It’s my stop on the blog tour for The Faber Book of Bedtime Stories, a gorgeous, uplifting collection of stories promoting modern-day messages of inclusivity, acceptance and bravery in the face of adversity.
There are seventeen stories, all of which have been fabulously illustrated by Sarah McIntyre. The authors are: Aisha Bushby, Ann Jungman, Ayesha Braganza, Claire Barker, Emma Carroll, Hannah Lee, Ingrid Persaud, Kate Saunders, Kieran Larwood, Lou Kuenzler, Lucy Farfort, Martyn Ford, Michael Mann, Natasha Farrant, Pip Jones, Rashmi Sirdeshpande and Reba Khatun.
I knew my daughters and I would love this book just from the contents pages! Alongside each enticing title is a little vinette by Sarah. Immediately we were intrigued by Ayesha Braganza’s story, Fairy Godmothers Don’t Exist and we loved reading Aisha Bushby’s The Dream Jar. But the favourite with my youngest was Sharing is Caring by Reba Khatun – it’s a catchphrase she picked up from nursery and she was ecstatic to read the story – and what a beautiful story it is!
For each stop on the blog tour, one of the contributors has shared their favourite childhood bedtime story and I’m delighted to be joined by Claire Barker…
Tell us about your story
My story is about Clementine; a humble and heroic goose who sincerely believes she is a chicken. For many years I lived on a little farm, surrounded by animals, and her story is a true one.
What was your favourite bedtime story as a child?
My favourites were many and varied but I will always have a place in my heart for The Bedtime Book of 365 Stories by Kathryn Jackson, illustrated by Richard Scarry. I recently bought a tattered secondhand copy and the illustrations catapulted me back in time. As a child I fell asleep every night, mid-story, my face roofed with a book kiss. To be honest, nothing has changed!
Thank you Claire!
Each bedtime story feels unique, fresh and captivating – this is a beautiful collection that would make a great Christmas gift.
Published by Faber & Faber, 6 October 2022
Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the blog tour!
I am very grateful to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book. This voluntary feature contains my honest opinion.