Storytelling is the oldest of the arts. As far back as anyone can remember, experiences and feelings have been told to open ears. Reading to children before bedtime isn’t only good for helping to get them to sleep, it also benefits their development and gives them a head start at school, thanks to developing listening abilities, oral communication skills, vocabulary and creativeness!
Bedtime stories take children to imaginary worlds where the impossible is possible while also providing exposure to new knowledge and teaches correct behaviour, manners and empathy.
The fun never stops during story time and by storytelling throughout childhood, you’re building that all important parent-child bond.
While in the early years you’ll find yourself reading to the child and helping them to follow the book through, as your child’s vocabulary builds, you’ll find them leading with your assistance. Before you know it, they’ll be reading independently, perhaps a couple of pages or even a chapter before bed!
Here, you can find Room to Grow’s recommended bed time stories for children of all ages, from one-years-old through to ten-years-old:
- Peek-a-Who by Elsa Mroziewicz
This innovative triangular board book will keep you and your little one on your toes. The book is beautifully designed and skilfully uses space, one page even opens out to display a peacock’s feathers! You’ll find clues; which animal says, ‘woof woof?’ once you know the answer, open the flap and see if you’re right! This fun and interactive book is the perfect educational addition to a one-year-olds bedtime routine.
- Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: Ladybird Touch and Feel Rhymes by Ladybird
Bored of the same story? This collection of five bedtime nursey rhymes includes, as the name would suggest, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star as well as Rock-a-bye, Baby and more, allowing you to vary bedtime and keep two-year-olds engaged! Featuring stimulating imagery and fascinating textures, little hands will enjoy touching fleecy blankets and sparkly stars as they doze off.
- Will you help me fall asleep? By Anna Kang & Christopher Weyant
Due to be published in May 2019, this cute book is designed to help children struggle to fall asleep independently. A great addition to your bookshelf, this story will make the bedtime process run more smoothly. Monty the frog just can’t sleep, he’s tried everything from counting sheep to bedtime stories and nothing seems to do the trick.
- How to be a lion by Ed Vere
A powerful story, celebrating daydreamers, individuality and the quiet courage to be yourself. This fun picture book will teach four-year-olds about fitting in and unlikely friends; the perfect bedtime read to prepare children who are starting school.
- Giraffe Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith
Cyrus the giraffe can’t understand why his neck is long, bendy and ridiculous! He’s tried to disguise and hide it to no avail, until one day something makes him accept it. This hilarious bedtime story is about self-acceptance. Ultimately good for any age, this delightful illustrated book is sure to teach five-year-olds the beauty of being different while preparing for a good night’s sleep!
- A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin
A 2018 hit, Little Star and her mother bake a tasty mooncake that Little Star can’t resist but take a bite into. As Little Star nibbles on the Mooncake in the sky, readers can see her creating the phases of the moon, page by page. The dazzling illustrations make this a lovely read to relax your six-year old before bed, while also teaching them about the moon – quite fitting, really!
- Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t do bedtime by Cate Berry
Despite Penguin wearing PJ’s and Little Shrimp dressed in his sleeping cap, the characters exclaim ‘this is not a bedtime book!’ Relayed through charming speech bubbles, Penguin and Littler Shrimp are determined to have an adventure, leaping into a firework-lit sky and running from a lion… until they tire and drift off. Fun and entertaining, yet ending in sleep, this bedtime story is perfect for tiring children who refuse to go to bed.
- Ordinary People Change the World (a series of books) by Brad Meltzer
A New York Times bestselling series, each book tells the story of a significant historical figure in a conversational and playful way. Suitable for inquisitive 5 to 9-year olds, your child will learn the tales behind role models, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks and Amelia Eerheart to name a few.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
As your child begins to read independently and with more confidence, what better story to wind down at the end of the day than, a story of a poor boy (Charlie) who wins a trip to a fabulous chocolate factory with his grandad… it will leave them wishing for the same luck in their dreams! This classic, fun read is relatively easy and a great introduction to longer, chapter books.
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Now more confident, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a classic tale to spark your 10-year old’s interest as they put themselves in the shoes of the four Pevensie siblings who enter the fantasy world of Narnia and meet a variety of magical characters. Cleverly blending fairy-tale and fantasy, capturing young imaginations, it won’t be long until your child makes their way through the 8 books that make up The Chronicles of Narnia.