One of the fun things about being a parent? Reading bedtime stories. Not only have I learned more about trucks and tools (circular saws, needle-nose pliers, flat-head screwdrivers) than I ever wanted to know, but I’ve reconnected with precious childhood memories.
Here are a few old favorites:
- Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, The Tale of Two Bad Mice, and all the Beatrix Potter classics
- Winnie the Pooh, that silly old bear, and his "hunny" love and tummy rumblings
- Curious George, and the man with the yellow hat
- Little Bear, making birthday soup or looking for mermaids
- Little Critter and all his little critter stuff
- The Berenstain Bears, especially Papa Bear and the rhymes
- Herbert the Lion
- Hondo and Fabian
- Sammy the Seal
And of course, we can’t get away from Bob the Builder and Veggie Tales.
A few other great finds were reconnecting with The Droodles Ten Commandments and The Droodles Proverbs, receiving You Are Special from my parents, and most importantly rediscovering the incredibly beautiful Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance and Tales of the Restoration. Who wouldn’t love the stories of Hero (formerly scar boy), Princess Amanda and the Dragon, and the Apprentice Juggler? These stories show what love really is, what it means to follow your inner drummer and where true value lies. Wow. Good stuff.
My eyes were tearing up, but of course, that also happens when The Little Engine that Could makes it over the mountain and the funny little clown shouts hurray. So, hurray for children's stories, and all the good nights (and days) they bring.
(You can buy all these stories on Amazon.com.)