Reese Witherspoon to read CBeebies Bedtime Story

Reese Witherspoon is to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story credit:Bang Showbiz
Reese Witherspoon is to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story credit:Bang Showbiz

Reese Witherspoon will become the first Best Actress Oscar winner to take to the 'CBeebies Bedtime Stories' seat.

The 45-year-old actress will read 'Extraordinary', which was written by Penny Harrison and illustrated by Katie Wilson, on the episode.

Opening the story, Reese says: "Sometimes, when we’re busy, it can be hard to find time to notice the world around us.

"The things we see every day can seem a bit… ordinary. But if you stop, and look closer, you’ll see that our world is extraordinary!"

Reese will follow in the footsteps of several other famous actors, including Orlando Bloom, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Hardy, Chris Evans, Regé-Jean Page, Felicity Jones, David Schwimmer, and Eddie Redmayne, as well as legendary singers Sir Elton John and Dolly Parton.

Idina Menzel previously read 'Robin's Winter Song' by Suzanne Barton, which tells children the tale of a little robin's first winter.

Gregory Porter became the first star to sing a CBeebies Bedtime Story, when he belted out 'Moon River', the classic ballad from Breakfast At Tiffany's as part of BBC Teach's Bring the Noise campaign - which helps children discover the joys of music-making - while Chip Crawford accompanied him on the piano.

In a video ahead of the episode, he said: "Welcome to my recording studio.

"I'm Gregory, my friend Chip and I were just playing one of my favourite songs, In fact, I was hoping I could sing it to you for tonight's bedtime story.

"It was an honour to perform a lullaby for 'CBeebies Bedtime Stories'. 'Moon River' is one of my all-time favourites, so to be able to sing it, to inspire dreaming is pretty cool."

'CBeebies Bedtime Stories' is on each weekday at 6.50pm on the CBeebies channel and is also available on BBC iPlayer.