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Bath Book Bed 2018: Best bedtime books

They Say Blue

Sweet dreams start with a simple routine - Bath, Book, Bed.

If you're looking for a brilliant book to get your little ones dropping off into a happy slumber, you're in the right place: we've picked out some fantastic stories that are sure to do the trick.

Whether you're settling down a baby or a toddler, you'll find beautiful illustrations, enchanting rhymes and gorgeous fantasy worlds. Take a look below, and sleep well...

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  • Are You Sleeping?

    Author: Constance von Kitzing
    Publisher: Barefoot Books

    Little Lion is desperate to find someone to play with, but all the animals in the savannah are going to sleep! A beautiful book to help settle your little ones.

  • This Bonny Baby

    Author: Michelle Sloan Illustrator: Kasia Matyjaszek
    Publisher: Floris Books

    What does your bonny baby love to do? This board book - complete with a shiny mirror - is one you'll return to again and again.

  • Babies Can Sleep Anywhere

    Author: Lisa Wheeler Illustrator: Carolina Buzio
    Publisher: Abrams Appleseed

    Little ones will love learning about all the places that their favourite animals go to sleep... and the gentle rhymes will soon have them drifting into a deep slumber, too.

  • Sweet Dreams Peter

    Author: Beatrix Potter
    Publisher: Puffin

    The perfect introduction to the world of Peter Rabbit, as Beatrix Potter's beloved bunny settles down for a lullaby at the end of a busy day.

  • Who's In The Pond?

    Author: Surya Sajnani
    Publisher: QED Publishing

    This squeezy book about pond life changes colour when it's immersed in water - making it perfect for every stage of your Bath, Book, Bed routine.

  • Good Day, Good Night

    Author: Margaret Wise Brown Illustrator: Loren Long
    Publisher: Harper Collins Children's

    From the author of the children's classic Goodnight Moon, this charming tale of a bunny saying hello to their world in the morning and goodnight when the sun comes down is a lovely way to think about the day.

  • A Brave Bear

    Author: Sean Taylor Illustrator: Emily Hughes
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A book for families, for dads and for illustration fans, this is in the same territory as the phenomenally successful Guess How Much I Love You, but with a subtler sentimentality that might appeal to a new generation of parents.

  • A Recipe for Bedtime

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Sarah Massini
    Publisher: Hodder

    You're feeling sleepy, but how can you have the perfect recipe? Peter Bently's sweet lullaby will give you step-by-step instructions to the best bedtime ever.

  • If I Had a Dinosaur

    Author: Gabby Dawnay Illustrator: Alex Barow
    Publisher: Thames & Hudson

    A little girl wishes ever so desperately that she could have a pet, but she's unsure about what kind of pet she would like.

  • One Moonlit Night

    Author: Zanna Davidson Illustrator: Seo Kim
    Publisher: Templar

    A little girl sets off on a magical journey on her little boat in this truly stunning pop-up book that you won't be able to resist.

  • Superbat

    Author: Matt Carr
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… It’s a bat in a funny costume. A brilliant and heartwarming picture book debut from Matt Carr, Superbat has so much charm, with striking graphic illustrations that pop from the pages.

  • Fairy Magic

    Author: Cerrie Burnell Illustrator: Laura Ellen Anderson
    Publisher: Scholastic

    Isabelle has discovered a fairy called Summer-Blue in a hidden magical world at the bottom of her garden... but will she be able to convince her brothers and sisters? A charming story about a girl who is deaf - and how she sees the world differently.

  • They Say Blue

    Author: Jillian Tamaki
    Publisher: Abrams

    In They Say Blue, we follow a young girl as she explores the colours in the world. A beautiful, poetic picture book that will inspire conversations with your child about what they can see around them, and the free association ideas and memories this prompts.

  • Goodnight Tiger

    Author: Timothy Knapman Illustrator: Laura Hughes
    Publisher: Little Tiger Press

    The animals in Emily's wallpaper can't get to sleep and they're keeping her awake... so she decides to climb into the wallpaper to show them how to settle down. A fun way to reinforce the idea of a bedtime routine - with lots of laughs along the way.