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.
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?
|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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