Once Upon A Bedtime Story

A podcast of classic bedtime stories for children of all ages.

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May 13th, 2019 by royhayward at 10:58 pm

Did you have a favorite toy as a child? Not just any toy, but a toy that, to you, was a real live companion? 

Tavy has such a companion. The White Cat and Tavy are more than friends. And the Cat has a secret. Listen to this episode and find out if it is a good secret.

Apr 12th, 2019 by royhayward at 9:58 am

A short bedtime story dealing with the origins of creatures and their dealings with the Great Spirit and each other. "Every creature has his rights." But what is one creature's right is to eat one of the other creatures.

Interesting questions can be asked about this short story. Questions about how the creatures are behaving towards each other and the Great Spirit. 

Jan 16th, 2018 by royhayward at 5:15 am

A clever tale that follows along a matter of wishes. What would you wish for if you could have anything you wanted? Carrie thinks she can do the three wishes the right way and is sure she won't waste them like the stories say. But when it comes down to it will she have the wit to make the best of the situation or will chance and fate have their way with her?

Once you finish reading this story, consider stopping and asking these questions:

  • What does Carrie think of the people in the stories about wishes?
  • What is Carrie's plan for if she had wishes?
  • What does she plan to wish for?
  • What happens with her first wish?
  • What happens with her second wish?
  • How does her last wish turn out?
  • Do you think Carrie has learned her lesson?

And now the real question, "If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?"

Jan 8th, 2018 by royhayward at 5:04 am

The Clever Apprentice is a short bedtime dialogue. A conversation between a master and apprentice. The master shoemaker must have figured that he could hold his apprentice for a long time by setting conditions for ending the apprenticeship that were so odd. But the apprentice was not deterred and found a way to turn the tables on the situation.

After listening to this story, if you child is still awake, take a moment to see if they were paying attention.


  • What did the master shoemaker say to call the cat?
  • What did the master shoemaker say to call the peat stack?
  • What did the master shoemaker say to call the house?
  • How did the apprentice find a way to use all of the odd names at one time?

This is a silly story, but do you have any things in your house that you call by odd names? What are some fun names you could make for common things around your house to make things more fun?

Jan 1st, 2018 by royhayward at 10:52 am

If you could see the future would you try and change it? Well, this is what the Baron in this story does. He learns about his son's future and tries to change it. He is determined to be the master of fate. But the more he tries to change the future the more the future comes to pass. 

"There goes fate!" is a phrase spoken by the Baron to mean one thing. But it turns out to means something different.

After listening to this story, ask your child about the order of events.

  • What happened first? What happened next? And so on. 
  • Why did the Baron want to change who his son would marry?
  • How did the fisherman find the Girl?
  • What happens to the Girl on the way to the Baron's Brother?
  • What does the Girl need to find before she shows her face again to the Baron?
  • How does she find it?
  • What do you think of the ending?
  • Of course, you can ask your own questions too.

Asking questions after a bedtime story helps your child develop comprehension and understanding of what they have heard. Don't wake them up to ask them questions, but if they are still awake, take the time to ask some interactive questions before moving on to sleep or another story.



The text of the story was written by Flora Annie Steel. Some sounds are from the free sound project. The background music is from incomptech. 

Aug 23rd, 2016 by royhayward at 6:35 am

The Golden Goose is such a classic that there are a large variety of tellings. This is a classic telling where a simple lad ends up with a great fortune because of his kind heart and kind acts. And on account of his willingness to keep pressing on.

Aug 19th, 2016 by royhayward at 6:03 am

The second part of a classic telling of the story of Robin Hood. Find out how he out smarts the Sherif again and wins the archery competition. 

Aug 15th, 2016 by royhayward at 6:43 am

You all know the story of Robin Hood. Here is a classic telling of the classic tale of the classic struggle between good and evil, winning the hand of a beautiful maiden, and generally having a great adventure. This is part one.

Aug 12th, 2016 by royhayward at 6:15 am

Once of Beatrix Potter's classic tales. An encounter between Lucy, a human girl, and Mrs. Tiggy Winkle who is not. A good time is had by all. 

Aug 8th, 2016 by royhayward at 6:41 am

The Magic Horse is a fun story about a Prince of Persia and his adventure with a magical flying horse.