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Five of the best picture books for bedtime

Picture books can be read and loved at any time of the day but bedtime is always a special moment when you need just the right kind of story to settle your little one to sleep. Soft gentle stories are perfect for a peaceful, sleepy atmosphere, and books with rhymes create a soothing, lullaby-like sound. We hope this selection of titles leads to sweet slumbers – you might find that you fall asleep too!

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What Will You Dream of Tonight?

Written by Frances Stickley Illustrated by Anuska Allepuz
2-5

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 tale travels through deserts and waterfalls to shipwrecks and dragon-filled skies as a parent wonders where their child’s dreams will take them as they drift off to sleep...

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Love You Always

Written by Frances Stickley Illustrated by Migy Blanco
2-5

As 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 her love ever change? But wise Mummy knows just how to reassure her little Hoglet that, whatever changes might come, her love will always stay the same.

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I See the Moon

Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
0-2

A beautifully illustrated collection of favourite night-time rhymes for little ones at bedtime. Rosalind Beardshaw’s artwork features wonderful natural scenes, with adorable sleepy animals and babies ready to be lulled to sleep. A sprinkling of silver foil on every page adds a little extra moonlight magic.

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Have You Seen My Blankie?

Written by Lucy Rowland Illustrated by Paula Metcalf
2-5

Princess Alice has lost her very precious blankie and she MUST find it! But 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 she takes it back that she knows she must find him something just as cosy, soft and warm to cuddle. But what could that be...?

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Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog

Written by Nosy Crow Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
0-2

When Posy goes to stay at Pip’s house they have lots of fun together before bedtime. But just as they switch out the light, disaster strikes: Posy realises that she has forgotten her favourite frog toy. Keen to help his distraught friend, Pip offers Posy a range of different toys to substitute for her frog, including his own favourite frog money box. But none of them will do: “That’s the wrong frog!” Posy wails. It is only when Pip gives Posy his own, very favourite, pig toy that Posy is comforted and the friends can get a good night’s sleep, at last.

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