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The Goodnights Guide

An evolving list of worthwhile bedtime stories.

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Opportunities for Performance & Improvisation

When half the words are onomatapoiea or there are no words at all, the bedtime storyteller really needs to bring the energy.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Little Blue Truck
Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things that Go
Barnyard Dance
Go, Dog. Go!
Don’t Let the Pigeons Drive the Bus

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Odd Lessons

Books that might have the structure of ending with a “lesson” or “moral” but whose lesson/moral seems wrongly applied, or simply absent, or whatever.

The Lucky Yak
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Jeremy Fisher

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Suitably Sassy Leads

Stories your “spirited” child is sure to relate to.

The Day the Crayons Quit

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The Gift of a Gimmick

Another way to engage in the story and make the page that much more appealing.

My Turtle and Me
Pat the Bunny
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Dear Zoo
Where’s Waldo?

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Young Adult Books About Unsupervised Children

When leaving a child by themselves for the night, leave them with stories of what children do when left by themselves during the day.

The Five Children and It
The Black Stallion
The Jungle Book
Swallows and Amazons
The Cat in the Hat
The Secret Garden

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Fantastic Worlds and Where to Find Them

Learning to enjoy reading is pretty closely connected with learning to appreciate the vast capacity of one’s own imagination.

The Hobbit
Chronicles of Prydain
The Little Prince
Where the Wild Things Are
The Chronicles of Narnia
Harry Potter

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Soothing Nighttime Benedictions

Lullabyes for those who can’t sing.

Goodnight Moon
Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You
Time for Bed

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Undeniably Inspirational

End the day on a high note.

The Little Engine that Could
The Giving Tree

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