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Parenting 101: 5 Beloved Bedtime Stories you should Read to your Kids

Despicable Me

Need to put your kids to sleep? Don’t just send them to their rooms; read them a nice bedtime story to get them started on their journey to Dreamland! Now there are many children’s books out there to choose from. While most of these are appropriate for kids, some are overused and may bore your young instead of relax them into drowsiness.

Thus, you need to find something new so that they won’t get fidgety as they lie on their cozy bed foam. To name a few, check out the following stories that will spark your child’s imagination.

One Thousand and One Nights

One Thousand and One Nights

Better known as The Arabian Nights from which “Aladdin” was based on, this book is a compilation of other smaller tales told from a central frame plot. This story in particular concerns a Persian king, Shahryar, and his new bride, Scheherazade. The tales vary in genre, including historical events, love stories, comedies, and tragedies, so be sure to pick up the lighter, family-friendly version that will appeal to your kids.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Everybody needs to believe in magic every once in a while, and when better to start than in childhood? In J.K. Rowling’s masterpiece, your kids will meet good wizards and witches in a school very different from our own. There are also giants, trolls, unicorns, goblins, dark wizards, and an adventure of epic proportions. One of the best things about the Harry Potter series is that it a very engaging read, making your young ones stick to the saga instead of watching television all day long.

Ibong Adarna

Ibong Adarna (Adarna Bird)

Written by Jose de la Cruz, this Philippine epic tale tells of Don Fernando who got mysteriously ill and the exploits of his three sons on their respective quests to find the Adarna bird, a mystical creature that can cure the don. The plot goes deeper than that, however, as afterwards the bird goes missing, leading the don’s sons to another expedition in search of it, with various subplots and twists along the way.

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

Now here is another wonderful bedtime story to tell your kids. Filled with action, romance and magic, it’ll fill your children’s imagination richly, exciting and thrilling them of toys coming alive at night to battle against the Mouse King and Queen and their soldiers. The story would also make them sympathetic towards Marie, Drosselmeyer, and his nephew who was turned into a nutcracker.

Tangled Ever After

The King Who Would Be Stronger Than Fate

Last but not least is this Indian fairy tale that can be found in Andrew Lang’s The Brown Fairy Book. This tale tells of a king who tried to prevent a prophecy made by the hermit. The old man told the king that a mere commoner would marry his only daughter. Ironically, the king’s efforts to prevent the prophecy from coming true set the events that would fulfill it.