Our Favorite Bedtime Stories

Classic reading material your child will never tire of.

by Anna Dixon | Thu, May 18, 2017

Reading to your little one before bed is a great way to send them off to the land of nod. It’s also a lovely part of the bedtime routine that you can continue for many years. We all remember having bedtime stories read to us, and your children will too. We asked around the office and here are some of our favourite bedtime stories!

Dear Zoo

By Rod Campbell

A little boy wants a pet so asks the zoo to send him one. He gets a whole host of animals before his perfect pet arrives.

Why we like it: Children can lift the flaps to reveal each pet, plus it’s a good way to introduce animals into your child's vocabulary.

The Little Boy Who Lost His Name / The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name

By David Cadji-Newby and Pedro Serapicos

A child loses their name and goes on an adventure to find it again, meeting lots of helpful friends on the way.

Why we like it: You can only buy this book online because you send the company the name of your child so the book turns out to be about them! It’s really clever and your child will delight in seeing their name in a book.

The Bedtime Bear    

By Ian Whybrow and Axel Scheffler

A simple pop up book about getting ready for bed.

Why we like it: The illustrations are lovely and colourful, the pop-ups are really fun and it rhymes which is always a bonus.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

By Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

A father takes his three children on a walk to find a bear.

Why we like it: It’s got repetition, rhythm and the illustrations are lovely. A timeless classic.

Each Peach Pear Plum     

By Janet and Allan Ahlberg

A lovely story that introduces classic nursery rhyme characters.

Why we like it: Kids love to join in with this book plus it has familiar characters and again, lovely illustrations!

Peace at Last     

By Jill Murphy

Mr Bear can’t fall asleep because of all the noises in his house.

Why we like it: The fun noises you can make with your child, the repetition, the illustrations. Another simple classic that I’m sure will be around for generations. to come!

Goodnight Moon     

By Margaret Wise Brown

An adorable little rabbit says goodnight to everything in his room before going to sleep.

Why we like it: It’s a routine that children can copy, plus the story itself is a great way to make little ones drowsy.

Where the Wild Things Are     

By Maurice Sendak

Naughty little Max is sent to bed and soon a forest begins to grow in his room! Max travels to an island, meets the wild things and becomes their king.

Why we like it: It’s great adventure story filled with weird and wonderful creatures and loveable characters.