The Duchess of Cambridge will tell youngsters they can face their fears ‘with the help of others’ when she reads on CBeebies this weekend.
Kate Middleton has chosen to read The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson to align with this year’s theme of Growing Together – which has been designed to help those involved to move beyond their comfort zone.
It tells the story of baby barn owl Plop, who is helped by others to grow in confidence and overcome his fears.
In a clip from the recording, the mum-of-three says: ‘Wow, what an encouraging tale.
‘We can all feel scared sometimes just like our little owl friend Plop, but as Mrs Barn Own said, “It’s better to find out about the things that scare us before we make up our mind.”
‘And with the help of others, we can often face things that worry us. Now it’s time for bed. Night, night and sleep tight.’
For the broadcast on the BBC’s channel for young children, the duchess will wear jeans and a Fair Isle jumper as she sports a relaxed style.
In a first-look picture from her stint on CBBC, Kate wears a comfy sweater and sits by a fire, which will no doubt help children across the country wind down for the evening.
Speaking about the duchess’ involvement in the beloved ritual, director of BBC Children’s and Education Patricia Hidalgo 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.’
CBeebies and CBBC celebrate 20 years on air on February 11 and has seen celebrities Tom Hardy, Rege-Jean Page, Dolly Parton, Ryan Reynolds, and many more appearing on the channel during its course.
The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark read by the duchess on CBeebies Bedtime Stories will be screened at 6.50pm on Sunday.