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Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • 8 Books You Should Read to Your Kids at Bedtime

    Studies have shown that the benefits of reading to your kids at bedtime are many. From giving your child’s language skills a head start, to strengthening the natural bond between parent and child. Bedtime stories can be a necessary precursor in ensuring a long, uninterrupted night’s sleep and Thuka Cabin beds are the perfect way to create a relaxed environment for reading. To captivate your children in an instant, we have compiled a list of books you simply have to read to them.

    The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler

    The Gruffalo is an immensely popular and critically acclaimed picture book that is loosely based on a Chinese folk tale of a fox that borrows the terror of a tiger. Ultimately, as a story that focuses on the power of imagination of the different characters, it is destined to stoke your own child’s imagination.

    Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

    Also a hugely popular children’s film, ‘Where the Wild Things Are,’ is an important lesson in the tumultuous nature of childhood emotions. Maurice Sendak inspired a new generation of illustrators with his imaginative depiction of the ‘wild things.’

    Green Eggs and Ham - Dr Seuss

    Dr Seuss’ illustrations have continued to be a hit with children for over fifty years and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ is no different. With an emphasis on simple rhyming structures, this is the ideal way to introduce your kids’ to the world of rhyme.

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea - Judith Kerr

    The unexpected intrusion of a tiger to tea is eventually a welcome one in this children’s classic. In collaboration with the entertaining story, the vivid illustrations make ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ a wonderful read.

    Elmer - David McKee

    Elmer the Patchwork Elephant is a fascinating stepping stone for your kids’ to travel across to discover wider issues of diversity. Elmer’s relationships with his grey counterparts are affected by his patchwork exterior, leading to a tale of change, interaction and eventually, acceptance.

    Operation Alphabet - Al MacCuish and Luciano Lozano

    As a fun and accessible introduction to the alphabet, ‘Operation Alphabet,’ is an excellent platform for your child to learn. The distinctive muted, washed-out illustrative style will appeal to parents and children alike.

    Funnybones - Janet and Allan Ahlberg

    Funnybones is a light-hearted and hilarious story about a family of skeletons (complete with a pet skeleton dog) that attempt to scare their neighbours, but only succeed in scaring themselves. It is certain to be a favourite with your kids.

    This is Not My Hat - Jon Klassen

    Amongst a list of classics, ‘This is Not My Hat,’ has the potential to become the new standard by which children’s picture books are held. Jon Klassen won the 2013 Caldecott Medal as well as the 2014 Kate Greenaway Medal for this inventively illustrated tale about a fish who believes he will be able to keep a hat that he has stolen from a large, sleeping fish.

    Hopefully this introduction to a list of children’s classics is the start of a long-lasting and fully fledged interest in reading. Do you think that there are any titles we have missed that belong on the list?

  • Our 6 Favourite Children's Bedshop Beds

    Here at Children’s Bed Shop, we understand how tricky it can be to choose the best possible bed for your child. With March being the official National Bed Month, we thought there was no better way to celebrate than with a guide to our favourite children’s beds. From the Julian Bowen Midsleeper to the Sweet Dreams Ruby Bunk bed, we’ve picked out six of our all-time favourite beds to help you choose a style that both you and your child will love.

    Julian Bowen Midsleeper Cabin Bed

    One of the absolute best styles of bed for a child’s room is a bed that’s compact, with space for storage. This Julian Bowen Midsleeper bed certainly ticks all the space-saving boxes. The bed features a pull-out desk, 3 drawer chest and a shelf unit for storing all those bits and bobs that children leave lying around. With a versatile white shade and stylish design, this bed is perfect in any child’s room and neutral enough to match any colour scheme.

    Kidsaw Racing Car/Princess Carriage Bed

    For children who need a little encouragement getting into their bed at night, the Kidsaw Racing Car Bed is the ideal solution. Also available in a range of fun styles, this bed will make bedtime exciting, and your night a lot easier. The Kidsaw beds are extremely easy to assemble - simply slot each piece together and wait for your child’s bedroom to become their new favourite hangout!

    Julian Bowen London Bus Bunk Bed

    All aboard for bedtime! This quirky London Bus Bunk Bed is another great option for those hoping to add a bit of excitement to their child’s sleeping pattern. The timeless design of the London bus has been adapted into a fun bunk bed that will brighten up any child’s bedroom, and comes with a sturdy fixed ladder for easy access to the upper deck.

    Sweet Dreams Ruby Captains Bed

    The ultimate sleepover solution, The Ruby Captains Bed by Sweet Dreams is handy for when your child’s friend stays over. The bed features a guest bed that fits snugly underneath and is easily pulled out when needed. With an expertly crafted stylish design, this bed also has three useful storage drawers, and a classic white finish that’s versatile enough for any bedroom. This bed is also available in blue and pink for those that can’t resist a bit of colour.

    Birlea Jessica Bed in Cream

    One of our more sophisticated styles, this single bed is a perfect option for older girls who want to add a touch of glamour to their bedroom. The metal bed frame has a classic design and simple cream shade, with an elegant crystal feature at the top of each corner post for a unique finishing touch. The Birlea Jessica Bed is also built with a sprung slatted bed base for extra comfort. This bed is also available in pink to please even the girliest of girls.

    Steens Memphis UK Midsleeper Bed + Tent

    The eye-catching Steens Memphis UK Midsleeper is a beautifully made bed for your child. With a simple, contemporary design, the white bed frame of the bed looks great paired with the fun element of the built-in tent; providing room for storing your child’s clutter while also giving them their very own den to hide out in. Along with the option of a pink tent, the bed is also available in a blue shade with a cool pirate pattern.

    If you want to see more of our children’s beds then shop our website for a great selection of styles and brands.

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