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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Teddy bedtime
Birkett, Georgie
Get ready for bed with Teddy the stuffed animal bear and his friends in this sweet bedtime book. Teddy and his friends love to play and sing, until it's time to get ready for bed! Join them as they splash in the tub, brush their teeth, and cuddle up to say "Goodnight!"
Monkey bedtime
English, Alex
How are you supposed to get ready for bed when there are a growing number of monkeys who just won't stop messing around?
Bedtime blastoff!
Reynolds, Luke
Blast off to bedtime with this adventure-filled story about a little boy who imagines his bed turning into a car, a fire truck, even a space ship as he rockets into dreamland! For little boys who love construction vehicles, race cars, and fire trucks, this is the perfect bedtime story...
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
This Big Golden Book features a collection of bedtime stories starring the Disney Princesses! This Big Golden Book collection of bedtime stories starring Disney Princesses Pocahontas, Cinderella, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast is...
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. ...
A bedtime for Bear
Becker, Bonny.
When the impish Mouse comes to spend the night, Bear is in for a rude--and very funny--awakening in this irresistible story starring the unlikely pair. Bear must have absolute quiet when he goes to bed. He likes to set out his glass of water, adjust his nightcap, fluff his...
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...
Ten sleepy sheep : a bedtime countdown
Lockwood, Kate
Follow 10 adorable little sheep as they settle down for the night in this clever counting book with raised sheep figures embedded on each page. Little ones will learn colors, number recognition, and counting down from 10 to 1 in this playful bedtime book. Follow along with a...
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....
What! cried Granny : an almost bedtime story
Lum, Kate.
Taken to delightfully silly extremes, this wickedly daffy stalling-at-bedtime romp contains scenes that exhausted adults will recognize and every "almost"-ready-for-bed kid will wish for. Full color.
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.   
Back to bed, Ed!
Braun, Sebastien.
Transitioning a little one from a crib to a toddler bed? This award-winning bedtime book is just for you! At bedtime, Ed plays silly games with Dad. He has a drink and brushes his teeth. He takes a bath and cuddles with Mom for a bedtime story. Then Ed is off to bed with hugs and...
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.
Every night we say goodnight. But tonight we also ask, "What will tomorrow bring? An odd-sounding song? A worried-looking bug? A mysterious rock?" Most likely, all of the above. In a modern take on the classic goodnight book, rather than focusing on going to bed, this little boy contemplates the...
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
This interactive bedtime story proves nighttime isn't scary at all. The gentle journey from sunset to sunrise shows even the youngest children the magic of the nighttime sky--and lets them make magic happen! A companion to the popular and acclaimed Tap the Magic Tree....
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...
A child's good night book
Brown, Margaret Wise
Night is coming and small things without words are going to sleep . . . sleepy bunnies, sleepy birds, and sleepy children, too, are getting under their covers. "Jean Charlot's illustrations are first-rate." --NYT. Barbara Bader called this 1943 book, now restored to its original size and format,...
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...
Tiger can't sleep
Fore, S. J.
The well-behaved hero of this story goes right to bed without any fuss. But the show-off tiger in his closet wants to tap-dance and play the drums. An increasingly annoyed little boy argues, scolds, and pleads. "Oops, Tiger is sorry! Tiger will be very, very quiet," Tiger promises- but it's hard to...
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.
Includes: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?; In the Small, Small Pond; Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin; and All the Color of the Earth. DVD also includes three bonus stories.
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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