What’s Your Favourite Bedtime Read?

What’s Your Favourite Bedtime Read?


World. Book. Day.

They’re three little worlds that either strike dread or joy into the hearts of parents everywhere. Three little words that being a flurry of thoughts similar to:

Is it going to be another year of buying a last minute costume from Asda?

Is it going to be another year of competing with all the other parents and their homemade wonders?

Is it going to be another year of forgetting – and my child looking at my with large guilty eyes when they turn up in school uniform?


Maybe – just maybe…

Is it going to be the year when we remember it’s supposed to be about the books – and not the costumes?

World Book Day is about celebrating authors, poets, illustrators, storytellers, creatives and writers of any sort. It’s about being sucked into a story, then spat out at the otherside full of awe and wonder.

Remember the first time you read Harry Potter? It’s about that feeling.

Holly and I are avid readers. Story time is one of our favourite points in the day – probably after home time and dinner time.

In the spirit of sticking to the books – this post is really about some of our favourite bedtime reads. We are going to recommend six of our current favourites that have become bedtime classics both new and old.

If you have a favourite bedtime book please leave it in the comments.

Here goes:

Holly Book One:

The Careless Kitten – by Enid Blyton and Sylvia Ward

Plot: The tale of a kitten who keeps getting herself into tricky situations and begins to lose her 9 lives.


Holly Book Two:

Hoppy Ever After – by Alan Durant

Plot: A poor frog just wants to share his happiness – but noone wants to share his joy.

We picked up this book from the library – and still haven’t managed to take it back! It’s a great story and H can read it all herself.

Holly’s Book Three:

The Snow Bear – Miriam Moss

Plot: A bear finds himself alone in the woods. His friends help him build a snow bear so he isn’t lonely without his mum.


My picks:


Becky’s Book One:

Norman the slug with the silly shell – by Sue Hendra

Plot: A slug wishes to be a snail. So he finds a silly shell and it gets him into all sorts of trouble.

This is one of my all time favourites – it’s so simple but effective. You can’t help but fall in love with Norman.


Becky’s Book Two:

I Love You Stick Insect – by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros 

Plot: A stick insect falls in love and dreams of the things he will do with his stick friend. But there’s a surprise in store…


Becky’s Book Three:

Max – by Bob Graham

Plot: Max is born into a family of super heroes. Only, he doesn’t seem to have any powers just yet…

I was asked to cover ‘Story Telling Club’ at school. We chose this book from the library and it has such a lovely moral lesson.


Although it’s not about the costumes – we will be dressing up this year. Follow us on instagram to see the costumes we’ll be sporting tomorrow. I’m not usually a ‘make it yourself’ mum, but we  managed to make two  on today’s snow day!



  1. Melanie
    2nd April 2018 / 6:04 pm

    We love Sue Hendra books too! great choice!

    • BeckyBrightSide
      2nd April 2018 / 6:14 pm

      Thanks – I think she has a new one out!

  2. Vickie
    2nd April 2018 / 6:04 pm

    Can you beat the classics? Bear hunt… Hungry Caterpillar…

    • BeckyBrightSide
      2nd April 2018 / 6:15 pm

      The classics are amazing! We loved bear hunt – the rhythm in it is amazing!

  3. Andrew
    2nd April 2018 / 6:05 pm

    We love Roald Dahl. They’re amazing!

    • BeckyBrightSide
      2nd April 2018 / 6:15 pm

      Oh yes- Matilda and Fantastic Mr Fox we’ve really got into recently.

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