The free bedtime story library.

November 15, 2019

#23 - The Bamboo-Cutter And The Moon-Child (Part Two)

Nod off to sleep with part two of this great story by Yei Theodora Osaki.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale Episodic

November 08, 2019

#22 - The Bamboo-Cutter And The Moon-Child (Part One)

Back to the land of fairy tales this week with another great story by Yei Theodora Osaki.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale Episodic

November 02, 2019

#21 - When Father Brought Home The Lamp

Written in the style of Finnish Realism, this 19th century tale of a household transformed by modern technology is a sweet tale of simpler times.

Under 30 Min. Fiction

October 29, 2019

#20 - Lt. Col. Vindman's Statement To US House Committees 10-29-19 - Bonus Episode

A little something different... the opening statement made by Lt. Col. Vindman to the US House Committees during a closed-door session but as a bedtime story.

Under 30 Min. Bonus Nonfiction

October 28, 2019

#19 - Ambassador Taylor's Statement To US House Intel Committee 10-22-19 - Bonus Episode

The opening statement made by US Ambassador William B. Taylor to the US House Intelligence Committee. But read as a bedtime story.

Over 30 Min. Bonus Nonfiction

October 26, 2019

#18 - The Red Room

It's the finale of "Creepy but Sleepy" October with The Red Room by HG Wells.

Under 30 Min. Fiction

October 19, 2019

#17 - The Hollow of the Three Hills

"Creepy but Sleepy" October continues with The Hollow of the Three Hills by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Under 30 Min. Fiction

October 12, 2019

#16 - The Amputated Arms (Part Two)

A little creepy, but actually very sleepy. It's part two of the classic Danish tale, The Amputated Arms by Jorgen Wilhelm Bergsoe.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Episodic

October 05, 2019

#15 - The Amputated Arms (Part One)

A little creepy. A little sleepy. Part One of a classic Danish tale.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Episodic

September 29, 2019

#14 - The Whistleblower Complaint - Bonus Episode

A special bonus episode to keep you informed as you drift off to sleep, The Whistleblower Complaint by The Whistleblower, but read as a bedtime story.

Under 30 Min. Bonus Nonfiction

September 28, 2019

#13 - The Devoted Friend

A classic tale of friendship. But not. Only Oscar Wilde could write a fairy tale like this.

Over 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

September 21, 2019

#12 - The Giant Builder

Gods and giants square off after the mischievous Loki creates a big problem.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Viking Tale

September 14, 2019

#11 - A Forest Betrothal Pt. 2

Part two of A Forest Betrothal by Erckmann-Chatrian. Find out how it ends with the sleepy conclusion of this May December one-way romance.

Under 30 Min. Fiction

September 07, 2019

#10 - A Forest Betrothal - Part 1

We're off to the Alps for an sleepy French story of love and loss.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Episodic

August 31, 2019

#9 - The Nightingale and The Rose

Here's a fairy tale by Oscar Wilde, The Nightingale and The Rose. It's a story about love and loss with a weird twist.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

August 24, 2019

#8 - The Yellow Wallpaper - Part 2

Here's part 2 of The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I read the first part in Episode 7. It's a little creepy...

Under 30 Min. Fiction Episodic

August 17, 2019

#7 - The Yellow Wallpaper - Part 1

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was requested by a listener. I had never read it before, but it's great. Bucolic and a bit creepy.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Episodic

August 10, 2019

#6 - Goblin Market

Goblin Market is a beautiful, weird, long poem by Christina Rossetti. It has a strange history and was supposedly written for children... Really? Google it if you want to know more.

Under 30 Min. Fiction

August 10, 2019

#6 - Goblin Market - Extended

This is the extended version of Goblin Market, a beautiful and bizarre poem by Christina Rossetti with sounds I recorded at the creek behind my cabin in the background.

Over 30 Min. Fiction Extended / Nature Sounds

August 03, 2019

#5 - The Tongue-Cut Sparrow - Extended

This is the extended version of the traditional Japanese fairy tale is 45 minutes long, has no introduction and some sounds of nighttime at the creek in the background.

Over 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale Extended / Nature Sounds

August 03, 2019

#5 - The Tongue-Cut Sparrow

This Japanese fairy tale by Yei Theodora Ozaki tells a story about kindness, with a few demons thrown in for good measure.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

July 27, 2019

#4 - The Emperor's New Clothes - Extended

An extended length (31 minutes) version of this classic tale with nature sounds in the background and no introduction.

Over 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale Extended / Nature Sounds

July 27, 2019

#4 - The Emperor's New Clothes

Hans Christian Andersen's The Emperor's New Clothes has been a favorite story of mine since I was a child. It's over a hundred years old but still very relevant to our world today.

Under 30 Min. Fiction Fairy Tale

July 20, 2019

#3 - Kvasir's Blood - Extended

A classic Viking tale. Just the story, no introduction, with creek sounds underneath.

Over 30 Min. Fiction Viking Tale Extended / Nature Sounds