World Book Day is on Thursday, 2nd March 2017. Why not celebrate the day by reading one or more of these fantastic story books at bedtime to your child? There are so many amazing books out there for babies and children that sometimes it can be hard to pick just one. Here are 20 brilliant bedtime stories for reading aloud to little kids.
The books we have picked below are much loved by the team and their children. In fact, some of these classics were read to us as children and knowing them off by heart holds a special place in our childhood memories. Get creating special memories by reading bedtime stories with these 20 great books that you’ll enjoy reading as much as your child.
1. Peepo, Janet and Allan Ahlberg
It tells the story of family life in a 1940s household through the eyes of a small baby.
2. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
A family go on an expedition to find a bear.
The little ones will quickly memorise the story and recite along with you.
3. Lost and Found, Oliver Jeffers
A boy takes a lost penguin back to the South Pole, then realises he’s just said goodbye to his best friend.
4. Paper Dolls, Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb
Julia Donaldson brings a set of paper dolls made by a little girl to life.
5. Mister Magnolia, Quentin Blake
Mr Magnolia only has one boot until one day, a mysterious parcel arrives.
6. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, Lynley Dodd
Join Hairy Maclary and his canine friends as they venture into town.
Just watch out for the fearsome cat, Scarface Claw.
7. Stick Man, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are an unbeatable combo.
A wonderful tale of one dad’s adventures as he tries to get home to his family in time for Christmas.
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
A caterpillar munches his way through an awful lot of food before disappearing into a cocoon and emerging as a beautiful butterfly at the end.
9. Meg and Mog, Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski
Join Meg the scatty witch and her feline friend Mog in this classic adventure.
10. Dear Zoo, Rod Campbell
Babies will love lifting the flaps to see which animal the zoo thinks would make a good pet this time.
11. Where The Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendack
Join Max on a wild rumpus with the wild things.
12. Tiddler, Julia Donaldson
The smallest fish can tell the tallest tales
13. Green Eggs And Ham, Dr Seuss
Join Sam-I-Am as he attempts to persuade you to try green eggs and ham.
14. The Elves And The Shoemaker
Many young children love classic fairy stories.
The Ladybird First Tales version of this one has great rhythm and is lovely to read aloud.
15. The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Judith Kerr
Sophie is just sitting down to tea with her mum when a tiger knocks at the door.
16. How Tom Beat Captain Najork And His Hired Sportsmen, Russell Hoban and Quentin Blake
One small boy outsmarts Captain Najork by simply being better at fooling around.
17. Octopus Socktopus, Nick Sharratt
Light on words, heavy on tabs to pull and flaps to lift.
18. Hippos Go Beserk!, Sandra Boynton
Perhaps the most-requested book ever in our house, a lovely early counting book featuring partying hippopotamuses.
19. Aliens Love Underpants, Claire Freedman and Ben Cort
Who knew that flying saucer sightings were really just pant-theft covered up?
20. Nuddy Ned, Kes Gray
Ned likes being in the nuddy! A laugh-out-loud riotous romp with an energetic rhyming text, and strategically placed flaps to protect Ned’s modesty.