BEDTIME STORIES: OUR FAVORITE CHILDREN'S BOOK LIST



As a parent, I’m always in search of unique books for bedtime stories. In our house, it doesn’t matter if you are busy or tired, the bedtime story is a ritual that we’ve kept long before our little girl even understood the words.

At age seven, our bedtime ritual has changed with the advent of June learning to read on her own. Sometimes I read the book and sometimes she reads it to me. One of my favorite parts of maintaining our longstanding ritual has been watching her transform from a listener to the reader herself. I can see my little girl grow through books, and as she grows, so does our book collection.

After years of reading children’s books, we’ve compiled a list of some of our modern favorites, as well as some of the classics that have withstood the test of time.

When I was a little girl, I adored my copy of “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein. Today, one of my greatest pleasures is to see my little girl laugh at the same poems that I loved as a child. For a brief moment, we are the same two children, decades apart.

Reading binds people together. It transcends generations when an old book is seen with young eyes. It lets you go on a journey with your child to “Where the Wild Things Are” or learn together how to keep trying after your greatest failures, as told in “Rosie Revere, Engineer.”

The following books are our favorite bedtime stories that we wanted to share with you in hopes you may treasure them in your own home. This is a living list of books that we plan to keep growing, just as our children continue to grow from listeners to readers.

Please feel free to add your own recommendations in the “Comments” section. We are always in search of a new adventure and we’d love to share it with you.

1. Where the Wild Things Are.

Maurice Sendak


2. Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Shel Silverstein


3. A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting.

Michelle Robinson and David Roberts


4. The Butter Battle Book.

Dr. Seuss


5. What Do You Do With an Idea?

Kobi Yamada


6. Goodnight Moon.

Margaret Wise Brown


7. How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

Jane Yolen


8. The Velveteen Rabbit.

Margery Williams

9. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse.

Charlie Mackesy


10. Dragons Love Tacos.

Adam Rubin


11. Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel.

Adam Rubin


12. A Hundred Billion Trillion Stars.

Seth Fishman


13. Llama Llama Red Pajama.

Anna Dewdney

14. Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth.

Oliver Jeffers


15. The Lorax.

Dr. Seuss


16. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Eric Carle


17. Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Dr. Seuss

18. The Book of Mistakes.

Corrina Luyken


19. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Mo Williams


20. The Day the Crayons Quit.

Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers


21. The Day the Crayons Came Home.

Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers


22. A Child of Books.

Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston


23. Julian is a Mermaid.

Jessica Love


24. Weeheehee: A Collection of Pretty Funny Jokes and Pictures.

The WeeSociety


25. Rosie Revere, Engineer.

Andrea Beaty and David Roberts


26. What Do You Do With a Chance?

Kobi Yamada


27. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls.

Francesca Favilli and Elena Cavallo


28. The Story of Ferdinand.

Munro Leaf


29. A Light in the Attic.

Shel Silverstein


30. One.

Kathryn Otoshi

31. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll


32. Charlotte's Web.

E.B. White


33. The Cat in the Hat.

Dr. Seuss


34. Grace for President.

Kelly DiPucchio


35. The Sneetches.

Dr. Seuss

36. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.

Doreen Cronin


37. Corduroy.

Don Freeman


38. The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh.

A. A. Milne


39. Sofia Valdez, Future Prez.

Andrea Beaty


40. Guess How Much I Love You.

Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram


41. Maybe: A Story About the Endless Potential in All of Us.

Kobi Yamada


42. Ada Twist, Scientist.

Andrea Beaty and David Roberts


43. Black Beauty.

Anna Sewell


44. James and the Giant Peach.

Roald Dahl


45. Green Eggs and Ham.

Dr. Seuss



46. The Giving Tree.

Shel Silverstein


47. I Am Enough.

Grace Byers


48. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Roald Dahl


49. Stellaluna.

Janell Cannon


50. Peter Pan.

J.M. Barrie

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