Preschooler picks: best bedtime stories

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- Reading with your child is a great way to spend quality time together, build their vocabulary and help foster their love of learning.  My son loves story time and it’s become part of our nightly routine.  Every night he picks three stories and my husband and I alternate who is “the reader”.  Our son gets to choose his books and we cuddle up for a snack and story.  I always dim the lights and get him tucked in so we can start winding down.

reading with toddler

We also foster the love of books by trying out new series, participating in the school book club program (getting paperbacks for cheap), and instead of getting a new toy at the store we encourage picking out a story.  Preschoolers also love going to the area library.  Sign them up for their own library card to make them feel like a big kid and give them variety.

If you’re looking for some fun new series or books to try with your preschooler here are my 4-year-old’s best picks.

Preschool Picks: bedtime stories

Chick & Pug by Jennifer Sattler

Photo Credit: Jennifer Sattler
Photo Credit: Jennifer Sattler

Description: A hilarious friendship between a chick and a tired pug and their adventures. Find out more on

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems

Credit: Mo Willems
Credit: Mo Willems

Amazon Description: When Pigeon finds a delicious hot dog, he can hardly wait to shove the entire thing in his beak. But . . . then a very sly and hungry duckling enters the scene and wants a bite. Who will be the more clever bird? Learn more:

Go To Sleep, Groundhog! by Judy Cox

Credit: Judy Cox
Credit: Judy Cox

Amazon Description: When Groundhog is unable to sleep, he experiences autumn and winter holidays he never knew about, and then he finally falls asleep before Groundhog Day. Learn more:

Stories for Boys by Tiger Tales

Credit: TIger Tales
Credit: TIger Tales

Amazon Description: Take an adventure to outer space, follow Robot Dog to a new home, and find out why big sisters can be very scary! This fun anthology includes a special collection of adventurous stories such as: Robot Dog; Don’t Say That, Willy Nilly!; The Biggest, Baddest Wolf; I’m Special, I’m Me!; Bored Bill; and I’m Not Going Out There. Find out more at


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