Top Ten Famous Children’s Bedtime Stories
You still have your last resort: the lure of children’s bedtime stories. Most children can’t resist the excitement of curling under their blankets to listen to the adventures of their favorite storybook characters.
Below is a list of the top ten most famous children’s stories you can use to put your kids to bed.
Top 10: The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Also known as “The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf,” this fable revolves around a bored shepherd boy who amuses himself by calling out “wolf,” prompting nearby villagers to come to his rescue. When they found out that it was just a false alarm every time, they stopped believing what the boy said. One day, a wolf really came and the boy cried again for help. This time, nobody came. He and his flock were eaten by the vicious creature.
Lesson for the little ones: Always tell the truth.
Top 9: The Ugly Duckling
The story stresses the importance of appreciating inner beauty and talents, rather than mere physical appearance.
Lesson for the little ones: Love and appreciate your true self. (Learn how to build self-esteem)
Top 8: The Ant and the Grasshopper
You’ve heard it so many times now: “Mom, can I have an allowance increase?” Before you stare at your child in disbelief, why not try teaching him a thing or two about saving money.
“The Ant and the Grasshopper” tale is a perfect literary piece to share with your little ones, if you wish to teach them lessons about wise spending.
Lesson for the little ones: Save now and prepare for the future.
Top 7: The Hare and the Tortoise
Children usually dream of becoming somebody famous and powerful. They often want to be like their favorite superhero, cartoon character, or celebrity. It seems almost inevitable that they compare themselves to others.
The story is about a tortoise and a hare that have an argument about who is faster. They decide to settle the issue by setting a race. As expected, the hare gets off to a thunderous start. After seeing that it is way ahead of the tortoise, the hare sits under a tree and takes a nap. While the hare sleeps, the tortoise slowly but surely gains ground. The tortoise finishes the race first, much to the surprise of the hare.
Lesson for the little ones: Be humble.
Top 6: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snow White takes a bite and instantly falls unconscious. When her little friends return, they chase the evil Queen to the mountains. A bolt of lightning strikes the place where she stands and causes her to fall off the mountain.
Meanwhile, the dwarfs place the seemingly dead Snow White into a glass coffin with gold trimming. Luckily, a prince comes to her rescue and “love’s first kiss” awakens Snow White. Just as in most fairy tale endings, they live happily ever after.
Lesson for the little ones: Good fortune comes to those who are kind-hearted.
Top 5: Cinderella
Another classic fairy tale is “Cinderella.”
Cinderella lives with her evil stepsisters and stepmother. All they ask her to do is to clean the house and serve them. One day, the prince comes and organizes a ball. Cinderella, who has nothing to wear at first,
Once the clock hits 12 midnight, she becomes her old poor ratty self. That night she is able to meet the prince, who has fallen in love with her. As she is in a hurry to beat her curfew, she leaves one of her glass slippers.
The prince then visits everyone young woman in town to find the owner of the shoes. The two find each other again, making it another successful love story.
Lesson for the little ones: Treat your family members well.
The transformation of Cinderella from a dull and drab maidservant into an spectacular princess with her ice-blue beaded ball gown with matching white gloves, ice-blue headband and earrings is one of the best reasons why she is also one of the Top 10 Most Famous Characters in Coloring Pages.
Top 4: Jack and the Beanstalk
Children will definitely love this story as it challenges their imagination. Never have they seen a beanstalk that can grow high enough to reach the skies.
This story is about Jack who exchanges his cow for five seeds that grow to become a tall stalk. To his amazement, this actually leads to a kingdom where an ogre lives. In this ogre’s house is a golden harp and a chicken who can lay golden eggs. Jack discreetly enters his house and steals these riches. Luckily, he is able to escape and cut the beanstalk to prevent the ogre from following him.
Lesson for the little ones: Great deals may have a catch.
Top 3: Pinocchio
Popularized by Walt Disney, the story is about Geppetto, a kind old man who creats a puppet from wood. He names his masterpiece, “Pinocchio” and treats him like a son.
So the next time you suspect your child is lying, remind him of Pinocchio and see if he touches his nose.
Lesson for the little ones: Don’t lie!
Top 2: Three Little Pigs
The story of “The Three Little Pigs” is a story of ingenuity and cooperation in the face of danger. Many children love stories centered on conquests and winning over one’s enemies. Thus, they will surely love to hear how the white, brown and black pigs win over the big bad wolf.
The pigs light the fireplace. When the wolf falls, he falls directly into the flames. Thanks to the quick minds and alertness of the pigs, they are able to escape from the clutches of the wolf.
Lesson for the little ones: If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.
Top 1: Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood is asked by her mother to deliver food to her sick grandmother who lives in the Woods. Along the way, she meets a wolf who asks a lot of information about her and where she’s going. Unaware of the dangers, she tells the wolf about her grandmother. As she stops by the road to pick some flowers, the wolf goes to the old lady’s house and eats her.
Little Red Riding Hood is then surprised to see her grandmother with big eyes, big hands, and big mouth. The wolf tricks the girl and eats her up. Fortunately, a hunter passes by and hears the commotion. He shoots the wolf and saves both the girl and the old lady from the wolf.
Lesson for the little ones: Don’t trust strangers.
These stories can stimulate your child’s creative minds, teach them lessons they will need in life, as well as make them happy and contented before they sleep. Happy reading!
* If you’ve ran out of stories, why don’t you make your own children story. You can do this by learning how to write children’s books.