The bedtime stories are a ritual which is followed generation to generation to prepare a child to sleep. When there were no books available as bedtime stories, the parent or the guardian used to create their own stories which would inspire the child to prepare for the life’s events. Bedtime stories were a powerful medium which helped the child to build up a character helping him/her to face the real world.
Bedtime stories can help imbibe the good manners and habits; it plays an important role in the child’s life and it has been proved by the researchers. The researchers have discovered that bedtime stories nourish the child to enhance his vision, ideas and reading ability. It is very important how the bedtime stories are read or narrated to a child. The well written, narrated and illustrated children book can enhance the child’s interest in the story and the books and it will inculcate a habit of reading information from any time of books. The bedtime stories include many different characters such as animals, birds, etc. and if the reader expresses and conveys these characters by hand signs and symbolic actions, along with the suitable expressions, it can help the child get engrossed in the story, and can help these different characters/animals very easily. It also develops their vocabulary as well as the pronunciation skills by observing the storytellers. Bedtime stories have also been able to help parents, guardians or grandparents to develop a strong bond with their children and grandchildren.
Despite these benefits of bedtime stories on child’s development, a survey states that only one of three parents read bedtime stories with their children. Today’s children spend more time watching TV and playing video games. A new trend of e-books have started replacing the book with the Tablets and iPhones, but these gadgets do not allow the satisfaction and belonging for the story or their favorite characters as the book can provide. It has been also stated that the children who do not get to experience the bedtime stories lack in their reading skills, while the children who have their bedtime stories every night have much better reading skills and if the child continues to explore the books growing into teen, it can built up a whole new world for child that he/she would like to get lost in and be creative.
There is a wide range of bedtime story books available in market as well as online. The selection of books must be appropriate so that the children could get education with interest and fun.