Bedtime Books

Books are a great part of kids' bedtime rituals. Here are some wonderful stories, from funny to cozy, classics to contemporary, that will get kids in the mood and help them settle down and drift off to slumberland at naptime or nighttime. For more great books for little ones check out our Read-Aloud Books and Best Books for Toddlers.

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A Book of Sleep

age 2+

Gorgeous, enchanting bedtime read.

By: Il Sung Na (2009)
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Can't You Sleep, Little Bear?

age 2+

As reassuring as a goodnight hug.

By: Martin Waddell (1988)
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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

age 2+

The perfect go-to-bed book for stalling kids.

By: Mo Willems (2006)
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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

age 2+

Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.

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Goodnight Moon

age 2+

Ultimate going-to-bed book has stood the test of time.

By: Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
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The Going to Bed Book

age 2+

Sweet, silly board book makes bedtime fun and cozy.

By: Sandra Boynton (1982)
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Guess How Much I Love You

age 2+

Sentimental bunny tale tugs on the heartstrings.

By: Sam McBratney (1996)
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Off to See the Sea

age 2+

Charming bath time book shows the power of pretend.

By: Nikki Grimes (2021)
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Red Sled

age 2+

Inspired, silly sledding romp perfect for winter bedtime.

By: Lita Judge (2011)
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The Runaway Bunny

age 2+

Sweet, imaginative story makes little ones feel secure.

By: Margaret Wise Brown (1942)
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Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

age 3+

Lovely, relatable story of toddler delaying going to sleep.

By: Nikki Grimes (2020)
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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

age 3+

Girl sneaks nibbles, mooncake wanes in cozy bedtime charmer.

By: Grace Lin (2018)
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Goodnight, Numbers

age 3+

Rhyming bedtime book has sweet art and lots to count.

By: Danica McKellar (2017)
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The Dark

age 3+

Clever story of a boy who conquers his fear of the dark.

By: Lemony Snicket (2013)
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Grumpy Monkey: Up All Night

age 3+

Funny take on sleepovers has insight, great illustrations.

By: Suzanne Lang (2020)
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Harold and the Purple Crayon

age 3+

Imagination reigns in timeless classic about drawing boy.

By: Crockett Johnson (1955)
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Just Because You're Mine

age 3+

Fun look at a father's unconditional love great for bedtime.

By: Sally Lloyd-Jones (2011)
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A Parade of Elephants

age 3+

Sweet, cozy counting book teaches basic preschool concepts.

By: Kevin Henkes (2018)
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Power Down, Little Robot

age 3+

Funny sci-fi take on the how-to-get-your-kid-to-bed story.

By: Anna Staniszewski (2015)
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The Quiet Book

age 3+

Cute graphics and simple words prepare kids for bedtime.

By: Deborah Underwood (2010)
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