Today I’m sharing my oldest baby’s favorite short stories for kids with you all! These are a few of the best baby books for girls that we keep in her library at home. Most of these stories make good baby books for boys, too. Boys might not enjoy the tea party story book though. 😉 These are the story books we have read over and over and over again. I’m leaving my personal favorites off the list this time, but that’s something I can share with you another day. I want to give you a list of the best bedtime stories for kids that kids like (not parents).

These are the BEST books for toddlers or preschoolers! I especially loving reading these as bedtime stories for kids. This blogger includes a FREE PRINTABLE to teach moms how to choose quality children's literature, too! |

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How To Choose Short Stories For Children: From A Teacher’s Perspective

You may not know this about me, but I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education before I became a stay-at-home parent. Probably my second favorite course in my upper level classes was Children’s Literature (first favorite being the course on how to teach subjects to children who don’t speak English). I think that makes me qualified to tell you that each of the short stories I’ve shared with you today are high quality children’s books. Many of the books or authors have even received awards in their field for the quality of their work.

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I wanted to share these particular books with you rather than trying to compile a list of books that are bestsellers, or the most popular children’s books because these are the books that we love. We own every single one of these books with the exception of two.

“Room On The Broom” and “Highlights Hello Find It” are the two we do not own, but we watch the animated version of Room On The Broom on Netflix often.. on repeat… so I know it’d be a book my daughter would read again and again. I added the Highlights Hello book to the list because it was the closest thing to the actual Highlights Magazine for toddlers. If you don’t buy any other books for your toddler, I would recommend you buy a subscription for those. They’re waterproof, fun, and the perfect size for little hands (which is something that matters to my toddlers).

Disclaimer: My daughter loves spooky stuff so there are several Halloween themed books on her list of the best baby books for girls. 😉

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Best Bedtime Stories For Kids

Want in on a parenting hack for kids’ books? Keep in mind when you’re looking for short stories for kids, but your budget is wearing thin that you can utilize your local library. Borrow any (or all!) of the best baby books I’ve shared here with you, take them for a test run with your own kids at bedtime, and you’ll know before you spend your money to buy a book whether it holds your child’s interest or not. Using your local library may seem obvious, but it’s also easy to overlook the simple things sometimes. Are any of these short stories for kids a favorite bedtime story in your home?


What’s your kid’s favorite bedtime story? Let me know in the comments!

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