Bedtime Stories: old and new favourites
Since my little ones were babies, we’ve read stories at bedtime. When my eldest was born, I read Peepo by Janet & Allan Ahlberg religiously every night after his bath. It was one of my favourite stories from when I was a little girl and I hope that my two enjoy it just as much as I did. At nearly 4 years old, my son’s face still lights up when he hears the phrase ‘Here’s a little baby, one, two, three’. I do wonder if he remembers it from when he was tiny.
I still have a number of books from my own childhood and I love to read them to my children. My all-time favourite story was Dogger by Shirley Hughes, and I’ve handwritten my name, Sarah, in the corner! It’s fitting that my copy is now rather dog-eared! Other favourites were The Blanket by John Burningham, Alfie Gets in First by Shirley Hughes and Andy Pandy and the Willow Tree.
The beautiful illustrations in many of the books also remind me of happy times, I was a big fan of Richard Scarry books and Father Fox’s Pennyrhymes by Clyde Watson and Wendy Watson and Usborne books.
I think stories can be a really good way to help explain things to little ones, and when faced with new challenges I have tended to turn to books for help!
When I found out I was pregnant again, our bedtime story became There’s a House inside my Mummy by Giles Andreae & Vanessa Cabban. It’s such a lovely book and was recommended to me by a friend. I was happy to read this over and over for months as my baby bump grew.
‘Sometimes me and mummy
Like to cuddle on our own,
And I tell him that I love him
Through her tummy telephone’
Similarly, when I found out that my son needed glasses, I searched for an age-appropriate book. Favourites then became Blue's Clues' Magenta Gets Glasses and Charlie and Lola’s I Really Absolutely Must Have Glasses.
Other books we’ve read to help with toddler issues have been Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi and A Bed of Your Own by Mij Kelly.
But of course, sometimes it’s just nice to read a funny book or a silly story and some of my children’s favourites are The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson, The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew it Was None of His Business by Werner Holzwarth and Silly Sausage by Beth Poutney.
Which bedtime stories do you remember from your childhood? Do you have any favourite stories to read with your family? Share the book titles in the comments below.