Bedtime Problems

Bedtime can be a stressful experience for all involved. Sharing stories about bedtime can put a child’s mind at ease and make any worries or fears easier to cope with. After all, who doesn’t like a snuggle and a story before they go to sleep?


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Emily Brown and the Thing – Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton

A humorous book with a very positive message about night time fears.
Age: 3+


Magnus and the Night Lion – Sanne Dufft

Magnus is a bold knight during the day but is afraid of the Shadowman at night. Grandma gives him a toy lion to help protect him from his dreams and together they conquer his fears.
Age 5+


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Dinosaur Sleepover – Pamela Duncan Edwards and Deborah Allwright

A young boy who is anxious about staying over at a friend’s house reassures his dinosaur and discovers how much fun a sleepover can be.
Age: 4+


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Five Minutes to Bed! – Richard Dungworth and Sharon Harmer

It’s bedtime but the pirate crew aren’t tired so the Captain gives them jobs to do.
Age: 3+


There’s a Walrus in my Bed – Ciara Flood

It’s Flynn’s first night in his big bed. However there is little sleep involved as a walrus has moved in making life very difficult for everyone!
Age 3+


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Stormy Weather – Debi Gliori

Various animal mothers reassure their babies that, whatever happens in the night, they are safe with them.
Age: 3+


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Goodnight Everyone – Chris Haughton

The sun is going down and everyone is sleepy.  Well, almost everyone.  A lovely gentle bedtime read that may make you feel sleepy, too.
Age: 2+


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Goodnight, Harry – Kim Lewis

Harry the elephant can’t get to sleep and gets very worried and upset. His friends Lulu and Ted come to his rescue and he finally finds sleep.
Age: 2+


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I Don’t Want to Go to Bed – Tony Ross

The little princess doesn’t want to go to bed, but the king and queen are firm and, after several attempts, they succeed. Fun with lots of child appeal.
Age: 4+


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There’s No Such Thing as Monsters! – Steve Smallman and Caroline Pedler

Reassuring look at Little Bear’s night worries, sleeping in his own bedroom. He is scared that monsters are lurking everywhere, but each has a practical explanation.
Age: 3+


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A Hairy, Scary Night – Alex T. Smith

A fresh and humorous approach to coping with fears and phobias which adults and children could enjoy sharing and discussing.
Age: 5+


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Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? – Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth

Little Bear is afraid of the dark in the back of the cave, so Big Bear brings him a tiny lantern – but to no avail. It is really the dark outside that Little Bear is afraid of. Big Bear takes him out and shows him the moon and Little Bear finally falls asleep.
Age: 3+


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Molly and the Night Monster – Chris Wormell

Reassuring story with beautiful illustrations. About a young girl who hears a noise on the stairs and imagines all sorts of horrible creatures until she discovers that the ‘monster’ is just her mum.
Age: 3+


Confidence

The world can be a scary place for small people.  Reading stories about other children overcoming their fears and becoming confident can help to make the world a bit less frightening.


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The Koala Who Could – Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Sometimes change comes along whether we like it or not . . . but if you let it, change can be the making of you. Kevin the Koala discovers this and more in this delightful picture book.
Age: 3+


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The Lion Inside – Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Being little isn’t always easy.  But when Mouse sets off on a journey to find his roar, he discovers that even the smallest creature can have the heart of a lion.
Age: 3+


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Star Friends – Tracey Corderoy and Alison Edgson

Gentle story about a little alien who is scared of everything, but once he has made a friend, his confidence begins to grow
Age: 3+


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Wibbly Pig’s Silly Big Bear – Mick Inkpen

Simple story about Wibbly Pig’s silly big bear who has loads of things he can’t do, so what is he good for? The answer if lots of things, illustrating that being clever is not all that counts!
Age: 2+


Facing Fears and Phobias

We all feel scared of things sometimes but, when you are very little, scary things can seem HUGE.  Sharing these books might help bring some of those fears down to size.


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The Elephant Who Was Scared – Rachel Elliot

When Little Elephant can’t find his mummy, the jungle seems a scary place. Among the spooky noises and dark shapes, he meets a lost leopard cub. How will the frightened pair find their way home?
Age: 3+


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The Fox in the Dark – Alison Green and Deborah Allwright

Who’s afraid of the fox in the dark?  Rabbit is, so are Duck, Mouse and Lamb.  This amusing bedtime book follows these animals as they come face to face with the fearsome fox.
Age: 3+


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The Black Dog – Levi Pinfold

In this modern fairy tale about the power of fear, a black dog appearing outside a family’s home.  It grows and grows the more family members see it. Only Small, the youngest of the Hope family, has the courage to face it.
Age: 6+


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Pirates Aren’t Scared of the Dark! – Maudie Powell-Tuck and Alison Edgson

Freddie is sleeping outside in his amazing pirate tent. It’s brilliant! But then his torch goes out and he hears a rustle, rustle, rustle in the dark. Suddenly Freddie doesn’t feel very brave.
Age: 4+


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The Black Rabbit – Phillippa Leathers

Rabbit is being chased by a big, scary black rabbit. Will he ever be able to escape?
Age: 3+


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The Dark – Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen

The story of Laszlo and how he stopped being afraid of the dark.
Age: 5+


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The Big Match – Joan Stimson and Jan Lewis

Arthur is frightened of failing in his first appearance in a school football match. A useful, fun discussion book – part of a series of books about Worried Arthur.
Age: 3+


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Little Mouse and the red wall – Britta Teckentrup

What lies beyond the red wall? Mouse’s friends don’t know – but that doesn’t stop them feeling scared. Can Mouse find the courage to travel into the unknown, where a world of freedom and possibility awaits?
Age: 4+


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Orion and the Dark – Emma Yarlett

Orion is scared of a lot of things.  Most of all, he’s scared of the dark.  One nigh, Dark comes to show Orion how the world looks from his point of view.
Age: 4+


 

Bedtime Worries and Struggles

Bedtime can be a stressful experience for all involved. Sharing stories about bedtime can put a child’s mind at ease and make any worries or fears easier to cope with. After all, who doesn’t like a snuggle and a story before they go to sleep?


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Goodnight, Mr Panda
by Steve Antony

Mr Panda and his friends are getting ready for bed. But some won’t brush their teeth, others won’t have a bath, and one won’t even wear pyjamas! It’s down to Mr Panda to show them how to do bedtime properly.
Age: 3+


Emily Brown and the Thing
by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton

A humorous book with a very positive message about night time fears.
Age: 3+


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The Night Bear
by Ana and Thiago de Moraes

After dark, the Night Bear goes on the hunt for his favourite snack: delicious nightmares. But one night, he almost munches on a dream of unicorns and rainbows by mistake – yuck! It might not be his up of tea, but surely there’s someone who might like it?
Age: 3+


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Magnus and the Night Lion
by Sanne Dufft

Magnus is a bold knight during the day but is afraid of the Shadowman at night. Grandma gives him a toy lion to help protect him from his dreams and together they conquer his fears.
Age 5+


Dinosaur Sleepover 
by Pamela Duncan Edwards and Deborah Allwright

A young boy who is anxious about staying over at a friend’s house reassures his dinosaur and discovers how much fun a sleepover can be.
Age: 4+


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Five Minutes to Bed!
by Richard Dungworth and Sharon Harmer

It’s bedtime but the pirate crew aren’t tired so the Captain gives them jobs to do.
Age: 3+


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There’s a Walrus in my Bed
Ciara Flood

It’s Flynn’s first night in his big bed. However there is little sleep involved as a walrus has moved in making life very difficult for everyone!
Age 3+


Stormy Weather
by Debi Gliori

Various animal mothers reassure their babies that, whatever happens in the night, they are safe with them.
Age: 3+


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Goodnight Everyone
by Chris Haughton

The sun is going down and everyone is sleepy.  Well, almost everyone.  A lovely gentle bedtime read that may make you feel sleepy, too.
Age: 2+


Goodnight, Harry
by Kim Lewis

Harry the elephant can’t get to sleep and gets very worried and upset. His friends Lulu and Ted come to his rescue and he finally finds sleep.
Age: 2+


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I Don’t Want to Go to Bed
by Tony Ross

The little princess doesn’t want to go to bed, but the king and queen are firm and, after several attempts, they succeed. Fun with lots of child appeal.
Age: 4+


There’s No Such Thing as Monsters!
by Steve Smallman and Caroline Pedler

Reassuring look at Little Bear’s night worries, sleeping in his own bedroom. He is scared that monsters are lurking everywhere, but each has a practical explanation.
Age: 3+


Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?
by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth

Little Bear is afraid of the dark in the back of the cave, so Big Bear brings him a tiny lantern – but to no avail. It is really the dark outside that Little Bear is afraid of. Big Bear takes him out and shows him the moon and Little Bear finally falls asleep.
Age: 3+


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Molly and the Night Monster
by Chris Wormell

Reassuring story with beautiful illustrations. About a young girl who hears a noise on the stairs and imagines all sorts of horrible creatures until she discovers that the ‘monster’ is just her mum.
Age: 3+


Useful Organisations

NHS:
Helpful advice and information about sleep and bedtime.

Supernanny:
Advice, tips and information about bed time routines, and the transition to ‘big kid beds’.

Confidence

The world can be a scary place for small people.  Reading stories about other children overcoming their fears and becoming confident can help to make the world a bit less frightening.


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Be brave little penguin
by Giles Andreae

Little Penguin Pip-Pip would love to join in with all his friends swimming in the sea, but there’s just one problem – he’s scared of water. Can Pip-Pip overcome his fears and finally take the plunge? This irresistible story shows that sometimes all it takes is a little bit of encouragement – and a whole lot of heart – to finally make that leap!
Age: 3+


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The Koala Who Could
by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Sometimes change comes along whether we like it or not . . . but if you let it, change can be the making of you. Kevin the Koala discovers this and more in this delightful picture book.
Age: 3+


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The Lion Inside
by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

Being little isn’t always easy.  But when Mouse sets off on a journey to find his roar, he discovers that even the smallest creature can have the heart of a lion.
Age: 3+


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Star Friends
by Tracey Corderoy and Alison Edgson

Gentle story about a little alien who is scared of everything, but once he has made a friend, his confidence begins to grow
Age: 3+


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Jabari jumps
by Gaia Cornwall

Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash. In a sweet tale of overcoming your fears, debut author-illustrator Gaia Cornwall captures a moment at the swimming pool between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.
Age: 3+


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Think big!
by Kes Gray

Humpty Dumpty and his nursery rhyme friends are discussing what they want to be when they grow up. Humpty wants to be a boiled egg, but his friends are encouraging him to think bigger! ‘You could be an artist!’ said Little Boy Blue. ‘Look for clues and become a detective!’ said Little Bo Peep. ‘Buy a pair of football boots and become a footballer,’ said Wee Willy Winky. Will Humpty think big and reach for the stars?
Age: 3+


Girls can do Anything
by Caryl Hart

Challenges all female stereotypes with strong positive role models. The rhyming texts makes this fun to read aloud.
Age: 4+


The Great Big Book of Feelings
by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith

All sorts of children in lots of different circumstances respond to the question ‘How are you feeling today?’
Age: 3+


Wibbly Pig’s Silly Big Bear
by Mick Inkpen

Simple story about Wibbly Pig’s silly big bear who has loads of things he can’t do, so what is he good for? The answer if lots of things, illustrating that being clever is not all that counts!
Age: 2+


Two Shy Pandas
by Julia Jarman and Susan Varley

Panda and Pandora live next door to each other but are too shy to say hello and play together.  Will these two shy, lonely little Panda’s ever get the courage to speak to each other?
Age: 3+


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A little bit brave
by Nicola Kinnear

Logan is a stay-at-home bunny – but he’s about to discover how brave he really is. It’s time for his first adventure, and he doesn’t want to go. But there’s an amazing world outside, if he can just pluck up courage to look. This is a funny, reassuring story which shows that we’re all braver than we think.
Age: 3+


Sophie Shyosaurus
by Brian Moses and Mike Gordon

Sophie is a very shy dinosaur. She hates meeting someone new or having to stand up and talk in school. Will she ever stop being so shy?
Age: 3+


Miss Hazeltine’s Home for Shy and Fearful Cats
by Alicia Potter and Birgitta Sif

This book is full of scaredy cats. Cats terrified of mice, cats frightened of birds; cats who can’t pounce, cats who won’t purr. Miss Hazeltine takes them all into her Home for Shy and Fearful Cats and she teaches them everything she knows, but will Miss Hazeltine be able to help the most shy and fearful kitty of them all?  This is a story about conquering your fears, being brave and finding your moment to shine.
Age: 4+


Useful Organisations

Supernanny:
Advice and ideas on how to support your child to gain confidence.

Fears and Phobias

We all feel scared of things sometimes but, when you are very little, scary things can seem HUGE.  Sharing these books might help bring some of those fears down to size.


Image result for The elephant who was scared

The Elephant Who Was Scared
by Rachel Elliot

When Little Elephant can’t find his mummy, the jungle seems a scary place. Among the spooky noises and dark shapes, he meets a lost leopard cub. How will the frightened pair find their way home?
Age: 3+


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The Fox in the Dark
by Alison Green and Deborah Allwright

Who’s afraid of the fox in the dark?  Rabbit is, so are Duck, Mouse and Lamb.  This amusing bedtime book follows these animals as they come face to face with the fearsome fox.
Age: 3+


The Black Dog
by Levi Pinfold

In this modern fairy tale about the power of fear, a black dog appearing outside a family’s home.  It grows and grows the more family members see it. Only Small, the youngest of the Hope family, has the courage to face it.
Age: 6+


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Pirates Aren’t Scared of the Dark!
by Maudie Powell-Tuck and Alison Edgson

Freddie is sleeping outside in his amazing pirate tent. It’s brilliant! But then his torch goes out and he hears a rustle, rustle, rustle in the dark. Suddenly Freddie doesn’t feel very brave.
Age: 4+


The Black Rabbit
by Phillippa Leathers

Rabbit is being chased by a big, scary black rabbit. Will he ever be able to escape?
Age: 3+


The Dark
by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen

The story of Laszlo and how he stopped being afraid of the dark.
Age: 5+


The Big Match
by Joan Stimson and Jan Lewis

Arthur is frightened of failing in his first appearance in a school football match. A useful, fun discussion book – part of a series of books about Worried Arthur.
Age: 3+


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Little Mouse and the red wall
by Britta Teckentrup

What lies beyond the red wall? Mouse’s friends don’t know – but that doesn’t stop them feeling scared. Can Mouse find the courage to travel into the unknown, where a world of freedom and possibility awaits?
Age: 4+


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Orion and the Dark
by Emma Yarlett

Orion is scared of a lot of things.  Most of all, he’s scared of the dark.  One nigh, Dark comes to show Orion how the world looks from his point of view.
Age: 4+


Useful Organisations

NHS:
Information about anxiety in children.

Young Minds:
Support and advice for young people.

Saturday by Ian McEwan

About the book

Saturday, February 15, 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man – a successful neurosurgeon, the devoted husband of Rosalind and proud father of two grown-up children. Unusually, he wakes before dawn, drawn to the window of his bedroom and filled with a growing unease. What troubles him as he looks out at the night sky is the state of the world – the impending war against Iraq, a gathering pessimism since 9/11, and a fear that his city and his happy family life are under threat.
Later, Perowne makes his way to his weekly squash game through London streets filled with hundreds of thousands of anti-war protestors. A minor car accident brings him into a confrontation with Baxter, a fidgety, aggressive, young man, on the edge of violence. To Perowne’s professional eye, there appears to be something profoundly wrong with him.
Towards the end of a day rich in incident and filled with Perowne’s celebrations of life’s pleasures, his family gathers for a reunion. But with the sudden appearance of Baxter, Perowne’s earlier fears seem about to be realised.

Reviewed by King’s Somborne Reading Group:

Interesting political context, well integrated into absorbing plot. Impressive research and detail. Stunning, accomplished, tedious, self indulgent, thrilling, empathetic, gripping, dramatic tension, formulaic. A brilliant writer.

Star rating: ****

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