Bedtime Library books…a starter list.

Here’s a starter list of brilliant bedtime books, I’m sure you can think of loads more. They’re  not necessarily books to use in a classroom (though lots are brilliant for use in the classroom)  but they are all fantastic to read and share.

I want my Hat Back by Jon Klassen (I’d recommend all the hat books and the shape books with Mac Barnett as well, just brilliant)

Horrible Bear by Ame Dyckman and Zachariah O’Hara (Ame is one of my favorite got picturebook authors for read aloud brilliance)

Stanley’s Stick by Jon Hegley and Neal Layton

Grumpy Frog by Ed Vere (Huge fan of Ed Vere all his books are wonderful to read and share)

Is There a Dog In This book by Viviane Schwartz (Another read aloud superstar)

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

Dogger by Shirley Hughes

The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak

The Disgusting Sandwich by Gareth Edwards and Hannah Shaw

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Schaeffer(Always reliable brilliant to read aloud, most of Julia’s book are fantastic bedtime reads)

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

King Baby by Kate Beaton

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

The Last Noo-noo by Jill Murphy

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood and Don Wood

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Hansel and Gretel by Bethan Woolvin

Not Now Bernard by David McKee

Wild by Emily Huighes

Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski

Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr

The Bad Seed by Jory John and Pete Oswald

On Summer Hill by Linda Sarah and Benji Davis

The Storm Whale by Benji Davies (in fact any of Benji’s books)

Sun by Sam Usher (all his season books are great)

This is not a picturebook by Sergo Ruzzier

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stern

My Big Shouting Day by Rebecca Patterson

The Night Pirates by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright

Oi Frog by Kes Gray and Jim Field

The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and Katz Cowley

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

This Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton (I’ve read this book at bedtime more than any other in the world ever!)

Traction Man By Mini Grey (Mini is another bedtime read superstar)

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

We’re Going on A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Shaeffer

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Oh No George! By Chris Haughton (in fact any Chris Haugton books)




Please comment with other suggestions


1 thought on “Bedtime Library books…a starter list.

  1. I’ve been reading these from our library to my 5, 4 and 2 year olds:
    – Anthony Browne ‘Into the Forest’
    – Emily Rand ‘A Dog Day’
    – Sarah Bee and Satoshi Kitamura ‘The Yes’
    – Emily Gravett ‘Tidy’
    – Oliver Jeffers ‘Stuck’
    – Vera Southgate wrote many of the ladybird fairytale books. They stand the test of time. Favourites include ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’
    – Beatrix Potter ‘The Tale of Benjamin Bunny’ and others
    Agree with your suggestions above, I’ll look some of them up that I don’t know.


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