Skip to main content
Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Big Bed

The Big Bed

Bunmi Laditan; illustrated by Tom Knight

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


From Bunmi Laditan, the creator of the Honest Toddler blog, The Big Bed is a humorous picture book about a girl who doesn't want to sleep in her little bed, so she presents her dad with his own bed—a camping cot!—in order to move herself into her parents' big bed in his place. A twist on the classic parental struggle of not letting kids sleep in their bed.

Praise for The Big Bed

"A smart, charmingly manipulative kid trying to get what she wants makes for a fun (and diverse!) story that both children and adults can enjoy."—Kirkus Reviews

"This quirky and humorous bedtime book could be used to encourage children to explain their ideas in unique ways. It could also be used to encourage them to support their ideas with evidence." —School Library Journal

"Laditan’s arch and committed formality, punctuated with colloquialism for effective contrast, is supremely funny...Parents and children alike will snicker at this new take on the bedtime book."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (BCCB)

"Every page is laugh-out-loud funny, as Laditan, with Knight’s expressive illustrations, expertly presents the girl’s matter-of-fact business approach."—Booklist


Reviews from Goodreads

Bunmi Laditan; illustrated by Tom Knight

Bunmi Laditan is the creator of the popular blog Honest Toddler. She is also the author of humorous parenting books for adults: The Honest Toddler: A Child's Guide to Parenting and The Honest Toddler: How to be a Better Parental Servant. She lives with her family in Canada.

Tom Knight is an illustrator, a player of stringed instruments, and an aspiring fixer of broken boats. He lives with his wife and two sons in England.

image of Tom Knighto
Tom Knight

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Latest on Facebook