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The best bedtime books for adults and children

Read our latest blog post on The best bedtime books for adults and children. For the best sleep advice follow Bed Guru.

26th February, 2019
by Carl Walsh

With World Book Day coming up on the 7th March 2019 we started thinking about what Books are the best bedtime reads right now.

You don’t have to be a bookworm to benefit from bedtime stories. Brainboxes at the University of Sussex discovered that reading for as little as six minutes could make you feel 68% calmer – although these books are so good, you might find yourself sneaking off to bed even earlier. Pick one. Pick a couple. Sleep easier when you’re relaxed. 

Stories for sleepless youngsters 

Curl up in bed together and win your nightly bedtime battle with one of these:

1. Good Night Yoga: A pose-by-pose bedtime story by Mariam Gates

Are your kids too bouncy for bedtime? You can get them in the mood with a book you don’t read lying down, but in all kinds of yoga poses. Join in with your kids and try poses like the Sun Breath and Clouds Gathering – which teach your youngsters to tune into their body and mind. Help them be still, mindful and self-soothing tonight with Mariam Gates’ story about how the world falls asleep.
Good night yoga

2. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

You can’t go wrong with a classic fairytale at bedtime, but you could do a hundred times better. Watch your little lady realise there’s more to life than becoming Prince Charming’s wife, when you introduce her to 100 of the most extraordinary women who ever walked the planet. From Queen Elizabeth I to Serena Williams, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama – find your daughter a new heroine and inspire her to dream bigger tomorrow.
Good night stories for rebel girls

3. Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks

Do you have a little boy? Show him he doesn’t have to be a macho dragon slayer to be a top bloke. Get him the Children’s Book of the Year 2018 and read it together at bedtime. From Daniel Radcliffe and Nelson Mandela to Lionel Messi and Grayson Perry, you’ll meet a variety of men who rejected peer pressure, broke rules, got creative and went down as some of the greatest guys in history. There’s no reason your son couldn’t do it too.
Stories for boys

Tales for tired teens

Encourage your big kids to thumb through a book at bedtime, not their phone.

1. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Imagine stuffing your love letters in a hatbox your late mum gave you, then realising someone sent them to the boys you fancied. The boy you wanted to dance with at Homecoming. The boy you crushed on at high school. They had no idea how Lara Jean felt about them. Until now. Check your secrets are safe, then climb you’re your bed with Rachael Welsh’s book tonight.  

To all the boys I've loved before, To all the boys Ive loved before

2. The Whispers by Greg Howard

You’re eleven years old and your mum doesn’t tuck you into bed anymore. She disappeared four months ago. The police are no closer to finding her. What do you do? If you’re anything like Riley James, you’ll go hunting for wish-granting woodland creatures – The Whispers. But will they bring her home? And can they also convince Riley’s crush Dylan to like him back? Find out before lights out this evening.

The whispers

3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling

Still a classic and a Best Seller in Children’s books in Amazon, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone follows a young Harry Potter as he joins Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he meets new friends and finds himself starting on an incredible adventure.

Harry Potter
Books for beat grown-ups

Pour yourself some Chamomile tea and remember how to relax and recharge or escape altogether.

1. Quiet by Fearn Cotton

Could you think more positively? Fearne Cotton says you can. And in her new book, The Sunday Times best-selling author gives you everything she thinks you need to tame your negativity and believe you’re good enough – for new adventures, for a happier life. Expect everything from tips and tricks to personal anecdotes and interviews with the likes of Bryony Gordon and Billie Piper. Let’s not over-think your day tonight.

Fearne Cotton Quiet

2. Bedtime Stories for Stressed-Out Adults by Lucy Mangan

Soothe yourself with a collection of classic stories and poems by the likes of Oscar Wilde, Guy de Maupassant and Katherine Mansfield – specially chosen to console your anxious mind at night.

Bedtime stories for stressed out adults

3. The Thousand Light Hotel by Emylia Hall

How about some sun, sea and scandal? Escape to Italy, then the Land of Nod. Join Kit undercover as a travel writer at the Thousand Lights Hotel on the Tuscan island of Elba. Her father owns the place, but Kit only recently found out Valentino was alive –just before her Bristolian mother died back home. Can they play happy families? Is Oliviero the chef her brother? Read at bedtime to find out.

The thousand lights hotel

So why not think about doing more page turning and less tossing and turning in your duvet – these books could seriously help your family sleep…


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