Bedtime Story Recommendations

Whether you're looking for the very first storybook to read to your child, or are an avid reader looking for new recommendations as you've re-read the same story 10 times. We've got you covered!


  • Wolfboy - by Andy Harkness

  • Little Owl’s Bedtime - by Debi Gliori

  • Good Night I Love You – by Caroline Church

  • The Way I Feel – by Janan Cain

  • The Lion and the Mouse - by Jerry Pinkney

  • Blanche Hates the Night - by Sibylle Delacroix

  • The Way Home in the Night - by Akiko Miyakoshi

  • The Gruffalo – by Julia Donaldson

  • Rapunzel – by Catherine McCafferty

  • Can't you Sleep, Little Bear? - by Martin Waddell

  • Child of the Universe - by Ray Jayawardhana

And, if you are looking for dreamy tales to help you drift off, check out the ones below! Most are available on mobile apps such as Audible and Spotify.


  • Nothing Much Happens: Cozy and Calming Stories to Soothe Your Mind and Help You Sleep - by Kathryn Nicolai

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem – by Joan Didion

  • To The Lighthouse – by Virginia Woolf

  • The Lord of the Rings - by J. R. R. Tolkien

  • The Architect's Apprentice - by Elif Shafak



Ducklings also offers some fantastic resources you can access for FREE to aid in reading!

From our own stories written by the wonderful Joana Ribokaite ranging from Timmy the Turtle, the Penny the Penguin, Bailey the Bumblebee, Emily the Elephant, and Leo the Snow Leopard. We also have Ducklings StoryTime videos, in which our wonderful staff have recorded themselves reading some of the stories listen above and many many more, along with Dance and Sing-along videos, and numerous activities which will help test your child's reading and writing skills - Alphabet writing practice, The Missing Letter Task, Naming things, Days of the Week worksheets, Spot the Letter worksheets and more!

Please feel free to check them out here, https://www.ducklingspreschool.co.uk/readers , and let us know if you'd love to see more!



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