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Bath, Book, Bed 2017: Best Bedtime Books

Dave's Cave

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

But if you need some advice about which stories will send your little ones happily off into the land of nod, you've come to the right place - we've picked out ten brilliant books that will have you cuddling up and dreaming big.

So choose a book, get all snuggly under the covers, and enjoy spending that all-important time together as you say goodnight.

  • Dave's Cave

    Author: Frann Preston-Gannon
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Dave the caveman has a great cave... but could he find an even better one? This amusing picture book conveys the simple message that there's no place like home in a witty new way.

  • Silver

    Author: Walter de la Mare Illustrator: Carolina Rabei
    Publisher: Faber & Faber

    This beautifully illustrated version of Walter de la Mare's classic poem about the moon's night-time adventures is sure to help your little ones nod off, thanks to its gorgeous colours and soft rhythm.

  • Hush-a-bye Bunny

    Author: Holly Surplice
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Full of affection and snuggles, this simple rhyme about Bunny's bedtime is just the thing for a relaxing good-night read.

  • Beep Beep Beep Time For Sleep!

    Author: Claire Freedman
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    This bedtime book with a difference will appeal to digger-mad little ones as it follows the busy vehicles working on a motorway - at least, that is, until night falls and they can get some much-needed rest.

  • A Great Big Cuddle

    Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Chris Riddell
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Beautifully illustrated poems for young children by two Children's Laureates

  • Goodnight Everyone

    Author: Chris Haughton
    Publisher: Walker Books

    The visuals are the main appeal of this beautiful bedtime book, which explodes with a fantastic pink-and-purple starry colour palette, as well as having a simple and lulling bedtime story that will help little ones yawn along.

  • Quiet!

    Author: Kate Alizadeh
    Publisher: Child’s Play

    A small child takes us on an auditory tour of her home in this delightful picture of family life, ingeniously interpreted through its sounds. It's a book that radiates comfort, security, warmth and love.

  • Baby Sparkle: Bedtime

    Author: Dorling Kindersley
    Publisher: DK

    This simple board book about settling down for the night is a perfect accompaniment to a regular bedtime routine for babies, especially as they can follow along with the glittery detailing.

  • Hush... Little Bear is Sleeping

    Author: Surya Sajnani
    Publisher: QED - Quarto

    Baby Bear is trying to get to sleep, but will the other animals stop making so much noise? Hush... Little Bear Is Sleeping is a simple board book with soothing sounds that will help your own little cub drift off.

  • Bedtime with Ted

    Author: Sophy Henn
    Publisher: Bloomsbury

    Little ones will love following the story of Ted's night-time routine - from splashing in the bath with penguins to having some milk with a tiger - in this colourful board book with flaps.