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Posted by Hester, May 27, 2020

Five of the best bedtime stories for toddlers

Sharing a story at bedtime is the perfect way to wind down! From reassuring reads to magical adventures, create a peaceful night-time routine with this dreamy selection of picture books…

Nothing Can Frighten A Bear, written by Elizabeth Dale and illustrated by Paula Metcalf:

A family of bears are cosy in bed, when suddenly Baby Bear hears a scary noise! Daddy Bear is determined to prove that there’s nothing to be scared about… Join the family on a humorous journey into the woods to face Little Bear’s fears. This rhyming, heartwarming tale is perfect if your little bear needs a bit of reassurance.

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What Will You Dream of Tonight?, written by Frances Stickley and illustrated by Anuska Allepuz:

Drift off into the magical world of dreams with this lyrical picture book that journeys through deserts and waterfalls, shipwrecks and the starry sky. With a rhyming text and beautiful atmospheric illustrations, this charming, lulling picture book is pure escapism and a positive, uplifting way to end your day.

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Here Comes The Sun, written by Karl Newson and illustrated by Migy Blanco

While all the other animals are asleep, Little Owl has a lot of work to do! Follow her on a magical journey around the world, blowing out all the stars along the way. With stunning scenes of slumbering animals, this calming, rhyming tale will leave little one’s ready for a peaceful sleep, just like Little Owl.

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The Rabbit, the Dark and the Biscuit Tin, illustrated by Nicola O’Byrne:

Rabbit really does not want to go to bed. Then a bright idea pops into Rabbit’s head: he’s going to steal the dark, hide it in a biscuit tin and stop night-time happening! But as Rabbit will learn the dark is very important to a lot of animals… and maybe sleep isn’t so bad after all. With a magical fold-out surprise that little ones will adore, this gently funny tale celebrates how brilliant bedtime is!

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Firefly Home, written by Jane Clarke and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup:

Immerse yourself in gorgeous night skies in this interactive picture book with dazzling splashes of neon ink throughout. Florence the firefly is lost and it’s up to the reader to help her get home! With a lovely message about kindness and helping, this simple story will captivate young readers, right until the end when they wish Florence goodnight.

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