10 Relaxing Books to Help Kids Drift Off to Dreamland

Kids love being read to before bedtime, but some stories are more sleep-inducing than others. These charming picks are all calmly paced to help kids power down and relax. The picture books -- both classics and more recent releases -- have the soothing rhythm and repetition that little kids love, and there's even a classic chapter book with an adventure kids can follow bit by bit over several nights. For more great books for little ones, check out our Best Books for Toddlers and Read-Aloud Books

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Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? Book Poster Image
As reassuring as a goodnight hug.
By Martin Waddell
(2003)
(1988)
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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Book Poster Image
Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.
By Sherri Duskey Rinker
(2012)
(2011)
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Goodnight Moon Book Poster Image
Ultimate going-to-bed book has stood the test of time.
By Margaret Wise Brown
(2004)
(1947)
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The Runaway Bunny Book Poster Image
Sweet, imaginative story makes little ones feel secure.
By Margaret Wise Brown
(2011)
(1942)
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The Quiet Book Book Poster Image
Cute graphics and simple words prepare kids for bedtime.
By Deborah Underwood
(2011)
(2010)
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Thank You and Good Night Book Poster Image
A perfect charmer of a bedtime book; the real deal.
By Patrick McDonnell
(2015)
(2015)
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Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book Book Poster Image
Sends youngsters off to sleep with a chuckle.
By Dr. Seuss
(2003)
(1962)
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The Full Moon at the Napping House Book Poster Image
A rhythmic, snappy charmer of a bedtime book.
By Audrey Wood
(2015)
(2015)
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Steam Train, Dream Train Book Poster Image
Jolly animals load a train in this dream of a bedtime book.
By Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld
(2013)
(2013)
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Stuart Little Book Poster Image
Excellent bridge from chapter books to novels.
By E.B. White
(2003)
(1945)
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