We all have a favourite children's book, the one story you have no problem reading to your kiddies over and over again.

 

 

The one you look forward to pulling off the shelf and snuggling under the covers with your little one with. 

 

 

And to mark last week's World Book Day, Happy Beds decided to find out which bedtime books are the most popular, and we're not really surprised by some of the entries, especially the book that nabbed the number one spot. 

 

 

Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon, a 1947 Two Hoots picture book that features a rabbit saying 'goodnight' to everything around it, came out on top, followed closely by Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are and Julia Donaldson's The Gruffalo.

 

 

Other notable entries in the top 10 were Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, Sam McBratney and Anit Jeram’s Guess How Much I Love You and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.

 

See below for the full list:

 

1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

2. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

3. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 

4. The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton 

5. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram 

6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

7. Time for Bed by Mem Fox and Jane Dyer  

8. Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling

9. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

10. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

 

Surprisingly, only two of the top ten were published in the 21st century – proving that a true bedtime favourite can take decades to tuck itself into the national psyche. 

 

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