Bedtime Stories (week 14 – 2015)

Bedtime Stories (week 14 – 2015)

This week has flown by so quickly! Our bedtime stories have been a little repetitive due to James suddenly deciding he needs his bed at around 6.30pm instead of the usual 7-8pm. Fine by me, but a little unexpected. It is nice that he just drifts off more peacefully than if we ‘let’ him stay up longer. He gets a bit over wound if he’s up too late, I’ve noticed, and it’s in sharp contrast to these earlier nights. The clocks going forward has nothing to do with it, I think, because it’s so light when he’s off to bed at the moment, and he dropped his daytime nap using the logic that the moon wasn’t in the sky and the street lamps are not on.

So, on Monday our bedtime story was George and the Dragon from last week. If it ain’t broke… It’s a nice story, so there’s no issue with reading it again this week! Noah also enjoys this tale, and it’s given James an excuse to dig out the Welsh Dragon we bought at Carnarvon Castle a while ago.

baby with dragon soft toy

Checking out the dragon, before shoving it in his mouth, no doubt!

On Tuesday we read Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site


 This is a Kindle book we own, because on Amazon it was just a few coppers on the day I looked for it, and the hardcover version was around £12. Kindles are easier to read in the dark, anyway!

The story is about big vehicles on a construction site who get ready for bed and go to sleep after a hard day of work, so that they can be rough and tough again the next day after a lovely rest. Nice message, huh? James of course, the vehicle fanatic that he is, LOVES this book. I think if we had it as a book it would be his absolute favourite. As a Kindle it doesn’t have that same draw.

On Wednesday we listened to this book’s music. It is called Don! DoCoMo! Don! Drums, and is Japanese.


This plays some really lovely tunes

This plays some really lovely tunes


We cannot, alas, read the Japanese, so we play this book as a matching game.  The big pages of the book have pictures that are repeated on the buttons, which you press to make the music play. It plays eight songs, some are playful, happy songs, one or two are a bit more peaceful. They’re pleasant enough. If I had one negative to report it would be that there’s no volume control.

Sometimes James likes to use the drumsticks, but often, when he’s sleepy, he likes to just hear the tunes. Each page also has the sheet music on, and my Dad drums along to the beat when he visits, and James brings this book out.

I mentioned last week that James gets a book from his preschool each Thursday, and this week’s book was called Where, Oh Where is Huggle Buggle Bear?

where oh where is huggle buggle bear

He is such a BOTHERSOME bear

Reading where oh where is huggle buggle bear

Is he eating toast and honey? No!


This child has lost their bear, and they walk around their house, following their bedtime routine – snack, mess around, bath, bed, until they decide they’ll just have to go to sleep without Huggle Buggle. There’s nice repetition in this book and it has a good rythmn that can even make the reader all yawny.

On Friday and Saturday we have read the same book! On Friday I actually got a night off bedtime duty, as you’ll have known if you spotted this tweet from me.

And so, I got going on my latest book from the library in their #ReadRegional series – Letters to My Husband, by Stephanie Butland. It’s the story of a woman whose husband dies suddenly in a drowning accident, and her life is turned upside down. I’ve only just got going, but I’m enjoying it. I’m not sure if I’ve guessed correctly that there’s something between the husband and the girl he saved… So, it’s a bit of a page turner!

What have you been reading?

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  1. April 5, 2015 / 7:31 am

    Ooo I love this post! I do love a good cook recommendation! Gorgeous photos as well 🙂 #sundaystars

    • April 6, 2015 / 6:27 am

      We’re here every week with more books! Hope to see you again 🙂

  2. April 5, 2015 / 7:37 am

    Oh wow – that Japanese book looks fabulous even if you can’t actually read it! Not sure if you’re the same as me – but I struggle to read any bedtime story with our feeling dozy and yawning throughout myself!! Thanks so much for linking up. Steph xxx

    • April 5, 2015 / 9:01 am

      Oh yes, if you find the right book, like goodnight construction site, the characters yawn all the way through, and I can happily oblige with real ones at the right times 🙂

  3. travelingchristie
    April 5, 2015 / 8:56 am

    I love books, and so miss bedtime stories as my two are older and don’t want me to read to them anymore sobs, lovely post that brings back happy memories, thanks for linking up to #SundayStars

    • April 5, 2015 / 9:05 am

      Thank you! I realised the other day that photos of noah are pretty rare on this blog, thought I’d better address that stat!

  4. April 5, 2015 / 9:43 am

    Ooh I love the construction book, my boy is obsessed with trucks so it sounds good. And the Japanese book lol, my boy is constantly watching Japanese youtube videos – so funny! #sundaystars
    Sabrina x

  5. April 5, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    I wish I had more time to read for myself, but we always read my son a bedtime story. It’s one if my favourite times of day. Obviously I read a lot of blogs!

    • April 5, 2015 / 8:03 pm

      Blogs are usually nice to read, but there’s nothing like a good book! Hope you get a chance at one soon 🙂

  6. mackenzieglanville
    April 6, 2015 / 1:56 am

    I love that you are creating such a love for books for all children and their parents #SundayStars

  7. April 6, 2015 / 7:50 am

    Ido find the earlier bedtime thing works better for us too… Much past 7pm and she’s overtired. Of course she’s not napping either So she is shattered by then. Love your story collection. Our fav this week is the snail and the whale. We all Love it!

  8. April 8, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    Ooh I wish my little boy would actually sit still to let me read him a book. I end up just reading it out loud to him while he gets up and fusses around the room with his other toys. I’ve tried lots of things! Lovely books though, will definitely be getting some of them xx

    • April 8, 2015 / 7:20 pm

      Just tweeted you about this! I’ve helped Danielle at baby steps to literacy – it’s easy and pain free!!

  9. April 9, 2015 / 8:28 am

    Great selection of books, I’m off to see if I can find the george and dragon book for our St Georges day activities.

    Thanks for linking to #toddlerapprovedtuesday x

  10. April 11, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    that construction site book looks fab – off to look for that now!
    Sorry for delay in commenting – easter messed by routine up! Hope to see you link this week too #weekendbookclub

  11. April 13, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    Oh I LOVE the look of Don! DoCoMo! Don! Drums. Not sure I would understand it though lol #weekendbookclub

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