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Daily Bedtime Story List




22nd May 2017





1 - 5+ YEAR OLDS









As most people are aware reading to your pre-school child is almost as important as feeding them. The reasons are explained below – if you do not already know.


In a new weekly series a picture book a day is suggested for a Bedtime Story for you to read aloud to your 1-5+ year old.


However to get the very best benefit for your child have your own library of books and let him/her choose her own story. Also let him/her listen to their favourites over and over again.


Monday       On the Night You Were Born  by Nancy Tillman   32 Pages    MacMillan


Tuesday       Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson    24 Pages   Macmillan Children's Books


Wednesday Sleeping Beauty by Meredith Rusu (Disney)   32 Pages    Disney Press


Thursday    The Day The Crayons Quit  by Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers     40 Pages                           Harper Collins


Friday        Three Cheers for Thomas (Thomas & Friends Picture Books) by W Awdry                                             32      Pages  Egmont


Saturday   The Tear Thief Paperback by Carol Ann Duffy   (Author),    Nicoletta Ceccoli (Illustrator), 

           32 Pages Barefoot Books Ltd


Sunday        Dogger by Shirley Hughes     32 Pages     Red Fox



Reading to children at age 4-5 every day has a significant positive effect on their reading skills and cognitive skills (i.e., language and literacy, numeracy and cognition) later in life.


Reading to children 3-5 days per week (compared to 2 or less) has the same effect on the child’s reading skills at age 4-5 as being six months older.


Reading to them 6-7 days per week has the same effect as being almost 12 months older.

There is an easy way to improve your child's chances at school. It will entertain and delight him/her. It will strengthen the bonds between him/her and you. And it is virtually free.

Sound too good to be true? Actually, it isn't. The magical method: taking time to read aloud to your child.

In an era of high-stakes testing and education reforms and revolutions, research has repeatedly proved that one simple parenting technique is among the most effective. Children who are read aloud to by parents get a head start in language and literacy skills and go to school better prepared.

"Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent," concludes a review in Archives of Disease in Childhood.

In other words, reading that bedtime story may not only entertain and soothe your child it may also develop his/her vocabulary, improve his/her ability to learn to read, and - perhaps most important - foster a lifelong love of books and reading.

It calms your child, especially when he/she is fretful and restless.


It promotes increased communication between you and your child.


Preschool children who are exposed to language by hearing words that are read to him/her and in conversation tend to do well in school.


Many studies show that students who love learning and do well in school were exposed to reading before preschool.


It promotes longer attention span, which is an important skill for your child to be able to concentrate.


It builds listening skills and imagination.


A study published in Perspectives on Psychological Science concluded that “reading to a child in an interactive style raises his/her  IQ by over 6 points.”

Books teach your child thinking skills early. When you read to your child, he/she learns to understand cause and effect, he/she learns to exercise logic, as well as think in abstract terms. He/she learns the consequences of actions, and the basics of what is right and wrong.


Books teach your child about relationships, situations, personalities, and what is good and what is bad in the world he/she lives in.  Fantasy books provide material for his/her imagination and free play.  Fairy tales fascinate your children, and help him/her distinguish between what is real and what is not.


Your child learns early that reading is fun and not a chore. When your child grows up, you will not be stressed about getting him/her to read, as reading has become, for him/her, a pleasurable habit. Reading to your child influences him/her to be a lifetime reader – and reading has so many benefits!


Finally buy books you enjoy too, so the exercise is not a chore and is pleasurable to you both to enjoy together.

When I was a lad at school around 13 years old, our Maths teacher used to call me Wol. At the end of the year as we were moving up a class I plucked up courage to ask why he called me Wol. He told meit was thename of the deslexic owl in Winnie the Pooh. With my Harry Potter glasses he said I looked like the Wise Old Owl in the Winnie the Pooh stories.


Being the vain person I am I took it as a compliment

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