The Duchess of Cambridge to Read CBeebies Bedtime Story for Children’s Mental Health Week

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In a CBeebies Royal first, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will read a CBeebies Bedtime Story to mark Children’s Mental Health Week, which runs from 7th-13th February 2022.

The Duchess of Cambridge will be the first royal to read a bedtime story on the beloved CBeebies Bedtime Story show, and has chosen to read The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson to align with this years’ theme of ‘Growing Together’.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark follows the story of Plop, a baby barn owl, who is helped by others to grow in confidence and overcome his fears.

Children’s Mental Health Week is a key national moment for spotlighting and recognising children’s mental health. This year, children and adults are being encouraged to consider how they have grown emotionally, recognising that trying new things can help people move beyond their comfort zones, and that challenges and setbacks can help them to mature and adapt.


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Patricia Hidalgo, Director of BBC Children’s and Education said: “I couldn’t be more proud to have The Duchess read a CBeebies Bedtime Story as we mark the 20th anniversary of our CBeebies and CBBC channels.

“It’s such a special and relevant tale and perfectly represents this years’ Children’s Mental Health week theme. I can’t wait to see her deliver her own take on such a classic story and I’m sure our audience can’t either.”

The Duchess of Cambridge joins a host of other previous stars who have taken to the CBeebies Bedtime stage such as Reese Witherspoon, Ed SheeranTom Hardy, Regé-Jean PageLuke Evans and many more.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark read by The Duchess of Cambridge will air at 6.50pm, Sunday 13 February.

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