Our 5 favourite bedtime stories for little ones

Here’s our list of ultimate bedtime stories to read to your little one before she goes to sleep.


Guess How Much I Love You

By Sam McBratney
(Pan Macmillan), R145

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You has been helping children and their parents express their love for each other for more than two decades. In the tale, Little Nutbrown Hare tries to put off sleeping by telling Big Nutbrown Hare how much he loves him. But Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that his love is returned even more. The soothing message makes this perfect for bedtime reading.

Goodnight Moon

By Margaret Wise Brown
(Pan Macmillan), R133

Goodnight Moon

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny who says goodnight to all the familiar things in his gently lit room – to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens – before drifting off to sleep. In this classic, well-loved by generations, the poetry and gentle illustrations combine to make a perfect book to help your little one wind down at the end of the day.

Little Friends

By Stephen Barker
(Pan Macmillan), R124

Little Friends

Little Friends is ideal for parents to share with their baby as he develops and grows during his first year. Say hello to familiar pets (a puppy, kitten, bunny and goldfish), play peek-a-boo and enjoy a fun guessing game. With high-contrast colours, bold patterns and a mirror to help your baby’s eyes focus, you can also open up the gatefold ending and stand the book up around your baby.

I Want a Bedtime Story!

By Tony Ross
(Andersen Press), R148

I want a bedtime story

Every bedtime, the King tells the Little Princess a story before she falls asleep. When he’s away on royal business, everyone tries to make up a bedtime story for the Little Princess, but no one is as good as her dad. Finally, the palace maid has an idea – the Little Princess can discover stories to read to herself at bedtime, in the palace library. This is fun to read aloud to older children.

It’s Time for Bed

By Adele Geras
(Templar Publishing), R131

It's time for bed

It’s time for bed, but Little Hare has other plans. His delay tactics, like many little ones, include asking Mom to sing lullabies for all his forest friends like Mouse, Frog and the ducks he plays with at bath time. Eventually, it’s Little Hare’s turn for a song and he eventually gives into sleep. This is an engaging story for your tot – just be prepared to read it a few times in a row.

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