Once Upon A Bedtime Story

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

    Once Upon A Bedtime Story
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Feb 8th, 2016 by royhayward at 6:49 am

As a boy I had several toys that I made real in the same way that the Velveteen Rabbit became real. At least they were real to me as a boy. So I always had a special connection to the boy and his rabbit in this story.

I know that some people never make this type of emotional connection with toys as children. I think I always wonder about them a little. Because when I listen to this story and remember the times I played with toys made real by love as a child, the magic of those times comes back, just a little, and I can feel the wonder of pure imagination once more. 
Its one of the things that makes me want to share these stories with people now that I'm a grownup child. 
Feb 1st, 2016 by royhayward at 6:58 am

The story of the Three Bears is one of the most universal classics that I remember from my childhood. The narrative is straight forward and easy to remember and lends itself to easy memorization by the youngest listening children. 

I remember hearing different versions stressing different virtues that Goldie Locks was lacking from different story tellers at different ages and times. They ranged from not going into other peoples homes and rooms, which is the most obvious moral, to good hygiene and manners. 
An interesting experiment to do with your kids is to tell the story and leave the moral off and then ask them what they think Goldie Locks should learn.
Jan 25th, 2016 by royhayward at 6:53 am

One of the classic bedtime stories about a frog and a princess, and the prince he becomes.

Jan 18th, 2016 by royhayward at 10:23 am


A tale from Hans Christian Anderson about a quest for a real princess. A classic bedtime story.

Jan 11th, 2016 by royhayward at 6:16 am

155-TheStrawOx.jpgA tale of need, cunning and kindness. A classic bedtime story.

Jan 4th, 2016 by royhayward at 6:39 am

A fairies promise keeps a group of children safe through a series of adventures until they are reunited with their parents. Its a classic bedtime story.

Dec 21st, 2015 by royhayward at 6:25 am

Its been called the Greatest Story Ever Told. But for us, its the most classic bedtime story ever told. And just in time for a Christmas Bedtime Story at that.

Dec 16th, 2015 by royhayward at 6:01 am

A beautiful winter poem for the cold nights of winter. Shorter than a bedtime story, but perfect for a bonus for a snowy winter's bedtime.

Dec 13th, 2015 by royhayward at 11:40 am

Magical gardens, dwarves, dancing sugar dollies, and faries. All of these things are common place in classic bedtime stories. 

Dec 3rd, 2015 by royhayward at 10:03 pm

Family is love. Family is caring. Family is coming back to be with those we love. And in a classic bedtime story, family is the magic of the frost and snow.