Category: Age 7-12 Bedtime Stories

Explore our collection of captivating bedtime stories for children ages 7-12. Dive into a world of adventure, magic, and wonder with tales that inspire dreams and ignite imagination. Perfect for peaceful bedtime reading and creating lasting memories.

The Elves and the Shoemaker

The Elves and the Shoemaker

Once upon a time, in a tiny, cozy village, there lived a kind shoemaker named Mr. Cobbler and his cheerful wife, Mrs. Cobbler. They had a little shop filled with leather and shoe tools, but alas, they were very poor. Mr. Cobbler had just enough leather left to make one last pair of shoes.

That night, Mr. Cobbler cut his leather and laid it out, ready to be made into shoes the next day. Tired, he went to bed, wondering what tomorrow would bring.

But guess what? When the sun peeked through the windows the next morning, a magical surprise awaited! There, on the workbench, stood the most splendid pair of shoes, stitched perfectly and polished to a shine. Mr. Cobbler was amazed! Who could have made these wonderful shoes?

The shoes were so beautifully made that a customer bought them immediately, giving enough money to buy leather for two more pairs of shoes.

The next morning, another surprise! Two more pairs of fantastic shoes were ready and waiting. This went on night after night, and soon, the news of these incredible shoes spread throughout the village, making Mr. and Mrs. Cobbler’s shop the most popular one around!

Curious about who was helping them, Mr. and Mrs. Cobbler decided to hide and watch the shop one night. As the clock struck midnight, in came two tiny, merry elves. They worked swiftly and skillfully, their little fingers flying over the leather.

The Cobblers were filled with gratitude. They wanted to thank the elves! So, Mrs. Cobbler stitched tiny, elegant clothes, and Mr. Cobbler made teeny, comfortable shoes just for the elves.

That night, instead of leather, they left the gifts for the elves. When the elves came in and saw the presents, their eyes sparkled with joy! They dressed in their new clothes and danced around the shop, happier than ever.

After that magical night, the elves didn’t return, but Mr. and Mrs. Cobbler never forgot their kindness. Their shop continued to thrive, and they lived happily ever after, always remembering to help others just as they had been helped.

Moral of the Story: Kindness is the greatest wealth; when you help others, magical things can happen!

The Little Match Girl

The Little Match Girl

On a chilly New Year’s Eve, in a bustling city covered in snow, there was a little girl with big, hopeful eyes, selling matches. She wandered the streets, her feet cold, her heart wishing for someone to buy her matches, but the busy people passed her by.

As the night grew colder and the stars twinkled above, the little girl, too scared to go home without selling any matches, struck one to keep herself warm. “Fizzz!” The match lit up, and in its glowing light, she saw a vision of a cozy fireplace. She felt a little warmth and smiled.

She struck another match, and oh! She saw a grand feast with yummy treats. Her belly grumbled, but her eyes sparkled with joy. Every match she lit brought a magical vision: a Christmas tree with twinkling lights, and then her beloved grandmother, kind and smiling.

With each match, the little girl’s heart filled with joy and warmth. She imagined celebrating the New Year with love and laughter, surrounded by comfort and care.

As the first morning of the New Year dawned, the little girl was found with a gentle smile, her dreams taking her to a place where she was no longer cold or hungry. People say she joined her grandmother in a land of eternal warmth and happiness, where every New Year is joyful and bright.

Moral of the Story: Even in tough times, hope and love can bring us warmth and light.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Once upon a time, in a snowy town, there lived a grumpy old man named Ebenezer Scrooge. He was as stingy as a squirrel with its nuts and said “Bah, humbug!” to Christmas cheer.

On a chilly Christmas Eve, as Scrooge sat counting his money, a spooky ghost appeared! It was the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley, wrapped in chains. “Scrooge,” the ghost moaned, “you must change your ways, or you’ll end up like me!”

That night, three magical spirits visited Scrooge. The first, the Ghost of Christmas Past, was a shimmering figure who took Scrooge on a flying trip to his old, happy childhood days. But Scrooge also saw how he had become grumpy and mean over the years.

Next came the jolly Ghost of Christmas Present, a giant with a booming laugh. He showed Scrooge the joys and struggles of people celebrating Christmas right now. Scrooge saw families laughing, singing, and sharing, even if they had little money. He saw his kind employee, Bob Cratchit, celebrating with his loving family, including tiny Tim, who was very sick.

Finally, the spooky Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come arrived. This silent ghost pointed to a gloomy future where nobody cared about the old, lonely Scrooge. Scrooge was scared. He didn’t want to be forgotten and unloved.

The next morning, Scrooge woke up and realized it was still Christmas Day! He was so happy; he hadn’t missed it! He ran through the town, laughing and wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. He bought a gigantic turkey for the Cratchit family and promised to help tiny Tim. Scrooge became the kindest man in town, and he and Tiny Tim became great friends.

And from that day on, Ebenezer Scrooge loved Christmas and spread joy and kindness all year round. Everyone in town was happier because of the new, cheerful Mr. Scrooge.

Moral of the Story: Kindness and generosity can transform lives and bring true happiness.

The Fisherman and His Wife

The Fisherman and His Wife

Once upon a time, in a land of shimmering seas and golden sands, lived a humble fisherman and his wife. Each day, the fisherman cast his net, hoping for a lucky catch. But one extraordinary day, he caught something magical – a talking flounder, glittering like a thousand diamonds!

“Please, kind fisherman,” the flounder spoke in a voice like the ocean’s whisper, “I am no ordinary fish, but an enchanted prince! Spare me, and I shall grant your heart’s desire.”

The fisherman, kind-hearted and amazed, released the flounder without a single wish. He rushed home to share this wondrous tale with his wife. But, oh, his wife’s eyes sparkled with greed!

“Go back! Ask for a wish!” she exclaimed. So, the fisherman returned to the sea, which whispered and whooshed, calling for the magical flounder.

“Dear flounder,” he said humbly, “my wife desires a cozy cottage.”

“Granted!” boomed the flounder, and in a blink, their old shack transformed into a lovely cottage. But the wife’s desire grew wilder. She now wanted a grand castle, to be a queen, then an emperor! Each wish was grander than the last, and each time, the fisherman, with a heavy heart, asked the flounder.

The sea roared and raged with each wish, as if warning of the storm of greed. Finally, the wife demanded the impossible – to become like God. The fisherman, trembling, made this last, fateful wish.

The flounder’s voice thundered, “Enough! Your greed has no bounds!” And in a flash, everything vanished – the castle, the riches, all gone! The fisherman and his wife were back in their humble shack, just as before, with nothing but each other and the lesson they had learned.

And so, dear children, remember this: Be grateful for what you have, for greed can sweep away all your treasures, leaving you with nothing but regrets. Contentment is the greatest wealth one can possess!

Moral of the Story: Be grateful, not greedy; treasure what you have.

The Golden Bird

The Golden Bird

Once upon a time, in a magical kingdom, there lived a king who dreamed of hearing the song of a legendary Golden Bird. This bird, brighter than the sun, sang so sweetly that all who heard it were filled with joy.

The king had three sons: the eldest two were very proud, but the youngest, named Jack, was kind and clever. One day, the king discovered that golden apples from his garden were disappearing. He asked his sons to find out who was stealing them.

The first night, the eldest son tried to watch the garden but fell asleep. The same happened with the second son on the next night. On the third night, it was Jack’s turn. He stayed awake and saw the Golden Bird! He tried to catch it but only managed to grab one of its golden feathers.

The king was amazed by the feather and wanted the bird even more. So, Jack set off on an incredible journey to find it. Along the way, he met a wise fox, who gave him valuable advice: “Do not take the golden cage at the bird’s home.”

When Jack found the Golden Bird, he forgot the fox’s advice and tried to catch it in a golden cage. Alarms rang out, and Jack was captured by the bird’s guardians. They threw him into a dungeon but promised his freedom if he could bring them the Golden Horse, which ran faster than the wind.

This time, Jack listened to the wise fox. He caught the Golden Horse and, with the fox’s help, also rescued the Golden Bird!

But, as Jack was returning home, his envious brothers tricked him. They left him in the woods and took the horse and the bird to their father, claiming they had captured them. However, the Golden Bird and the Golden Horse refused to eat or drink.

Meanwhile, Jack was again helped by the wise fox and reached his kingdom. The moment the Golden Bird saw Jack, it began to sing its joyful song, and the Golden Horse leaped happily. The king realized the truth and praised Jack for his bravery and honesty.

Jack forgave his brothers, and they all learned the value of truth and kindness. As for the wise fox, it revealed that it was a prince under a spell, and Jack’s goodness broke the curse.

And they all lived happily ever after, with the Golden Bird’s song filling their hearts with joy.

Moral of the Story: Kindness and honesty are the keys to true happiness and success.

Spike’s Journey Home

Spike’s Journey Home

Spike, a young and adventurous Stegosaurus, had strayed far from his family and was lost in an unfamiliar part of the dinosaur world. He missed his loved ones dearly and longed to find his way back home.

With a heavy heart, Spike set out on a courageous journey, following the sun as his guide. He traversed vast deserts, crossed winding rivers, and climbed towering mountains. Along the way, he encountered helpful creatures who provided him with food and shelter.

As the days turned into weeks, Spike faced moments of doubt and exhaustion. But he remembered his family’s love and believed in his ability to find them. He pressed on, fueled by determination and the hope of being reunited.

Finally, one sunny day, Spike spotted familiar footprints. He followed them eagerly, and to his delight, he stumbled upon his family’s favorite resting spot. Overwhelmed with joy, they embraced Spike, who had never felt happier.

Spike’s journey taught him the value of perseverance and the strength that lies within. He realized that with determination and a belief in oneself, one can overcome even the most daunting challenges.

Moral of the Story: Perseverance and determination lead to success

Roary and the Volcano Mystery

Roary and the Volcano Mystery

Roary, a brave young T-Rex, lived near an active volcano. One day, the volcano started rumbling, and everyone feared an eruption. The dinosaur community was in danger, and they needed to find a solution quickly.

Roary gathered a group of determined dinosaurs, each with unique skills. They included Sarah, the swift-footed Gallimimus, who could scout ahead, and Rocky, the strong Ankylosaurus, who could break through obstacles.

Together, they embarked on a challenging journey to find the mythical Firestone. Legend had it that the Firestone possessed the power to calm the angry volcano. They faced treacherous terrains, crossed raging rivers, and encountered other dangerous creatures along the way.

Despite the hardships, Roary’s team never gave up. They encouraged and supported each other, utilizing their individual strengths to overcome obstacles. Finally, they reached the heart of the volcano and discovered the glowing Firestone.

Working together, they placed the Firestone in a sacred spot, and as if by magic, the volcano’s rumbling ceased. The dinosaurs rejoiced, grateful for their teamwork and cooperation. They learned that by combining their strengths and working together, they could overcome any challenge.

Moral of the Story: Teamwork and cooperation lead to success

Dino’s Great Adventure

Dino’s Great Adventure

Dino, a young and curious dinosaur, loved exploring new places. One day, he heard a rumor about a magical forest hidden beyond the mountains. Excited, he decided to embark on a great adventure to discover this enchanting forest.

As Dino climbed the steep mountains, he encountered various challenges along the way. But he didn’t give up. Finally, he reached the top and was greeted by a breathtaking view. He could see the lush green forest in the distance, with colorful butterflies fluttering around.

With each step into the magical forest, Dino felt a sense of wonder. He encountered new and extraordinary creatures, like the sparkling fireflies and talking trees. He made friends with a kind-hearted Triceratops named Trixie, who showed him the hidden treasures of the forest.

Dino realized that this adventure had changed him. He had become more confident and open to new experiences. He learned that embracing change and stepping out of his comfort zone led to exciting discoveries and personal growth.

Moral of the Story: Embrace change and new experiences.

Honesty is the Best Policy Story – The Honest Woodcutter

Honesty is the Best Policy Story – The Honest Woodcutter

Once upon a time, there lived a poor woodcutter named Ramu. He lived with his wife and two children in a small hut. Everyday Ramu would go in the forest and chop trees for wood. He would then sell the wood in the market and earn a meagre income to support his family. Though poor, Ramu was a very honest man.

One day, while Ramu was chopping wood in the forest, the axe slipped from his hand and fell into the river that flowed nearby. Ramu was very sad and worried, as he knew that he would not be able to replace the axe and would now have to find some other means of livelihood.

He prayed sincerly for his axe, and a goddess appeared from the river. She asked Ramu what he had lost and why he was so sad. Ramu told her everything.

Goddess, then went back into the river and came back with a silver axe, Ramu said that it wasn’t his axe. Goddess, once again went back into the river and this time came back with an golden axe, again Ramu said that it wasn’t his axe.

The Goddess smiled and pulled out his iron axe from the river and gave it to him. Ramu was delighted to get back his old axe and thanked the Goddess.

Goddess was very happy with Ramu’s honesty and rewarded him with the silver and the golden axe. Ramu was overwhelmed with happiness and went back home with his new found wealth.

Moral of the story: Honesty is always the best policy. It is better to lose something temporarily than to lose your honesty and integrity forever.

The Lion and the Poor Slave

The Lion and the Poor Slave

There was once a slave whose master was cruel to him. One day, he couldn’t stand it anymore, so he fled into the forest.

On his way, he encountered a lion that was unable to walk because of a thorn in its paw. Even though he was scared, the slave mustered his courage and pulled out the thorn in the lion’s paw. 

When the lion was free from the thorn, he ran into the forest without hurting the slave. Soon after, the slave was caught by his master in the forest. The slave was then thrown into the lion’s den by his master.

As soon as he saw the lion, the slave recognized it as the same lion he had rescued previously. As a result, the slave escaped unharmed.

The Lion and the Poor Slave

Moral of the Story: Your good deeds will always come back to you. Do good deeds and be kind to others, and the universe will reward you.