Soothing bedtime books

Baby Touch: Night-Night (2020)

Young babies sleep a lot. But sometimes even they need a little help settling down in the evening. Baby Touch: Night-Night is an interactive touch-and-feel book that let’s little ones say ‘night-night’ to all the sleepy animals, plants and vehicles. As you read along looking through the peepholes and stroking the touch-and-feel patches, the colours fade from light to dark until it’s time to say ‘night-night’ to your baby.

Recommended reading age: 0-2 years old

Hey Duggee: Bedtime Little Library (2020)

Hey Duggee fans can earn their badges and enjoy four mini tales before bed with this night-time collection! Although there’s no set order, we suggest starting with The Tooth Brushing Badge, then The Calming Down Badge, followed by The Story Badge and finally, The Sleeping Badge (the most important badge of them all). Children will love winding down with Hey Duggee and his friends.

Recommended reading age: 2-6 years old

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn’s Birthday by Rhiannon Fielding & Chris Chatterton (2020)

It’s Twinkle’s birthday and all her friends are coming round for a sleepover. And they’re going to have so much fun! There’s going to be cake to eat, party games to play, presents to open, and even fireworks to watch together. But then Twinkle’s dad says its time to start winding down for bed. Will Twinkle and her friends be able to go to sleep? This relaxing tale is perfect for reading together just before bedtime.

Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old

Peppa Pig: Bedtime Little Library (2017)

Even the littlest of piggy’s need their beauty sleep. Peppa Pig fans will love this collection of mini-stories before bedtime. Featuring four sweet tales, little ones can join Peppa as she prepares to settle down for the night in Bath Time, Story Time, Bedtime and Dream Time. Plus, the back covers of these books can be turned into a pint-size jigsaw puzzle. Oink oink!

Recommended reading age: 2-4 years old

Pablo: Goodnight Pablo (2020)

Bedtime can be troubling for some children, especially for autistic children, no matter how tired they are. In Goodnight Pablo, Pablo and his friend Wren are scared of the dark and are worried that if they fall asleep they’ll disappear. Luckily, their friends Noa, Draff, Mouse and Llama show them they don’t need to be frightened as everyone will still be there in the morning. Even Tang who can’t stop snoring! Written by autistic writers and based on their own experiences, this is a lovely bedtime tale for all children.

Recommended reading age: 3-5 years old

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Dinosaur by Rhiannon Fielding & Chris Chatterton (2020)

Another story from the Ten Minutes to Bed series, this one is ideal for wannabe palaeontologists. Rumble the dinosaur is having lots of fun exploring the jungle. There are muddy puddles to jump in, tropical birds flying around, and erupting volcanoes to watch! But even little dinosaurs need to go to sleep at some point. This lively tale comes to a gentle end as Rumble’s mum counts down to bedtime.

Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old

In the Night Garden: Goodnight Igglepiggle (2018)

Igglepiggle is going to bed soon, but he wants to say goodnight to all his friends In the Night Garden first. There’s Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka, the Tombliboos – is he going to be able to give them all a hug before it’s lights out? Little dreamers will love following Igglepiggle around in this chunky board book.

Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Monster by Rhiannon Fielding & Chris Chatterton (2018)

Who doesn’t have a little monster on their hands when it comes to bedtime? And Belch is the most mischievous of monsters! It’s nearly time for bed but she’s on the prowl. Belch is slurping jelly, playing the trumpet and having a sneaky monster ball with her friends. But the later it gets the sleepier Belch gets… This is a wonderfully calming story to help settle children down for bed.

Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old

Peppa Pig: Peppa’s Bedtime Stories (2017)

Switch up your traditional bedtime reading routine with an audiobook instead. This Peppa Pig collection has ten stories for resistant sleepers to listen to. It includes Bedtime Story, Night Animals, The Wishing Well, Teddy's Playgroup, Pet Competition, Mrs Rabbit's Bump, Naughty Tortoise, The Rainy Day Game, Madame Gazelle's Leaving Party, and Freddy Fox as well as fun songs and sound effects from the show. There’s a tale for every little piggy to drift off to! Perfect for playing on car journeys also.

Recommended reading age: 2-6 years old

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Unicorn by Rhiannon Fielding & Chris Chatterton (2019)

It’s nearly bedtime and Twinkle needs to be quiet. But like any cheeky unicorn, she’d much rather cause a riot! Her dad is counting down the minutes until she needs to be in bed, so Twinkle is going to have some fun. She’s chasing pixies, avoiding hungry trolls and watching fire-breathing dragons fly in the sky. But then Twinkle realises she’s wandered quite far from home – will she make it back in time? This sweet edition of the hit book includes a Twinkle the unicorn toy! Perfect for snuggling up to.

Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old

Land of Nod: Panda’s Pyjamas (2016)

Settle babies and toddlers into bed with this charming story from the Land of Nod series. Panda can’t go to bed because she has lost her pyjamas! It’s up to a young boy and his teddy to help her find them so she can drift off to dreamland. 

Recommended reading age: 1-3 years old

In the Night Garden: Time for Bed (2019)

Is your toddler struggling to settle down at bedtime? The same goes for Igglepiggle! He just wants to stay up and play with his friends, however, they’re all getting ready for bed too. This beautifully illustrated board book is perfect for helping your little one quiet down at night.

Recommended reading age: 1-3 years old

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: Ladybird Touch and Feel Rhymes (2016)

A perfect bedtime book, this nursery rhyme collection includes Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; Wee Willie Winkie; Hush-a-bye, Baby; Hey Diddle Diddle and Rock-a-bye, Baby. As well as singing together, little ones will also enjoy exploring the different surfaces on every page, with sparkly stars, a glittery moon and a fleecy blanket to discover. Each page also features a question, encouraging little ones to interact with their favourite rhymes.

Recommended reading age: 18 months-3 years old

Hey Duggee: Goodnight Duggee (2019)

Our favourite Squirrel Club members are getting ready for bed so they can earn their Sleeping Badges. But they just can’t seem to fall asleep! They can’t sleep standing up. They can’t sleep holding hands. They can’t sleep upside down. What are they going to do? A great bedtime story for children who are fans of the popular Hey Duggee CBeebies show.

Recommended reading age: 2-6 years old

Goodnight Peppa (2015)

Share the nighttime routine with their favourite pal, Peppa Pig. After bathtime, Peppa and George want a story to help them get to sleep. But who will read it, and what should it be? Let little ones wind down and drift off to this cute story.

Recommended reading age: 3-5 years old

Ten Minutes to Bed: Little Mermaid by Rhiannon Fielding & Chris Chatterton (2019)

Countdown to bedtime with this beautiful new story. In ten minutes, Splash the littlest mermaid is meant to be settling down for the night but that’s easier said than done when there are so many wonderful distractions in the ocean. Follow along as Splash swims around her underwater kingdom until she – and your little mermaid – falls asleep. 

Recommended reading age: 3-6 years old

The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin (2016)

Introducing a tried-and-tested method for getting children to sleep, and approved by parents! The charming tale of Ellen the elephant making her way through the magical forest will calmly guide kids towards sleep, and form an essential part of your nighttime routine. This story works perfectly for a child’s bedtime or naptime.

Recommended reading age: 4-6 years old

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