Bedtime Stories for Multiple Ages

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I recently received an email asking me about bedtime reads for multiple age groups. Like you, I too had to face this issue. What do you do when you have children the ages of 3,5, and 7 ? How do you meet everyone's night-time story needs? One wants an engaging story that everyone can sit and follow and be interested in.  Below is a list of some of our favorites.

First I would like to start with some of our favorite bed time chapter books.

  • The Mousewife by Rumer Godden
  • The House Above the Trees by Ethel Cook Eliot
  • The Wind Boy by Ethel Cook Eliot
  • The Inventions of Hugo Cabret (Great pictures which hold the attention of young listeners)
  • Mary Poppins by Dr. P.L. Travers
  • Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
  • Stuart Little by E.b. White
  • Charlotte's Web by E.B.White
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

We absolutely love the books by Edward Eager

  • Knight's Castle
  • The Time Garden
  • Magic by the Lake
  • Half Magic

Here's a couple of great series that we have read time and time again.

  • The Emil series by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Jake Drake Series by Andrew Clements

The next genre of books that I really love are those that might be classified as "Picture" books but they are oh so much more because not only do they have great pictures but wonderful stories as well.

  • When Dinosaurs came with everything by Elise Broach
  • Welcome to Bed & Biscuit by Joan Carris
  • Thimbleberry Stories by Cynthia Rylant
  • Pickle-Chiffon Pie by Jolly Roger Bradfield
  • Princess Hyacinth;The Surprising Tale of a Girl who Floated by Florence Parry Heide
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Muro Leaf
  • The Bremen Town musicians by Jacob Grim
  • Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Helen
  • Swan Lake by Lisbeth Zwerger

When my oldest child became an early reader she loved to have her turn reading as well. From our bookshelves she picked a few of my "I Can Read" books. The very ones I loved as a child. Though we love many of them as "favorites", here are the top of the list picks.

  • Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel
  • Little Bear by else Holmelund Minarik & Marice Sendak (we love all of these books)
  • Hats for Sale By Esphyr Slobodkina

I hope you enjoy some of our favorite bedtime reads. What do you like to read before you go to bed?

2 thoughts on “Bedtime Stories for Multiple Ages

  1. Hi Emily,
    Thanks for stopping by. Your barefoot books look wonderful and embrace many of the values we have here at Jump Into A Book. Thanks for sharing.Take care.

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