Bedtime Stories Stories for Children

20 Stories To Read Aloud To Your Kids At Bedtime

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Written by Meenakshi S

A story at bedtime is the best way to de-stress after a long day at work for you, and can turn into cherished memories for your child. Here are 20 stories, curated from around the world, for young children aged 8 and below. Enjoy reading them aloud to your kid!

The elephants and the mouse panchatantra stories

The Elephants and The Mice – A Panchatantra Tale about Friendship


The-Elephant-And-The-Dog panchatantra stories from India

The Dog and The Elephant – A Story of Love and Friendship from India


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The Kettle Who Gave Birth – A Funny Turkish Folktale featuring Nasreddin Hodja


snow white fairy tale apple

Snow White and The Good Witch – A Fairy Tale Retold To Suit Current Day Sentiments


Snow footprints stories for kids

The Lonely Snowman – A Story About Family and Friendship


moon rabbit jataka tale bedtime stories

The Moon Rabbit – A Japanese FolkTale – Animal Stories


undersea pictures coral stories by kids

The Undersea Adventure of The Blue Diamond – Six Friends Go On An Adventure


The Musical Donkey jackal panchatantra stories from india

The Musical Donkey – A Funny Story of A Donkey Who Loved Singing


The Blue Jackal panchatantra story from india

The Blue Jackal – A Funny Animal Story from Panchatantra


dhol from india stories funny

The King and The Drum – A Funny Folktale from India About Keeping Secrets


cat driving on beach road red car

Cat’s Day Out – A Cute Story About A Day At The Beach


the wind and the sun bedtime stories aesop's fables

The Wind and The Sun – An Aesop’s Fable About Kindness


Fairy tale beauty and the beast

Her Childhood – If Beauty Had A Backstory This Would Be It – A Fairy Tale Retold


The-Mice-That-Ate-Iron panchatantra stories from india

The Mice That Ate Iron – An Extremely Funny Story From Panchatantra Tales


bread baker's dozen american folktale

Baker’s Dozen – An American Folktale with A Moral


chess board players stories from india

The Intelligent Merchant – An Indian Folktale for Ages 4-8


starfish on the beach sea

The Starfish – A Moral Story That Says Every Small Bit Counts


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Hari and The Cloud – A Story About The Importance of Hard Work


old stag panchatantra stories from India

The Four Friends and The Hunter – A Funny Story With A Moral – From Panchatantra


Panchatantra stories brahmin's dream

The Brahmin’s Dream – A Funny Story About A Brahmin Who Loved Building Castles In The Air


Check out many more Stories for Children here.

Which are your child’s favorite bedtime stories. Share it with other moms and dads in the comments below. 

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