Storytime Issue 80 Out Now!

 

This month’s inspirational issue of Storytime is all about being clever and creative. Each story is about someone who makes something new or comes up with original solutions.

 

Storytime Issue 80 –  Getting Creative

Stories about clever ‘trickster’ animals are favourites around the world, and The Rabbit and the King of Beasts is a fine example! Artist Mike Bonales illustrates this Native American tale about the plucky rabbit’s attempts to escape the feathery and ferocious King of the Beasts, using his wits rather than his strength. Perhaps we can all learn something from this clever bunny?

 

In Shadow Puppets, the emperor of China is heartbroken when he loses his wife. One of his advisors comes up with a brilliant idea: using shadow-puppets to tell stories that remind the emperor of his beloved. It’s a beautiful and heartfelt story, made all the more touching by Pham Quang Phuc’s lovely art.

 

The princess in The Frog’s Choir has a particular problem with noisy frogs in her garden – but rather than getting mad, she comes up with a smart musical solution! Giorgia Broseghini has great fun capturing the princess and the green amphibians in her colourful art. Could we take inspiration from the princess when it comes to solving the problem of noisy neighbours?

 

The hero of Aztec legend The Creation of the Sun faces a rather bigger problem than noisy frogs. Evil spirits have extinguished the sun, bringing to an eternal night and winter to the world. He goes on a great quest to create a new sun! The illustrations are by the redoubtable Guilherme Franco, who really does justice to the epic adventure.

 

Not all clever ideas work out as intended! A colourful and creative teacher finds this out when she uses her experimental fertiliser on a class garden in The Peabody Experiment. Sara Mauri’s pictures capture the chaos that follows – we won’t spoil the surprise, but it does involve a lot of pumpkins…

 

Horses often feature in fairy tales, most often as mounts for the hero or heroine. The Magician’s Horse is somewhat unusual because it stars a resourceful stallion who comes up with a clever plan to escape from a wicked sorcerer. The art by Romanovsky Diaz brings the characters to life in colourful fashion

 

Our Awesome Adventures tale for this issue about one of the greatest artists and inventors of all time. The World According to Leo is about the childhood of Leonardo da Vinci, who created art and inventions that still amaze us today. Alberto Badalamenti take us to Italy in this fun and inspiring tale.

 

Being creative doesn’t always lead to a happy ending, of course! Elena Aiello had a great time illustrating our fable, The Grasshopper and the Owl, about an insect who thinks he is a musical genius. Not everyone agrees, though… but you will have to read it to find out what happens!

 

Have any tales inspired you to come up with new ideas or solutions to problems? We are not short of tales to inspire you, so keep reading everyone!

The Power of Telling Stories

 

What’s our Superpower?

 

You have probably noticed that this blog has begun with a strange question! As human beings, what is our superpower? Is it our intelligence? Perhaps, but there are plenty of other clever creatures out there, from whales and octopi to parrots and chimps.

 

As the editor of Storytime, I spend a lot of time thinking about stories. In fact, I have a theory that is telling stories is actually what makes humans special. That might sound a bit absurd, because other creatures can communicate too. However, as far as we know, humans are the only creatures that can tell long and elaborate tales – which are a very effective way of passing along knowledge and wisdom.

 

What better way is there to make this point than by telling a story?

 

A member of my family is an anthropologist who works for a global health organisation. His job is to teach people all over the world better health practices. One of his projects was to teach good hand-washing techniques (and this was well before COVID-19 broke out!)

One day he carefully and logically explained how to wash your hands to a class of kids. They understood what he was saying, nodded along politely. However, when he came back a week later, they still weren’t washing their hands in the way he had told them.

 

At first he felt frustrated, but then he had a think. He might have given the kids the facts, but had he really connected with them?

 

The next time he spoke to the kids, he told them a story about the Porcupine, and how he stopped all of the other animals in the forest from getting sick by showing them how to clean their paws. This story made the kids’ faces light up, and from that day on they washed their hands very well indeed.

 

Why had his story worked so well, when just logically stating facts had failed? That is because stories work on more than one level. They contain information, but they also engage with our emotions so that we can relate to what is being said.

 

Here at Storytime, we love different stories from all over the world, and some of them are very old indeed. These stories have lasted because they and the lessons they teach resonate with us today. Think of the story of the Trojan Horse, from Storytime #49 – we all know that it is wise to be suspicions of strange gifts, but it is more compelling when part of a stirring tale.

 

We might all know that it is not a good thing to give in to worries over something that might never happen – but the characters in the story of Henny Penny (Storytime #19) bring it to life and make us laugh along.

 

Or consider the message of The Midas Touch, from Storytime #8. We may understand that getting what we want might have unwelcome consequences, but the story makes it much more immediate and relatable. We suddenly understand WHY it might be so!

 

As humans, telling stories helps us to pass on our knowledge and wisdom – and bonds us as people. Why not take the time to tell your story to someone and then listen as they tell you theirs? It might be a child who wants to tell you about their day at the park, or a grandparent reminiscing about times past. Using our superpower can be a wonderful thing!

Storytime Issue 79 Out Now!

 

Here at Storytime, we love stories with all kinds of heroes – but tales that star animals have a special place in our heart (and we know that many of our readers agree!) In some ways, it is easier to identify with an animal than a human character!

 

The latest issue of Storytime is full of fun animal characters of all kinds. Be sure to let us know which one is your favourite!

 

Storytime Issue 79 – The Magic of Animals!

Animals are great subjects for fables, and The Eagle and the Kite is no exception! It’s about an eagle and the various birds who ask to marry her. Floriane Mohr really brings the flock of feathery suitors to life. This story could start an interesting discussion about the many species of birds and the ways that they differ from each other.

 

Animal characters are a mainstay of fairy tales too, with foxes being particularly popular. They can be heroic tricksters or cunning villains. Old Mother Fox in The Boy Who Opened the Door definitely falls into the latter category, and artist Wandson Rocha manages to imbue her with a lot of personality.

 

Villainous wolves are also fairy tale staples – but this month’s Short Stories, Sweet Dreams tale shows that they can change their ways! The wonderful Giorgia Broseghini illustrated The Big Bad Snore, which features a wolf who has discovered the joys of vegetarianism but still manages to cause some noise in the neighbourhood.

 

There is a lot more animal adventure to discover in our Around the World Tale. The Monkey’s Heart stars a monkey and his toothy ‘friend’, a shark! Would you join a shark for dinner? No spoilers here – but the monkey had to think fast! Romont Willy obviously enjoyed rendering these two, as you can see when looking at his gorgeous artwork.

 

Stories about talking animals are all very well, but tales about ordinary animals can be just as much fun! Esther Diana did her research by going to the park and observing pups at play before illustrating The Best Day Ever! Her art does a lovely job of showing the world from a dog’s eye view and captures the main character’s unstoppable optimism. A good reminder that every day can really be the best day ever!

 

The leading animals give a little space to two awesome girls. Our fairy tale, The Pirate Princess, is about a rebellious princess who goes on adventures on the high seas, though her parrot does make a cameo appearance! The awesome pirate crew adventures came to life with artwork by Patrycja Fabicka.

 

The next lady in this issue is The Unstoppable Girl, the real-life artist and icon Frida Kahlo. Rocio Denarmen does an amazing job of capturing the magic of Frida’s life and art in the tale’s illustrations.

 

And finally, illustrator Monica Paola Rodrigues brings the beauty of Yosemite Valley to the page in The Guardian of Yosemite. This Native American story is about one of California’s most beautiful landmarks. Reading this touching tale is almost as good as visiting it in person!

 

What is your favourite animal story ever? And which animals do you think should star in future Storytime issues? Let us know below – it may well inspire us to create new tales!

Helping Kids in Lockdown

 

Helping Kids in Lockdown

We here at Storytime were very excited to unveil last year a project that we developed alongside Queen Mary University London: a special mini, free story magazine titled We Are Heroes!

 

The wonderful team of researchers at Queen Mary University London had been exploring the idea that myths and legends still have lessons to teach us – especially in the age of COVID-19. They wanted to create content for children using classic stories to talk about up-to-date issues like social distancing, isolation and proper hygiene, supported by fun puzzles and activities to keep kids engaged and entertained too.

 

We were thrilled to get together and come up with a format that felt right for the project. We Are Heroes was born from many virtual meetings, research, ideas and a wish to do something that mattered! Together we wanted to share a message of resilience, strength and hope.

As our readers know, we believe that stories are more than just entertainment – they have an important part to play in teaching us about the world, and especially how to deal with difficult circumstances. It was therefore of huge importance to make We Are Heroes widely accessible to every child who could benefit from it.

 

We contacted every single primary school in the country to make We Are Heroes available, for free, to every primary age child – and since October we have sent out many thousands of copies. We’ve had some incredible feedback from teachers and are so proud of how far this project has reached, and that it is helping children to deal with the difficult situations in which many are finding themselves.

 

We called the project We Are Heroes – because we can all be the heroes in our own stories.
Each issue contains two myths or fables and is organised around a theme – ‘Protecting Yourself and Others’ and ‘Be Kind & Keep Clean’, are two examples. We Are Heroes also has a section called ‘Story Quest’, which poses questions to get readers thinking about the adventures in more depth and how they could be relevant to their own lives. There are also puzzles and activities, including crosswords and wordsearches.

 

There will be six issues of We Are Heroes in total, the final edition coming out in March, and we will keep all issues of We Are Heroes available online for everyone – we hope you all enjoy them! They are for you to read and share. Most importantly, we hope it will help teachers, parents and little ones to navigate these difficult times with the courage and bravery of these myths and legends. We are all in this together – and we truly believe stories will help us all.

 

You can download them from https://www.storytimemagazine.com/we-are-heroes/

Please feel free to share the link , spread the love and keep safe everyone!

Storytime Issue 78 Out Now!

 

Connecting and making friends has been a challenge in recent months, especially for the little ones starting the new school year at home. Making friends in a new place is always a little bit scary – no matter what age you are! Luckily, this month we have a range of stories about characters who are facing similar challenges!

 

Storytime Issue 78 – Making Friends wherever you are!

This month’s Awesome Adventures is called Alex’s Amazing School. Alex’s dad wanted him to have the very best education, so he hired the wisest man available to be his teacher! This is the story about what the boy learned – and how it helped him to become the ruler known as Alexander the Great! The artwork by Letizia Depedri makes this tale from Ancient Greece shine.

 

The Language of Animals is also about a son who is sent away to school – but when the boy says that he has learned to understand what animal are saying, they can’t understand why that was a valuable lesson. Of course, the boy finds a way to put his knowledge to good use and prove his father wrong! Illustrated masterfully by Marina Halak, this story is a little bit magical.

Playing sports is a great way to connect with new people – even if you come from different places or can’t speak the same language. Away Game is about what happens when Lincoln and his friends meet some strangers and teach them how to play football as a way to communicate. This story has a surprise twist which we won’t spoil here – but Carlitos Pinheiro’s illustrations capture the magic of a very unusual match!

Sharing food is also a way to make friends, and at The Mad Hatter’s Unexpected Guests, the residents of Wonderland bake a cake to welcome the Dormouse’s visiting relations. All kinds of wacky hijinks ensue, as captured in Giorgia Broseghini’s spellbinding images!

 

Another way to make a good impression on new people is through hard work. This is how the main character in this month’s Russian folk tale, The Bear in the Hut, makes a good impression on a certain bear by showing she is not afraid of being busy. Elena Iarussi does a wonderful job on the art – you can almost feel the furry bear nearby!

 

The Lion Learns a Lesson is not about making new friends – it is about appreciating the ones that you already have. The grumpy king of the forest bans all animals with horns, but soon misses them and realises that his kingdom is a lonelier place without them. The pictures by Anastasia Zababashkina are sure to please any animal-lover.

The Story of Horus and Set takes us all the way back to the ancient Egypt’s mythic age, and a mighty clash between gods! When Horus’s father Osiris passes away after being attacked by the wicked Set, the young Horus must learn how to become a hero with the help from a friend, so he can avenge his father and become the new pharaoh. This is an epic story, and Pablo Broseta’s art really does it justice.

Our final story, The Fairy Flag of Clan MacLeod, shows us how we can befriend people who might seem different from us because we all have things in common, and that friendship might help you in difficult times. Set in the Isle of Skye, the beautifully rendered illustrations by Pablo Pino capture the wonder of this tale. This is story of how a Scottish chieftain and a fairy princess fall in love – and the flag which became a symbol of their bond.

 

Can you think of any times that you were placed in a new situation and managed to make new friends? Tell us about it in the comments below!

With love, The Storytime team

Let’s Make It Better

 

The New Year – Let’s Make It Better

The team here at Storytime would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year! January is a time to look at where we are and where we would like to be in the coming months. We all like to make resolutions – and one of the best resolutions is to try and be an even better human being.

We firmly believe that stories can give us excellent role models and inspiration, and here are a few of our favourites that remind us of qualities we would like to work on. Which of these qualities do you want more of?

 

Empathy

Understanding and empathising with the way others are feeling is a very important part of building good relationships. A classic tale on this theme is The Friendly Lion (Storytime 59). Set in Roman times, it is the tale of a runaway slave who is trapped in a cave with a fearsome beast. Despite his fear, when the slave realises that the lion is in pain, he helps it and removes the thorn in its paw. This act of kindness is repaid much later… but we won’t spoil the happy ending! Being aware of other’s emotions and taking them into account can make the world a better place for all of us and it is something we should remember all year round!

 

Friendship

In a time when social isolation, it is easy to neglect our relationships with other people outside our bubbles – but having and maintaining a good support network is vitally important, now more than ever! In our recent story, Hiro and the Storm (Storytime 72), a young hare has to flee an oncoming tropical storm and only manages it with the help of the friends he makes along the way. It shows us that our friends are those we can rely on for physical and emotional help. Is there someone you know that you haven’t contacted in a while? Why not reach out to them and see how they are? A good chat will make you both reconnect and feel positive!

 

Generosity

As well as friendship, generosity is a quality that makes life better for those around you, and often makes our lives richer, too. We often think of giving money when we talk about generosity, but it’s equally important to can give our time, our attention and our skills! Our favourite story about generosity is The Selfish Giant (Storytime 28) – which happens to be written by one of our favourite writers of all time, Oscar Wilde. The titular giant keeps children out of his beautiful garden, but learns that his life and his garden become much more wonderful when he lets them in. Sharing makes life better, he learns that soon enough, and we couldn’t agree more! Needless to say, we highly recommend it.

 

Courage

Whether we want to deal with difficult circumstances or challenges, courage is an essential quality! It can be stressful to get out of our comfort zones, but a brave spirit definitely helps. After all, every explorer and adventurer was once someone who was afraid, but was determined enough to overcome it! Storytime is full of stories of derring-do, but a favourite is the classic fairy tale of Jack the Giant-Killer (Storytime 45). When the giant Cormoran plunders his land, little Jack decides to face him, no matter that his foe is so much bigger than him. For this plucky hero, overcoming his fear is half the battle, and we can definitely learn something from him!

 

Determination

And lastly, the story Hansel and Gretel, our fairy tale from Storytime #13, demonstrates many of the qualities already mentioned, while also showing how important determination is to get us through! When Gretel and her brother are captured by the witch, they do not give up saving themselves and are very resourceful and determined to escape. Gretel shows great courage, and keeps her brother believing they will manage to escape. Despite any setbacks – it’s the little girl determination and bright ideas that saves them. And of course, the love and friendship of brother and sister was crucial to keep them going. We can all learn something from them!

 

Look for qualities in stories that bring the best in the characters and help them to a happy ending. We hope they inspire your New Year resolutions! Wishing you courage, strength and determination in the year ahead!

With love, from the Storytime Team

Storytime Issue 77 Out Now!

 

In these difficult times, it is easy to feel helpless – but stories remind us that we can achieve great things if we put our minds to it! The latest issue of Storytime features many tales about characters (and particularly awesome kids) who were determined to make things happen!

 

Storytime Issue 77 – You Have The Power!

Our Favourite Fairy Tale for this month is called The Wolf Prince – but despite its name, the princess is the real hero. After the prince’s magical wolfskin is destroyed, the furry fellow has to flee, but the princess goes on an amazing quest to find her beloved. Needless to say, she doesn’t give up until she succeeds, and Diana Dementeva’s illustrations bring a special magic to the story visuals!

We have been getting a great response from our new Awesome Adventures stories, and we are not short of amazing stories to follow as well. This month we bring you The Greatest Kid in the World – the true story of a boy named Cassius. When he discovers a sport that he is good at, he puts his mind to becoming the best person he can be – and no wonder he became one of the greatest sports people of all time. This one is sure to inspire kids who love competition! Artist Vera Zaytseva did a wonderful job of capturing the era in which Cassius’s story takes place.

The Knight in Shepherd’s Boots is a story from long ago, but rewritten for modern readers and illustrated in a colourful up-to-date style by Paige McMorrow. It’s about a humble shepherd who meets some knights– and is determined to become one of them! Despite his humble origins and rough clothing, he proves his courage and joins King Arthur’s legendary Knights of the Round Table crew. This story is hundreds of years old but its themes continue to speak to us, even today.

The latest story in the Short Stories, Big Dreams section is called Sleeping Beauty Goes to the Moon. Giorgia Broseghini brings her special touch to this charming tale of what happens when a certain sleepyhead takes a night-time trip. Was it just a dream? But what is the cheese smell about? It makes a wonderful bedtime story, and shows us that we can take amazing journeys just by using our imagination.

We don’t often do detective stories, but The Classroom Conspiracy Conundrum is a rather special exception! Young Agatha is a big fan of mysteries, and when she notices strange things going on around her, she decides to play detective. The formidable Marrie-Pierre Oddoux illustrates the story of what Agatha and her tortoise Hercules discover. Does she solve the conundrum? We won’t give away the ending, but a very special surprise is in store for Agatha!

Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a world where the most fearsome predator could swoop down at any moment? That is the problem the animals of the savannah face in the African fable When Uncle Lion Could Fly. However, brave Brother Toad realises that he can do something to make a difference and break the spell that gives the lion his wings. Maja Barska conjures up beautiful images of Africa in this story that can inspire all of us to make the world a better place.

This month’s fable, is for everyone that ever wondered How the Dog and the Cat Became Enemies. The cat and the dog joined forces to achieve a great deed, but let’s say the outcome was not too fair! This tale, illustrated with style by Federica Tanania, is great fun, and gives an explanation for why two of our favourite pets do not get on!

To round out the issue, we have something rather special to mark the beginning of the new year and remind us that the weather will (eventually) get warmer! The Story of the Year is the tale of two sparrows who go to the countryside and witness the changing of the seasons first hand.

New artist Rachel Batislaong really captures the way the different times of the year feel in her wonderful art.

Stories can do a wonderful job of inspiring and motivating us. Can you think of a special story that have made a difference in your life? Let us know!

Happy New Year everyone – we shall make sure 2021 is filled with wonderful stories to inspire and motivate you all!

With love, The Storytime team

The Best Things About Christmas

 

The Best Things About Christmas!

There are many wonderful things about Christmas. In fact, there are so many that we here at Storytime can’t agree about what is best! What do you think? Here is a selection of classic Storytime tales about our favourite Christmassy things… ! Get inspired by our stories that celebrate many of these traditions, and don’t forget that sharing a story is a great tradition too!

 

What would Christmas be like without a Christmas tree shining bright in the living room? The December issue of Storytime features The Christmas Fairy of Strasbourg, which is a fairy story about how the people of this famous Austrian city began the tradition of putting up Christmas trees. Another magical story about a Christmas tree can be found in Storytime 15, The Little Fir Tree is told from the point of view of a tree that is very happy to be taken inside and decorated for the holiday season!

 

When it comes to decorations, we love a little sparkle and The Tinsel Spiders is full of it! (Storytime 64), a sweet story about the kind spiders who weave all night long to help a lovely granny to decorate her house for Christmas. We love putting up decorations – and tinsel is a firm favourite!

 

We also love carols, as well as other songs and poems. Check out Twelve Days of Christmas from Issue 15 and Jingle Bells from Issue 64 for two of the most classic Christmas rhymes. Why not sing them together with friends and family?

 

During the holiday season, you cannot escape a classic Christmas jumper – the brighter and wackier, the better! That’s why we love the story Pim the Penguin from Storytime 64. When he loses his feathers, his aunty makes him a cosy and comfy knit to see him through the Antarctic winter.

 

If cooking is your treat of choice, then we have a yummy Christmas issue for you! Our Issue 52 features a poem about one of our favourite yuletide treats – Pudding Charms by Charlotte Druitt Cole and the Gingerbread Man Baking Challenge might inspire you to bake all season long!

 

We could not forget Santa! In our issue 40, A Visit from Saint Nicholas reminds us of all the lovely anticipation and traditions we have on Christmas eve, while we wait for the most special visitor of the year!

 

What is your favourite thing about Christmas? Share with us below!

Storytime Issue 76 Out Now!

 

This month we celebrate the holiday season with a special Christmas issue. It’s all about giving gifts – and as you can see, many of the presents people give in these tales are even better than toys, gadgets, or even knitted jumpers! The gift of stories is also a great gift, don’t you think?

 

Storytime Issue 76 – The Season for Giving

Pinocchio and the Monster Downstairs is the latest of our short-and-sweet bedtime tales, illustrated by the magical Giorgia Broseghini. When Pinocchio hears something downstairs on Christmas eve, he thinks it must be some frightening creature – but instead Geppetto will give him a cute new friend instead!

The Long Winter is a classic tale from the forests of North America, with lovely art by Martina Naldi. When an everlasting winter covers the world, a group of brave animals (and fish!) go on a perilous quest to bring the gift of sunshine back to the Earth. Just the story for those long winter nights!

Nelson Tsen illustrates the real-life story of a very talented kid in The Littlest Pop Star. Young Wolferl had the gift of being very good at music – and he gave everyone else the gift of beautiful music that we are still enjoying today. He even wrote a song about going on a fun winter sleigh ride – you can listen to it here!

The Christmas Fairy of Strasbourg is the tale of a count who marries and then loses his fairy bride. It tells us why the people of Strasbourg put up beautiful and bright Christmas trees – which are one of our favourite things about the holiday season! Monica Garofalo’s art just adds to the enchantment.

Our cover story, The Snowman’s Holiday literally turns the holiday season upside down! When Ike and Archie tell their snowman friend Mr Fimbulwinter that they are going to celebrate Christmas in Australia, they come up with a plan to take him along too. A magic gift from their neighbour makes it all possible! MEimo Siwaporn’s colourful artwork captures the magic of a holiday Down Under.

The traditional fable The Wolf and the Kid is about a musical wolf who gives a cheeky little goat the chance to dance for a few minutes – with unexpected consequences! Illustrator Gabriele Tafuni really brings the animals to life.

The Canadian story Saint Nicholas and the Children has beautiful art by Fanny Liem, and tells a slightly spooky story with a happy ending as well! Two twins are trapped in a barrel by a wicked butcher, but the little presents they were given by a kindly woodworker summon help from an unexpected source. Can you guess who? This story is a little bit special!

Finally, we have Pandora’s Box, a classic Greek myth about a present you do NOT want to open! Clarissa Corradin’s visuals capture the magic of this story about what happens when Pandora’s curiosity gets the better of her. It also ends with a message of hope quite appropriate for this special time of year! Shall we all be gifted hope for the New Year ahead!

What is the most special gift that YOU have ever received? Tell us in the comments below!

And of course, stories make a very special present for special people in your life! We now have Storytime subscriptions and issue bundles available in the shop (including special Christmas-issue bundles!) Check them out!

Sweet Dreams!

 

Sweet Dreams!

Kids need lots of sleep to lead happy and healthy lives – but getting enough can be challenging, especially in this era of multimedia stimulation! There are many things that can be done to create a positive and calming bedtime routine – and stories can play a key role.

That’s why we created our new Short Stories, Big Dreams section. The two-page tales bring familiar and well-loved characters to life in comforting stories that should give children sweet dreams. Because getting enough sleep is a VERY important matter, here are some extra tips to get your little ones ready for bedtime (and bedtime stories!)

 

Get into a routine

It’s a fact that getting into a regular bedtime rhythm is the key to getting a good night sleep! Try to stick to a routine (even on weekends) – and soon everyone will be looking forward to it.

Set a time for having a bath, which can help kids to relax. (But make sure it’s not an overstimulating one with lots of toys and splashing!) Make some bubbles and help them to enjoy it in a calm way. Then dry them off and have them brush their teeth, change into their favourite pyjamas and get into bed.

 

Choose a story

Once they are in bed, a bedtime story can have a calming effect. You can read them one of their favourites – and we hope some tales from Storytime will feature on their list! Our new short stories are a new treat to look forward to every moth. Try to stay away from scary or action-packed adventures and keep the acting and questions to a minimum – instead use a soft tone and help them to drift away into dreamland.

 

How much sleep do they need?

Every child is different, but on average, experts state that a 5-year-old needs about 11 hours of sleep, while a 10-year-old can get by on 10 hours. Plan bedtime schedules accordingly. It’s important for their growth – and helps them to do better at school as well.

 

The sleeping environment

To ensure good-quality sleep, a child’s bedroom should be as dark and quiet as possible. Blackout curtains are good at blocking streetlight (or daylight during summer months). If they are afraid on the dark, put on a small night-light or leave the door open a bit to let in light from the hallway. Their favourite cuddly toy can provide comfort and security, and of course a snuggly duvet will always make them feel cosy.

 

A No-Screen Zone!

This one of the most difficult things to do, but perhaps the most important! Some kids spend long hours glued to their screens, but the light, sound and stimulation from games and videos can prevent them from getting to sleep easily.

When you create a new routine, try to limit the screen time bit by bit, and ideally stop any screen exposure an hour before bedtime! This will help them to wind down. Make sure their bedroom is a screen-free zone. To stop them giving in to temptation, have them charge their devices elsewhere in the home.

 

A cuddle and good-night kisses

After the bedtime story, make sure they are comfortably tucked in with their favourite toy or comfort blanket. Make sure to give them a cuddle and a goodnight kiss, followed by a reassuring “see you in the morning”. Chances are they will soon be fast asleep, dreaming of new adventures tomorrow.

Sweet dreams everyone! Share your favourite bedtime tips with us, and we promise to provide new bedtime reading every month!