Mother’s Day (UK, March 14 — you did remember?!) and it’s the Regé-Jean Page CBeebies debut
Regé-Jean will read Rain Before Rainbows by Smriti Halls and David Litchfield about a girl and her companion fox who travel together from a place of loss and despair, through uncertain times, towards the hope of colour, light and life. They learn that, in the midst of rain, rainbows can be hard to see but, with courage and the help of good friends, there is always a way out of darkness. Regé-Jean’s story is set for March 14 and is then followed by several other celebrities: Tom Hardy and two more debuts — Rag‘n’Bone Man and Felicity Jones.
Monday, Rag‘n’Bone Man will be reading My Dad Used to be So Cool by Keith Negley, a funny and relatable story about a dad who was in a band but who is no longer the cool guy he once was. Tuesday 16 March, actress Felicity Jones will read the very apt story, The Huffalots, by Eve Coy. Here a Mum wakes up her Huffalots to find they are grumpy. Eventually, with the help of a big cuddle, they become Lovealots. But it’s been a long day and Mum is now grumpy and tired. It’s a good thing the Lovealots know exactly what to do.
Finally Tom Hardy returns to the CBeebies Bedtime Stories with Thursday’s brand new story Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts and Hannah Peck, a thought-provoking story about the eventful journey made by Stanley, who is no ordinary jellyfish. As he drifts through the ocean waves, he is swallowed by a series of unsuspecting animals only for the reader to discover he is, in fact, a plastic bag. A kindly child comes to the rescue and repurposes Stanley so he is no longer a hazard to wildlife demonstrating how we can all make a difference no matter how small.
You can read the full announcement on the BBC.