Anait will marry the the prince only if he first learns a trade.
Enjoy our collection of free bedtime stories for kids:
A queen locked up as prisoner has but one friend- a dancing mouse.
Whoever picks up a rose thrown into the street will marry the princess.
Two fairies bet on whether a womanizing prince will stay true. (from France)
One of six friends is missing – where is he? The five friends go in search.
A spellbook holds the key to rescue- but who can read the spells?
A Scottish folk tale of a mother’s fierce love for her baby (“bairn”).
Two young princes escape danger at the palace, & find more in the desert.
Susu’s magic mirror reveals the truth about her stepmother.
The talking eggs of a magical old woman can bring fortunes- or not.
Three brothers catch runaway golden goats, but not for long.
A Story of Generosity, Helping, and Selflessness, from Sweden.
Pedar is rushing to get to Lisa’s house- why take time to help a little old troll in a ditch?
A princess risks everything to free her 12 older brothers from a spell.
Exiled, a prince is forced by his servant to switch clothes.
Baba Yaga: A classic Russian Fairytale in Early Reader version. Natasha is sent deep into the forest to face the witch, Baba Yaga.
Our Bedtime Stories Are Different
Stories to Grow By is a non-profit organization. We dedicate ourselves to providing the best treasury of stories and reader's theater scripts. Each one is kid-tested, providing children a meaningful experience that will last a lifetime.
All of our stories are Kid-Tested and Kid-Approved. We are the WORLD'S FIRST Kid-tested and Kid-approved collection of folktales & fairy tales. Each story is based on themes of human ethics. Our stories are diverse, non-denominational and contain themes of respect, honesty, and caring.
Stories to Grow By is the only bedtime story website that is PRAISED & RECOMMENDED BY major outlets. These include Scholastic, USA Today, The New York Times & Education World!
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What is a Bedtime Story?
Bedtime stories are a story told to a child once they have gotten into bed for the evening. Reading a bedtime story every night is beneficial for children and parents, too! Reading stories each night to your child has been proven to improve reading and vocabulary skills. Read a special story for children tonight!
Reading bedtime stories each evening to a child promotes positive sleep habits. It builds on reading skills, vocabulary size as well as the imagination. It calms a busy child and engages their mind into a world of magic and sweet dreams. The bedtime story is the best way to end the child's day and lead them into a night of wonderful rest.
Reading bedtime stories to kids is a wonderful way to spend the end of each day and create memories which will last forever. Reading bedtime stories can be the most magical moment of the day. Taking that child to a world of discovery through a story will surely leave a lasting impression. Read our collection of stories for kids to your children today and see the positive impact they have.
What We Believe
Stories to Grow by believes that these are the best stories that should be shared at bedtime. Each story has been hand selected from among hundreds of stories for kids from all over the world. We ensure that each bedtime story helps children ease into sleep and leaves them with a positive outlook on themselves and the world around them.
What better way to teach morals then through magical short stories for kids. Our bedtime stories have been kid-tested and kid-approved. Kids loves our stories and parents love the special time they spend reading with them each night. Our bedtime stories and all our stories for kids are read by children of different ages to ensure reading level as well as understanding are accurate.
Our children's stories come from folktales (or folk tales), stories that have been shared from generation to generation by word of mouth, from all over the world. Folktales have been shared for thousands of years and are the starting point for most of your favorite tales and Disney movies. This collection of stories for kids has stories which are 10+ min and are for a longer reading experience or for older children. All of our stories for kids have positive morals and teach important values such as friendship, kindness and gratitude.
Our children's folktale stories consist of fairy tales, animal tales, riddles stories, myths and legends,from all over the world!
Our stories for kids are kid-tested to ensure read time, reading level, and kid-approval. They are multicultural and feature positive moral messages. Share our short stories for kids with those children in your life and share the joy and love we have for stories and storytelling.
More From Stories to Grow By
You will find a story you love. Did you know that Stories to Grow By also provides a collection of World Tales? Folktales, fairytales, fables, and more! Whether you are looking for a story from your own country or culture, or a want to learn about a new one! We have you covered. Check out our special collection of world tales by clicking HERE.
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Teaching Resources from Stories to Grow By
In addition to our bedtime stories, we also offer a multitude teaching resources! This includes over 100 free bedtime stories, fairy tales, folk tales, readers theater play scripts, and performance notes!
You will find the bedtime stories and the materials you need for your classroom with Stories to Grow By.