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Books for Bedtime

Written by published on Fri, 09/25/2015 - 10:56am

sleeping catSleep!  Everyone needs it, but it is not always easy for kids to want to go to sleep. According to the CDC, school-aged children need 10-12 hours of sleep a night. Many times the right bedtime book can make even the twitchiest child relax, and maybe even welcome sleep. Try the recommendations below for some sweet dreams!


For the youngest listener:

  • Cuddle up, Goodnight by Katie Cleminson. The routines of the day in a simple rhyme with sweet illustrations.
  • Dream Animals by Emily Martin. In this beautifully illustrated book kids play in their dreams with their favorite animals.
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Reading this out loud will make you realize why this classic is still in print!

Quiet bedtime picture books:

  • Bedtime Bunnies by Wendy Watson.  All the things little bunnies do to get ready for bed.
  • The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool.  A greedy king, a talented boy, and clothes from the clouds.
  • Dr. Seuss' Sleep Book This classic counts all of the beings in the world that are going to sleep.
  • How Does Sleep Come? by Jeanne Blackmore.  A boy questions his mother about the arrival of sleep.
  • Niccolini's Song by Mary Wilcoxen.  The nightwatchman puts the trains to sleep with a gentle song.
  • Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue.  Does everything in the world go to sleep at night?

Chapter Book Read-alouds:

  • My Father's Dragon by Frank Gannett.  A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.
  • The Mysterious Howling by MaryRose Wood.  Fifteen-year-old Miss Penelope Lumley, a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, is hired as governess to three young children who have been raised by wolves and must teach them to behave in a civilized manner quickly, in preparation for a Christmas ball.  
  • The Night Fairy by Laura Schlitz.  When Flory the night fairy's wings are accidentally broken and she cannot fly, she has to learn to do everything differently.
  • Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins. Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys. 




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Recommended Books

  • Do you want to learn how stargaze, mimic birdsong and spot wild animals?  This book is packed with all kinds of exciting outdoor activities for children and the whole family, to encourage awareness of the natural world, to develop self-sufficiency skills, and to show how much fun it is to explore nature.   

  • January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day! Celebrate by reading about the rollicking adventures of a boy and his bathtub in “The Green Bath” written by Margaret Mahy and illustrated by Steven Kellogg.  Bath time will never be the same!  Recommended for ages 4 and up.

  • In “Each Kindness”, award winning author Jacqueline Woodson and amazing illustrator E.B. Lewis have made a wonderful book about how treating people with kindness can help everyone. Maya is a new student and different from her other classmates with her hand-me-down clothes and old- fashioned toys.  Maya wants to make friends with Chloe and her gang of friends, but they reject her. Their teacher gives a lesson on simple kindness and Chloe realizes the opportunity for friendship that was missed, and how much better it would have been if she had been kind.