On Christmas Day, Hardy will narrate The Christmas Pine by Julia Donaldson, accompanied by Blue.
The picture book, illustrated by Victoria Sandoy, is based on the true story of the Christmas tree that stands in London’s Trafalgar Square which is given each year by the Mayor of Oslo in Norway as a symbol of peace.
Hardy has proved popular on the children’s show, having previously spent a week during the first lockdown reading a new story each day.
The 44-year-old recorded the stories from his garden, in line with social distancing guidelines, in a bid to keep children entertained during those challenging times.
The first story he read, Hug Me by Simone Ciraolo, was about a young cactus who really needs a hug, but his family “just isn’t the touchy-feely kind” so he sets off to find a friend of his own – and a hug.
The award-winning actor joins a long list of stars who have previously read CBeebies Bedtime Stories, including Sir Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Dolly Parton, Rege-Jean Page, Felicity Jones and Oti Mabuse.