Kate described the modern children’s classic The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson as an encouraging tale during her narration of the book.
With illustrations by Paul Howard, the book tells the story of baby barn owl Plop who is helped by others to grow in confidence and overcome his fears.
In the recording, Kate 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.”
The Duchess is following in the footsteps of Hollywood star Chris Evans, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and actor Tom Hiddleston who have all appeared on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.
For the broadcast on the BBC’s children’s channel, the Duchess wears jeans and a Fair Isle jumper. Introducing herself as Catherine, she appears seated in the corner of a wooded area with a hot chocolate within reach, two soft toy owls for company and a fire.
Kate’s appearance marks Children’s Mental Health Week which is a national event that aims to highlight the importance of the issue.
The royal picked Tomlinson’s book as the story chimes with this year’s theme of Growing Together.
The Duchess told viewers it was a story she enjoyed as a child. It is one she has also read to her own children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.