In honour of World Book Day, here’s a round-up of the times artists put us to sleep
CBeebies Bedtime Stories has, against the odds, become the hot feature for celebrities, pulling in everyone from Ryan Reynolds to Kate Middleton. The show has had some unexpected and downright random hosts over the years, and it’s become clear that whilst the stories might be for the kids, the cameos are for their parents. It’s fun to able to point at the screen whilst your kids are listening to Farmer Joe and the Music Show and go, “Hey, that’s Guy Garvey!”
In celebration of World Book Day, here are 11 times musicians read bedtime stories to the children of the nation.
The French singer songwriter read The Moon Keeper by Zoseinka, a story about a polar bear assigned to watch over the moon.
ABBA’s Björn took to the show to read Goats Coat by Tom Percival, in which Alfonso the goat learns some lessons about kindness and generosity.
Grohl, of Foo Fighters fame, chose a bedtime story written by a fellow musician – Ringo Starr’s Octopus’s Garden.
Tying his hosting stint in with the release of Harry’s House, Styles read Jess Hitcham’s appropriately titled book In Every House, On Every Street.
Parton’s love of dogs is well-documented, so it’s unsurprising that she chose to read Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates, the story of a pup who runs a bookstore.
Sheeran delivered a reading of Sydney Smith’s I Talk Like A River, the story of a young boy with a stutter learning the art of self-acceptance.
The powerhouse vocalist read Robin’s Winter Song by Suzanne Barton, a tender story of a little bird’s first winter.
The jazz singer delivered a bedtime story in musical form when he sang Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s classic composition, ‘Moon River’.
The songwriter and producer read Jon Burgerman’s Rhyme Crime, about the activities of an unorthodox thief.
Ryder also opted to sing his bedtime story, treating families to a rendition of Cindy Lauper’s ‘True Colours’.
The ‘Shotgun’ singer opted to read Kitchen Disco by Clare Foges and Al Murphy, about a late-night all-utensils party.