20 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.

  • Goodnight Bear (Torchlight Books) If you are after bedtime stories with the ‘WOW factor’ these are for you. Inside the books are cardboard ‘torches’ that help your child see extra things in the pictures. So clever and so exciting. 
  • 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.

    • Sing Along With Me Row Row Row your Boat (Nosy Crow) A fun and interactive book set round the ever popular nursery rhyme.

  • 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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