I recently bought Children’s Classic Stories (Storie Classiche in Italian) and I have been reading one (more often two) stories each night to my older son. It’s a great collection of fairytales, fables and folktales from all over the world. There are stories from the Grimm brothers, Hans Cristhian Andersen, Aesopus and many traditional popular tales of unknown author.
They are adapted in length and style and make the perfect bedtime reading. Some of these stories I knew by heart, some of them where hidden in some remote part of my memory, and others were completely new. There are over 60 stories and they are divided in chapters according to their content.
The book is also very compact making it also very convenient to take on a holiday (although it’s not the lightest).
You can buy it here, or here if you want the Italian translation.
My son is also into longer, more interesting stories. He’s also really in to nursery rhymes these days. (I’ll write a post about that later!) Maybe I should pick up this book…
I can also recommend The Hutchinson Treasury of Stories to Read Aloud by Janet Schulman, again lots of stories as i recall over 40. I often buy this for friends of family when they have their first child. Storytime is so important, I think I get more enjoyment than the kids i read them to!