Bedtime Stories (read aloud some with illustrations)

I hope you enjoy these stories. To get a sample of what they are like click the "Play video" links, these are streamed versions and should start playing in a minute or so. Normally it is better to be patient and click the "Download Video" links, then you will have the story on your computer to play again and again or share with friends! If you would like a higher quality version on disk please email Tim ( Please also email me if you have trouble with the Windows Media Player files and try the Real Player ones - making these available as well is an experiment, so I need feedback whether people can see them or not!

Latest addition to Beatrix Potter videos The Tailor of Gloucester.

Beatrix Potter

I am gradually recording and animating the delightful Beatrix Potter stories using her own pictures the ones I have finished are here: Beatrix Potter stories.

Beatrix Potter's delightful stories of animals with personality and their adventures have been loved by adults and children since she first publised them early last century. Their charm and interest is enhanced by her illustrations. So in these readings I have tried to weave her pictures and words together as I read.

I hope you enjoy them as I have since my mother first read them to me!


THE REAL MOTHER GOOSE  Illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright


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LowFi for dialup users (Download Video 178KB)

The Clock

(Download Video 498KB)

LowFi for dialup users (Download Video 136KB)


The Old Woman under a Hill

(Download Video 569KB)

LowFi for dialup users (Download Video 107KB)



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The Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling

I am also making an audio version of these stories (great favourites of my father).

So far there are MP3 files for:

How the Whale got his Throat (reasonable quality 1.72MB)

How the Camel got his Hump (reasonable quality 1.78MB)

How the Rhinoceros got his Skin (reasonable quality 1.72MB)

How the Leopard got his Spots (reasonable quality 3.6MB)

The Elephant's Child (reasonable quality 4.3MB)

The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo (reasonable quality 1.9MB)

The beginning of the Armadillos (reasonable quality 4.3MB)

How the First Letter was Written (reasonable quality 4.5MB)

The Crab that Played with the Sea (reasonable quality 4.23MB)

The Cat that Walked by Himself (reasonable quality 5.05MB)

The Butterfly that Stamped (reasonable quality 4.53MB)

I believe that the stories, songs and illustrations are public domain (unless otherwise stated text and images come from the collection at Project Gutenberg). The reading and animation are variously © 2005-8 by Tim Bulkeley (this reading and animation is copyright, but you may share it freely according to the terms of a Creative commons licence).

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