I LOVE bedtime stories, they take me right back to being little again, I think it is a great way to peel away from the chaos of the day / bath time / tv and have some quiet snuggly time, I can sometimes negotiate my way out of tantrums from an overtired toddler with bedtime story bribery and allowing them to choose. I used to spend a fortune on books, but now prefer to go to the library and get (up to 30!) out for free, and if any friends or relatives are stuck for presents for kids, I always suggest books as they are a great staple!
Here are some of our favourites. I love finding out other people’s favourites, to see any new ones I haven’t discovered. Most of this list were recommended by friends over time
10. GOODNIGHT MOON by Margaret Wise Brown
A classic bedtime story, this is an ancient story but has a great format of saying goodnight to everything in the room, something you can do too afterwards.
9. YOU CHOOSE by Nick Sharratt & Pippa Goodhart
Part of my love of bedtime stories are how they bring back bucket loads of memories. This reminds me of my Tracy Beaker days thanks to Nick Sharratt’s great illustrations. This is an interactive book, it has pages and pages of pictures (which house would you choose, which food etc) and is so much fun, especially if there are a few of you doing bedtime!
8 THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, Judith Kerr
Another classic, from a legend local to where we live. It is so random, but I think is thought provoking for little ones, who wonder what it would be like if a tiger really did come for tea, and if it did eat all the food, and drink all the water (and Daddy’s beer) would we go to a cafe for tea?
7 OI FROG, by Kes Gray & Jim Field
This is a FAB, modern story which is really easy to read and funny for kids and us. A refreshing change and a great introduction to rhyming for older kids. There is now a sequel called ‘Oi Dog!’
6 FOXES SOCKS
There are so many amazing Julia Donaldson stories, his was Alfie’s earliest favourite, we had a lift the flap version and he still loves helping Fox find his socks now, so I think this is a good one which will be used for a while!
5. Old Bear Stories, Jane Hissey
This book is older than me, but selfishly I love it so read it! I remember being completely engrossed in this when our teacher read it to us in primary school, and I found a copy in a local charity shop recently, Alfie loves it. It is a bit on the long side, I think generally children love stories about toys, like their own!
4. HAIRY MACLAREY SERIES, Lynley Dodd
Love these. I think I love books which have variations so we don’t have to read the same one over and over and over again, these are short, sweet and funny!
3. ONE MOLE DIGGING A HOLE, Julia Donaldson & Nick Sharratt
This is a random one we found in a charity shop, but Alfie loves it, and requested it a lot. Another one which I like because it is short and fun, and helps learnt counting!
2. GOODNIGHT TRACTOR/DIGGER/PRINCESS/SANTA SERIES, Michelle Robinson & Nick East
I discovered Goodnight Tractor via Amazon reviews and later bought more of the series. This has been a definite favourite bedtime story for over a year, now Alfie is older he reads alternating lines, he loves it, and I love a book which follows a theme of saying goodnight to things!
1. STICK MAN – OUR FAVOURITE BEDTIME STORY!
Altogether now “I’m Stickman, I’m Stickman, I’m Stickman, that’s me” . I LOVE Stickman, it has bordered on driving me round the twist after we also got the audio Cd in the car and I thought I might go insane, but for bedtime, it is a lovely rhyming story which they listen to intently and has lots of different parts to break it up.