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Bedtime stories

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Books for ages 2-6

Hedgehog stories

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5-minute bedtime stories about a hedgehog in stripy socks.

Henry the Hedgegnome reading a bedtime story with characters from the books around him.


Children’s picture books about a little hedgehog in stripy socks.

Children love being read to by parents and grandparents. Henry the Hedgegnome books are fun 5-minute bedtimes stories about a hedgehog and his friends that will be loved by children from ages 2-6 and beyond.

Henry the Hedgegnome and the tongue-tied snake front cover - Bedtime stories for children of ages 2-6.


Henry the Hedgegnome
and the tongue-tied snake

Henry the Hedgegnome and Mr Snail discover a snake with a nasty knot in his tongue which means he can only make rude noises. They want to help, but will they be able to give the snake his hiss back?

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Bedtime stories for children of ages 2-6.

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Henry the Hedgegnome and the poo at the zoo - cover
Holidays No shadow
Forgetful fairy No shadow
Numbers No shadow
Clown No shadow
Christmas No shadow
Socks No shadow
Busy Day No shadow
Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. Henry standing on the author's hand.

About Richard Heddington

Why was Henry the Hedgegnome hiding in the attic for nearly 40 years? Read the fascinating story of how Henry the Hedgegnome books came to be published (and why it took so long).

Henry the Hedgegnome children's books. A Christmas bedtime story read by the author. - video


See what happened when Henry the Hedgegnome went on Dragon’s Den. It all happened on April 1st.
Christmas Cheer and a Happy New Year (Lyric Video)


If you like Springwatch, You’ll love HOGWATCH. Watch Henry’s video about helping hedgehogs in your garden.

Richard Heddington, children’s author.

Richard Heddington first drew Henry the Hedgegnome when he was at school in the late 1970’s.
Although most hedgehogs are renowned for hibernating, Henry the Hedgegnome took it to the extreme and had a 40 year nap before being awoken to star in a bedtime story for Richard’s first granddaughter.
It was while reading a MrMen book as a bedtime story that he realised the simple illustrated format was perfect for Henry the Hedgegnome. After a rummage in the attic to find the original drawings, the first book ‘Henry the Hedgegnome has a busy day’ was soon written, illustrated, and published.
Since the publication of that first book, Henry the Hedgegnome has grown in popularity and the stories are now sold around the world.
When asked about the 40 years it took to create the children’s book series, Richard jokes that “Sometimes, overnight success takes a little time.”

Henry the Hedgegnome, a children’s book superstar.

Henry the Hedgegnome is a little hedgehog who wears stripy socks. These picture books are perfect 5-minute bedtime stories for 2-6 year-olds and easy reading for early readers. Through Henry’s adventures children are introduced to other garden creatures such as Mr Snail, Mr Worm, and Mr Bee.

Henry the Hedgegnome is a hit with children worldwide, and the success is attributed to a growing awareness of the plight of hedgehogs and the simplicity of the illustrations. Henry the Hedgegnome is real enough for children to believe in him, while being simple enough for them to easily draw for themselves.

Buy Henry the Hedgegnome books.

Books can be ordered from all good bookshops, online retailers, and the Henry the Hedgegnome website.

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