In celebration of National Share a Story Month, Dormeo UK has put together a list of the best bedtime stories for kids of all ages. As most parents know, a bedtime story is a fantastic way to separate the hustle and bustle of daytime activities and the quieter, calmer time before bed.
But, according to the experts, sharing a story with your child is of benefit at any time of day. By listening to you read, your child is reinforcing the basic sounds that form language. In later years, by listening to stories read aloud and following along with the story, children see and hear how to pronounce words correctly. You will find that your child’s vocabulary grows and they become better at expressing how they feel and think about what you are reading.
Here are our picks of some great reads to share with your child, whatever their age.
Bedtime story for 0-4 year olds
Dinosaur Roar! And Dinosaur Boo! By Jeanne Willis
Say hello to this new series of short tales for tiny tots, based on the original Dinosaur Roar! Simple rhymes, bright pictures and heaps of funny dinosaurs to get you ROARING with laughter!
Bedtime story for 3-7 year olds
With moving parts galore, these are super fun to play with. These bright novelty books aren’t just for looking at. You can peek under flaps, tug on moving tabs and even make zany new pictures with split-panel pages.
Bedtime story for 5-9 year olds
There are four funny stories in each book, all with Korky Paul’s fabulous drawings. They’re stuffed with enough crazy antics to make you fall off your chair laughing.
Bedtime story for 7-11 year olds
Captain Underpants Series by Dav Pilkey
Hugely popular bestsellers loved by kids worldwide – over 70 million Captain Underpants books have been sold and they have won a Disney Adventures Kids’ Choice Award.
A brilliant mix of funny writing and cartoon pictures. Do you think silly names like Dr Diaper and Professor Poopypants are funny? What about evil villains with shaming toilet troubles? Or silly cartoons and jokes about pants? Yup? These are for you.
Bedtime story for 7-10 year olds
Maisie Hitchins series by Holly Webb
A great series for any budding young detectives out there!
Twelve-year-old Maisie is a noticing sort of person. That’s why she is convinced she would make an excellent detective if she ever got the chance! But instead of detecting, she spends her days polishing the banisters at her grandmother’s boarding house or fetching fish for the lodgers’ dinner. Her big chance to prove herself finally arrives when crime strikes her Victorian London neighbourhood. While the grown-ups turn a blind eye to the whodunit and justice goes un-served, Maisie and her canine sidekick, Eddie, search the streets for clues to crack the case.
Bedtime story for 9-13 year olds
Camping trips, cliff top bike rides and big adventures: they’re classic Blyton. Time to go on a picnic in the woods, explore smugglers’ caves or ride on a magical plane. Guaranteed to be popular with boys and girls (and parents!) alike.
Bedtime story for kids aged 11+
For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.
Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption…
Set in a city stalked by spectres, this is a chilling series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts.
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Happy National Share a Story Month from Dormeo UK!
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