Ten Bedtime Books for Little Dreamers

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Many of us grew up falling asleep to the classics. We snuggled Llamas in Pajamas in Great Green Rooms, we said Goodnight to the Zoo and the Cow Jumping Over the Moon. The classic children’s bedtime books still hold a very special place on my bookshelf, but I’ve recently been adding some new soon-to-be classics. Whether your little one is too wiggly for bedtime, too worried for lights out, or too full of wondering about the world to fall asleep, we’ve got a bedtime book that might help.


Bedtime Books for Wiggly Bodies

Don’t Blink
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by David Roberts

Challenge your little one to get to the end of the book without blinking in order to avoid bedtime!

Shhh! This Book is Sleeping
by Cedric Ramadier, illustrated by Vincent Bourgeau

Little ones will love being part of the putting this book to bed.

The Sleepy Pebble and Other Stories
by Professor Alice Gregory and Christy Kirkpatrick, illustrated by Eleanor Hardiman

Co-written by a sleep specialist, these tales incorporate some of the best-practices in sleep science for helping your little one drift off to sleep.


Bedtime Books for Worried Minds

The Big Bed
by Bunmi Laditan, illustrated by Tom Knight

A little girl finds a creative solution to secure her space in her parents’ big bed.

Goodnight Oliver Wizard
by Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Josee Masse

A lyrical father and son tale about the magic of sleep.

Orion and the Dark
by Emma Yarlett

Orion faces his greatest fear on a journey with the Dark.


Bedtime Books for Wonder-Filled Hearts

A Big Mooncake for Little Star
by Grace Lin

Learn the phases of the moon in this visually stunning adventure with Little Star.

Mae and the Moon
by Jami Gigot

When Mae loses the moon in a game of hide-and-seek, she sets out on an adventure to find it.

Night Out
by Daniel Miyares

A lonely boy accepts an invitation to a nighttime adventure beyond his wildest dreams.

Sleep, How Nature Gets Its Rest
by Kate Prendergast

Explore the many ways that animals sleep all around the world.


From All the Wonders to all you sleepyheads: sweet dreams!

Banner image from Night Out by Daniel Miyares

About the Author

Jess Townes

Jess Townes is a freelance writer and aspiring children’s book author. Before writing for children, she worked in public education and non-profit program development, with an emphasis on building community partnerships. Jess blogs about children’s literature, parenting, and creating an intentional home at www.jesstownes.com, and you can find her on Twitter @JessicaTownes.

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