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40 Great Bedtime Stories for the Under 5s

Bedtime is a special time and we all have our favourite books that we love to read over and over, but here are a few you might have missed. Books that we we adore any time of day, but especially snuggling up at bedtime.

It's never too early to start reading to your child – even young babies enjoy being read to. Reading out loud prepares your baby’s brain for language. It teaches them about words, sentence formation, and introduces them to concepts like stories, colours, letters and numbers. We have a selection of wonderful recommendations for babies and toddlers on LoveReading4Kids. Even when children are old enough to read independently, it’s still essential for them to be read to, to find books fun and entertaining, to read a page each and enjoy sharing a story together.

Making story time part of your daily routine is a great way to make sure that books and reading are regular, familiar and fun experiences for your child. Suggest they choose a book to read with you in bed at the end of each day. Encourage them to tell you why they have selected that book, and what they like and dislike about it. Smaller children enjoy the repetition and familiarity of reading the same book over and over again; remember, this is perfectly normal, and builds confidence so bear with them! We promise, they will move on to something else eventually…

And when they do, here are some further reading suggestions to make their bedtime routine the best it can possibly be - with a great book.

Comments (28)

Fiona K - 30th November 2020

My children used to enjoy Goodnight Moon, and now I read it to my granddaughter.

Susan B - 30th November 2020

Wow! What a list of fabulous books. Thank you. We used to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar at bedtime as it was quick and the little ones eventually knew the words by heart. Time for a step up, though.

Julie B - 29th November 2020

At the moment we are reading Stig of the dump’ which I loved as a child

Josephine P - 29th November 2020

The famous five books

Danielle T - 26th November 2020

We're Going On A Bear Hunt is definitely my favourite to read.

Matthew C - 22nd November 2020

It was always Burglar Bill by Janet and Allan Ahlberg for me and my sister. Still have the copy now!

Laura J - 19th November 2020

The tiger who came to tea is always a firm favourite

Rebecca B - 11th November 2020

Oliver Jeffer's is one of our fave authors and Stuck is often one of our bedtime reads.

Ruby H - 8th November 2020

We're going on a bear hunt is our favourite bedtime story.

Naomi O - 1st November 2020

Peace at Last is our favourite!

Nur S - 29th October 2020

Such great memories. Those who write for young children are absolute geniuses.

Natasha L - 28th October 2020

You can't go wrong with "Owl Babies".

Christine L - 27th October 2020

So many great stories, we love "Peace At Last"

Sally C - 26th October 2020

We're going on a bear hunt is a firm favourite!

MARIA R - 21st October 2020

Tiger that came to tea always gives us a laugh before bedtime

Gerri T - 20th October 2020

We still love The Tiger Who Came to Tea, and woe betide me if I try change a single word.

Jane B - 20th October 2020

Anything by Julia Donaldson.

Philippa W - 20th October 2020

Lots of classic bedtime reading. I was delighted to see there is a picture book of Walter de la Mare's Silver. I love that poem! I am also interested in The Hug and The Rabbit, the Dark and the Biscuit Tin.

georgina p - 20th October 2020

We like to read peace at last, we're going on a bear hunt, also like to read a chapter book. We all get get nice and snuggles up in my bed and I will read a book or a chapter, then we will have a little chat about what I read before getting into their own beds.

Susie W - 19th October 2020

I love reading the Julia Donaldson books with the flowing rhymes

Debbie E - 19th October 2020

We love Paddington

Priscilla S - 18th October 2020

Some lovely stories in the list. The Tiger who Came to Tea is a particularly favourite of ours

Jenny M - 18th October 2020

I like the tiger who came to tea, and the gruffalo, there are lots of lovely stories in this list. When I was a child I used to love reading the enchanted wood.

Pippa A - 17th October 2020

Our current favourite is 'There's a Dragon in Your Book'

Shahed C - 13th October 2020

The Gruffalo is our favourite

YOLANDA D - 13th October 2020

From the above list Bedtime With Ted is a favourite. Most nights my grandson likes a Mr Men or Little Miss story just like I did when I was little.

Sarah W - 13th October 2020

I love - we're going on a bear hunt - great repetitive rhythm and fun noises and actions!

Gill W - 13th October 2020

The Gruffalo is my favourite book to read to my Grandson at bedtime.

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