It’s National Young Readers Day on November 11th (as well as Remembrance Day of course). We thought it would be a great opportunity to share our favourite bedtime stories with you. We have both always loved to read to children and have collected some fab kids books over the years, ones that we have also given as gifts, always feels good to give a book, right?
Favourite Bedtime Stories
Sleep Like a Tiger
by Mary Logue Illustrator: Pamela Zagarenski
This is my favourite book to read as a lovely bed time story, it does a good job of preparing a child’s mind for bed and sleep. The story unfolds using all the little girls toys and pets as inspiration as to how or why animals sleep.
Children love to study the beautifully illustrated pages and find something new in the detailed drawings and create their own narrative every time they read the book. Perfect book for a young daydreamer or detail orientated child.
Elmer The Patchwork Elephant
by David Mckee
Elmer is one of Tamra’s family favourite bedtime stories. Her 3 boys love the colourful illustrations and Elmer’s humour. Tamra loves the messages conveyed that ‘it’s OK to be different and to let your true colours show! Be proud of who you are and accepting of others at the same time.
The Singing Mermaid
by Julia Donaldson Illustrator Lydia Monks
Another brilliant story by Julia Donaldson (children’s laureate and author of The Gruffalo). All the pages have raised elements with glitter which girls (and some boys) love. The story is rhythmical and sweet, it features a lovely mermaid with a beautiful voice who gets lured away by a circus master and finds her way home to her beloved beach.
The Going To Bed Book
by Sandra Boynton
We would list practically all Sandra Boynton books as favourite bedtime stories. Each one is silly and fun and sometimes enlightening. We manage to queue in ‘lights off’ and everyone into bed by the end of this cute story. For ages 1-3…
Good Night Gorilla
On the Night You Were Born
Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam
by Tracey Corderoy Illustrator Steven Lenton
We love reading this brilliantly rhymed and illustrated story about two robber dogs who stink at stealing and need to find an alternative way to earn their cash.
by Roald Dahl Illustrator Quentin Blake
This is my all time favourite children’s books. Can’t wait to read this to my daughters. In case you’ve never read it, the story is about a young girl named Sophie who gets snatched up by the bone crunching giants in the middle of the night, fortunately her captor is actually a very large and friendly giant. Roald Dahl at his best.
This post was inspired by the nice guys over at Casper. They make delightful mattresses and have been searching the blogosphere for great bedtime stories to share.
Gwyn & Tamra