11 Fun Bedtime Stories that are Little Boy Approved


I love bedtime every night because I love to read my boys their bedtime story before saying our prayers.  One of the things I learned very quickly though was that by age four boys were pretty much done with your typical nursery rhymes, fairy tales, and such.

By five most little boys have a wicked sense of humor and love to laugh.  Several of the books I recommend turn something they already know into something quite funny and possibly a little gross, but as a mom of boys and many years as a first grade teacher, I can safely say that boys love gross!  By five most children also have a sense of right and wrong in the way of justice and they love to see the little guy win and the bad guy get what’s coming to him.

As much as I love to read to my boys at bedtime, I have to admit that by their bedtime I am pretty wiped out.  There is one requirement I have for a good bedtime story.  I need to be able to read it in five minutes or less.  So below is a mom/teacher recommended list of perfect stories guaranteed to please your little boys.

true wolf1.  The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka– a great retelling of the classic from Alexander T Wolf’s point of view.

2.  Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex-retells the story of Goodnight Moon but with not so scary monsters and a pot of goo.

3.  The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) (Big Little Golden Book) by Jon Stone– I had this book when I was a child and was thrilled to find it again for my own children.  Poor Grover takes a beating in this book but has a happy ending.

4.  Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan– based on the much loved Marley and Me, this funny story tells of all the accidental trouble Marley gets into.

pigeon drive5.  Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems– Pigeon dreams of driving the bus but no one lets him, so then he dreams of driving a big rig!

6.  Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin– Duck finds a pencil and while the farmer is away he makes all kinds of mischief.

Monster Goose7.  Monster Goose by Judy Sierra– “Old Monster Goose, when conditions did suit her, typed out these rhymes on her laptop computer.”

8.  There Is a Bird On Your Head! by Mo Willems– Two love birds decide to start a family on Elephant’s head, but Elephant isn’t happy about it.

9.  Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody by Michael Rex– Little Mummy wants to runaway, but Mother Moummy makes it clear she will always find him.

Lucky Day10.  My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza– Fox thinks its his lucky day when a piglet knocks on his front door, but it turns out to be not so lucky in the end.

11.  The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman– a twist on a classic story warning of the consequences for telling lies.

wolf boy

                                            HAPPY READING!!



  1. Paula Olbrys says:

    Good job, Tina. I really enjoy reading “One Tired Mommy”. What a great way of giving helpful hints about your everyday life , especially when your two boys are the subject, which is always! The book list is a good one, I read all of them when I taught, and now I will be reading them to Jonathon’s son, Jonathon Jr. Pleaser keep up the good work…any book deals in your future???

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