Bedtime Books for Littles

Updated April 27, 2023
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Goodnight, goodnight, construction site
Rinker, Sherri Duskey.
How do dinosaurs say good night?
Yolen, Jane.
A playful peek into the homes of dinosaur babies and their parents at bedtime!How do dinosaurs say good night?Brimming with humor and familiar good-night antics, here is a playful peek into the homes of dinosaur children and their parents at bedtime. Perfect for sharing and reading aloud, this...
Kitten's first full moon
Henkes, Kevin.
This nationally bestselling picture book about a kitten, the moon, and a bowl of milk, written by the celebrated author and illustrator Kevin Henkes, was awarded a Caldecott Medal. From one of the most celebrated and beloved picture book creators working in the field today comes a...
Good night, Gorilla
Rathmann, Peggy.
A must have classic for all baby bedtimes and gifting opportunities. Good night, Gorilla. . . Good night, Elephant. . . It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the keys in his...
The House in the Night
Swanson, Susan Marie.
This Caldecott Medal-winning picture book gets children ready for bed with rhythmic text and glowing illustrations that explore the warmth and light that makes us feel at home. "Here is the key to the house." Inside the house are nighttime things both...
Let me sleep, sheep!
McKinlay, Megan
Amos is counting himself to sleep. It's a good plan, until the cranky sheep land in his bedroom -- and start in with their many demands. It's bedtime for Amos, who smiles as he closes his eyes and counts some fluffy sheep trotting away in the grass. Until suddenly . . . THUD.<...
The napping house
Wood, Audrey.
The Napping House has been a bedtime favorite for the past twenty years. Everyone remembers that cozy bed, the snoring granny, the dreaming child, the dozing dog . . . and the unexpected visitor who wakes up the house on a rainy afternoon of napping. The soothing rhythms and...
Goodnight moon
Brown, Margaret Wise
In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day. In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight...
Race you to bed
Shea, Bob.
Ready . . . Set . . . Go to Bed! Jet to bed to get to bed! Don't be fooled or be misled! I'm gonna beat you, beat you to bed! It's a race to bedtime--but who will get there first? This zippy read-aloud will make bedtime a fun time for those little ones reluctant...
Goodnight, astronaut
Kelly, Scott
"Beautifully written, making a prominent figure readily accessible to children." -School Library Journal   The second picture book from astronaut Scott Kelly follows his adventure-seeking travels through some of the wild places he's slept! Young readers will be delighted...
Good night, Mr. Panda
Antony, Steve
Bestselling Mr. Panda is back with bedtime fun for everyone! It is time for bed and Mr. Panda reminds his friends Hippopotamus, Skunk, Sheep, and Sloth that they each have forgotten to do something. Skunk has forgotten to take a bath, Hippopotamus needs to brush his teeth, Sloth is too tired...
The bear in my bed
Wan, Joyce
The Bear in My Bed, featuring Joyce Wan's sweet text and signature bold, graphic art, is a hilarious take on bedtime routines, sure to make sleepy little ones smile! When a little boy goes into his room for bedtime, he finds out that his bed is already occupied--by a...
Salsa lullaby
Arena, Jen
How to get baby to sleep? Mami and Papi will try anything in this bouncy, loving, bilingual lullaby that gently says good night in both Spanish and English. Mami starts a salsa song. Papi keeps the beat. Baby loves this lullaby, moves...
Sleepy Bird
Tankard, Jeremy
It is bedtime. . . . Are you sleepy?Bird's friends are settling in for the night.But Bird is not tired. His wings want to flap.His legs want to run. All of him wants to play!When will he ever go to sleep?!Spirited kids and exhausted parents will laugh their way to happy dreams in this...
Twinkle, twinkle, little car
Dopirak, Kate
A little red car beeps good night to all of his four-wheeled friends in this fresh take on the classic song, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." Twinkle, twinkle, little car, how you love to travel far. Now it's time to go to bed. But you...

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