World Book Day: top 10 children's bedtime stories

It’s World Book Day and it’s the start of Octasmart’s Sleep Month. It’s a double celebration! So we’ve put together a list of our favourite bedtime stories for children. Whether you’re in need of a gift or you just fancy a new book, you and your little ones can snuggle up and dive into a whole heap of dreamy adventure.

Pig-the-Pug1. Pig the Pug
A funny picture book about a greedy pug and his sausage-dog friend, Trevor. Encourage your little ones to join Pig on a journey of self-awareness as he learns how to share.

Do-Not-Open-This-Book2. Do Not Open This Book
A fun, engaging book encouraging readers to make choices, with lots of laughs along the way! The easy-to-read narrative makes it a fuss-free bedtime story.

Cant-You-Sleep3. Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?
Beautifully illustrated, this book is a timeless classic that’ll have your children returning to it night after night.


4. The Very Cranky Bear
A rhyming story with a lovely moral message. It encourages children to listen to others and understand what it means to be empathetic.


5. Bluey: Goodnight Fruit Bat
Much like your children, Bluey doesn’t want to go to sleep. Join her on a dreamy bedtime adventure!

Time-For-Bed6. Time for Bed
A gentle, comforting book that uses repetition to create a cosy narrative ready for drifting off to the land of nod.

Caterpillar7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A colourful picture book that teaches children about wellbeing, growth, and positive change.

Green-Sheep8. Where is the Green Sheep?
A simple, easy-to-read story with little text and lots of brightly coloured drawings.

I-Love-You-Stinky-Face9. I Love You, Stinky Face
If your mini-mes procrastinate before bed, this one is perfect for them! It’s light-hearted, sweet narrative works perfectly with it's traditional illustrations.

Good-Night-Gorilla10. Good Night Gorilla
A story about a cheeky gorilla who steals his zookeeper’s keys and goes exploring at night. A delightful little story that your children will want to read every night.

Stay tuned for more tips and tricks as we talk sleep throughout March, covering everything from good bed hygiene to the difference between a mattress topper and a protector.

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