Great (and short!) Bedtime Reads

After the sugar rush that is Halloween, not to mention renewed fear for those unknown things going bump in the night, it occurs to me that there may be a few little ones out there who are fighting their bedtimes. So, with that in mind, here are a few classic bedtime reads, forever timeless for their ability to soothe and gently lull a child to a peaceful dreamland.

3. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson. Not only does Harold get to make the world around him exactly as he likes, he gets to have a wonderful adventure. But even adventurous little boys get sleepy. So, at the end of the day, Harold uses his purple crayon to draw a comfy bed.

 2. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. I remember my mom reading this to me at my bedtime, and I still remember the sense of coziness and safety that come with this story. Little bunnies everywhere can drift off to sleep, wrapped in the soothing blanket of a mother’s love. That pesky monster under the bed won’t stand a chance against this gem.

1. “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod” a poem by Eugene Field. This wonderful poem tells the story of three little sailors sailing into a sea of dew and visiting the moon while in a wooden shoe. Of course, Wynken, Blynken, and Nod aren’t really sailors; rather they represent a little one’s head nodding off to sleep. The cadence of the poem serves as a magical lullaby where the stars and the moon are our friends. 

Of course all bedtime stories are special, but these three help not only to remind children that they are safe and loved, but they all end with a child, despite his or her best efforts to stay awake for more fun, deciding that going to sleep might not be so bad after all.

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