Books for Kids - Bedtime

Enjoy this list of bedtime stories to help your toddlers or preschoolers get ready for bed.

Updated May 22, 2023
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Baby bedtime
Fox, Mem
Join these adorable elephants for a lyrical good night routine in this tender bedtime tale from the bestselling author of Time for Bed and Hello Baby! After all the kissing, and the hugging, and the rocking, and the snuggling, there at last comes a time for-...
Bedtime for Frances
Hoban, Russell.
The big hand of the clock is at 12.The little hand is at 7.It is seven o'clock.It is bedtime for Frances. It may be bedtime for Frances, but that does not mean Frances is ready to go to bed -- not by a long shot. First she must have a glass of milk and make certain Mother and Father have each...
Princess bedtime stories
A new addition to the bestselling series, this storybook collection is filled with eighteen delightful stories featuring the Disney Princesses, including a special focus on Mulan, Merida, and Jasmine. With over 250 beautiful illustrations and gilded pages, this charming collection will have little...
My first baby animals bedtime storybook
Join your favorite Disney characters and snuggle up in this collection of tales! Search for an intruder with the Dalmatians, attend a birthday party with Marie, spend the day with Thumper and his sisters and more in this bedtime collection. ...
Bedtime for Little Bulldozer
Broach, Elise
Little Bulldozer struggles to fall asleep in Bedtime for Little Bulldozer, a sweet and clever bedtime picture book by New York Times bestselling author Elise Broach with illustrations by Barry E. Jackson. Falling asleep isn't always easy, especially for a loud...
Little Owl's bedtime
Gliori, Debi
From bestselling picture book duo Debi Gliori and Alison Brown comes an irresistible bedtime story perfect for little night owls. Little Owl does not want to go to bed. His pillow is too lumpy and his quilt is too hot. He's tried to go to sleep. He's tried REALLY hard, but...
Dino pajama party : a bedtime book
Wallmark, Laurie
Join the dinos for a bash before bedtime! Much like us, dinosaurs love to have fun. Dinosaurs from all around gather together to play instruments, dance, and sing before bedtime. But soon the dinosaurs grow tired and need their rest. This is a book that's sure to...
Goodnight love : a bedtime meditation story
Kim, Sumi Loundon
Share love with yourself, your people, and the world (alongside fun sloths) in this big-hearted bedtime meditation for children. As the day comes to a close, Goodnight Love helps children (ages 2-5) connect to the warmth of their hearts through the power of lovingkindness....
Will you help me fall asleep?
Kang, Anna
From the author-illustrator team of You Are (Not) Small, winner of the 2015 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, comes another adorable picture book featuring Monty. Hey, you. Yes, you! Monty needs YOUR help! Tomorrow is the annual boat race and Monty needs as much energy as possible to make...
Good night like this
Murphy, Mary
From the creator of A Kiss Like This and Say Hello Like This! comes a third adorable animal story to share -- this one for bedtime. Filled with dreamy, colorful art, this is the perfect soothing bedtime book for little children. The rhythmic text is just right for...
Twenty yawns
Smiley, Jane
A Huffington Post Best Children's Book of the Year From Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley and Caldecott Honor artist Lauren Castillo. As her mom reads a bedtime story, Lucy drifts off. But later, she awakens in a dark, still room, and everything looks mysterious. How...
Dinosaur vs. bedtime
Shea, Bob.
Fans of No, David! will love this not-quite-ready-for-bedtime book that launched a top-selling series--by favorite funny man Bob Shea! Roaaaar! Roaaaar! This little dinosaur usually wins everything, and nothing can stop him--not talking grownups...
The little sleepyhead
Manushkin, Fran.
Meet the Little Sleepyhead, who lives back when the world is so young that the rocks are little pebbles and the chicks are still in their eggs. He's tired from playing all day. Where will he sleep? Not in the tickly grass, and not on the slippery lily pads. Not on a bumpy tree branch, and not even...
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...
Goodnight, good dog
Ray, Mary Lyn
It's time to say goodnight. But what if a dog isn't sleepy? Intimate and accessible, this young dog story captures how a reluctant pup warms to bedtime in a way that children will recognize immediately--and find as reassuring as their own beds.   
Sleepy Sheepy
Cummins, Lucy Ruth
From critically acclaimed author Lucy Ruth Cummins and Pete Oswald, New York Times bestselling illustrator of The Sour Grape, comes a rhyming bedtime tale featuring brand new picture book character Sleepy Sheepy, a sheep who is definitely NOT sleepy! Sleepy...
Sleepy, oh so sleepy
Fleming, Denise
Baby animals are going to sleep one by one, but the tiny human baby is the most special of all. Denise Fleming's knack for understanding the preschool set shines through in this gentle good-night story, illustrated with her signature pulp paintings. Take a colorful look at all the tired...
Tomorrow Most Likely
Eggers, Dave.
"Highly recommended . . . an outstanding storytime selection." - School Library Journal, starred review A bright new take on bedtime books: Rather than focusing on going to bed -- and what kid wants to think about going to bed? -- this book explores all of the dreamy,...
Goodnight already!
John, Jory.
*An E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor Book* A hilarious bedtime book from the award-winning creators of I Love You Already!, Come Home Already!, and All Right Already! Bear is exhausted. All he wants is to go to sleep. Duck is wide awake. All he wants is to hang out . . . with...
Touch the brightest star
Matheson, Christie
Magic happens every night. It happens everywhere, from sunset to sunrise. It even happens when your eyes are closed. When you wave good-bye to the sun, fireflies start to blink outside, owls wake up in the forest, and stars shine above cities and...
Sweet dreamers
Simler, Isabelle
A gorgeous bedtime book from an award-winning creator From the celebrated creator of Plume and The Blue Hour comes another enchanting animal book. Countless cozy animals are settling in for the night, but they all sleep in different ways. A bat...
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...
Sleepy ABC
Brown, Margaret Wise
From A is for Aaaah when a small kitten sighs to Z is for Zipper now zip into bed . . . here are twenty-six ways to say goodnight. Margaret Wise Brown wrote this book not long after she wrote Goodnight Moon. (She knew a thing or two about putting little ones to bed.) Now Karen Katz...
Close your eyes : a book of sleepiness
Houran, Lori Haskins
An irresistible bedtime celebration of cute. Little night owls, take note: this bedtime book is filled with the sleepiest, snuggliest, most ridiculously snoozy-soft baby animals ever. Can you resist a drowsy little lamb? A bunny taking a nap with a guinea...
The big bed
Laditan, Bunmi
From Bunmi Laditan, the creator of the Honest Toddler blog, The Big Bed is a humorous picture book about a girl who doesn't want to sleep in her little bed, so she presents her dad with his own bed--a camping cot!--in order to move herself into her parents' big bed in his place. A twist on...
Don't blink!
Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.
This interactive book may seem to be on your side, reluctant sleeper -- but it's truly a bedtime book in disguise! New from New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Amy Krouse Rosenthal and David Roberts! Here's how it works: if you can avoid getting to the end of...
Hush little polar bear
Mack, Jeff.
AN IMPOSSIBLY CUDDLY BABY POLAR BEAR travels from one magical place to another. "Hush baby polar bear. Sleep in the snow, and dream of the places where sleeping bears go." Readers follow a baby snow-white plush polar bear that has been brought to life by his owner's imagination from...
How do dinosaurs say good night? ... and more stories that rhyme
Yolen, Jane.
Baby, sleepy baby
Atinuke
Lyrical and full of love, this gentle picture book--based on a song that Atinuke's father sang to her in Nigeria--is the perfect bedtime lullaby. Baby, sleepy baby, I'll sing down the stars till they dance right into your room. It's bedtime for a...
Bear can't sleep
Wilson, Karma
Bear's many animal friends try to help him get to sleep in time for winter hibernation in this companion story to Bear Snores On. It's winter, and deep in the forest, Bear should be fast asleep. But when his friends come by to check on him, they realize that Bear is still...

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