There is something quite magical about a bed time story. Whether exciting and interactive, or calming and endearing, you really just can’t beat it. For many families, it is a special moment shared each night. Gathering around a good book, and getting lost in an imaginative land, it’s a fantastic way to wind down after a busy day. A bedtime book is a favourite part of the nightly routine for families up and down the country, which is why ASPACE & The Great British Book Shop have teamed up to bring the top 10 bedtime books.
Here in my house we love to read. Bedtime story has always been a moment in the day that my children, and myself, look forward to a lot. There really is just something special about cosying up with your pyjamas on and sharing a little moment together before bed. The kids have always had their favourite stories, the ones that they ask for again and again. I think all children do, don’t they? I can remember certain books from my childhood that I loved to hear night after night, books that I still read to my children now!
ASPACE recently got in touch and asked if the children and I would like to help them find the ‘Best Bedtime Book’. We were sent an amazing package, including the top ten bedtime books and some special extras to help make bedtime even more relaxing.
The ten books we received were:
- No Matter What – Debi Gliori
- The Tiger Who Came To Tea – Judith Kerr
- I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn – Rachel Lyon
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen
- Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
- The Grufflo – Julia Donaldson
- Would You Rather… – John Burningham
- The Jolly Postman – Janet & Allan Ahlberg
- Pip and Posy, The Little Puddle – Axel Scheffler
- I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato (A Charlie & Lola book) – Lauren Child
And so began our mission, to find the best bedtime book. The children were kindly sent some pyjamas, a robot night light and a cute lavender scented hottie to help them relax during our mission, and help send them off to the land of nod. The night light is pretty awesome, I mean who wouldn’t want a robot wishing you good night every night?
We spent a couple of weeks reading and re-reading our books. Some of the books we’d read before, other were totally new to us. With a mixture of modern and classic tales, there wasn’t a single book that we didn’t enjoy.
Some stories were heart warming, including the lovely tale of unconditional love in No Matter What and the sweet tale of friendship in I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn, others brought a bit of excitement and fun to the bed time hour.
The children enjoyed some of the books more than others. We particularly enjoyed reading Would You Rather together. Each page poses a question ‘Would you rather… or …’ which the kids loved to ponder over, it brought a real bit of interactive fun to story time.
Ultimately though, we had to choose a favourite, although Neil and Caitlin couldn’t agree and each had their own favourite.
Neil decided his favourite was The Grufflo. A firm favourite in our house for a long time. My husband is fantastic at doing silly voices for each character, and has the children in fits of giggles each bedtime.
Caitlin decided her favourite was The Jolly Postman which despite being a classic is a book we have never read before. Her face lit up when she saw that each page had a little letter hidden inside an envelope for us to read. It is a lovely book which makes reference to many popular fairytales, which is a nice touch.
We’ve really enjoyed reading our way through the top ten books, and I’m so happy to have some new favourites to add to our bookshelves.
If you would like to purchase one of the top ten books you can do so at The Great British Bookshop’s ‘Books For Bedtime’ Page. You can find out more about the campaign, along with an interview from Rachel Lyon, author of I Wish I’d Been Born a Unicorn on the ASPACE site.
So what do you think? What is your families favourite bedtime book? Is it one on the list, or something else entirely?
We were kindly sent the book package to take part in this campaign. All opinions are my own.