What’s Your Favorite Bedtime Story?

A good book is the best way to lull children to sleep. Readers share their beloved nighttime tales from past and present.

Photo by Brooke Slezak
Anything by Dr. Seuss. There is nothing better than hearing about a “Wocket in my pocket” or how to “hop on pop” right before you go to bed.
Allison Feike
Lenoir City, Tennessee

Oddly enough, my preferred read was a book of pasta recipes that I would request of my dad every night. He would go page by page reading the ingredients and the instructions until I fell asleep.
Emily Garvin
Slidell, Louisiana

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst. My children and I nearly hurt ourselves giggling as we reedited the story, adding names and problems from our own less-than-perfect days. Even the worst day could have a happy ending if you had a good laugh and a cuddle at bedtime.
Joel Melsha
Winter Garden, Florida

My favorite story was always when the princess finds her Prince Charming. It took me three tries (the third time was the charm), and I had to kiss a lot of frogs (more than I care to admit), but I finally found my prince.
Peg Goodman
Eagan, Minnesota

I love reading Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon to my granddaughter. After she points out the pictures of whom and what the bunny says good night to, she adds the funny things she can think of to say good night to in her house.
Marsha Fahey
East Sandwich, Massachusetts