What is McFly’s Tom Fletcher reading at bedtime?

We know him as the bespectacled one from McFly but I’d guess that Tom Fletcher has probably flogged more children’s books that records by now.

His Dinosaur That Pooped series of picture books – written with bandmate Dougie Poynter – has sold more than a million copies, and his stories have been translated into 12 languages around the world. 

Last year’s The Christmasaurus has been shortlisted for the Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2017.

This year, he has picture book There’s A Monster In Your Book out in June and mystery The Creekers following in October. Phew.

His wife Giovanna is an author too, so we reckon the standard of bedtime stories is pretty high in the Fletcher household.

So what does Tom like to read with his sons, Buzz, 3, and Buddy, 14 months?

“On the go at the moment is the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” he told me at the PRHC Presents event, showcasing the best new books of 2017.

“Buzz is definitely too young for Harry Potter but he had seen it on the telly. It is my favourite book of all time, so I decided to try this.

“An all-time favourite is Oi Frog! by Kes Gray and Jim Field, and Buzz also loves my Dinosaur That Pooped books. Buddy is a fan of Winnie The Pooh.”

With his busy music and writing schedule, when does the 31-year-old get a chance to share a story with his boys?

“Buzz is starting to pick books to look at in the day now, which is really nice. But it’s always been part of our bedtime routine,” he said.

“We start at 6pm and do a book together, as a family. Then I read with Buzz in bed and Giovanna reads to Buddy. The following night we switch round.

“There’s no noise, no TV. It’s a really nice, family time.

“We got into the habit when Buzz was little and now it’s nice to see him turning the pages himself and recognising the letters.”

Photos courtesy of Twitter @tomfletcher

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