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Bedtime and Animals: Books For Kids

Bedtime is a special time and one that we often spend reading with our children. Any book is fun to read before bed, but there is a great list of books that have been made especially to soothe and calm our children before they go to sleep. We hope you find your new favorite as you scan the list below!

Lion's Lullaby book
#1
Lion's Lullaby
Written by Mij Kelly and illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I absolutely love the illustrations in this sweet bedtime book! It's filled with the cutest animals and has a lovely rhyme and flow. There's not a huge story line to this one, but it's fun to go through all the animals and ask who puts them to bed. :)

With the help of hugs and lullabies, a young girl tucks her stuffed animals into bed, one by one, in this cuddly good-night read. Holly Clifton-Brown's soft palette and adorable illustrations paired with Mij Kelly's comforting rhyming text set the perfect tone for bedtime.

All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep book
#2
All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep
Written by Crescent Dragonwagon and illustrated by David McPhail
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Now in board book format, this lyrical animal ABC book is just right for bedtime--or anytime! From antlered antelope to zzz-ing zebra, all the awake animals are getting sleepy in this abridged board book edition of a favorite bedtime alphabet book, from an acclaimed author and bestselling illustrator. This exquisite celebration of language and nature is perfect for lulling little ones into a cozy, soothing slumber.

If Animals Kissed Good Night book
#3
If Animals Kissed Good Night
Written by Ann Whitford Paul and illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Rhyming text explores what would happen if animals kissed like humans do, from a slow kiss between a sloth and her cub to a mud-happy kiss from a hippo calf to his father.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star book
#4
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Written by and illustrated by Sylvia Long
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-12

In this tenderly illustrated edition of the classic rhyme, award-winning artist Sylvia Long touches the hearts of readers yet again. Her detailed watercolors depict a group of animal friends as they make their way home under the night sky to complete their bedtime rituals.

Rock-a-Bye Farm book
#5
Rock-a-Bye Farm
Written by Diane Johnston Hamm and illustrated by Alexi Natchev
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

This sweet, rhyming bedtime book is perfect for animal lovers. The farmer helps all of his animals get to sleep before going to bed himself. The illustrations are sweet and perfect for bedtime.

From a baby to a horse, the farmer is rocking everybody to sleep on this farm! Originally published in 1992, Rock-a-Bye Farm is filled with sweet lullabies. Little Simon is bringing this humorous and touching bedtime story back in a board book format with beautiful new illustrations.

Kiss Good Night book
#6
Kiss Good Night
Written by Amy Hest and illustrated by Anita Jeram
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Tuck someone in with a KISS GOOD NIGHT. "It was a dark and stormy night on Plum Street. In the little white house, Mrs. Bear was putting Sam to bed." Outside, the wind blows and the rain comes down. Inside, it is Sam's bedtime. Mrs. Bear reads him a story, tucks him in, and brings him warm milk. "Are you ready now, Sam?" she asks. "I'm waiting," he says. What else does Sam need before going to sleep? Could Mrs. Bear have forgotten a kiss?

Olive the Sheep Can't Sleep book
#7
Olive the Sheep Can't Sleep
Written by Clementina Almeida and illustrated by Ana Camilla Silva
picture book
Recommend Ages: 32-3

Adorable Olive had a long day and is tired. She settles in for a good night’s sleep, but it isn’t easy. Using techniques based in neuroscience to help children relax, fall asleep, and stay asleep, author and child psychologist Clementina Almeida presents a charming bedtime story teaching parents techniques to help their child turn off . Why is it sometimes so hard for little ones to fall asleep? “Because,” says Almeida, “the world never ceases to surprise them, . . . their mind cannot ‘disconnect.’”

Twilight Chant book
#8
Twilight Chant
Written by Holly Thompson and illustrated by Jen Betton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

As day slips softly into night, sharp eyes catch glimpses of the special creatures who are active at dusk. Lyrical text and lush art capture the richness and life of this magical time in a sumptuous picture book that will inspire budding naturalists and anyone who has ever chased a lightning bug at twilight. An author’s note about twilight is included.

When Your Monkeys Won't Go to Bed book
#9
When Your Monkeys Won't Go to Bed
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

When your monkeys won’t go to bed, you’ll have to use lots of tricks to make them sleepy! This charming and hilarious board book highlights the many ways to tire out two wide-awake monkeys! Do your monkeys go wild at bedtime? When your monkeys won’t go to bed, you’ll have to be smart. After you race them upstairs and trick them into the tub, it’s time to convince them to get into bed. Let them pick out a good book—or five—and snuggle in close. But be careful…or you just might fall asleep, too!

Sleepyhead book
#10
Sleepyhead
Written by and illustrated by Flora Chang
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

A first book for bedtime to share with your little one! Children can look, point, touch, count, and say goodnight to all their animal friends! This sturdy board book is perfect for teaching little ones about different facial features. Children can point to the lion's sleepy eyes, and then identify their own eyes. Plus, the peekaboo mirror at the end will delight and surprise!

Once Upon a Zzzz book
#11
Once Upon a Zzzz
Written and illustrated by Maddie Frost
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Once upon a time, an author took a snooze and an illustrator took the reins telling the story—exactly the way she wants! Featuring a llama princess, a scheming penguin, space travel, and maybe even a ninja—or, wait, a dragon!—this rambunctious, clever, no-holds-barred meta-story will have young readers giggling from start to finish.

Cow Can't Sleep book
#12
Cow Can't Sleep
Written by Ken Baker and illustrated by Steve Gray
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Belle can’t sleep. The hay is too scratchy. So she tiptoes around the farm to find the perfect place to sleep. But what if the best sleeping spots are already taken? Belle causes an uproar on the farm...until finally she finds the perfect place to sleep! Good night! Bright, hilarious digital artwork gives just the right touch to this silly bedtime story.

The Big Book of Bedtime Stories book
#13
The Big Book of Bedtime Stories
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-12

This delightful treasury of stories features charming characters and beautiful illustrations - each with a hidden message. The Big Book of Bedtime Stories introduces young children to the pleasures of reading and includes eight stories to choose from. Each story is perfect for reading together and is just the right length for bedtime. All the other dragons laugh at The Littlest Dragon because he can’t breathe fire. But when winter comes all the other dragons catch colds. Will the Littlest Dragon be able to breathe fire after all? When William’s baby brother arrives, his Mom and Dad are too busy to read him a bedtime story, so William sets off to find a new home in There's No Place Like Home. Superchimp is the mighty hero of the jungle. But when Superchimp hears a booming sound, it stops him in his tracks.... Just who is this brave chimp is so frightened of? In Kindness is Magic Wolf finds poor Little Owl has fallen from her tree. He decides to help her learn to fly. Can wolf hide his frustration and will Little Owl ever make it home? Archie’s big brother Oliver has returned from a party with a party gift bag. Archie begins collecting a bag of treasures all of his own. When a magpie steals Archie’s Bag of Treasures, who will help him get it back? Max and Bear are best friends. Every evening Bear tells Max the best bedtime stories. One day Bear gets tangled up in a kite and flies far away from home. How will Bear find his way home to tell Max his bedtime story? All the animals are frightened of Snip Snap Croc. She could gobble them up in one bite. But who do these eggs belong to? The animals are about to learn that even Snip Snap Croc has a softer side. A child describes her pet chameleon and its funny color changing habit. She loves her pet, but her mom is less convinced because it keeps getting lost! Can they find a way to stop losing the chameleon in My Colorful Chameleon?

Sunrise, Moonrise book
#14
Sunrise, Moonrise
Written and illustrated by Betsy Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Day turns into night and some animals drift to sleep while others spring to life in this beautiful high-contrast board book. Sun rises. Bird sings. And so the day begins in this beautifully simple board book with bold artwork and lyrical text that shows us the passing of time in the day. Fish swim under a blue sky, squirrels dream as the sun sets, the moon rises as stars blink, and an owl hoots when night falls. With word repetition and a single tree that houses both the bird who sings as the sun rises and the owl who hoots after the moon rises, little ones can begin to understand that the day begins and ends in the same way.

Dream Animals book
#15
Dream Animals
Written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Ideal for bed time reading, Dream Animals convinces children to close their eyes and discover who their dream animal might be—a fox? a bear? a narwhal?—and what dream it might take them to. With a perfect nighttime rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, this book is irresistible.

Can't Sleep Without Sheep book
#16
Can't Sleep Without Sheep
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Whenever Ava can't sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it's the sheep that are growing tired-until finally, they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos, and more try their hand at jumping over Ava's fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for sheep might not be so easy after all. With irresistibly adorable art, this delightful take on a familiar sleep tactic is sure to become a bedtime favorite.

Sleep Like a Tiger book
#17
Sleep Like a Tiger
Written by Mary Logue and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

At bedtime a young girl asks "Does everything in the world go to sleep?"

Good Night, Gorilla book
#18
Good Night, Gorilla
Written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A must-have board book for all babies. Good night, Gorilla. Good night, Elephant. 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? Good night, Giraffe. Good night, Hyena. Sneak along behind the zookeeper’s back, and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.

A Book of Sleep book
#19
A Book of Sleep
Written and illustrated by Il Sung Na
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-7

When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright, everyone goes to sleep… except for the watchful owl! With a spare, soothing text and beautifully rich and textured illustrations of a starry night, this is the perfect “book of sleep.” Join the owl on his moonlit journey as he watches all the other animals settle in for the night: some sleep standing up, while some sleep on the move! Some sleep peacefully alone, while others sleep all together, huddled close. Il Sung Na makes his American debut with this gorgeous bedtime offering. While each animal rests in its own special way, little ones will also drift off to a cozy sleep.

Night-Night, Forest Friends book
#20
Night-Night, Forest Friends
Written and illustrated by Annie Bach
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

As the sun sets, animals all over the forest get ready for bed. Papa rabbit tucks his babies in among the leaves, fuzzy bears settle in their den, and little foxes snuggle together under the moonlight. Up above, an owl hoots a lullaby. The gentle rhyming text and soft illustrations in this charming book will help little ones settle down for a cozy night.

Night Knight book
#21
Night Knight
Written and illustrated by Owen Davey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Come on a bedtime adventure with one little knight as he rides through forests to reach his bedroom, battles crocodiles to brush his teeth and climbs the tallest tower to get into bed. This exciting and imaginative bedtime tale is told through Owen Davey's charming and witty words and illustrations — making this a perfect k-nightly read for every young adventurer. Bedtime becomes an unforgettable k-nightly adventure!

Kitty Alone book
#22
Kitty Alone
Written by John M. Feierabend and illustrated by Mina Echevarria
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Kitty Alone is the latest in a series of captivating picture books, each based on a beloved songtale from the great American folk music heritage. This beautifully illustrated version sets the song in the Appalachian Mountains and uses a bobcat, called a "woods ghost" by locals, as the title character. Like the other titles in the First Steps in Music series, Kitty Alone includes song history and notation, along with a free download link for the song, sung by Jill Trinka.

Little Owl's Night book
#23
Little Owl's Night
Written and illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

It’s evening in the forest and Little Owl wakes up from his day-long sleep to watch his friends enjoying the night. Hedgehog sniffs for mushrooms, Skunk nibbles at berries, Frog croaks, and Cricket sings. A full moon rises and Little Owl can’t understand why anyone would want to miss it. Could the daytime be nearly as wonderful? Mama Owl begins to describe it to him, but as the sun comes up, Little Owl falls fast asleep. Putting a twist on the bedtime book, Little Owl’s Night is sure to comfort any child with a curiosity about the night.

Night Animals book
#24
Night Animals
Written and illustrated by Gianna Marino
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Something's out there in the dark! First Possum hears it. Then Skunk. Then Wolf comes running. 'What could it possibly be?' asks Bat. 'Night Animals!' the animals declare. 'But you arenight animals,' Bat informs this not-so-smart crew. Children will love the oh-so-funny animals in this twist on a cozy bedtime book.

A Bear Hug at Bedtime book
#25
A Bear Hug at Bedtime
Written by Jana Novotny Hunter and illustrated by Kay Widdowson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

On my way to bed, I play with a tiger, a lobster and a bear – and lots of other creatures too. But why are they so familiar? In this celebration of imaginative play, a young child is surrounded and enriched by an extended and diverse family. Inclusive and playful, this is the ideal bedtime read.

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