10 Great Bedtime Books

Bedtime is way too long for boring books. Wind down your day with giggles & sweet smiles with these 10 great reads for kids 0-5.

What we look for in books to wind down:

  • Books that discuss bedtime, dreaming, nighttime routines, etc

  • Books with soothing “cool”colors - blues, blacks, etc

  • Books with swaying rhythms that “rock” your child to sleep

Dive into any or all of these great reads & send your munchkin off to a sweet, happy sleep.

  • Goodnight Moon. The ultimate classic bedtime book. Say goodnight to the great green room & join generations of parents loving Margaret Wise Brown’s classic. Click here to download our Goodnight Moon reading guide and enjoy conversation starters, creative writing prompts & a Goodnight Moon craft.

  • Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. One of our all time favorites for its engaging rhyme & relatable message - sometimes Mama is busy!

  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood. One by one, sleepy people & animals climb into Granny’s big bed to sleep, until the very last one wakes everyone up

  • Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton. Everyone in the forest is getting sleepy, but Little Bear thinks he can stay awake a bit longer. We love this book for its dreamy illustrations

  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. We love this book for its sweet sendoff into dreamland.

  • Goodnight Already by Jory John. We love the giggles in this story. Duck is determined to keep a very sleepy Bear awake. It’s cookies & cards and questions until the tables turn. Lots of great opportunities to play with voices.

  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen. Rhymes and familiar bedtime tricks will entertain & lull your little one to sleep. How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light? Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout? Does he throw his teddy bear all about?

  • Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban. Frances knows every trick in the bedtime delay playbook - she needs a glass of milk, a kiss from mommy, a kiss from daddy, her teddy bear, another kiss. Little ones (and parents) will giggle knowingly.

  • The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton. A joyful, silly group of animals scrub in the tub, brush their teeth & rock to sleep with happy rhymes along the way.

  • Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story — and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself. Click here to download our Interrupting Chicken reading guide for conversation starters, a craft & a creative writing prompt.

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Valerie Schimel