The Best Children’s Bedtime Stories

Children’s bedtime stories are one of the most integral parts of childhood. As a parent, it can be hard to see just how much it means to have a story read in a quiet moment before bedtime. It is about so much more than bonding with your child, it can have so many more benefits for your child’s development. They broaden their vocabulary by simply listening to the story, even if they haven’t yet learned to read. It engages their imagination and builds a love for literature that will last a lifetime. So, if you haven’t made children’s bedtime stories a part of a nighttime routine, we would highly recommend that you do! 

At The Learning Lab, we love to find new and exciting books for children’s bedtime stories. Here are some of the best story books for bedtime that we would highly recommend; 

The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming and Nicola Slater

Squirrel becomes angry when he realises that the once blooming trees have lost all of their leaves. Squirrel is convinced that someone has stolen them and decides this thief must be caught! A laugh-out-loud book about the changing seasons, with extra information in the back for especially curious minds.

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Stardust by Jeanne Willis and Briony May Smith

Stardust, science and stem subjects combine to create a touching picture book that’s perfect for bedtime. One little girl dreams of being a star. But whether it’s finding Mum’s lost wedding ring or winning the fancy-dress prize, her big sister always shines brighter. Her grandad tells her a story to lift her spirits about how each star shines differently.

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What We’ll Build by Oliver Jeffers

A father and daughter set about laying the foundations for their life together.  Using their own special tools, they get to work; building memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe and love to keep them warm.

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The Bookworm by Debi Gliori

Max has just got himself a pet worm. A worm who likes to read books – a bookworm!  So far so good, but Max’s bookworm begins to grow spikes and breathe fire. Perhaps Max’s pet is more than he bargained for… With an added cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for!

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The Gruffalo by Julia Donald and Axel Scheffer

A cult classic! A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good. Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake… and a hungry Gruffalo!

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The First Hippo on the Moon by David Walliams

Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream.  Who can make it to the moon first?

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All of these beautiful picture books will add some fun and learning to your little one’s bedtime routine! 

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