Reading at Bedtime with Your Children – Booktrust Pyjamarama Campaign

by thenibecamemum

Reading to your children has long been known to have huge benefits for their development. From developing the bond between child and parent to boosting children’s brain developments, I could talk all day about why it is so vital (and have in my posts ‘Can you be too young to enjoy reading?’ and ‘Time to read’). So it goes without saying that reading at bedtime is one of the best things you could do with your children.

Reading with toddler

Reading on the decline?

Sadly, recent research by Fly Research found that just 49% of parents aimed to read a story every night to their children with only 28% managing to do so! As well as this, we’re seeing technology suffocating more and more of our lives. In the above study, 26% of parents swapped their children’s books for technology and 65% admitted that they have opted to put their child in front of the tv or Youtube instead of enjoying a bedtime story. This saddens me!

Booktrust’s Pyjamarama Campaign 7th June

At Booktrust, they understand the importance of reading at bedtime and have teamed up with Horrid Henry author, Francesca Simon to urge parents to ditch the technology and rediscover the joys of reading at bedtime. Their Pyjamarama campaign , which starts on 7th June, encourages children (and adults!) to wear their pyjamas and donate £1 to the campaign. As well as receiving the support of Francesca, it has also been given the thumbs up by others such as Tony Ross and Jacqueline Wilson, plus Ben and Holly from Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom :). The money raised will help Booktrust to ensure that every child has access to reading and books. Just £25 would supply 15 pre-school children in Women’s Refugees with book packs! Find out more about the Pyjamarama campaign and how you can get involved. Fundraising packs are also available to help you on your way!

Five Top Tips for Reading at Bedtime
  1. Have a routine – The consistency will help your child to realise that it is time to wind down for sleep. Our routine is bath, book, bed but do what works for you.
  2. Allow your child to choose the book – They’ll enjoy it more if it’s something they want to read. Even if it means you read the same one over and over and over (my life at the moment!).
  3. Never remove bedtime stories for behaviour – If you remove the story then not only have you removed an important calming tool but you’re also denying them of the benefits reading provides. Instead, I read a short story if my little one has not behaved and use longer stories for good behaviour. I make a point of explaining that if he had behaved then there would have been more time for the longer story, therefore still getting him to realise the consequences of his actions.
  4. Get comfy – Whether it’s a special reading chair or snuggling up in bed, there’s no better way to bond with your child. We’re often joined by a teddy or two!
  5. Avoid the excitable – It’s probably not the wisest idea to read the likes of ‘Tanka Tanka’ or ‘The Dinosaur that Pooped Daddy’ right before bed. Excitable children means less sleep. It’s equally not the best idea to read “scary” books before bed if your child has an overactive imagination, like mine. For us, that means The Gruffalo and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt are out of the question!
Six Recommended Books for Reading to Your Toddler at Bedtime

There are so many books I could have listed but here are six (sorry I couldn’t narrow it down any further than this!) that are perfect for reading at bedtime with your toddler:

  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  2. Little Chick and the Secret of Sleep by Malachy Doyle
  3. Goes to Sleep by George Berkowski
  4. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Bratney
  5. Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
  6. On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

Recommended bedtime books for toddlers


To celebrate the Pyjamarama campaign, we have a Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom prize pack to giveaway. The pack includes:

– 35 Piece Puzzle

Ben and Holly 35-piece puzzle
– Little Library

Ben and Holly Little Library
– Fairy Tale Sticker Activity Book

Ben and Holly Fairy Tale Sticker Activity Book

To enter, complete one or more of the gleam options below. The more options completed, the more chances of winning.

Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Prize Pack

Listed On Loquax
Listed On Competition Database


Iain maciver 26th May 2019 - 5:16 pm

the gruffalo

Amy SIMPSON 26th May 2019 - 5:35 pm

The Gruffalo

Peter Watson 26th May 2019 - 5:58 pm

The BFG by Roald Dahl.

Catherine S 26th May 2019 - 6:14 pm

I like reading Tiddler by Julia Donaldson best.

thenibecamemum 26th May 2019 - 9:39 pm

Aww we’ve just bought this one and read it for the first time tonight 🙂

Hayley GLASPER-SMITH 26th May 2019 - 7:35 pm

Favourite bedtime book for my little ones is the nursery rhymes book we have

thenibecamemum 26th May 2019 - 9:40 pm

Ahh can’t beat a good nursery rhyme!

Michelle Smith 26th May 2019 - 7:50 pm

Dear Zoo is a favourite at bedtime

Sally Collingwood 26th May 2019 - 8:41 pm

The Gruffalo

Magsd 26th May 2019 - 9:23 pm

My grandson loves Ben and Holly he dances around the room whenever it is on tv

Susan Smith 26th May 2019 - 9:46 pm

100 Fairy tales

Solange 26th May 2019 - 11:02 pm

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers.

Margaret Clarkson 27th May 2019 - 5:40 am

Each peach pear plum

Tracy Nixon 27th May 2019 - 5:56 am

To Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

Gemma Hendry 27th May 2019 - 8:10 am

my fave would be ssshhhhh dont wake the baby but my daughter loves disneys Brave

Katie 27th May 2019 - 8:38 am

Guess How Much I Love You

thenibecamemum 27th May 2019 - 6:30 pm

This is one of our all-time favourites 🙂

Louise Craney 27th May 2019 - 2:08 pm

Kids would love me 2 win

ADEINNE TONNER 27th May 2019 - 2:13 pm

For me it has to be the very hungry caterpillar

thenibecamemum 27th May 2019 - 6:29 pm

We’ve read this one so much that we can recite it off heart!

Laura Pritchard 27th May 2019 - 4:37 pm

I loved Dogger.

Helen R 27th May 2019 - 7:28 pm

We love Julia Donaldson and are currently reading What the ladybird heard next!

Nyasha Mtutu 27th May 2019 - 8:14 pm

My 2 year old loves Dear Zoo or the Gingerbread Man…My little-big man who’s 9 still appreciates a bedtime story and often asks me to make one up…always ends up being a bit of a joke especially when I’m struggling to think of a story when I’m half asleep myself!

fiona waterworth 27th May 2019 - 8:17 pm

It varies at the moment its any of the dinosaur that pooped series

Fiona jk42 27th May 2019 - 10:26 pm

I love all Beatrix Potter’s books. My granddaughter’s favourite is The Tale of Peter Rabbit (which she pretty much knows by heart!), my daughter’s is The Pie and the Patty Pan, and mine is The Tailor of Gloucester.

Sue McCarthy 28th May 2019 - 6:08 am

I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity.

Krupa 28th May 2019 - 10:51 pm

We’re going on a bear hunt!

Ursula Hunt 29th May 2019 - 9:24 am

We like The Tiger who came to Tea

JULIE WARD 29th May 2019 - 5:49 pm

Any Thomas the tank stories, grandchildren love them

Geri Gregg 30th May 2019 - 7:32 am

At bedtime I love reading to my son the “that’s not my…” series of books, theres alot to choose from and they are very interactive


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