The best bedtime stories books for kids

Alexandre Lacroix Author Of Dragons in Love
By Alexandre Lacroix

The Books I Picked & Why

Fog Island

By Tomi Ungerer

Fog Island

Why this book?

I was a friend of Tomi Ungerer since he used to answer metaphysical or philosophical questions asked by children in Philosophie Magazine, each month, in a special chronicle. Fog Island is less famous than Otto or the Three Robbers, but it’s an ode to Ireland where he used to live. The magic island in his story actually exists: Tomi Ungerer has drawn the rocky “Evil’s Tooth” that was planted in the ocean, just in front of his house. A beautiful tale with a realistic background.


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Blaze and the Castle Cake for Bertha Daye

By Claude Ponti, Alyson Waters

Blaze and the Castle Cake for Bertha Daye

Why this book?

Claude Ponti is now in charge of the answers to the children's questions in Philosophie Magazine. Maybe less diffused in the Anglophone world than Ungerer, he’s clearly a great artiste, one of the biggest, with an extravagant and surrealistic imagination, and this album, in particular, is a masterpiece.


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The Highway Rat

By Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler

The Highway Rat

Why this book?

I have all the albums of Julia Donaldson, and I must say that I appreciate her work a lot, she plays with sonorities like in nursery rhymes. The Highway Rat is especially praised by my kids, and I think it’s because the hero is openly cruel and abominable, stealing the food of other animals with no pity at all… And, well, he’s arrogant and shameless but obviously punished at the end.


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The Tunnel

By Anthony Browne

The Tunnel

Why this book?

What does happen when you get into a dark tunnel? When you quit reality to enter the realm of dreams and nightmares? A great story by the great Anthony Browne, which also deals with the relationship between sister and brother.


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A House in the Woods

By Inga Moore

A House in the Woods

Why this book?

There are multiple possible interpretations for this very well illustrated story: it’s above moving from one habitation to another, but also on, a more symbolic level, about reconstituted families. At least, this is the sense it has for the adult because for children it’s much simpler, we see here sympathetic animals building a house in the forest.


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