Jeremy Vine's Bedtime Stories

This Autumn, The Jeremy Vine Show set out to find out the nation's favourite bedtime story. From an edge-of-the-seat mini-thriller to a flight of fantasy that stokes the imagination, we all remember the stories that inspired us in our childhood.

The Winner

The Gruffalo

On Friday 6 November, Jeremy announced that the winner of his Bedtime Stories vote was The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

Beating the 35 other books on the Longlist, the book won the votes of Jeremy's listeners.

Listen to Friday's show, featuring the announcement of the winner, Jeremy chatting to The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson, and Julia and Jeremy performing the story. (Starts 1h into the programme)

Listen to Jeremy and Michael Rosen discussing the winning book (Starts 1h 10min into the programme).

Hear Barbara Want championing the book and Jeremy reading an excerpt.

Thanks to everyone that voted!

The Eight Shortlisted Books

The eight books the Radio 2 listeners voted to make up the final Shortlist are below. Click on each link to find out more about the book, and hear audio excerpts and related discussion.

The final shortlist of eight books is as follows:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
Five On A Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Winnie The Pooh by A.A Milne

The Longlist Vote: 19 - 23 October 2009

On Monday 19 October, former children's laureate, Michael Rosen launched the longlist vote during Jeremy's show. During the week, Radio 2 listeners voted on a list of 36 children's classics.

This vote has now closed.
(Please note: Votes cast in the Longlist vote don't count toward the Shortlist vote)

The following 36 books made up the Longlist.

Alfie Gets in First by Shirley Hughes
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet  & Allan Ahlberg
Five On A Treasure Island by Enid Blyton
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Grimms Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Just William by Richmal Crompton
Our Twitchy by Kes Grey & Mary McQuillan
Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Pippi Longstockings by Astrid Lindgren
Stig of the Dump by Clive King
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
The Cat In The Hat by Dr Seuss
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
Winnie The Pooh by A.A Milne
Winnie The Witch by Valerie Thomas
Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum

Terms & Conditions

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Next Show

The Final Shortlist

Click on each of the covers below to find out more about the books, hear Jeremy reading excerpts and listen to Jeremy's guests championing their favourite books.

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Each Peach Pear Plum
The Gruffalo The Very Hungry caterpillar
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Five On A Treasure Island
Where The Wild Things Are Winnie-The-Pooh

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