18 Recommendations of Books for Bedtime 

Regardless of age or ability, books before going to sleep are a positive and relaxing habit for children.


Here’s our ongoing collection of books we’d recommend for bedtime reading.

  • One of my favourite children’s books PEEPO by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Great to get little ones excited by poetry and rhyming. (PuffinBooks)

  • Night Time (Usbourne) a gorgeous lift the flap book packed full of beautiful, detailed illustrations.

  • The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright & Jim Field (Orchard Books) has striking illustrations & an important message on confronting fears.

  • Hairy Maclary & Zachary Quack (Puffin Books) by Lynley Dodd. Adore the rhymes and colourful, funny illustrations.

  • Nothing Can Frighten a Bear by Elizabeth Dale, illustrated by Paula Metcalf. A gorgeous book that may reassure toddlers struggling with nightmares (Nosy Crow Books)

  • Skullabones Island:Yo-ho-ho Pirates by Moira Butterfield, illustrated by Sharon Harmer. Interactive, funny &fabulously illustrated  (Ladybird books)

  • Dinosaurs Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. A hilarious take on the extinction of dinos! (Simon Schuster)

  • The Little White Owl by Tracey Corderoy, Jane Chapman. (Little Tiger Press) Moral it’s fun to make friends with people (or owls!) who are different to yourself.

  • I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly published in 1987 and our copy is looking a bit worn, but an absolutely fav in our house!

  • Goodnight Tiger beautiful illustrations & I feel like the main character Emily & I can relate! By Timothy Knapman, Laura Hughes (LittleTigerUK)


  • Underpants Wonderpants- by Peter Bentley, Deborah Mellon (Paragon)- you know it’s a good story when you can recite the words!

  • Welcome to the World of Felicity Fly by Christina Gabbitas. Illustrated by Julie Omond. Gorgeous poetry & beautiful, detailed illustrations.

  • Little Pengiun Lost-by Tracey Corderoy (LittleTigerUK)  A really cute story about losing toys and things not being as scary as they seem.

  • Detective Ted by Melanie Joyce, Mark Chambers (Igloo Books) An exciting, mystery. We love the funny illustrations.



  • Astronaut Lamby by Jude Lennon. Exciting space adventure book featuring a lamb! See my review for more details.

  • Floga with Flossie by Jude Lennon. Hilarious book about a lamb who enjoys yoga (Floga) see my review here.

  1. Peep inside the Garden by Usborne Books. An exquisite, detailed lift-the-flap book.

  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr. A classic and favourite in our house.

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