Story time before going to bed is a vital part of a child’s ‘growing-up years’ – I have fond memories of the stories shared by Mother Zebarella before I whinnied my way off to slumberland. More than reinforcing the development of creativity, reading storybooks forge a special bond between parents and their child or children.
The stories and books that are shared with children are typically those that reinforce lessons and principles whilst at the same time opening up their imaginations to an adventure unique to them and one only a fertile young mind could concoct.
These bedtime rituals are most often carried by children into their adulthood and passed on to their future little ones as well; one of the most common fondest memories of every adult is being read special stories before going to bed… We all have a favourite, and we welcome you to share yours in the comments section below.
Boys beds should always be paired with a bedside table filled with his favourite bedtime books, and to ensure your minds are sufficiently inspired here is our top seven books that are sure to delight boys before bed.
Where the Wild Things Are authored by Maurice Sendak
The book is centred on a young boy named Max who dresses in a wolf costume and is sent to bed without supper after wreaking chaos at home. He is then transported into an island where “wild things” live. He spends time with them and eventually becomes their leader. He later finds his way back home to a warm supper. Aside from being a delightful story, it helps to deal with tantrums and anger issues.
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths authored by Ingri d’Aulaire and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
This is a good way to get children interested in classical stories even at an early age. Reading children myths is a good way of introducing culture and history to children. Furthermore, stories of heroes, gods, goddesses, mythical creatures, and beasts are a sure way of catching a boy’s attention. For older children, this could be an avenue for teaching adult values and issues as well.
Harold and the Purple Crayon authored by Crockett Johnson
This delightful tale centres around a four year old boy named Harold. Harold possess the extraordinary ability to create parts of a world by drawing with a purple crayon. Harold and the Purple Crayon is a wonderful book for exploring imagination with your child as the story draws on Harold’s powerful imagination to create a beautiful dream world simply by using his creativity. What we love about the book by Crockett Johnson is not only is it a tale of limitless possibility but it also imparts valuable life lessons on the reader.
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales authored by Jon Scieszka
This book is a collection of stories that are alternate versions of popular fairytales. They are parodies of their well known counterparts including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Ugly Duckling among others. This is a humorous way of re-telling old stories to children.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret authored by Brian Selznick
The Invention of Hugo Cabret is a wonderful creation which features three important elements; novel, picture book, and graphic novel. The story itself is a inspiring adventure. Hugo, an orphan who lives in the walls of a Parisian train station has his whole world turned up-side-down upon meeting a young girl and a bitter gentleman. The story is inspired by the real life filmmaker, Georges Melies and his collection of wind-up mechanical figures. The book is intended for older boys and will satisfy those with a budding imagination.
The Little Prince authored by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
This book tells of the adventures experienced by a little prince who came from a distant asteroid. It chronicles his experiences from his homeland to the journey he has on earth. Its outward structure is light but it delves into deeper issues like love and death. The events explored in the book may have a deeper meaning and significance for adults but the story itself is said in a child-friendly fashion. The book is illustrated with colourful figures that can attract and hold a child’s attention.
This Is Not My Hat authored by Jon Klassen
This Is Not My Hat is the second book in a series of stories, the stories all have similar narratives but they do make up an enjoyable collection for you and your family to read. This book in particular is about a plucky young fish who decides to steal a big fishes’ hat. The tale turns into a bit of a cat and mouse journey and tells of what happens as the big fish goes after his hat and how the small fish tries to evade him. This is a fun story which will definitely create some giggles along the way.
A well-read and well-informed mind is one special gift that any parent can give his or her child. Having books near or beside beds for boys is a very good investment that no parent will regret.