bedtime story


Definition of bedtime story

: a story read or recounted to someone (such as a child) at bedtime

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Sisters Zaria, 13, and Hailey Willard, 8, are spreading their love for reading one bedtime story at a time. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Sisters Read Bedtime Stories to Kids All over the World via Facebook," 17 July 2019 To all the frog catching, bedtime story reading, wrestling, diaper changing, outside playing, adventure seeking, tickling, cuddling, loving dads out there, Happy Father’s Day! Kate Hogan,, "'Thank You for These Two Beautiful Coconuts!' The Absolute Sweetest Celeb Posts from Father's Day 2019," 17 June 2019 Kids will love the personalized pillowcases, which are topped with a bedtime story every night, swings in the interior garden and the chance to take a ride on the hotel’s vintage teak canalboat. Amy Tara Koch, Twin Cities, "Finding European hotel rooms for families can be tough. Here are suggestions in 8 cities.," 6 July 2019 That inevitable interest is your opportunity to give your child a fascinating history lesson, perhaps through an impromptu story time — or through a few weeks’ worth of bedtime stories. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 books that tell kids the fun and inspirational stories behind the women's suffrage movement," 6 June 2019 The physician, 40, was reading a bedtime story to her six-year-old daughter when her water broke unexpectedly. Emma Baty, Redbook, "These Raw Photos of a Mom Delivering Her Preemie Are a Reminder of How Powerful Birth Really Is," 25 May 2017 Then, her grandpa would make up a bedtime story based on their request. Danelle Landis, The Seattle Times, "Ketchikan author discusses new fantasy novel," 30 Mar. 2019 In addition to showcasing handbags and other wares from Hindmarch’s new collection, the event incorporated a cloud-theme cafe and pop-up shop, guided meditations and bedtime stories read by model Poppy Delevingne. Fox News, "London Fashion Week featured 'Chubby Cloud' for tired trendsetters to sleep on," 18 Sep. 2018 There’s also a partnership with Nickelodeon that expands existing features for the Google Home like bedtime stories. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "The Google Assistant smart home ecosystem is slowly starting to take shape," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of bedtime story

1868, in the meaning defined above

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