Clinical Professor Harriet Hiscock

Bedtime stories provide sleep strategies for children

A good night’s sleep is finally within reach for children with common sleep problems as the Murdoch Children's Research Institute releases storybooks addressing such issues.

The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) has just launched six Sleep with Kip children’s storybooks designed to teach children to go to sleep, stay asleep all night and wake up at a reasonable hour.

The books aim to help children from 3 to 8 years old who experience common sleep problems, such as going to sleep, maintaining sleep throughout the night and waking up early.

Other common behavioural sleeping disorders such as Sleep Onset Association Disorder, Limit Setting Disorder, Delayed Sleep Phase, Primary Insomnia, Restless Leg Syndrome and Child Anxiety are also addressed throughout the series.

Parents can take a sleep quiz on the Sleep with Kip website to identify their child’s specific sleep issue and determine which book will be the most helpful. 

The books provide tips and strategies for kids and their parents through a fun and exciting narrative. 

The stories follow the character, Kip, a purple pillow which helps children overcome their sleep issues in titles such as A Beach in the Bedroom, Pick Your Own Nose, Marshmallow Puffins at the Window, Slug Dad and Monster Mum, Has Dad Joined the Circus? and The Old Bedtime Pass Puncher.

People reading each of the Sleep with Kip books.

Image: Story Box Library

Clinical Professor Harriet Hiscock and her team have based the stories on clinical trials that have improved sleeping patterns in over 75 per cent of participating families. 

“We have a thorough understanding of the treatments and strategies that work and are excited that Australian families and other health professionals will have access to our knowledge and solutions through these fun bedtime books,” she said.

While the books have been written specifically for the 30 per cent of Australian families struggling with sleep issues, almost every parent will be able to relate to the problems addressed in the series.

The Sleep with Kip books can be purchased individually or in a pack from for $14.99 each, with part of the proceeds from book sales going towards the continuation of MCRI’s research programs.

They will also be available through libraries across Australia and can be accessed digitally for free via Story Box Library, Australia’s favourite online kids’ library.