Bedtime Stories for Children Bedtime Stories for Children

In this section we have brought together some of our favourite bedtime reads that we hope will become yours too.

Reader ReviewedGoodnight Everyone
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Perfect for the end of every day, award-winning Chris Haughton captures the soothing time as the sun goes down and all the animals begin to fall into a deep sleep….All except Little Bear... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 07/06/2018
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Each Peach Pear Plum
Allan Ahlberg, Janet Ahlberg
A delightful board book with simple rhyming text and engaging interactive pictures. Children will be able to find characters that are mentioned in the text, such as Mother Hubbard and Cinderella. Wonderful detail in the illustrations provides endless entertainment in... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 30/04/2018
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Reader ReviewedThe Wardrobe Monster
Bryony Thomson
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2018 A charming story of bedtime fears with a neat twist to it. Dora and all her toys wake up grouchy and grumpy after a night spent tossing and turning on account... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/04/2018
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Secrets of the Mountain
Libby Walden
In a nutshell: Dahl-esque story in defence of Unusualness Children who like their stories filled with larger-than-life characters, crazy comedy and the reassuring sense that love and goodness will win out, will really enjoy A.L Kennedy's Uncle Shawn books. In... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 05/04/2018
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There's a Walrus in My Bed!
Ciara Flood
Children and adults will take very different things from this clever picture book but both will enjoy it enormously. Flynn is excited, he's got a new bed – we guess that he's moving into a big bed for the first... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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King of the Sky
Nicola Davies
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2018 | In a story full of hope against adversity, King of the Sky tells how flying a homing pigeon helps a young boy comes to terms with his life in a strange... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/04/2018
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Elmer and the Lost Teddy Board Book
David McKee
The Elmer books are stunning to look at, with their jewel-like colours and fabulous jungle scenes, but they teach children about kindness, acceptance and generosity too. You don't have to be different to be special, says Elmer at the end... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 08/03/2018
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The Everywhere Bear
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling duo Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb reunite in a lovely story that begins in a Year One classroom before taking us on an exciting, fantastical journey. Scenes in the classroom and at home with the children as they play... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 22/02/2018
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No More Kissing!
Emma Chichester Clark
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month February 2018 A must-have for all who hate being kissed! Momo the little monkey hates kissing. He hates other people kissing each other but, most of all, he hates being kissed himself! But... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2018
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With My Mummy
James Brown
One of our special picks for Mothering Sunday The ahhh-factor is at its highest setting in this sweet but sturdy little board book. On each page a different mummy and child enjoy having simple fun together, whether that's zooming round... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 08/02/2018
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There's a Snake in My School!
David Walliams
David Walliams has his finger firmly on the funny bone of the nation's youth, and little children will love this story of school turned upside-down by an unexpected visitor. It's bring-your-pet-to-school day, and a host of animals are ushered into... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 11/01/2018
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Peace at Last
Jill Murphy
A new board book edition of the picture book classic, in a size that's perfect for little paws! A timeless storybook classic full of bright colourful pictures that accompany a simple, repetitive text. Children will delight in all the wonderful... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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Whatever Next!
Jill Murphy
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month January 2018 Celebrating thirty-five best-selling years, Whatever Next! is a classic story of a child's imaginative adventure. It's bath time for Baby Bear but he is determined to fit in a quick... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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We Are Family
Patricia Hegarty
‘Money doesn't matter, nor colour, creed, nor name - /In each and every family, the love we feel's the same': these are the concluding lines and the overriding theme of this attractive picture book. Over busy, vibrant pages a number... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 11/01/2018
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I'm Big Now
Anthea Simmons
This lively, cheerful picture book takes a positive look at one of the changes the arrival of a new baby can bring. ‘There's a new baby now, I'm not the baby any more', says the little girl who narrates the... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/01/2018
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The Star Tree
Catherine Hyde
When a little girl's nightlight goes out, she takes a magical midnight journey to the Star Tree in this beautiful bedtime read from fine artist Catherine Hyde. A little girl embarks on a magical midsummer night's journey in this beautiful... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/07/2017
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Snow Penguin
Tony Mitton
A wonderful adventure for a bold little penguin is beautifully told in Tony Mitton's elegant and witty rhyming text. Determined to explore the world around him, the little penguin sets off in to the icy and watery landscape. Meeting whales... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 16/11/2017
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I See the Moon
Rosalind Beardshaw
This collection contains a bundle of favourite nursery rhymes and lullabies, together with one or two classic nightime-themed poems and is a thoroughly lovely book to read with little children at bedtime; Rosalind Beardshaw's illustrations make it absolutely irresistible. Her... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 07/09/2017
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Reader ReviewedGoodnight Everyone
Chris Haughton
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Perfect for the end of every day, award-winning Chris Haughton captures the soothing time as the sun goes down and all the animals begin to fall into a deep sleep….All except Little Bear... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/08/2017
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Let's Join in
Shirley Hughes
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July 2017 Four simple bedtime stories capture the precious yet everyday moments in pre-school and toddler's lives. Under the heading Hiding, Chatting, Bouncing and Giving the four stories about Katie and her little... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedMrs Mole, I'm Home!
Jarvis
April 2017 Picture Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | Morris Mole can't find his glasses anywhere at the end of a long day at work. Luckily, he is sure he can... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Silver
Walter de la Mare
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2017 | “Slowly, silently now the moon/ Walks the night/ in her silver shoon;” Walter de la mare's much loved-poem is beautifully brought to life in gentle illustrations that portray the moon... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/04/2017
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Bedtime with Ted
Sophy Henn
It's bedtime for Ted, but he's just too busy yet – flip the flaps and you can see why: Ted is in the bath with some penguins, busy brushing his teeth with a crocodile and drinking his milk with a... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/04/2017
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Here Comes the Sun
Karl Newson
With a gentle rhyming text that makes it a particular pleasure to read this picture book, though it's perfect bedtime reading, ends as dawn breaks. Everyone is fast sleep but Little Owl has work to do: she must fly right... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Are You Sitting Comfortably?
Leigh Hodgkinson
March 2016 Book of the Month Leigh Hodgkinson's picture book is a stylish investigation into how and where to read a book. Goldilocks-like, a young boy tries out a variety of chairs and reading locations. Not one of them suits:... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 09/03/2017
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Tufty
Michael Foreman
Tufty the little duck grows up in the grounds of Buckingham Palace (his parents are very fond of the Royal Duck and Duckess (sic) who give the ducks their breakfast!). When winter comes, the duck family flies south but little... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/03/2017
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Under the Love Umbrella
Davina Bell
This brightly illustrated picture book is a celebration of the enduring love that surrounds your children, wherever they are in the world. The families we meet represent the wonderful diversity that make our world what it is and show that... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown
This classic children's book looks wonderful in its new edition and has lost none of its effectiveness as a book to lull children to sleep. As he snuggles down in bed, a little rabbit quietly and methodically says goodnight to... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 26/01/2017
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
This is the 25th anniversary board book edition of this bestselling title which well-deserves its classic status. It has become the staple of pre-school life across the globe. Told in a simple rhythmic text that's full of action and it... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 02/01/2014
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A Perfect Day
Lane Smith
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Award winning Lane Smith celebrates the simple delights of Cat who loves the warmth of the sun, and Dog who loves the cool... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/05/2018
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Mr Underbed
Chris Riddell
STOP PRESS: You have probably seen the Christmas TV ad for Moz the Monster. It looks to us as though the inspiration for it may well have come from Chris Riddell's debut picture book which was published a... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2011
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Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
Lynley Dodd
First published in 1983 and still as good today. Written by Lynley Dodd, who is a New Zealander, this is the first in a series of books about the adventures of a scruffy dog ‘Hairy McClary'. Rhyming, catchy and comical... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 29/08/1985
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Richard Scarry's Best Treasury Ever
Richard Scarry
A stunning hardback treasury of five of Richard Scarry's best-loved stories - the perfect gift for Scarry fans, young and old! Richard Scarry's distinctive busy scenes and characters have been delighting children for generations and they look as fresh and... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 16/11/2017
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