A book at bedtime is the tried and tested method of sending reluctant sleepers off to the land of nod. Not only can it lull the reader (and listener) into a blissful slumber and serve to liven up their dreams, a recent study has also shown it can help to reduce stress levels by up to 68%! Clearly, curling up with a book at bedtime has any number of attractive advantages.
Whether you’re reading to soothe the minds and bodies of restless little ones or for your own personal pleasure, the five titles below have been specifically chosen to appeal to bookworms both young and old. What’s more, they’re all part of a series, meaning the night-time escapology can go on for even longer.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Who isn’t familiar with Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of rabbit holes, Mad Hatters and vengeful queens? The colourful characters and exciting action scenes which populate Wonderland are sure to keep younger audiences enraptured, while older readers will appreciate the witty wordplay found in Jabberwocky (and throughout the rest of the book, as well).
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Roald Dahl is an expert at creating masterful children’s tales, from The BFG to James and the Giant Peach and everything in between, so it was difficult to select just one title that is most apt for bedtime consumption. However, the magic of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory and the important moral lessons which lie therein make it the stand-out choice.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J K Rowling
Something of a new kid on the block in comparison to the older hands on this list, Harry Potter has already firmly established himself as a classic hero of literature for both children and adults. In fact, the boy even has his own Warner Bros Studio Tour dedicated to bringing his universe to life. Those who enjoy dreaming about Harry, Hermione and Ron’s exploits will love escaping to the wizarding world come bedtime.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis
Though it began life as a parable for Christianity, C S Lewis’ Narnia series is an important work of fiction for avid readers of any faith or creed. Indeed, the wardrobe which acts as a doorway into the magical world could be seen as a metaphor for the transition between wakefulness and sleep, allowing readers to take their favourite characters with them into the land of nod.
The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien
It was actually C S Lewis who encouraged his good friend J R R Tolkien to turn the bedtime stories he had been reading to his son John into published works of fiction. The end result? The Hobbit. If that doesn’t endorse this harum-scarum, rollercoaster of a novel as quality bedside fodder, what will? Of course, after the publication of The Hobbit, Tolkien’s publisher came back to him with a request that he pen a sequel aimed more at an adult audience… and the rest, as they say, is history.
Do you have any favourite’s amongst these or what is your favourite classic book? Let me know in the comments!