Sleepy Little Picture Books

It's bedtime! Sleep easy with these calming picture book selections.

Updated May 24, 2023
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Hush, little rocket
O'Hara, Mo
Hush, Little Rocket, don't make a bleep.We're heading home now, it's time to sleep.At the end of a very long day of soaring around the galaxy, send your little rocket to sleep with this celestial lullaby sung to the tune of "Hush, Little Baby." Starting at the long, yellow flares of the sun and...
Looking for sleep
Deutsch, Georgiana
Now in a board book format for the youngest readers, Looking for Sleep explores a topic familiar to many families--a child unable to fall asleep--and features adorable illustrations and accessible, humorous text. Having a child who is unable to sleep is a familiar scenario...
Good night little bookstore
Cherrix, Amy E.
Part lullaby, part love song, this perfectly pitched bedtime book gives a nod to its classic predecessors as it champions the vibrant independent spirit of local bookstores. Join the Little Bookstore's friendly staff as they draw the curtain on another busy day of browsing and...
Sleep tight, Lily and Milo
Oud, Pauline
A familiar and interactive story about bedtime rituals. For toddlers ages 24 months and up, with a focus on the child's daily life. Bedtime! It's late, so Lily and Milo are going to sleep. Lily is all ready, but Milo isn't! He still needs to put on his pajamas and...
The bedtime book of animals : take a peek at more than 100 of your favorite animals
Akhter, Zeshan
A must-have illustrated introduction to the animal kingdom, including over 50 of the world's favorite animals! Introducing The Bedtime Book of Animals, a must-have animal reference book for all early readers who are keen to explore animals from all over the globe. Turn...
Bedtime for duckling : a peek-through storybook
Hepworth, Amelia
In this sweet story with both illustrated and photographic elements, as well as peek-through pages throughout, Duckling is looking for a new place to sleep--but will she find anywhere that's as comfortable as her own nest? It's bedtime, but Duckling doesn't want to sleep in her...
Tiptoe tiger
Clarke, Jane
Tiptoe, tiger! Tara the tiger cub is wide awake and wants to play. But Tara's bouncing and pouncing keeps scaring all the other jungle animals away. Help Tara tread quietly through the jungle so that she can make her way home to her mom and settle down for bed.
A big bed for Little Snow
Lin, Grace
A companion to the Caldecott Honor book A Big Mooncake for Little Star! A heartwarming and tender picture book introducing readers to their first snow, from award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Grace Lin. ...
Blue baboon finds her tune
Docherty, Helen
Orange moon, blue baboon. Blue baboon spies bassoon. Blue Baboon is eager to play the bassoon with her new friends. But a monsoon threatens to spoil the fun. Fortunately, a big balloon arrives in time to carry them to a dune where they can...
The stack
Roeder, Vanessa
From the creator of The Box Turtle comes a clever and stunningly illustrated bedtime story about doing (and building!) whatever it takes to reach for the stars Luna begins her stack with a single chair. But it's not quite tall enough. So she adds a stool, then some books ....
2-Minute Stories For 2-Year-Olds
Cottage Door Press
There's always time for a story! Two minutes to read-aloud and look at pictures makes this treasury perfect for quiet time or bedtime. Short little stories are just right for toddlers. Little Red Hen, Three Little Pigs, and even a Dinosaur story will engage your child or grandchild. This...
You are getting sleepy
Alexander, Lori
Lull your little one to sleep with this adorable bedtime board book, about a wide-awake baby who does not want to go to sleep! Tick-tock, peek at the clock. It's time to sleep, sweet baby. First a bath to soak...relax. Are you getting sleepy?<...
Leo, sleep tight!
McQuinn, Anna
Leo, Lola's little brother from Leo Loves Mommy and Leo Loves Daddy, is back in a new bedtime story that helps him to relax using all five senses! Perfect for establishing nighttime routines, this sweet companion to Leo, Rise and Shine! and spin-off of the...
The nice dream truck
Ferry, Beth
From the dreams of New York Times bestselling creators Beth Ferry and Brigette Barrager comes this whimsical bedtime story filled with adventure and imagination. Featured by Gayle King on CBS Mornings! When bedtime is near, you might be in luck. You might get a visit from the...
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...
The bedtime book
Parr, Todd
A New York Times bestselling author puts a twist on the traditional bedtime story with his signature blend of colorful pictures, comedy, and reassurance. It's time for bed! But, no one is ready for bed The raccoon has the hiccups ...
It's so quiet : a not-quite-going-to-bed book
Rinker, Sherri Duskey
A silly, noisy bedtime book that will have readers squealing, croaking, and laughing along before settling down for a quiet night's sleep! It's time for bed, but one little mouse just can't get to sleep--it's TOO QUIET! However, the night is actually full of sounds, from...
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 barn
Rogers, Leah H.
A sweet, spare debut offers a barn's-eye view of life on a farm, illustrated with grace and gentleness by picture-book veteran Barry Root. I am a barn. All are safe within my walls. One hundred years ago, many hands raised a red-cedar barn. Now the barn stands...
The bedtime book
Marendaz, S.
Join Mouse and Frank, the dog, as they look for Mouse's favorite bedtime book. It's nighttime but Mouse is not asleep. Mouse cannot find her bedtime book! Where could it be? And how can she possibly sleep without it?
No more naps! : a story for when you're wide-awake and definitely not tired
Grabenstein, Chris,
Imagine if you could steal your toddler's nap? This picture book debut from a #1 New York Times bestselling author turns the universal dilemma of getting kids to sleep upside down! It's time for a nap but, just like stubborn toddlers everywhere, Annalise Devin McFleece won...
Bedtime for sweet creatures
Grimes, Nikki
Nikki Grimes, Coretta Scott King Award winning author, and acclaimed illustrator Elizabeth Zunon's latest children's masterpiece creates an imagination-fueled and animal-filled journey to bedtime. It's bedtime. But Mommy's little one is not sleepy. He growls like a bear, he...
Night animals need sleep too
Marino, Gianna
It's daytime and night animals are all sleeping soundly. Well, all except for Possum. Skunk tries to be helpful, pointing out a cave, then a tree, then a den. But the more places Possum tries to sleep, the more night animals he wakes up. Will Bear, Wolf, Skunk, and Possum ever find a good day's rest...
Goodnight, veggies
Murray, Diana
★ "The childlike approach, appealing art, and relatable worm character...connect story and audience." --The Horn Book, STARRED review Every veggie needs their shut-eye in this bedtime book that celebrates community, the joys of a small garden, and the importance of taking care of...
Five on the bed
Boswell, Addie K.
A charming counting book filled with artful papercut illustrations for the whole family to read before bed. How many are on the bed? How many are below? Five on the Bed counts to five with young readers as they follow the clever yet simple story of a family getting ready for...
Bedtime for Bo
Skomsvold, Kjersti A.
A New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2022 ★ Stretch like a giraffe and snuggle like a meerkat with Bo and Mommy as they get ready for bed! It's time for bed, but little Bo isn't ready to...
Good night, Little Blue Truck
Schertle, Alice
Say good night with Little Blue Truck and friends as they prepare for bed in this #1 New York Times bestseller! Beep! Beep! Beep! It's time for sleep. A storm is brewing, and Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are hurrying home for bed. But who can sleep with all that racket ...
Bedtime for Little Bulldozer
Broach, Elise
Little Bulldozer can't seem to behave according to the bedtime house rules of his human parents. Once he finally gets into bed, he can't fall asleep no matter what he tries to do. Something's not right, and only his sisters--a steamroller and a crane--can make it better. This sweet bedtime story has...
How do you go to sleep?
McMullan, Kate
Discover how different animals go to sleep in this rhyming picture book from a veteran children's author! Follow along as three children learn about the bedtime routines of squirrels, parrots, dolphins, and many more. Meerkats sleep in a stack. Is that how these kids go to sleep?...
Goodnight, rainbow cats
Castro Ur©?o, B© rbara
Say goodnight to 12 sweet sleepy cats in every colour of the rainbow! It's bedtime, which means that it's time for each colourful cat to come home and curl up in the big white house. The youngest of readers will follow along and delight as, one by one, the book's die-cut windows are infused...

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