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 Book Poster Image
Gorgeous, enchanting bedtime read.
By Il Sung Na
(2009)
(2009)
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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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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late Book Poster Image
The perfect go-to-bed book for stalling kids.
By Mo Willems
(2007)
(2006)
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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 Going to Bed Book Book Poster Image
Sweet, silly board book makes bedtime fun and cozy.
By Sandra Boynton
(2013)
(1982)
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Guess How Much I Love You Book Poster Image
Sentimental bunny tale tugs on the heartstrings.
By Sam McBratney
(2004)
(1996)
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Red Sled Book Poster Image
Inspired, silly sledding romp perfect for winter bedtime.
By Lita Judge
(2012)
(2011)
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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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Goodnight, Numbers Book Poster Image
Rhyming bedtime book has sweet art and lots to count.
By Danica McKellar
(2017)
(2017)
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The Dark Book Poster Image
Clever story of a boy who conquers his fear of the dark.
By Lemony Snicket
(2013)
(2013)
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Harold and the Purple Crayon Book Poster Image
Imagination reigns in timeless classic about drawing boy.
By Crockett Johnson
(2012)
(1955)
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Just Because You're Mine Book Poster Image
Fun look at a father's unconditional love great for bedtime.
By Sally Lloyd-Jones
(2012)
(2011)
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A Parade of Elephants Book Poster Image
Sweet, cozy counting book teaches basic preschool concepts.
By Kevin Henkes
(2018)
(2018)
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Power Down, Little Robot Book Poster Image
Funny sci-fi take on the how-to-get-your-kid-to-bed story.
By Anna Staniszewski
(2015)
(2015)
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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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The Snatchabook Book Poster Image
Sweet story of books and forgiveness great for bedtime.
By Helen Docherty
(2013)
(2013)
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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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Twenty Yawns Book Poster Image
Cozy, colorful bedtime tale helps kids count.
By Jane Smiley
(2016)
(2016)
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All Ears, All Eyes Book Poster Image
Poetic ode to animals in the night woods great for bedtime.
By Richard Jackson
(2017)
(2017)
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At Night Book Poster Image
A bedtime book to soothe restless sleepers.
By Jonathan Bean
(2007)
(2007)
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Bedtime for Frances Book Poster Image
Kids can empathize with bedtime troubles.
By Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban
(2003)
(1960)
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Click, Clack, Peep! Book Poster Image
Baby duck won't go to sleep in funny farm tale.
By Doreen Cronin
(2015)
(2015)
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Dog Loves Counting Book Poster Image
Whimsical tale shows how books can help you get to sleep.
By Louise Yates
(2013)
(2013)
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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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Goodnight, Good Dog Book Poster Image
Restless pup falls asleep in lyrical bedtime story.
By Mary Lyn Ray
(2015)
(2015)
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In the Night Garden Book Poster Image
Little girls stretch their imaginations before bedtime.
By Barbara Joosse
(2008)
(2008)
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The Insomniacs Book Poster Image
Great bedtime read about family that's up all night.
By Karina Wolf
(2012)
(2012)
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The Man in the Moon: The Guardians of Childhood Book Poster Image
Adventures of young Man in the Moon a perfect bedtime read.
By William Joyce
(2011)
(2011)
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Marshmallow Book Poster Image
Cuddly read-aloud perfect for bedtime.
By Clare Turlay Newberry
(2008)
(2008)
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Noisy Night Book Poster Image
Guessing game with rhymes makes apartment noises fun.
By Mac Barnett
(2017)
(2017)
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Stars Book Poster Image
Superb illustrations, star theme make a great bedtime read.
By Mary Lyn Ray
(2011)
(2011)
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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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