Do you need to enter your Linking Code from the Short Bedtime Story skill that you received?
If so, register an account first and log in.
If you don't have a Linking Code and if you have not yet enabled the skill: Alexa, enable Bedtime Story. Then ask Alexa: Alexa, ask Bedtime Story to configure.
The Short Bedtime Story is a skill for Alexa and Cortana (coming soon) that tells a story with the person's name filled in at various points.
For example, Tell Bedtime Story to Gary could result in:
Once upon a time there was a magical wizard named Gary who came upon a little frog with blond hair. Gary asked the frog, ...
I encourage you to read the reviews and rate the skill if you enjoy it and the write a review about how your kids react to it. Read other people's comments. Even the critical ones are sometimes amusing.
I'm always looking for ideas and stories to add to the skill so if you have any, please share by email or the Disqus board.
You first have to enable the skill on the device and then you can ask Alexa (or Cortana) to tell the Bedtime Story to [name].
This skill is written to support both the Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Microsoft Cortana. Rather than use both device names, I will often just resort to using Alexa but think in your mind, "Cortana" too.
One of several random stories is then spoken out loud for all to hear and enjoy. Every time you play, the next story will be recited and eventually it will start over with the first story.
How to Get a Linking Code
To use this website, you will have to get a Linking Code from Short Bedtime Story. Just ask Alexa, Ask Bedtime Story to Configure. Alexa will give you the code you need. If you miss it, just ask again.
You have to register an account at this website and then link your web account with your Alexa account by entering the code. If you have both an Amazon Echo and Microsoft Cortana, you will have to get a code for each but you only need one website account.
Link as many accounts as you need to your registered web account. Of course, you have to log in before you can enter your codes.
Sometimes, Short Bedtime Story will make a mistake on the gender of the name. If it can't tell, it will assume it's a boy.
Other times, the name may be mis-pronounced like I may ask for a story for Gary but Alexa hears Giri. Or Allie is spoken as Ellie
Both of these problems can be fixed at this web site.
Some folks would prefer that certain stories not be told due to the age of the kids or perhaps they have grown tired of some. You can deactivate any of the stories you don't want with a checkmark.
Author Your Own Stories
If you are creative or an aspiring author, you can create your own stories that will include the name. You can tailor the stories to your own family, school, location and interests. Kids really like to hear stories about their teachers, friends, cousins or whatever.
Finally, there is a discussion board (Disqus) where you can discuss with others your thoughts, experiences, ideas and stories you wrote. On the bottom of the pages are Share Icons so you can share Short Bedtime Story with others on Twitter, Facebook, etc.