The Best Bedtime Stories for Kids

Now that the official holidays are over, it’s time for a brilliant unofficial day: The Festival of Sleep Day. After all the business of Christmas and New Year celebrations, this day is all about catching up on much-needed rest. To celebrate the wonders of sleeping, we’ve put together some of the best bedtime stories in our catalogues to help you (or more likely, your kids!) on your way to the land of nod.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Widely considered one of the best picture books for children, Where the Wild Things Are follows a young boy who goes on an amazing adventure. When his bedroom transforms into a jungle, Max meets the ‘Wild Things’ who he manages to befriend. Where the Wild Things Are, at only 40 pages long, is the perfect length for bedtime reading.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

A magical bedtime rhyme for young children, Goodnight Moon is another illustrated book which has captured hearts and imaginations around the world. The poem simply features a bunny which has a bedtime ritual of saying ‘goodnight’ to everything in the bedroom.

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? By Martin Waddell

This sweet and funny tale follows a Big Bear helping a Little Bear who is afraid of the dark get to sleep. With beautiful illustrations and a simple, easy to follow story, Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? is a sure hit with young children.

I am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed by Lauren Child

Lauren Child’s bright and brilliant children’s book, I am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed is perfect for those children who are always full of energy just when bedtime comes around. The book follows Lola, who’s got far too much energy to go to sleep, and must be coaxed to get some rest by her big brother Charlie.

The Wishing Chair and the Faraway Tree Series by Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton’s work has stood the test of time, with her children’s books still hugely popular around the world today. Blyton always combines a mischievous sense of magic with marvellous characters and wistful stories. In the Faraway Tree and Wishing Chair series, there are adventures galore in the Enchanted Wood, with characters from Moon-Face to the Saucepan Man and more. Blyton’s imaginative books are perfect for ushering your children into dreamland.

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

Everyone has a special place in their heart for that sweet little bear from Peru: Paddington Bear. Paddington is a wonderful character, full of mischief and adventure and a truly good heart. Send your kids to sleep with a smile with A Bear Called Paddington.

Nursery Rhymes: A Collection of Four Board Books

Rhymes are brilliant for bedtime, with the gentle rhythms of the words being the perfect way to lull any child to sleep. Rhymes are also fantastic for introducing children to the fun that can be had with words and twisting, turning stories. Nursery rhymes have stayed enduringly popular for a reason, so why not introduce your little ones to their magic?

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