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15 Blissful Bedtime Books to Read to Your Children

Updated: May 31

After a long day full of laughter and play, there is nothing more relaxing for a child than settling in and hearing a peaceful bedtime story. Here are 15 great children's books to add to your evening routine.


Go to Bed, Ollie!

by Mary-Helen Barrett (Author)


Giggle and learn valuable life lessons with Ollie, a charming little fox who initially thinks dreams are boring. Follow Ollie as he walks along the meadow with the majestic Moon, gaining reading, vocabulary, listening, and science skills.






Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Say Good Night

by Tiger Tales (Author), Sanja Rescek (Illustrator)


Send children off to bed with this adorable collection of bedtime rhymes! This book features a soft padded cover and sturdy board pages, perfect for little hands. Sweet illustrations show young dinosaurs in various stages of getting ready for bed, from taking a bath and reading a book to wishing on a star and enjoying a good-night hug and kiss.


I Love You to the Moon and Back

by Amelia Hepworth (Author), Tim Warnes (Illustrator)


The sun rises, and a bear and cub begin their day together. They splash in the water, climb mountains, watch the colorful lights in the shimmering sky, and play with friends. They show love for each other by touching noses, chasing each other, and, of course, hugging and snuggling before bed time.


Just Go to Bed

by Mercer Mayer (Author)


Little Critter is not looking forward to bedtime. Whether it’s time for him to stop playing and take a bath, or making a fuss about getting into his jammies, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A great way to introduce children to their very own bedtime routine!




Night, Night to the Animals

by Little Hippo Books (Author), Claudia Tenorio (Illustrator)


Every animal has their den, their burrow, a barn, nest or pen. This delightful, soothing lullaby illustrates for little ones that just like them, the little animals must also go to sleep.




Corduroy

by Don Freeman (Author)


Corduroy is a small stuffed bear who lives in a department store and waits to be taken home by somebody special. One day a little girl named Lisa wants to buy him, but her mother says no because he is missing a button on his corduroy overalls. That night Corduroy goes in search of his missing button.


Go to Bed, Snuggle Bug

by Little Hippo Books (Author), Francesca Pesci (Illustrator)


It’s time for bed, but these snuggle bugs aren’t quite ready yet. Read along with your little snuggle bug and find out all the reasons why. This sweet bedtime story features adorable critters who use every excuse they can think of not to go to bed










Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown (Author), Clement Hurd (Illustrator)


In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one the little bunny says goodnight.



The Going to Bed Book

Sandra Boynton (Author)


This classic bedtime story is just right for winding down the day as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush and brush and brush their teeth, and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.







Good Night, Gorilla

Peggy Rathmann (Author)

It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin? Sneak along behind the zookeeper's back and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.



Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

Mo Willems (Author) Mo Willems (Illustrator)


It's getting dark out, but one stubborn Pigeon is NOT going to bed! Children will love this interactive bedtime romp, which puts readers back in the driver's seat, deflecting Pigeon's sly trickery as he tries to escape his inevitable bedtime. Will you let him stay up late?



Good Night, Mr. Panda

Steve Antony (Author)


It is time for bed and Mr. Panda reminds his friends Hippopotamus, Skunk, Sheep, and Sloth that they each have forgotten to do something in this lovely book in Spanish. Skunk has forgotten to take a bath, Hippopotamus needs to brush his teeth, Sloth is too tired to move, and much more. Mr. Panda is there to remind them of the steps they've missed. As Lemur eventually finds out, however, even Mr. Panda can make a bedtime mistake!



Time for a Hug

Phillis Gershator (Author), Mim Green (Author), David Walker (Illustrator)


From the moment Little Bunny wakes up in the morning until the moon comes out and the stars shine, every hour includes a warm hug from Big Bunny. Whether they bake or build, bike or hike, a caring hug always feels just right. This is a book that is generous with love, and full of the sweetest illustrations you’ve ever seen




Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Sherri Duskey Rinker (Author), Tom Lichtenheld (Illustrator)


As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest--so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play!


I Love You, Good Night

Jon Buller (Author)


As a child gets ready for bed, this sweet book evokes all the ways parents can say, "I love you."Some ways are silly, some are heartfelt, but all of the ways to say "I love you" describe unconditional affection. This enduring bedtime favorite is now available in a sturdy board edition--the perfect way to say good night.

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