We asked our Facebook fans what their favourite bed time book is to read to their children – here are some of the reads mentioned again and again, in no particular order. There’s no better bonding time than a sleepy story before bedtime!
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
This classic story, with beautiful illustrations, was made into a movie of the same name in 2009. The original story book about a naughty little boy that dresses as a wolf and magically visits an island inhabited by the wild things has lasting appeal for mothers of mischievous children. Sendak’s gorgeous illustrations are reason enough to pick up a comp
- The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Enid Blyton has always found her way into children’s hearts and her Magical Faraway Tree series is no exception. When siblings and a cousin find a magical tree inhabited by magical creatures, it’s no wonder that the top of the tree changes every visit and each time brings a new surprise and an exciting adventure…
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Charlie Bucket, a poor boy from a poor family, is one of the lucky finders of the Golden Ticket! This rare find, hidden in chocolate bars across the country, lets him into the exclusive, magical and mysterious chocolate factory in his town. Roald Dahl’s classic has never successfully made in onto the big screen and is a firm favourite for children everywhere.
- Dr Seuss
The silly, rhyming, fun author with his quirky illustrations has too many wonderful books out for our readers to choose a favourite. Any one of his beautifully illustrated stories will send your children off into a world of unusual dreams.
- Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
The fat, friendly yellow bear with his love of honey was created by A. A. Milne in 1926 and is still a firm favourite of parents and children everywhere. His friends Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit and more in the Hundred Acre Wood provide a rich landscape of adventures that your little one will love.
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
I bet you didn’t know that the classic Disney film is an illustrated, extended version of just one of Kipling’s many stories set in the Indian jungle. Stories like Rikki Tikki Tavi, the brave meerkat battling cobras, is one of many that will entertain and thrill children and adults alike.
- BFG by Roald Dahl
A big, friendly giant that concocts magical dreams for children? Roald Dahl made his way on to this list twice with his beautifully evocative writing and rich, child centred stories. Battles against angry giants and a visit to the Queen make this a unique, memorable read.
The classic story of the rags to riches princess with the glass shoes and a magical fairy godmother is a favourite of children everywhere.
- Red Riding Hood
Something about this story has attracted children for generations, and the retelling of this story about the wolf in grandmother’s clothing is no one near falling out of favour.
- Harry Potter series – J. K. Rowling
Seven books of increasing darkness about the orphan wizard Harry and his battle against evil has enchanted the world over. The books are rich and show immense character development, so skip the movies and get enthralled in this truly excellent series that even adults love.