The perfect bedtime books for children and their grown ups
We love sharing stories with children whether they are favourite tales from long ago, or fresh off the printing press. Bedtime books are such a huge topic to choose from but we've narrowed our selection down to try to cover all bases. As ever, we're keen to hear what you think, so if you have favourites you would love us to share in a future Book Club just get in touch at the usual email address email@example.com
In the meantime, sweet dreams...
Please Baby Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
Age suitability - 0-4 years
This is a lovely story book about an adorable little toddler who is busy from morning to night. The joyful illustrations and look back at a small child's typical day is a very sweet way to put the day (and your little one) to bed.
What we love Penned by a brilliant and ground-breaking film director and his wife, this book will become a firm favourite for it's charming re-tracing of all the fun and mischief toddlers can get up to in an average day.
In the Night Kitchen
by Maurice Sendak
For ages 4 and up
It's hard to put into words how much we love this book, the quirky, dream-like prose and magical illustrations make this every bit as addictive as Sendak's other, more famous children's book 'Where the Wild Things Are'. Similar in shape to that, this book is a dreamy voyage through a near-familiar landscape of an old fashioned kitchen. You'll wake up dreaming of cake, and that's no bad thing.
What we love The biscuit aeroplanes, and deep dives into milk all make this a lovely floaty journey towards bedtime. There's even a yawn (or three) at the end helping you and your small ones wind right down for a perfect night's sleep.
Emmanuel's Dream by Laurie Thompson
Age suitability - 4 years and up
Born with only one strong leg, but a big dream this inspiring tale is based on the real boy and his extraordinary story.
What we love
This is a book that teaches us all that sometimes, even with the odds stacked against you, if you dream big enough, you can do anything.
How to be a T Rex
by Ryan North illustrated by Mike Lowery
For ages 4-8
Sal has a dream, she doesn't want to be a firefighter, a wildlife cameraperson, or even a Nobel prize winning scientist, she wants to be a T Rex.
What we love Not every little girl or boy wants to be anything as ordinary as an actual real person. Childhood is a time to dream, and what could be a bigger dream than being the number one scariest dino monster of all time?!
Time for bed. by Mem Fox illustrated by Jane Dyer
Suitable for 0-3 years
A soft stroll through a series of ridiculously cute baby animals being put to bed by their animal parents. We can guarantee this book will charm any small person into the sweetest of dreams. With watercolour illustrations and simple concepts, this is an easy win into bedtime.
What we love Baby animals. Lots, and lots of baby animals.
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