The Bedtime Story Finder

UNESCO says that reading for pleasure is the single most important thing that will make a child successful in life, so The Sleep Matters Club teamed up with The Reader to make sure you’re never lost for choice on new bedtime stories!

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About the Bedtime Story Finder

Last year, we asked Michael Rosen, author of Were Going On A Bear Hunt, to write about the importance of bedtime stories for children, and found that it was something our readers cared greatly about. So, to build on that, we decided to create The Bedtime Story Finder so that parents would never feel like they were out of good books to read to their children as bedtime stories.

Each one of the 150 books in the Bedtime Story Finder is in one or more categories, so you can choose depending on what is most important to you.

For age-based suggestions, we have looked at books for babies & preschool, primary school (early years), and primary school (upper) and books where age doesn’t matter.

We’ve also found books with a message that are great for putting on a voice, pictures to delight, that will make you laugh out loud, spooky stories, adventure, space, science, animals, magic & imaginary creatures, song & rhyme, stories to read one chapter a night, beautiful writing and words that charm, interactive or full of texture, there will definitely be a book for you and your child! If youre struggling with all the choice, take a look at The Reader Picks and The Sleep Matters Club Picks to see our personal favourites.

About the Reader

The Reader know that the way to encourage a love of books from an early age is to read together! We work with children, early years professionals, teachers and parents in Shared Reading projects across the UK. By sharing stories in an informal and engaging way, our work is improving reading abilities, building bonds, confidence, self-esteem, and encouraging future generations to develop a life-long love of reading.

Our recommended reads for bedtime have been lovingly selected by our staff and volunteers, many of
whom are parents themselves. For ideas on how you can bring these books to life in fun and imaginative ways, check out our top 5 tips for reading with young children on The Reader blog.

If you’d like to find out more about our work with children and adults then you can visit us at