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The Best Bedtime Story Books

There’s nothing nicer than snuggling up with a bedtime story after a busy day! Step into the world of cosy evenings and tranquil bedtime routines with our collection of bedtime story books for kids. From heart-warming tales to gentle adventures, these stories are crafted to make the bedtime ritual a time of calm and connection. Get ready to make bedtime special with these cosy stories for bedtime, perfect for children aged 5 or under.

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The Quickest Bedtime Story Ever!

Written by Louise Fitzgerald Illustrated by Kate Hindley
2-5
The speediest bedtime story you will ever read - it's only ten words long! Welcome to the quickest bedtime story ever! Your little one will be asleep in seconds. But wait! There are a couple of things you must do first. Have you plumped up the pillows? And colour-co-ordinated the…
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Little Owl’s Bedtime

Written by Karl Newson Illustrated by Migy Blanco
2-5
Snuggle down with this beautiful picture book and join Little Owl as she flies off on a magical, star-filled night. With beautiful illustrations throughout from the hugely talented Migy Blanco and rhyming verse by Karl Newson that rolls off the tongue, this is a special, calming book for bedtime. While…
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The Last Book Before Bedtime

Written by Nicola O'Byrne
0-2
Favourite fairy tales are turned upside down in this laugh-out-loud bedtime story, where everyone wants to be the hero. Everyone knows that the very last story before bed is the best story of all, but what if ALL the fairy tale characters want part of the action?! It's chaos! Cinderella…
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The Rabbit, the Dark and the Biscuit Tin

Written by Nicola O'Byrne
2-5
If bedtime is a battle, then this hilarious, inventive picture book from international bestseller, Nicola O'Byrne, is exactly what you need. Rabbit has had a very good idea. He does NOT want to go to bed and so he puts The Dark in the biscuit tin so that he won't…
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Hush-A-Bye Bunny

Written by Holly Surplice
0-2
A beautiful bedtime book for busy bunnies! It's time for Bunny to go to bed, but he doesn't want to leave his mummy and when he gets all tearful, Mummy Bunny knows just the rock-a-bye lullaby to comfort her little one. Hush-a-Bye Bunny is perfect for comforting sleepy little bunnies…
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Goodnight Babies . . .

Illustrated by Charlotte Trounce
0-2
The perfect first bedtime book to share with a new baby - with a mirror on the final page! Little babies everywhere sleep softly through the night. So now, my little baby, it is time to say goodnight. Get ready to say goodnight to all kinds of animal babies -…
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Mr Brown’s Bad Day

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Alison Friend
2-5
A terrifically funny tale about a tiger's very unlucky day! Mr Brown is a Very Important Tiger who works in a Very Important Office. He carries a Very Important Briefcase and does Very Important Things all day long. But when his Very Important Briefcase goes missing, Mr Brown's world is…
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The Princess and the Giant

Written by Caryl Hart Illustrated by Sarah Warburton
2-5
This quirky reinvention of Jack and the Beanstalk is the perfect picture book for any princess who wants to be the hero of her own tale. Princess Sophie is very resourceful sort of princess. And when the grumpy old giant at the top of beanstalk keeps everyone awake all night…
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A Lullaby for Little One

Written by Dawn Casey Illustrated by Charles Fuge
0-2
A beautifully lyrical lullaby illustrated by internationally acclaimed artist, Charles Fuge. At the end of a lovely day full of laughter and fun, there's time for just one last game for little Bunny and Big Daddy Rabbit. All their woodland friends join in, too - woo-hoo! - but when little…
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Tiptoe Tiger

2-5
A delightful interactive picture book, filled with vibrant neon artwork by award-winning Britta Teckentrup. The sun is going down in the jungle. But Tara the tiger cub is wide awake! Who will play with Tara? The beautiful butterflies? Or the hooting owls? Or will Tara's bouncing and pouncing scare them…
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Firefly Home

2-5
A delightful interactive picture book, filled with beautiful neon artwork, by bestselling author and illustrator duo Jane Clarke and Britta There's no place like home, but poor Florence Firefly is lost, and there are so many bright lights shining in the night sky she doesn't know which way to go.…
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The Bear, the Book and the Blanket

Written by Lou Peacock & Ged Adamson
2-5
A sweet and comical story about the three things a baby needs for the perfect bedtime! What do you need for the perfect bedtime? A beloved bear, book and blanket, of course! Join in the fun with ten enthusiastic and energetic bunnies as they try to find the special things…
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What Will You Dream of Tonight?

Written by Frances Stickley Illustrated by Anuska Allepuz
2-5
A stunningly atmospheric and warm-hearted picture book about the magic of dreams, with a beautiful, foiled cover. What will you dream of tonight? Will it be a midnight balloon ride, sailing on the tail of a whale or swinging through the leaves on a jungle trapeze? This dreamy, sumptuously illustrated…
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I’ll Be There

Written by Karl Newson Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
2-5
A heart-warming celebration of parental love that follows baby animals as they explore the world. In this calming, rhyming picture book, a little polar bear wobbles on ices floes, a tiny tiger cub learns to roar, and an owl chick faces a fear of the dark. Who will be there…
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The Same But Different Too

Written by Karl Newson Illustrated by Kate Hindley
2-5
A brilliantly witty introduction to comparisons and opposites, illustrated by the winner of the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award. These children and animals are all very different to each other. Some are big, some are small. Some are gentle, some are rough. Everyone is playful, but who's the best at hiding?…
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Oh Me, Oh My, A Pie!

Written by Jan Fearnley
2-5
A hilarious cautionary tale about what happens when you don't say please by bestselling and award-winning author, Jan Fearnley. A nice old grandma bakes a pie, but - oh me, oh my! - that yummy treat is stolen by a greedy fox, then lost and found by a mouse, snatched…
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Edgar and the Sausage Inspector

Written by Jan Fearnley
2-5
A funny quirky picture book by bestselling award-winning author Jan Fearnley that's guaranteed to cause giggles! Edgar and Edith are hungry, and it's up to Edgar to bring home something tasty. But just when Edgar finds some delicious sausages, they are confiscated by The Inspector, a very important-looking rat with…
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Here Comes The Sun

Written by Karl Newson Illustrated by Migy Blanco
2-5
Snuggle down with this beautiful picture book and join Little Owl as she flies off on a magical, star-filled night. With beautiful illustrations throughout from the hugely talented Migy Blanco and rhyming verse by Karl Newson that rolls off the tongue, this is a special, calming book for bedtime. While…
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Princess Daisy and the Dragon and the Nincompoop Knights

Illustrated by Steven Lenton
2-5
A hilarious rhyming story for princesses who are definitely NOT princessy. When a truly terrifying sound wakes everyone up, clever Princess Daisy soon figures out the problem, but her father, the King, just won't listen - how can a princess defeat a dragon? Then when the knights who come to…
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All the Animals Were Sleeping

Written by Clare Helen Welsh Illustrated by Jenny Løvlie
2-5
A beautiful picture book about the ways in which animals sleep in the Serengeti, written by award-winning author Clare Helen Welsh and illustrated by the winner of the 2019 Waterstones Children's Book Prize, Jenny Løvlie. On the dry, grassy plains of the Serengeti, a little mongoose makes his way home…
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Poles Apart!

Written by Jeanne Willis Illustrated by Jarvis
2-5
An epic picture book voyage full of friendship and adventure by award-winning author Jeanne Willis. Everybody knows that penguins belong at the South Pole and polar bears live at the North Pole, but what would happen if, one day, a family of picnicking penguins accidentally got lost? When the hapless…
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Hen in the Bed

Written by Katrina Charman Illustrated by Guilherme Karsten
2-5
A crazy, noisy twist on a favourite rhyme in a split-page novelty format. There were ten in the bed and the speckled hen said, "Roll over! Roll over!". . . Bedtime is fun time for the funny animal characters in this hilarious split-page picture book. As each animal noisily tumbles…
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Have You Seen My Blankie?

Written by Lucy Rowland Illustrated by Paula Metcalf
2-5
Someone's taken Princess Alice's super-snuggly blankie, and she MUST get it back! Where could Alice's special blanket be? Her brother doesn't have it and neither does the giant OR the witch. Finally Alice finds her special snuggly in the arms of a sleepy dragon, but he looks so sad when…
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Little Robin Red Vest

Written by Jan Fearnley
2-5
The timeless Christmas classic by bestselling, award-winning author, Jan Fearnley, is now available with beautiful new art for a new generation. One frosty evening, a week before Christmas, Little Robin washes and irons seven warm vests for the chilly nights to come. As the days go by, he comes across…
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Happy

Written by Emma Dodd
0-2
A heart-melting animal story from Emma Dodd. Little owl loves playing games, trying new things and singing, but what makes little owl happiest of all? Why, when he cuddles close with his mummy and whispers, "I love you". Featuring a tenderly-told rhyming text and heartwarming illustrations. Exploring the loving relationship…
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That Bear Can’t Babysit

Written by Ruth Quayle Illustrated by Alison Friend
2-5
A fabulously funny picture book about seven mischievous bunnies and one very lovable babysitter bear! When Mr and Mrs Burrow hire a babysitter, they are not expecting Bear. And Bear is NOT expecting seven little bunnies who are full of mischief. Together, the bunnies persuade Bear to read a scary…
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I Love You, Little One

Written by Holly Surplice
0-2
A heart-warming bedtime picture book all about the love between a parent and child. One guinea pig mummy loves her little one so much more than she can say. As they spend a fun-filled day together - painting, reading, baking and sharing a very special picnic - she finds lots…
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Charlie Chooses

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Nicola Slater
2-5
A funny, reassuring picture book about dogs, tricky choices and friendship - with artwork by bestselling illustrator Nicola Slater! Charlie does NOT like to choose. He can't make up his mind between chocolate or vanilla ice cream, stripy or spotty underpants . . . or whether he wants the lights…
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Somewhere

Written by Jeanne Willis Illustrated by Anastasia Suvorova
2-5
A beautiful and atmospheric picture book about the power of the imagination from award-winning author, Jeanne Willis. At the bottom of Oscar's garden is a magical place called Nowhere, where extraordinary things can happen. Oscar can fly an incredible kite, build an enchanted castle and even set sail in a…
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A Bear is a Bear

Written by Karl Newson Illustrated by Anuska Allepuz
0-2
A bear is a bear, except when he's not. What would he be, if a bear FORGOT? Poor bear! He's all confused. Is he a bird? A moose? A fox? Or maybe even a . . . squirrel? And now winter is coming . . . perhaps Bear should curl…
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The Knight Who Said “No!”

Written by Lucy Rowland Illustrated by Kate Hindley
2-5
The perfect picture book for children who have discovered the power of the word "NO"! Ned the knight ALWAYS does exactly what he's told. When his parents ask him to pick up his toys, dig up the cabbages or go to bed on time, he does it all with a…
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Spells-A-Popping Granny’s Shopping

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Joe Berger
2-5
My granny's rather different, as you can plainly see. Her handbag pops and hisses and her pets are . . . slippery! Welcome to a hilarious series by award-winning picture book creators Tracey Corderoy (author of the hugely successful Shifty McGifty books) and Joe Berger (former World Book Day artist).…
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Just Right For Two

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
0-2
A little dog discovers that, sometimes, the best things in life are right under your nose. Dog thinks he has everything he needs in his big, blue suitcase. It's perfect for all the little treasures he's collected, and he's sure that he doesn't need anything else to keep him happy.…
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Copy Cat

Illustrated by Ali Pye
2-5
Bella loves Anna. In fact, Bella loves Anna SO MUCH that she wants to be just like her, and copies every single thing she does. But like all little kittens, Bella and Anna get into a bit of a tangle. A light-hearted look at playground friendships and finding your own…
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Love You Always

Written by Frances Stickley Illustrated by Migy Blanco
2-5
Heartfelt and touching story about the enduring love between a parent and child. As little hedgehog Hoglet and his mummy walk home through the autumn leaves, Hoglet is puzzled and full of questions. Everything is changing around him - would his mummy love him more if HE changed too? Will…
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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: The Cat Burglar

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Steven Lenton
2-5
The two adorable robber dogs are back in the kitchen, but they'd better watch out when Kitty-le-Claw is about! Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam have swapped a life of crime for baking cakes in their café. But now there's a new robber in town - the infamous Kitty-le-Claw! When there's…
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Nabil Steals a Penguin

Written by Nishani Reed Illustrated by Junissa Bianda
2-5
Get ready for this fast-paced and big-hearted rhyming adventure about a penguin who loves curry! When Pierre the penguin tries Nabil's delicious biriyani rice, Pierre decides to leave the zoo and go home with him! But Nabil will be in BIG TROUBLE if his mum finds out. And Pierre is…
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Everything Possible

Written by Fred Small Illustrated by Alison Brown
2-5
A joyful and inclusive lullaby about love, acceptance and following your heart . . . Strong and bold, or quiet and kind, every child is unique and their future filled with possibilities. Based on Fred Small's iconic folk song that became an anthem for generations, and marking its 40th anniversary,…
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Ruffles and the Cosy, Cosy Bed

Written by David Melling
2-5
Ruff! Ruff! Meet Ruffles, the playful puppy who faces all the tricksy troubles of pre-school life in this new picture book series from bestselling author and illustrator David Melling. Just like every preschooler, Ruffles the puppy experiences all the ups and downs of daily life as he learns about the…
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The Princess and the Presents

Written by Caryl Hart Illustrated by Sarah Warburton
2-5
This comic cautionary tale is the perfect picture book for pampered princesses everywhere. Princess Ruby really is a horrid child. She is the most spoilt princess you could ever meet, and demands more and more birthday presents until the palace literally bulges at the seams. Was there ever a more…
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Mouse’s Night Before Christmas

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Sarah Massini
2-5
A captivating retelling of the classic Christmas tale, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, with a magical, shimmery foiled cover. It's Christmas Eve and everyone is fast asleep . . . except for a lonely mouse who lives in the grandfather clock. So when Santa arrives, lost in a blizzard, Mouse…
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The Princess and the Peas

Written by Caryl Hart Illustrated by Sarah Warburton
2-5
A heartwarming reinvention of The Princess and the Pea, this funny reassuring picture book is perfect for royally fussy eaters everywhere! Lily-Rose May will not eat her peas. She will not! Even when her father turns them into the most fabulous smoothies, shakes or cupcakes, Lily can always tell they…
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The Velveteen Rabbit

Written by Margery Williams Illustrated by Sarah Massini
2-5
When the Velveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, he's snubbed by the other toys. But the Rabbit soon makes friends with the Skin Horse who explains how toys can become 'real',if only they are loved enough. But when Boy is ill with Scarlet Fever, and Rabbit is thrownaway, Rabbit…
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I’m Going to Be a Princess

Written by Stephanie Taylor Illustrated by Jade Orlando
2-5
A warm and witty celebration of the lives of amazing Black women. What will Maya be when she grows up? A rocket scientist like Annie Easley? An Olympic athlete like Alice Coachman? A brain surgeon like Alexa Canady? In this heart-warming and funny story, Maya discovers the achievements of some…
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Nothing Can Frighten A Bear

Written by Elizabeth Dale Illustrated by Paula Metcalf
2-5
Daddy Bear insists that nothing can frighten a bear - but when there's a noise in the night, Baby Bear isn't convinced. The bears set out to make sure there aren't any monsters but, as they vanish one by one, it looks like Daddy Bear might not be so brave…
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