Bedtime Story of the Month – November – The Gruffalo

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Welcome back to my Bedtime Story of the Month series. When I am not being a Mummy or a Blogger I am a School Librarian for a load of teenagers. I see every day why it is so important to read to our little ones as early as possible. I can’t stress enough how much of a difference reading to and with your young children makes for them later in life. So with this in mind I thought I would begin to share some favourite books in our house Every month I will share a new story that we have been enjoying at bedtime.. Little Man has a bedtime story every night; it is one of my favourite parts of the day and really helps to settle him.

So lets get started for October. I couldn’t go any longer with this series without mentioning one of Little Man’s all time favourite books The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.


I am sure most of you are aware of the story of The Gruffalo. If you are not it is based around a clever little mouse who meets three animals that want to eat him so he invents a Gruffalo to frighten them off with, except the Gruffalo turns out to be real so the mouse tricks him too. This another story that Little Man can recite himself. He is a huge fan of The Gruffalo book & film and we even went on a walk to find him in a real forest! The story is a Julia Donaldson classic, using rhyming and humour to engage our little ones.


The illustrations are beautiful and make the story even more appealing to little ones. It is one story I never get sick of reading, you can mess around with the voices of each animal and make it such a fun read. It is great for bedtime and just the right length for that time of day. I would highly recommend The Gruffalo’s Child too, the follow on.

We are always on the lookout for new bedtime stories so please let me know if you have any recommendations.

Have a lovely day.

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  • Louisa The Little Book of Sick
    25/11/2015 at 15:52

    I totally agree… sharing the joy of reading is so important. I am an English teacher and while i am on Maternity leave i have started working as an Usborne Independent distributor. I LOVE it, Sharing the joy of reading and making money… even better. #bestandworst

    • Mummy in Training
      27/11/2015 at 19:32

      Ooo I have always looked at Usborne and wondered whether to have a go! xxx

  • Melissa
    25/11/2015 at 17:11

    This is horrible but I must admit my daughter watches the gruffalo on Netflix but I had no idea what it was about or that it was even a book! We have tons and tons of kids books in the house and I’ve lost interest in reading them to the youngest two after all the times I read them to the oldest two. I enjoyed your post and am definitely inspired to pick back up on the reading. I agree 100% on how important it is! Maybe Santa will bring the gruffalo book to our house 😉 #bestandworst

    • Mummy in Training
      27/11/2015 at 19:32

      Aw glad it inspired you!! It can get repetitive! xxx

  • Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    25/11/2015 at 18:33

    I love reading the Gruffalo with my kids too, they’re never fed up listening it over and over again. The Gruffalo’s child is also an interesting one to read… #bestandworst
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    • Mummy in Training
      27/11/2015 at 19:31

      It’s one you can read over and over again! xx

  • Angela at Daysinbed
    25/11/2015 at 22:12

    This is a fab book! We are big fans of the gruffalo over at my house. Lovely photos. Julia Donaldson is a fab author too! Popping by from Bestandworst linky

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    • Mummy in Training
      27/11/2015 at 19:31

      Yes! We love Room on the Broom too! xx

  • Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)
    30/11/2015 at 13:27

    We have actually not read this one yet but I know it is such a classic one! I think I may need to invest. I do love the reading time though – learning and snuggles. Thanks for linking with #bestandworst and see you soon x
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    • Mummy in Training
      01/12/2015 at 17:09

      Aw she’ll love it!! xx

  • Catie
    18/01/2016 at 16:00

    We love anything by Julia Donaldson here but the Gruffalo is an all time favourite even as my boys are getting older. Great choice

  • Angela at Daysinbed
    21/01/2016 at 18:37

    Oh the Gruffalos child is a fab book and one we really do love. Thanks so much for sharing this with us on #KLTR. I’ve pinned it to our new KLTR Pinterest board and will be sharing on social media. 🙂 Angela

    • Mummy in Training
      24/01/2016 at 20:13

      Thanks hun xx

  • Laura
    22/01/2016 at 07:52

    We adore The Gruffalo! I bought T a Julia Donaldson set for Christmas (10 books for a tenner from The Book People) and he loves them all. Thanks for sharing 🙂 #kltr
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  • Kate - Itsabugslife29
    22/01/2016 at 21:26

    Darcey absolutely adores The Gruffalo and we act it out with her beanie toys most nights! We love The Gruffalo’s Child, too. Have you read Stick Man yet? We discovered it not long before Christmas and it’s another firm favourite!

  • Mummy and the Mexicans
    25/01/2016 at 01:30

    I confess I have never read The Gruffalo, although I’ve heard of it. I just haven’t come across it here and nobody has sent Emma a copy yet (hint hint!). I will look out for it, I’m sure Emma would love it, although I’d rather have in English than in Spanish. The bedtime book of the month is a great idea, by the way! #kltr

  • Laura's Lovely Blog
    25/01/2016 at 21:19

    The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child are truly wonderful books. Definitely a children’s bookshelf must-have. Thanks for linking up to #kltr
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    • Mummy in Training
      27/01/2016 at 09:54

      Thanks for inviting me to join! Lovely linky!xxx


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