Snuggle up with 5 favourite bedtime stories

Snuggling up with your children and enjoying a bed time story is the best way to end a busy day. It’s a lovely way to bond and helps children relax, unwind and get ready for sleep. If you’re looking for inspiration for bedtime reads, here’s the current top picks from the mums and dads on the Ladybird team.

Max at Night by Ed Vere

‘This is Max. Max is very sleepy. It’s way past Max’s bedtime. Max has drunk his milk. Max has brushed his teeth. Max has cleaned behind his ears. Now Max just needs to say goodnight…’

Will Max ever find the moon?  This is the big question at the heart of this witty new book. Fans of Ed Vere’s Max the Brave and Mr Big will not be disappointed with the second adventure from the brave little furry hero Max. The bold illustrations and heart-warming story makes it an adorable bedtime read.

max spread

Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Each Peach
Each Peach Pear Plum, I spy Tom Thumb . . .’

A classic bedtime story by Janet and Allan Ahlberg that can be read over and over again. This bookshelf top pick continues to delight children, encouraging them to interact with the picture to find the next fairy tale and nursery rhyme character.

Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson

The moomins are on a mission… A comet is speeding towards Earth and Moomintroll and Sniff have some urgent questions for the professor! This longer length chapter book is a good choice to read with older children at bedtime. Grown-ups might find themselves reading the next chapter after lights out too.


Peppa Pig: Goodnight Peppa

Little piggies will love hearing about Peppa and George’s antics before bedtime as they are absolutely, definitely, not even a little bit tired… (Does this sound familiar?)

goodnight Peppa
Skullabones Island – Richard Dungworth & Sharon Harmer

Ooh-ahh. Little ones and their parents will relate to this tale of a group of pirates who are desperate to stay up late! This colourful picture book, with rhyming text and bright illustrations, will mesmerise little pirates at bedtime.

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are

A classic picture book, first published in 1963 and still delighting children and many parents today.


Thank you to everyone who entered our competition to win a copy of Max at Night. Congratulations to our three winners – Andy Wedge, Alex Telford and Helen84 who have been notified by email.


45 thoughts on “Snuggle up with 5 favourite bedtime stories

  1. Lyana Chan says:

    Snuggling up with my little boy to read bedtime stories is one of my favourite times of the day! We love books about dinosaurs or pirates and rhyming books such as those by Dr Seuss, Julia Donaldson and Janet and Allen Ahlberg!

  2. Patricia Owen says:

    “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen is our current favourite. The illustrations are lovely so we have lots of things to discuss including scenes on a beach, in a cave, crossing a river and wading through tall grass and mud. The expressions on the characters’ faces change from page to page so we talk about how they are feeling. The small amount of text is enough for a small child ( M is two and a half) and there is lots of repetition so she joins in and enjoys filling in the gaps when I pause.

  3. Amy Davis says:

    We’re reading a couple of Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaur books at the moment and loving them. Dinosaurs are a firm favourite in our household and remembering all their names is fun and educational x

  4. Jenny says:

    After having been reading one of our favourites Peace At Last by Jill Murphy to our 2 year old since he was about 3 months old, he pointed to the little pictures of Jill Murphy’s other books, Whatever Next and On The Way Home, and asked if we could get them to read! He’s now enjoying them too.

  5. Amy Tidd says:

    We read lots of different books but often revert back to the Julia Donaldson classics! My 3 year old son loves the gruffalo, room on the broom and gruffalos child! He knows them so well that he can recite big chunks so we ‘read’ the stories together! He even does voices!! I love seeing him get so excited about books!

  6. Paula Harvey says:

    My little boy is currently making his way through a collection of Mr Men books! Mr Funny and Mr Bump being his favourites! 😀

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