Few feelings are more magical than snuggling up with your child and reading a bedtime story to them before they drift off into the land of nod.
And there are so many lovely story books to choose.
From much loved classics to magical kids’ books hot off the press – we’ve put together a list of the very best bedtime stories for kids.
So grab a copy, snuggle up under the covers with your little ones, and enjoy.
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Would Wolf and his pup “kiss and then HOWL”?
Would Bear and her cub “kiss and then GROWL”?
But what about Sloth and her baby? They move soooo slooowwwww . . . they’re sure to be kissing from early evening until long after everyone else is fast asleep!
Lovely illustrations and rhymes make this the perfect read-aloud bedtime story.
He does everything he can to keep Mama by his bedside. Mum calms him down by reassuring him and saying
Little Llama, don’t you know, Mama Llama loves you so? Mama Llama’s always near, even if she’s not right here.
Eventually he is ready to snuggle up and fall asleep. A perfect bedtime book for any little ones struggling to fall asleep on their own.
Ending up with loving his little hare not just to the moon but to the moon and back.
A wonderful celebration of love between parent and child and a firm favourite bedtime book that has quickly become a classic.
Fabulous rhymes and illustrations. Every little kid will want to drift off just like all their favourite diggers and machines do.
They too will want to rest and be ready for their next big day ahead.
The big brave mouse walks through a wood where he meets a bigger or scarier animal that might eat him.
He scares each one of them off with the tale that he is having lunch with the terrifying Gruffalo – whose favourite food is made up of all the woodland friends who are trying to scare the mouse.
Then the Gruffalo and wants to eat the mouse. But, don’t worry. The mouse wins out in the end.
A much loved children’s book that will stand the test of time.
The animals at the zoo are all getting ready for bedtime and putting on their pajamas.
Lovely rhymes, all playing with letters of the alphabet keep your little one entertained.
Beautifully detailed illustrations mean that your little one can look at and spy those quirky little details that they love so much.
It focuses on celebrating individual strengths, making it a powerful and positive bedtime read.
This charming and funny book, tells a story that both kids and parents will relate to at bedtime.
They let their imaginations run free to make their night under the stars a magical adventure.
A great short bedtime story for kids.
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Big Bear does all he can to make him feel safe. After trying everything he shows him how the moon and stars light up the night.
Beautiful illustrations and repeated sentences that little ones will come to know as you read this bedtime book again and again. A beautiful read.
From sleepy sloths to tired toucans all the animals are ready for bed.
Wonderful rhymes and charming illustrations in this jungle themed bedtime book.
With beautiful illustrations this is a comforting and charming bedtime read.
From cosy slippers to a yummy breakfast – the best thing of all is that when she opens her eyes Willoughby will be right there by her side as always.
A lovely hug of a bedtime read.
Papa rabbit tucks his babies in among the leaves, fuzzy bears settle in their den, and little foxes snuggle together under the moonlight.
A soothing and adorable bedtime story.
Hedgehog sniffs for mushrooms, Skunk nibbles at berries, Frog croaks, and Cricket sings.
He wonders if the daytime can be as magical.
Just as Mama Owl begins to tell him about the wonders of the day he falls asleep.
A perfect bedtime story for any child worrying about the dark, to show him that night and day are both full of magic.
In this picture book he makes up excuses not to go to bed. It’s a fun and laugh out loud bedtime read.
Find out what happens when Bear wakes up and find all his friends having a party without him.
A wonderful and classic bedtime story
A gentle bedtime story with charming illustrations and a much-loved classic.
What adventures will their dream animal lead them to? Rhymes and stunning illustrations make this a wonderful bedtime book.
Loved by generations, this is the perfect bedtime read. ‘Goodnight room, goodnight moon’.
A lovely way to get your little one ready to go to sleep.
Charming, comforting, whimsical and wonderful bedtime books to enjoy with your little ones!
Pick one and enjoy the bedtime cuddles.