Favourite Bedtime Stories

sleep like a tiger

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

whales sleeping

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

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

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.

sandra boynton

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, favourite children's book

Good Night Gorilla

by Peggy Rathmann

For ages 1-3. A truly delightful and well illustrated story of how a naughty gorilla (and his friends) end up in bed with their Zoo Keeper.

nancy tillman

On the Night You Were Born

by Nancy Tillman

Love giving this one to new parents, its a sweet soothing read and the illustrations are divine. Perfect bedtime read and a celebration of your child’s delivery into the world.

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

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.

The BFG by Roald Dahl


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