Bedtime stories are a wonderful way to help kids de-stress after a long day and create cherished memories. They also help children develop a love of reading and build their listening skills. Whether you are looking for a funny story or a heartwarming tale, we have something for everyone.

Our short stories for kids range from a puppy who needs a name to animals becoming friends in the forest and even a mischievous girl visiting her granny. Each story is carefully curated for 5-minute reads that are perfect for young children. Our short stories are a great way to introduce children to the joy of reading and the power of their imaginations.

Toddlers are the best audience for bedtime stories because they have the attention span to listen to longer books. The best bedtime stories for toddlers are between 2-10 minutes because anything longer and they will lose interest. This age group likes bright illustrations, rhymes, onomatopoeia such as ROAR, CHIRP, or MOOOO and other repeating themes to keep them engaged in the book.

One of the most important things to teach toddlers is the importance of sharing. Bedtime is a great time to do this because they are often ready to go to sleep and need a little encouragement from their parents. By reading them a bedtime story, you can show them how to share and create a positive bond with their siblings, neighbors, and friends.

The Road to Sleepytown

One night at his uncle’s farm, Blue can’t fall asleep. So Fairy Moonbeam takes him on a journey to Sleepytown, where they meet lots of sleeping creatures. After seeing all the fun and adventure, Blue falls asleep and is back at home before you know it!

Once There was a Puppy Who Needed a Name

A young boy brings home a baby puppy. He names him and gives him lots of love, but he doesn’t think the puppy is quite ready for sleep. Then one night he hears a rumble from outside and wakes up to find the puppy in his crib. The puppy is scared to death! Can he get the puppy to sleep?

We hope you and your child enjoy our selection of short bedtime stories for kids. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for future titles. We are always on the lookout for new, exciting, and entertaining stories to share with children around the world.

Author Bio: Susan is a retired educator who taught grades four through twelve in public and private schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s in education, both from Arizona State University. Her writing has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and anthologies. She has also written many educational textbooks, curriculum guides, neighborhood descriptions for realtors, Power Point presentations, and more.

When she’s not busy gardening on her sunny balcony, you can usually find her reading a good book or working on a writing project. She writes for both children and adults and her pieces have appeared in many publications, including anthologies, magazines, and on blogs, such as Empowered Parents.