Bedtime stories are as old as mankind. Even around the campfire, our ancestors told their children exciting stories that were supposed to give them beautiful dreams. Long before there were books, parents or grandparents had to tell the bedtime stories from memory or even invent them themselves. Today, fortunately, things are easier for us. In addition to countless books full of fairy tales, adventures and other beautiful stories, there are many more options thanks to modern media. With a tablet or smartphone, you have a much wider range of options today. Of course, this is all the more interesting for children, because pictures and sounds stimulate their imagination.
But be careful: Sleep stories are supposed to make sure that a child comes to rest and can sleep, preferably with a pleasant dream that matches the story being read. Smaller children in particular - who are the main target group for bedtime stories - are quickly overwhelmed if they are bombarded with too many stimuli. The classic book for parents reading a bedtime story to their children is therefore still an important utensil in the children's room.
Rituals belong to sleep stories
Reading aloud (or even reading together with the child) is only superficially for pure entertainment. In fact, the regular ritual is important to help children achieve a healthy sleep rhythm. There are countless studies and articles on what time is ideal for which age group to go to bed.
However, rigid rules and guidelines do not necessarily fit the individual sleeping behaviour and sleep needs of children. This is certainly no different for you as an adult. Without rituals it is often difficult to fall asleep or sleep well through the night. The bedtime story is therefore much more than just an entertainment programme. It strengthens bonds between parents and children, promotes falling asleep and, depending on age, also your own reading skills.
In general, if possible, you should not just read the story stoically. Reading together is indispensable, especially for children's books with beautiful illustrations. In addition, the cuddling factor plays a special role, which no book can take over. It is no coincidence that many sleep stories are lovingly illustrated and illustrated.
Fairy tales are classic bedtime stories
It was the Brothers Grimm who first summarized the scattered folk tales and fairy tales that had been passed down orally from generation to generation and published them as a book of fairy tales. These classics are still among the most popular bedtime stories today. Modern versions of the stories have been adapted to modern times in terms of language and illustrations. They can therefore also be conveyed to modern children very well. There are so many variations and versions of the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm that one can choose the right book for all age groups. If you need inspiration, here we present the 15 most popular fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
But also the old fairy tale collection of the grandmother often still serves its purpose. Many modern sleep stories are inspired by classic fairy tales or reinterpret them. Today, we would like to focus mainly on sleep books with stories for smaller children, although some of the bedtime stories may also fascinate older children.