Bedtime Worries and Struggles

Bedtime can be a stressful experience for all involved. Sharing stories about bedtime can put a child’s mind at ease and make any worries or fears easier to cope with. After all, who doesn’t like a snuggle and a story before they go to sleep?


Goodnight, Mr Panda
by Steve Antony

Mr Panda and his friends are getting ready for bed. But some won’t brush their teeth, others won’t have a bath, and one won’t even wear pyjamas! It’s down to Mr Panda to show them how to do bedtime properly.
Age: 3+

Emily Brown and the Thing
by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton

A humorous book with a very positive message about night time fears.
Age: 3+

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The Night Bear
by Ana and Thiago de Moraes

After dark, the Night Bear goes on the hunt for his favourite snack: delicious nightmares. But one night, he almost munches on a dream of unicorns and rainbows by mistake – yuck! It might not be his up of tea, but surely there’s someone who might like it?
Age: 3+

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Magnus and the Night Lion
by Sanne Dufft

Magnus is a bold knight during the day but is afraid of the Shadowman at night. Grandma gives him a toy lion to help protect him from his dreams and together they conquer his fears.
Age 5+

Dinosaur Sleepover 
by Pamela Duncan Edwards and Deborah Allwright

A young boy who is anxious about staying over at a friend’s house reassures his dinosaur and discovers how much fun a sleepover can be.
Age: 4+

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Five Minutes to Bed!
by Richard Dungworth and Sharon Harmer

It’s bedtime but the pirate crew aren’t tired so the Captain gives them jobs to do.
Age: 3+

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There’s a Walrus in my Bed
Ciara Flood

It’s Flynn’s first night in his big bed. However there is little sleep involved as a walrus has moved in making life very difficult for everyone!
Age 3+

Stormy Weather
by Debi Gliori

Various animal mothers reassure their babies that, whatever happens in the night, they are safe with them.
Age: 3+

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Goodnight Everyone
by Chris Haughton

The sun is going down and everyone is sleepy.  Well, almost everyone.  A lovely gentle bedtime read that may make you feel sleepy, too.
Age: 2+

Goodnight, Harry
by Kim Lewis

Harry the elephant can’t get to sleep and gets very worried and upset. His friends Lulu and Ted come to his rescue and he finally finds sleep.
Age: 2+

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I Don’t Want to Go to Bed
by Tony Ross

The little princess doesn’t want to go to bed, but the king and queen are firm and, after several attempts, they succeed. Fun with lots of child appeal.
Age: 4+

There’s No Such Thing as Monsters!
by Steve Smallman and Caroline Pedler

Reassuring look at Little Bear’s night worries, sleeping in his own bedroom. He is scared that monsters are lurking everywhere, but each has a practical explanation.
Age: 3+

Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?
by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth

Little Bear is afraid of the dark in the back of the cave, so Big Bear brings him a tiny lantern – but to no avail. It is really the dark outside that Little Bear is afraid of. Big Bear takes him out and shows him the moon and Little Bear finally falls asleep.
Age: 3+

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Molly and the Night Monster
by Chris Wormell

Reassuring story with beautiful illustrations. About a young girl who hears a noise on the stairs and imagines all sorts of horrible creatures until she discovers that the ‘monster’ is just her mum.
Age: 3+

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Helpful advice and information about sleep and bedtime.

Advice, tips and information about bed time routines, and the transition to ‘big kid beds’.

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