Short bedtime stories for kids & children

In this section we feature a selection of 5 minute reads from Tardy’s friends at Book Dash. These lovely little illustrated stories are perfect reads to help you get your child or children to sleep. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

A very busy day

Today is a very busy day. Come to town with Mama and me!

I’m the colour of Honey

Is that your teacher? Is that your Aunty? Amanda is fed up with these questions and wishes that she looked just like her Mummy and Daddy. But maybe they are more alike than she realises!

Zandi and the Birdy Monster

Zandi has a friend that no one else can see. His name is Birdy Monster. They mix up magic potions, play pretend and go on adventures together.

One of our favourite short bedtime stories

The Lost Laugh

Spotty the Hyena has lost his laugh. How did this happen? Where could it be? And can the other animals help him find it?

What is Book Dash?

Children in South Africa need more books, but they cost too much purchased from publishers. The cheapest books have no publisher – then the only cost is printing. So our participants do the work of publishers in a single day. After that, anyone can get print runs sponsored and put finished books into the hands of children.

We believe every child should own a hundred books by the age of five. In South Africa, that means giving 600 million free books to children who could never afford to buy them. Every day we lose, more children grow up unable to read and write well, and to enjoy the worlds that books open up.

About Tardy

Tardy and his friends including great stories such as Sing to Me and Babble Babble and classic fairy tales such as Three Goats Gruff and The Marvellous Musician as well as some 5 minute short bedtime stories for kids to help you get your child or children to sleep