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
A naughty rabbit gets into trouble in the garden, but still manages to find his way home safely.
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Armed with just a crayon, Harold draws a rich and vibrant landscape. A joyful story of the power of imagination.
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
Rich with humor, this story illuminates the sentiment that the love between parent and child is endless. You’ll likely find yourself repeating to your child: “I’ll love you forever/I’ll like you for always/as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.”
Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
A timeless masterpiece, this classic tale follows the whims of Christopher Robin and his lovable stuffed friends, including a slow-moving bear named Pooh.