With today being World Book Day, it seems very fitting to share the most amazing campaign from Happy Beds to celebrate bedtime books. They have conducted a huge piece of research to find out what is the Internet’s favourite bedtime book?
My children adore reading, and as a family, over fourteen years, we have been through a huge long list of books together. Whilst the children certainly have their favourites, I absolutely do too and its always a lovely moment when my favourites become their favourites, as we can revisit my childhood together!
Happy Beds collated 26 online lists of Best Bedtime Books from national newspapers (The Guardian, The Telegraph), parenting sites and forums (Parents.com, Mother and Baby, Reddit), book specialists (Book Trust, Love Reading 4 Kids) and parenting bloggers (The Ordinary Lovely, Susan K Mann).
The results were interesting, and yet actually, given my children’s own preferences, not surprising! I love that Julia Donaldson featured fifteen times in the lists, supporting mine, and the children’s, belief that she really is one of the true literary greats in children’s fiction. I also loved that more than half (58%) of the books featured animal characters, again something that my own children absolutely adore in a good book.
Our personal favourite The Very Hungry Caterpillar came in at number 8 which was lovely to see. It’s a book I enjoyed very much as a child and still do, all of these years later as an adult.
In first place, and really rather lovely given it was first published in 1947, was Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. I love that only two of the top ten were published in the 21st century, reinforcing my belief that you can’t beat an old book.
You can find the full list of books here and I’m sure you will find some of your favourites!
|1||Margaret Wise Brown||Female||Clement Hurd||Goodnight Moon||Harper Collins||1947|
|2||Maurice Sendak||Male||Maurice Sendak||Where the Wild Things Are||Harper Collins||1963|
|3||Julia Donaldson||Female||Axel Scheffler||The Gruffalo||Macmillan||1999|
|4||Sam McBratney||Both||Anita Jeram||Guess How Much I Love You||Walker Books||1994|
|5||Sandra Boynton||Female||Sandra Boynton||The Going to Bed Book||Simon & Schuster||1982|
|6||Eric Carle||Male||Eric Carle||The Very Hungry Caterpillar||Hamish Hamilton||1969|
|7||J.K. Rowling||Female||Thomas Taylor||Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone||Bloomsbury||1997|
|8||Karma Wilson||Female||Jane Chapman||Bear Snores On||Simon & Schuster||2001|
|9||Sherri Duskey Rinker||Female||Tom Lichtenheld||Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site||Chronicle Books||2011|
|10||Mem Fox||Female||Jane Dyer||Time For Bed||Houghton Mifflin||1993|
What was your favourite bedtime story?
** This is a collaborative post with Happy Beds **