Books on: Bed Time

Books that promote a good bedtime routine, where children settle happily into bed in the evening without a fight!

The Monster Who Ate Darkness
Author: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: Jimmy Liao
How this book may help: This book elegantly 'neutralises' fear of monsters by portraying a non-threatening (and ultimately caring) one. It also provides a fun and poetic explanation to why darkness is so necessary at night time.
Jo-Jo can't sleep as he thinks a monster may be lurking in the darkness under his bed.... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, phobias


The Bedtime Book
Author: Mandy Gurney
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Written by sleep expert Mandy Gurney, this book combines a gentle lullaby-like story with practical advice to help parents settle their children down to sleep.
The first few pages of the book are intended to guide parents through an effective bedtime routine,... read more

Tags: anxiety, comfort, comfort object, nightmares

Under the Bed
Author: Paul Bright
Illustrator: Ben Cort
How this book may help: Ghosts and monsters, fear of the dark, bedtime.
This rhyming book describes all the various beasts, dragons and other monsters that live under the... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, ghosts, monsters, nightmares

I am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed (Charlie and Lola)
Author: Lauren Child
Illustrator: Lauren Child
How this book may help: A good starting point for a discussion on the importance of good bedtime habits!
Lauren Child's popular sibling duo Charlie and Lola have a place in many young children's... read more

Tags: brother, co-operation, sibling, sister

Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep
Author: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
How this book may help: May comfort a child who is experiencing bad dreams or who is afraid of the dark.
Little bunny Willa is scared to go to sleep as she's worried she may have a bad dream. Big brother... read more

Tags: nightmares, fears, fear of the dark, brother, anxiety, phobias, sibling, sister

The Monster Bed
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Susan Varley
How this book may help: Reassuring children who are afraid of the dark or anxious about monsters.
Dennis doesn't want to go to sleep because he's frightened that there might be something under his... read more

Tags: anxiety, comfort, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, monsters, nightmares, phobias

Darkness Slipped in
Author: Ella Burfoot
Illustrator: Ella Burfoot
How this book may help: May help to dispel children's fear of the dark by describing the darkness in a child's room in a refreshingly positive way.
A story of a little girl called Daisy, who loves to play and dance, even when it gets dark. She... read more

Tags: fear of the dark, fears

Little Princess - I Don't Want to Go to Bed
Author: Tony Ross
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: Helping children to understand why it's important to go to bed on time.
The Little Princess doesn't want to go to bed, and doesn't see why she should have to when she's... read more

Tags: phobias, monsters, fears, anxiety

Little Princess - I Want My Light On!
Author: Tony Ross
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: May help to neutralise a fear of ghosts and the dark.
The Little Princess doesn't like her light to be turned off at bedtime because she's scared of... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, ghosts, monsters

Wide Awake Jake
Author: Rachel Elliot
Illustrator: Karen Sapp
How this book may help: The young Jake finds it difficult to get to sleep and after many attempts eventually does get to sleep with his mum’s help.
Jake cannot sleep despite trying lots of different ways to lie down. So, wide awake, he goes... read more

Tags: fears, monsters, mother, nightmares

Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?
Author: Martin Waddell
Illustrator: Barbara Firth
How this book may help: Soothing fears of the dark, encouraging young children to settle down for the night.
Little Bear is afraid of the dark. Big bear reassures and comforts him by fetching lanterns and... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, phobias

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrator: Mark Teague
How this book may help: This is a funny story written in rhyme which deals with problems involved with getting children to go to bed without making a fuss by comparing a dinosaur's behaviour with theirs.
Publisher's summary: "How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light? Does a dinosaur slam..." read more

Tags: co-operation

Emily Brown and the Thing
Author: Cressida Cowell
Illustrator: Neal Layton
Publisher's summary: "In this warm-hearted and witty take on a classic theme - being scared of the dark - Emily and..." read more

Tags: anxiety, comfort object, fear of the dark, monsters

Mustard, Custard, Grumble Belly and Gravy
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
How this book may help: Poetry Book full of hilarious poems with lots about family life and some covering issues such as bedtime, teeth brushing and much much more.
Publisher's summary: "Michael's brilliantly conversational poetry is fantastically matched by Quentin Blake's loopy yet..." read more

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