Tom Hardy to Read us a Bedtime Story

By December 9, 2016Children's Literature, News

And make all our Christmas wishes come true!

The BBC announced today that tough guy actor Tom Hardy is to read the bedtime story on CBeebies this New Year’s Eve! Hardy is a dad of two and probably reads lots of bedtime stories but we best know him as the Kray Twins and Alfie from Peaky Blinders, playing tough violent criminals.

But he’s putting his tough act aside as he sits down in front of the country (and no doubt lots of mums watching with their kids) to read You Must Bring a Hat by Simon Phillip and Kate Hindley.

To add to his friendly appearance, he even brought his Labrador Woodstock along for the filming. The story is aimed at pre-school children and tells the tale of a little boy who is going to a party.

Tom follows a range of celebrities who have been involved in this series, including actor Damien Lewis and astronaut Tim Peake, and it’s promised that Tom will be back to read more stories in 2017.

This special New Year’s episode will be part of a selection of celebrity bedtime stories with readers including Justin Fletcher, Isla Fisher and Maureen Lipman. The CBeebies bedtime story is on the CBeebies channel every evening at 6:50pm.

(image via BBC)

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Unfortunately the MTV website no longer shows the images but we have managed to grab them and pop them together here before they left the internet. We’d hate for you to miss out on this Harry Potter inspired treat.

Take a gander at these beauties and let us know what you think!

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For many British children in particular, she has been a large part of the childhood literary experience. Her illustrations are warm and colourful, and invoke memories of home cooked meals and cuddling up with a parent or grandparent for story time.

Shirley Hughes has been popular since 1960 and her work still holds up today as pieces of wonderful children’s literature. As a celebration of her writing and illustration, we have collated her top 5 best selling books according to Amazon.

Happy reading!

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