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Enjoy a series of bedtime stories for the young ones, read by local Barnes residents. We'll be releasing a new video every day to keep imaginations alive as you're tucking them in.

You can check back here every few days for a new story, or subscribe to our YouTube channel to be directly notified about each new video.

Jasmine Hyde

Arnold & Friends

Friday 29th May

Radio actress Jasmine Hyde reads 'Arnold and Friends' - a local story by local father and daughter Amy and Andrew Wilson.


Arnold is a sad and lonely pigeon. Discover how he overcomes his sorrow through daring deeds and makes new friends amongst the animals of Barnes Pond in this beautifully illustrated book by new local author Amy Wilson.


Read by Jasmine Hyde

Story by Amy & Andrew Wilson

Illustrations by Jeremy Wilson

Julie Dangoor

The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle

Monday 18th May

OSO trustee Julie Dangoor reads 'The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle' by Beatrix Potter.


The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-winkle was first published in 1905, and is as charming today as it was then. It tells the tale of a hidden home high in the hills. It is discovered one day by a little girl called Lucie, who is in search of her missing pocket handkerchiefs. She knocks on the tiny door, and meets Mrs Tiggy-winkle who does all the washing and ironing for the neighbouring animals. Lucie spends a lovely day helping her, and it's only right at the end of the day that she realises Mrs Tiggy-winkle is a hedgehog!


Read by Julie Dangoor

Story and Illustrations by Beatrix Potter

Publisher: Warne

Karen Erasmus

Eva's Imagination

Saturday 16th May

Illustrator Karen Erasmus reads 'Eva's Imagination' by Wendy Shurety, featuring her own illustrations.


Eva doesn't know what an imagination is. With the help of her dog, Chops, Eva goes on a hunt to find it. A delightful story about the power of imagination.


Read by Karen Erasmus

Story by Wendy Shurety

Illustrations by Karen Erasmus

Publisher: New Frontier Publishing

Elaine Saffer

Gordon the Goldfish

Wednesday 13th May

Writer, producer and songwriter Elaine Saffer reads her original story 'The Tale of Gordon: A Great Little Goldfish'.


Gordon lives happily in his pond, swimming about and blowing bubbles... until one day an encounter with a net leads him on a remarkable adventure.


Read by Elaine Saffer

Story by Elaine Saffer

Deborah O'Sullivan

The Disgusting Sandwich

Monday 11th May

Mrs O'Sullivan of St Osmund's Primary School in Barnes reads 'The Disgusting Sandwich' by Gareth Edwards.


One day, a boy drops his sandwich in a sandpit, and the race is on! A very hungry badger wants it, but he's just not quick enough. The sandwich is dropped, squashed and slithered over by everyone from a squirrel, to a fox, to a band of slugs. Will the badger ever get his paws on that sandwich?

Read by Deborah O'Sullivan

Story by Gareth Edwards

Illustrations by Hannah Shaw

Publisher: Scholastic Fiction

Corinne Fenton


Saturday 9th May

Author Corinne Fenton reads her beautiful children's book, 'Scruffle-Nut'.


As winter leaves tumble and twirl a wisp of memory wraps itself about me and whispers me back to long ago...


Read by Corinne Fenton

Story by Corinne Fenton

Illustrations by Owen Swan

Publisher: New Frontier Publishing


Tricia George

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Thursday 7th May

Tricia George is in actress who has enjoyed a long and varied career, which has included theatre and musicals in the West End and The National Theatre, and hundreds of television appearances from comedy to ‘Midsummer Murders’! She has lived in Barnes for over 30 yrs and treasures it’s leafy beauty. She is proud to be a happy and willing volunteer at the OSO Arts Centre.


She reads the iconic 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'.


Read by Tricia George

Story by Michael Rosen

Illustrations by Helen Oxenbury

Publisher: Walker Books

Maggie Ollerenshaw

Wendy the Waterdrop

Tuesday 5th May

Actor Maggie Ollerenshaw reads 'Wendy the Waterdop' by Geoff Leesley, with illustrations by 10-year-old talent Calum Gibson.


Wendy the waterdrop loves bouncing on top of the waves, but one day finds herself taken on an unexpected journey.


Read by Maggie Ollerenshaw

Story by Geoff Leesley

Illustrations by Calum Gibson

Vassos Alexander

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

Thursday 23rd April

Sports reporter, presenter and author Vassos Alexander reads 'Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy' by Lynley Dodd.


Hairy Maclary goes off for a walk in town, followed by a few friends - and comes up against a nasty surprise in the shape of Scarface Claw!


Read by Vassos Alexander

Story and Illustrations by Lynley Dodd

Publisher: Puffin Books

Michelle Lunney

Pirate Pete and His Smelly Feet

Saturday 18th April

Michelle Lunney - head teacher at St. Osmund's Catholic Primary School - reads 'Pirate Pete and His Smelly Feet' by Lucy Rowland.


This spick and span crew of pirates have had enough of Pete's pongy feet! So he's been ordered to walk the plank. But it turns out that hungry sharks didn't like the smell of cheese either. What will the pirates do without Pete's feet to keep those snappy sharks away?


Read by Michelle Lunney

Story by Lucy Rowland

Illustrations by Mark Chambers

Publisher: Macmillan

Anneka Rice

Belchy, Squelchy, Porky, Squealy and Gulch

Thursday 16th April

Television presenter Anneka Rice reads her own story, 'Belchy, Squelchy, Porky, Squealy and Gulch', with original illustrations.


Read by Anneka Rice

Story and Illustrations by Anneka Rice

Geoff Leesley

The Smartest Giant in Town

Tuesday 14th April

Actor Geoff Leesley - known for his roles in Holby City, Eastenders, Coronation Street, Casualty, and many more - reads 'The Smartest Giant in Town' by Julia Donaldson.


George wished he wasn’t the scruffiest giant in town. So when he sees a new shop selling giant-sized clothes, he decides it's time for a new look: smart trousers, smart shirt, stripy tie, shiny shoes. Now he’s the smartest giant in town . . . until he bumps into some animals who desperately need his help – and his clothes!


Read by Geoff Leesley

Story by Julia Donaldson

Illustrations by Alex Scheffler

Publisher: Macmillan

Alice Wells

Yoga Babies

Monday 13th April

Miss Alice from Petite Performers reads 'Yoga Babies' by Fearne Cotton


The Yoga Babies love to have fun trying new poses. Sometimes life is busy and tricky, but not to worry! Yoga can help everyone chill out. Follow these babies big and small as they practise yoga at home, in the garden and before bedtime, then you can have a go at home, too!


Read by Alice Wells

Story by Fearne Cotton

Illustrations by Sheena Dempsey

Publisher: Andersen Press


Assistant head of St Osmund's Primary School Johanna George reads 'Five Minutes' Peace' by Jill Murphy.


The story of Mrs Large the elephant – who just needs five minutes of peace and quiet away from her boisterous children!

Read by Johanna George

Story and Illustrations by Gill Murphy

Published by Walker Books Ltd

Johanna George

Five Minutes' Peace

Sunday 12th April

Elaine Saffer

Marcus, the House Mouse

Saturday 11th April

Writer, producer and songwriter Elaine Saffer reads her original story 'Marcus the House Mouse'.


Marcus, a most remarkable mouse, bravely deals with an unwanted intruder.


Read by Elaine Saffer

Story by Elaine Saffer


Actor Christien Anholt reads two classic children's poems. 


Pa's Soft Spot

by D. A. Ellsworth

One, Two, Three!

by Henry Cuyler Bunner

Christien Anholt

Pa's Soft Spot


One, Two, Three!

Friday 10th April

Virginia McKenna

Buzz Bee, the Amazing Honey Bee

Thursday 9th April

Actor, author and wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna reads 'Buzz Bee, the Amazing Honey Bee' from Sue Hart's 'Tales of the Full Moon'.


Buzz Bee is proud of the fact that she and her kind are the cleverest, the busiest and the most useful of all creatures on earth. Ambassadors of Nature, bees are a vital link between plants and animals. Who, but the amazing honey bee, can find the way home on a sunbeam? And what would we do without honey?


Read by Virginia McKenna

Story by Sue Hart

Publisher: Planet Afryca Ltd (11 Dec. 2014)

Actor Niamh Cusack reads a story with an unexpected ending!


Send your own ending in and have it read as part of Bedtime in Barnes, and Friends of Barnes Common's 'Learning From Home' initiative.

Read by Niamh Cusack

Story by Sharon Morgan

In association with Friends of Barnes Common

Niamh Cusack

The Oak and the Dragon

Wednesday 8th April

The first ever British astronaut, Helen Sharman, reads 'No Matter What' by Debi Gliori.

A little fox is in a big bad mood, and is worried that its mother won’t love it forever.


Read by Helen Sharman

Story and Illustrations by Debi Gliori

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Helen Sharman

No Matter What

Tuesday 7th April

Actor Gabrielle Lloyd reads 'The Magician and the Dragon', by David McKee.


When the King sends out his army to hunt dragons in the eastern part of the kingdom, his magician decides to take a look at them himself.

Read by Gabrielle Lloyd

Story by David McKee

Illustrations by David McKee

Published by Blackie. 1986

Gabrielle Lloyd

The Magician and the Dragon

Monday 6th April

Leader of Richmond council Gareth Roberts reads 'A Squash and a Squeeze', by Julia Donaldson.


A little old lady lives all by herself in her house but she's not happy - it's just too small, even for one. Whatever can she do?


Read by Gareth Roberts

Story by Julia Donaldson

Illustrations by Axel Scheffler

Publisher: Pan Macmillian

Gareth Roberts

A Squash and a Squeeze

Sunday 5th April

Actor Christien Anholt reads two classic children's poems. 


The Owl and the Pussycat

by Edward Lear


by Lewis Carroll

Christien Anholt

The Owl and the Pussycat



Saturday 4th April


Impressionist, actor and comedian Alistair McGowan reads 'Kevin The Kangaroo That Couldn't Hop'.


Follow Kevin through his short outback adventure and journey of self discovery, full of ups and downs and beautiful illustrations, with a few mini life-lessons to boot...!


Read by Alistair McGowan

Story by Jonathan Elabor

Illustrations by Jim Tsinganos

Published November 1st 2009

Alistair McGowan

Kevin The Kangaroo That Couldn't Hop

Friday 3rd April


Actor Niamh Cusack reads 'The Children of Lir'- a beautiful fairy tale based on an Irish legend she was told as a child.

A haunting Irish legend, believed by some to be the basis for King Lear. A king's jealous wife puts a spell on his children, changing them into swans, until such time as the Man from the North and the Woman from the South - two mountain peaks - are joined together.


Read by Niamh Cusack

Story by Sheila MacGill-Gallahan

Illustrations by Gennady Spirin

Publisher: Ragged bears (1st Oct. 2008)

Niamh Cusack

The Children of Lir

Thursday 2nd April