Sleep! 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.