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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

  • Every member of the Frazzle family is a mess, remembering to wear their winter coats in the summer and to apply their sunscreen in the winter.  Aunt Rosemary comes to help organize the frazzled Frazzle family, but with little success.  One day Annie Frazzle has an idea that helps everyone, including Aunt Rosemary!  A fun, family adventure for ages 4 and up. 

  • You Were the First by Patricia MacLachlan, celebrates all of the stages of the firstborn baby in a family.  There may be other children in the family later, but there is always a first one to teach the parents how to be parents.  This will make parents and children of all family sizes smile and remember all of the good first times they each experienced. A beautiful mixture of words and illustrations for all ages.