With charming phrases, beautiful imagery and engaging sentences, these books have been chosen for their ability to produce a fantastic imaginary world for all through the medium of their words. The authors of these stories have managed to create whole universes in some cases, where anything is made possible through the beauty of the writing.

The Bedtime Story Finder has been purposefully created to help you find the perfect bedtime story to read to your child. There is a vast array of books in a range of styles for you to choose from, so that you’re never without the ideal story to send your little one to a blissful sleep. Bedtime stories with words that charm guarantee an engaging tale that you won’t be able to put down.

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Tin Forest by Helen Ward

This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of an old man, who dreams of exchanging the bleak grey place in which he lives for a colourful universe, home to the most wonderful creatures. The old man spends his days making the very best of his situation, until one day, thanks to a brilliant idea and a moonlight wish, things begin to change. Its striking illustrations and original, uplifting story make this clever book feel magical. The Tin Forest can be enjoyed on many levels and by all ages. I thoroughly recommend it!

Tin Forest by Helen Ward

Silly Verse for Kids by Spike Milligan

For kids and adults alike these funny poems will be a joy to share aloud and to return to time after time. Written to amuse his own children, and often inspired by overheard snippets from their own imaginary worlds – a place where grown-ups might rarely be privileged enough to enter – this collection resounds with the sheer pleasure of words. You’ll find a wealth of nonsense classics here such as On the Ning Nang Nong’, but you’ll also be able to discover some new ones; all accompanied by Milligan’s distinctive cartoon illustrations. A great introduction to poetry – share with your own children and rediscover the child in you!

Silly Verse For Kids by Spike Milligan

All The Best by Roger McGough

From Zombies to cling-film you know you’re in safe hands with one of the nation’s favourite poets, and here Roger McGough has drawn from his own various collections the perfect anthology for sharing at bedtime. A fantastic selection of over 100 of his best-loved poems, you’ll enjoy discovering some favourites to read aloud, alongside other lesser known titles too. Packed throughout with fabulous Lydia Monks illustrations, we’re sure that this collection will bring you hours of poetical fun together!

All the Best by Roger McGough

If there’s a particular book you’ve read to your child that also had charming words then let us know all about it in the comments below.