Revealed – The UK’s favourite bedtime stories

When my kids were younger I read them 3 books every single night! Needless to say, now they are a little older they are HUGE readers themselves and always have a book at bedtime.

favourite bedtime stories

What was / is your child’s favourite bedtime book?

My two both loved The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton and Tiddler by Julia Donaldson.

Exclusive research conducted by bed retailer Happy Beds as part of its campaign to celebrate World Book Day on March 1st found that the nations favourite bedtime book and it is an oldie! Margaret Wise Brown’s classic children’s book Goodnight Moon has been named as The UK’s Favourite Bedtime Book.The Two Hoots picture book, which is illustrated by Clement Hurd and features a rabbit saying “goodnight” to everything around it, isn’t that just super sweet,

Happy Beds collated more than 26 online lists of ‘Best Bedtime Books’ from national newspapers, book review sites and literary bloggers and compiled a list with 399 different titles. Margaret Wise Brown’s novel came top of the list, beating the Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s The Gruffalo.

Here are the complete rankings.

Is your child’s or your favourite on there?

Rank Author Illustrator Title Publisher Published
1 Margaret Wise Brown Clement Hurd Goodnight Moon Pan Macmillan 1947
2 Maurice Sendak Maurice Sendak Where the Wild Things Are Harper Collins 1963
3 Julia Donaldson Axel Scheffler The Gruffalo Macmillan Children’s Books 1999
4 Sandra Boynton Sandra Boynton The Going to Bed Book Simon & Schuster 1982
5 Sam McBratney Anita Jeram Guess How Much I Love You Walker Books 1994
6 Eric Carle Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar Hamish Hamilton 1969
7 Mem Fox Jane Dyer Time For Bed Houghton Mifflin 1993
8 J.K. Rowling Thomas Taylor Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Bloomsbury 1997
9 Karma Wilson Jane Chapman Bear Snores On Simon & Schuster 2001
10 Sherri Duskey Rinker Tom Lichtenheld Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Chronicle Books 2011

Some of these are brand new to me and other’s like ‘Guess how much I love you’ I must have read to my kids a 100 times.   Surprisingly, only two of the top ten were published in the 21st century – sometimes the old favourites are just the best. Do tell me your favourites in the comments below.

This post was created in collaboration with Happy Beds


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1 Comment

  1. February 28, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    I’m so pleased to see The Hungry Caterpillar made the list. It’s been a favourite in our house for many years. We love bedtime stories

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