As the kids are now in bed I thought I would take this opportunity to do a quick post about my favourite bedtime stories. From an early age I’ve tried to introduce the kids to as many different books as possible, helped enormously by the wife’s huge collection of kids books.
I have to admit I’m quite picky about the books I read them as I hate books with really dark pages and black text as in the low light of the bedroom they are a real pain to read. With that in mind here are some of our favourites that you might wish to try.
(1) The Tiger who Came to Tea
This is arguably one of my favourites, very clear text, simple story and beautiful child like illustrations. My son who is 3 has loved reading this for the last 2 years.
He know’s this book so well he can tell me the story nearly word for word which always impresses me.
(2) Mr McGee Goes to Sea
Mr McGee is from the Australian writer Pamela Allen and its a beautiful little story with very clean pages and a nice rhythm to to the narrative.
The illustrations are quite simple and have a certain retro charm which adds to the character of the book.
(3) The Rascally Cake
This book I only read because Big J kept pestering me to and whilst I was initially put off by the clarity of the text the excellent prose more than makes up for it.
This is a great book for boys as it has all the gruesome stuff that they love as well as great illustrations and a good sense of humour.
Of course it does not matter what book you read to kids as its the act of reading that is most important and nothing settles them for bed better than listening to your voice soothe them to sleep.
- Third of parents no longer read a bedtime story to their children (dailymail.co.uk)
- Children’s bedtime stories on the wane, according to survey (theguardian.com)