An Award-Winning Book Club for Kids
Shop Now

Getting Ready For Bed: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best kids books about getting ready for bed?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to getting ready for bed. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about getting ready for bed.

Our list includes board books and picture books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about getting ready for bed, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Things I Love About Bedtime to popular sellers like The Going-To-Bed Book to some of our favorite hidden gems like Pajama Time!.

We hope this list of kids books about getting ready for bed can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

Top 10 Books About Getting Ready For Bed

#1
Add to list
Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed
Written by Mark Sperring & illustrated by Mandy Sutcliffe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Join Belle and her bunny, Boo, as they follow ballerinas, cowboys, pirates, and others through dreamy fantasies to a cozy bed of their own. Gentle rhymes and luminous illustrations will help little ones wind down and tuck in for a good night's sleep. This lullaby journey is as captivating and soothing as any parent or child could want — by the end, there won't be an open eye in the house! Belle & Boo is a British lifestyle brand known for original, nostalgic 'story book' illustrations of children. Visit them at belleandboo.com.
#2
Add to list
Little Hoot
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
It's not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard—but he's hooting mad about it! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun twist on the universal dilemma.
#3
Add to list
The Going-To-Bed Book
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Getting ready for sleep is tons of fun in this Sandra Boynton classic. The sun has set not long ago. Now everybody goes below to take a bath in one big tub with soap all over—SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB! This classic bedtime story is just right for winding down the day as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush and brush and brush their teeth, and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.
#4
Add to list
Pajama Time!
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Pajama Time! is a good-night book with the irrepressible language, the inimitable illustrations, the irresistible cast of characters only Sandra Boynton could create. A jump-roping chicken and a pig on a swing. A Scottie in plaid pajamas and an elephant in a fuzzy one-piece with feet. And in sing-along nuttiness reminiscent of Barnyard Dance!, it's time to head to bed-to the beat: Pajammy to the left. Pajammy to the right. Jamma jamma jamma jamma P!J! Everybody's wearing them for dancing tonight. Jamma jamma jamma jamma P!J!
#5
Add to list
When the World Is Ready for Bed
Written by Gillian Shields & illustrated by Anna Currey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
A rabbit family prepares for bed by cleaning up toys, folding clothes, talking about the events of the day, and reading a book.
#6
Add to list
Lion's Lullaby
Written by Mij Kelly & illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
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.
#7
Add to list
The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits
Written by Douglas Florian & illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Follow one family of rabbits as they do all their favorite things in this sweet, poetic story from award-winning author Douglas Florian, now in board book format! The habits of rabbits are many, not few, with plenty of things that they love to do! This lyrical story follows a family of rabbits throughout the seasons as they have fun doing everyday things like digging holes, building snow rabbits, thumping their feet, and more. And at the end of the day, when it’s time to say goodnight,” there is one habit of rabbits that’s not to be missed. . . .
#8
Add to list
Goodnight, Mice!
Written by Frances Watts & illustrated by Judy Watson
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Kiss Dad once. Cuddle Mum twice. Goodnight, Mum and Dad. Goodnight, mice. Its time to say goodnight but the four cheeky mice skittering and scampering and scurrying to bed don't seem very sleepy! This warm, affectionate story is the perfect bedtime book for the whole family to share.
#9
Add to list
Sheep Go to Sleep
Written by Nancy Shaw & illustrated by Margot Apple
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
At the end of the day, tired sheep return to their shed but none can sleep until the collie arrives, giving a hug, a drink of water, and more until all have begun to snore.
#10
Add to list
Time for a Hug
Written by Phillis Gershator & illustrated by David Walker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
A little rabbit receives hugs around the clock.
Table of Contents
Scroll to books about Getting Ready For Bed and...

Books About Getting Ready For Bed and Bunnies And Rabbits

Add to list
Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed
Written by Mark Sperring & illustrated by Mandy Sutcliffe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Join Belle and her bunny, Boo, as they follow ballerinas, cowboys, pirates, and others through dreamy fantasies to a cozy bed of their own. Gentle rhymes and luminous illustrations will help little ones wind down and tuck in for a good night's sleep. This lullaby journey is as captivating and soothing as any parent or child could want — by the end, there won't be an open eye in the house! Belle & Boo is a British lifestyle brand known for original, nostalgic 'story book' illustrations of children. Visit them at belleandboo.com.
Add to list
When the World Is Ready for Bed
Written by Gillian Shields & illustrated by Anna Currey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
A rabbit family prepares for bed by cleaning up toys, folding clothes, talking about the events of the day, and reading a book.
Add to list
The Wonderful Habits of Rabbits
Written by Douglas Florian & illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Follow one family of rabbits as they do all their favorite things in this sweet, poetic story from award-winning author Douglas Florian, now in board book format! The habits of rabbits are many, not few, with plenty of things that they love to do! This lyrical story follows a family of rabbits throughout the seasons as they have fun doing everyday things like digging holes, building snow rabbits, thumping their feet, and more. And at the end of the day, when it’s time to say goodnight,” there is one habit of rabbits that’s not to be missed. . . .
Honorable Mentions
Time for a Hug book
Add to list
Rabbit Pie: The Perfect Recipe for Bedtime book
Add to list
Tickle My Ears book
Add to list
Rabbit Pie book
Add to list
  1. Time for a Hug - A little rabbit receives hugs around the clock.

  2. Rabbit Pie: The Perfect Recipe for Bedtime - A bedtime story about six adorable rabbits.

  3. Tickle My Ears - In Tickle My Ears, it’s getting late and Little Rabbit must go to bed. Can you help him? When Little Rabbit asks “Tickle My Ears?” a wonderful new bedtime ritual begins: Clap your hands, fluff the pillow, give Little Rabbit’s ears a tickle, stroke his back, pull up the covers and a goodnight kiss. And don’t forget to turn out the light: here’s the switch! Enjoy this sweet interactive animation where you can tuck Little Rabbit in, tickle his ears, kiss him goodnight and turn off the lights here.

  4. Rabbit Pie - The perfect recipe for bedtime! Six adorable rabbits are just one ingredient needed for sweet Rabbit Pie! Combine with a sprinkling of kisses and some warm milk for the ideal bedtime story. Told like a recipe, with delightful illustrations showing the preparations for bedtime, this charming picture book will enchant parents and children alike. With a sturdy board book format that will withstand plenty of use by babies and younger children this new format edition of an already popular title makes the perfect addition to any bookshelf!

Books About Getting Ready For Bed and Animals

Add to list
Lion's Lullaby
Written by Mij Kelly & illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
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.
Add to list
Pajama Time!
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
Pajama Time! is a good-night book with the irrepressible language, the inimitable illustrations, the irresistible cast of characters only Sandra Boynton could create. A jump-roping chicken and a pig on a swing. A Scottie in plaid pajamas and an elephant in a fuzzy one-piece with feet. And in sing-along nuttiness reminiscent of Barnyard Dance!, it's time to head to bed-to the beat: Pajammy to the left. Pajammy to the right. Jamma jamma jamma jamma P!J! Everybody's wearing them for dancing tonight. Jamma jamma jamma jamma P!J!
Add to list
How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?
Written & illustrated by Varsha Bajaj
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
"How many kisses do you want tonight?" the animals ask, snuggling critters tight. This adorable counting bedtime book celebrates the special ritual of goodnight kisses. Cozy up with your little one for a goodnight kiss-or two, or three...
Honorable Mentions
Kitty Alone book
Add to list
Night Knight book
Add to list
Goodnight, Sleepyville book
Add to list
Bedtime book
Add to list
  1. Kitty Alone - 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.

  2. Night Knight - 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!

  3. Goodnight, Sleepyville - Little ones will love to snuggle up with the adorable animal families of Sleepyville who are getting ready for bed in this sweet, classically-inspired picture book. In Sleepyville, the sun is setting, and animal families are heading home for the night. After milk and cookies, everyone has fun brushing their teeth and picking out their favorite pajamas—stripes, plaid, or polka-dots?Then, under twinkling stars, it’s time to wiggle into their cozy beds for lullabies and bedtime stories. Sweet dreams, Sleepyville . . .

  4. Bedtime - Bedtimes can be wild, especially when animal babies are involved! Sometimes messy, often chaotic and always exhausting, they offer perfect bonding opportunities – of a kind!Courtney’s wacky style and eye for detail perfectly illustrate the fun, laughter and love shared each day in family life.

Books About Getting Ready For Bed and Babies

Add to list
Little Sleepyhead
Written by Elizabeth McPike & illustrated by Patrice Barton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
A board book for the most cuddly bedtime ever! Tired little eyes, ready now for bed, Tired little everything, precious sleepyhead. By the end of a busy day, little knees are tired from crawling, little arms are tired from stretching—even little lips are tired from blowing kisses. But with the help of gentle verse, and art as sweet as a bedtime lullaby, tired little eyes will quickly give way to sleep. Shhh . . .
Add to list
Hush Little Baby
Written & illustrated by Sylvia Long
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
In this variation on the classic lullaby, a mother soothes her child to sleep with the promise of such things as a quilt, a banjo tune, and the sights and sounds of nature.
Add to list
A Recipe for Bedtime
Written by Peter Bently & illustrated by Sarah Massini
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
A few simple ingredients are all you need for the perfect bedtime. Take one cute-enough-to-eat baby, add a spoonful of kisses, mix with plenty of cuddles, and finish with a sweet lullaby. This recipe for a bedtime routine unfolds in the form of an adorable set of step-by-step instructions. By the end, little ones will be all tucked in and drifting off to sleep. Soothing, lyrical text and warmly rendered artwork make this book sweeter than pie!
Honorable Mentions
Princess Baby, Night-Night book
Add to list
Baby Sitter book
Add to list
  1. Princess Baby, Night-Night - A latest entry in the series that includes Princess Baby on the Go features an exuberant little Princess Baby who does not feel sleepy at bedtime but who puts on her pajamas, puts away her toys, brushes her teeth and selects a perfect storybook before settling under the covers.

  2. Baby Sitter - The story of a young boy and his babysitter.

Want to see books about babies?

Books About Getting Ready For Bed and Family

Add to list
Little Hoot
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
It's not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard—but he's hooting mad about it! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun twist on the universal dilemma.
Add to list
Brown Baby Lullaby
Written by Tameka Fryer Brown & illustrated by A.G. Ford
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
From sunset to bedtime, two brown-skinned parents lovingly care for their beautiful brown baby: first, they play outside, then it is time for dinner and a bath, and finally a warm snuggle before bed. With Spanish words sprinkled throughout and featuring warm art by New York Times–bestselling and NAACP- Award–winning illustrator AG Ford, Brown Baby Lullaby is the perfect new baby or baby shower gift.
Add to list
Kiss Good Night
Written by Amy Hest & 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?
Honorable Mentions
My Tail's Not Tired book
Add to list
Pirate's Lullaby book
Add to list
Goodnight Whispers book
Add to list
Night Night, Mommy book
Add to list
  1. My Tail's Not Tired - How can any little monster possibly go to bed when their tail isn’t even tired? And when their knees still have plenty of bounce in them? And when their arms still want to fly like a jet plane? Bedtime is surely a long way off! Luckily, Big Monster has a strategy to outwit Little Monster, with the inevitable result! A humorous and charming bedtime story that adults and children will love to read - and play out - again and again.

  2. Pirate's Lullaby - “Yo ho ho! It’s bedtime, but first it’s mutiny! This little pirate will do anything to avoid going to sleep. Read along in fun pirate lingo as our young swashbuckler stows his toys in his “treasure chest”, searches for his best “mate” (peg-legged Captain Teddy), plays a game of “walk the plank”, and reads a few bedtime stories from “Davy Jones’s Locker”. Will Papa Pirate ever get his little one to catch “forty winks”? Young pirate fans will love this funny, rhyming bedtime story as they laugh along with the little pirate’s plots to stay up. It’s sure to get every young reader into his “bunk” night after night.”

  3. Goodnight Whispers - You are strong. You are brave. You are so incredibly good. On an ordinary night in an ordinary house, a father’s ordinary words do something extraordinary. Lulled to sleep by these whispered affirmations, his baby girl grows into a fun-loving child, a confident teen, and then a courageous young woman. As she ventures forth into the world on her own, her father’s affectionate affirmations—now carried in memory—bolster her through life’s challenges and, like whispers on the night wind, come full circle to strengthen her aging father and young son of her own. With breathtaking illustrations from Spanish artist Dani Torrent, Goodnight Whispers is a heartwarming story about a father’s love and the power of affirmation.

  4. Night Night, Mommy - After enjoying a day with its mother, a small otter settles in for the night with a bath, a story, and a prayer.

Books About Getting Ready For Bed and Sleep

Add to list
The Going-To-Bed Book
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
Getting ready for sleep is tons of fun in this Sandra Boynton classic. The sun has set not long ago. Now everybody goes below to take a bath in one big tub with soap all over—SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB! This classic bedtime story is just right for winding down the day as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush and brush and brush their teeth, and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.
Add to list
Sleepyheads
Written by Sandra J. Howatt & illustrated by Joyce Wan
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Get ready for bed with this soothing sleepy story—now available as a Classic Board Book! The sun has set, and sleepyheads all across the land are tucked into their cozy beds. Rabbit is snoozing in the weeds, and Duck is snuggled in the reeds. Bear is nestled in his cave, and Otter is rocking on a wave. But there’s one little sleepyhead who’s not in his bed. Where, oh where, could he be? This sweet and snuggly bedtime book with irresistible illustrations by Joyce Wan is the perfect read-aloud story to prepare little ones for a cozy night’s sleep.
Add to list
The Rabbit, the Dark, and the Cookie Tin
Written & illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Rabbit doesn't want to go to bed, so he decides to kidnap The Dark and trap it in a cookie tin so he can stay up all night long. But then The Dark reminds Rabbit of all the good things that darkness brings. What about all the nocturnal animals? And surely you can't have a yummy breakfast of toast and honey and fresh orange juice unless you've been to bed? But the BEST thing about the dark, of course, is reading a really good bedtime story!
Honorable Mentions
Froggy Goes to Bed book
Add to list
Stop That Yawn! book
Add to list
When the World Is Ready for Bed (padded board) book
Add to list
It's Not a Bed, It's a Time Machine book
Add to list
  1. Froggy Goes to Bed - It’s time for bed! Not if Froggy has his way! Even after a long day of playing, Froggy’s still not tired. His bath is ready, but first Froggy has to find his boat. And where are his pajamas? And how did his toothbrush get into the cookie jar? Oh, Frrooggyy! Now it’s time to go to sleep, right? But Froggy can’t sleep without a bedtime story! Join Froggy as he hops, flops, and zips from one familiar bedtime ritual to another.

  2. Stop That Yawn! - Pack your toothbrushes, but leave your pajamas and pillows behind for this one-of-a-kind bedtime story from Ida, Always author Caron Levis and bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham. And whatever you do…DON’T YAWN! Gabby Wild has had enough of bedtime. Yawn, curl, snuggle, snore—what a bore! So instead of tucking in, she jets out—with poor Granny in tow—to a place where beds are for bouncing, hushes are shushed, and it’s never too late for ice cream. But sometimes, even when you grit your teeth and seal your lips, it’s impossible to stop that…YAWN! There’s a yawn on the loose! Can Gabby stop that yawn from spreading the snooze, or will it be lights out for Never Sleeping City?

  3. When the World Is Ready for Bed (padded board) - Now in padded board book edition - a lovely, soothing lullaby with the familiar feel of a classic.As the whole world gets ready for bed, so does an adorable bunny family—brushing teeth, closing curtains, and sharing a story. The complete text of this sleepy, soothing book is captured in a new padded board book edition with sturdy pages and rounded corners.

  4. It's Not a Bed, It's a Time Machine - Bedtime can be frightening—a dark room, spooky shadows, silence. Our narrator worries about what’s hiding in the dark, until his stuffed bunny, Floppy, tells him a secret: His bed is really a time machine. And they set off on an adventure into the past, to the coolest time ever—the age of the dinosaurs—to meet the coolest animal ever—the tyrannosaurus rex! This night’s sleep will span millions of years, but it’s so fun it’ll feel like it’s over in the blink of an eye. It’s Not a Bed, It’s a Time Machine is the ultimate goodnight picture book, showing that going to sleep is nothing to be afraid of. Instead, it’s just the beginning of a time-spanning adventure.

Want to see books about sleep?

Books About Getting Ready For Bed and Bedtime And Dreams

Add to list
Goodnight, Mice!
Written by Frances Watts & illustrated by Judy Watson
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Kiss Dad once. Cuddle Mum twice. Goodnight, Mum and Dad. Goodnight, mice. Its time to say goodnight but the four cheeky mice skittering and scampering and scurrying to bed don't seem very sleepy! This warm, affectionate story is the perfect bedtime book for the whole family to share.
Add to list
Bulldozer Dreams
Written by Sharon Chriscoe & illustrated by John Joven
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6
After a long day of clearing dirt, rocks, and trees, a bulldozer is tired and ready for bed. He lifts up his blade, his spotlights flash on, he rolls through the gate, and lets out a yawn. He heads to the Wiggle and Shake for a bath, then to the Sip and Slurp for some supper, then chooses a bedtime story . . . and soon the bulldozer will be dreaming sweet dreams of finishing his important work! Construction vehicle fans young and old will delight in this imaginative book of how a bulldozer prepares for bed. Sharon Chriscoe's irresistibly clever and gentle rhyming verse and John Joven's charming illustrations are sure to soothe even the busiest of kids at bedtime.
Add to list
Bedtime for Batman
Written by Michael Dahl & illustrated by Omar Lozano
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
"Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger."
Honorable Mentions
Good Night Sleepy Caterpillar book
Add to list
The Bear in My Bed book
Add to list
The Things I Love About Bedtime book
Add to list
Little Night/Nochecita book
Add to list
  1. Good Night Sleepy Caterpillar - Follow one little caterpillar through the forest as she says good night to all of her friends! It’s been a long day for one little caterpillar. Follow her through the forest as she says good night to all of her woodland friends in this delightful peek-through bedtime storybook. With colorful illustrations and die-cuts on every page, this book will keep little hands busy before they have sweet dreams!

  2. The Bear in My Bed - When a little boy goes into his room for bedtime, he finds out that his bed is already occupied—by a bear (who’s not his teddy bear)! The bear makes a mess with toys, splashes water around the bathtub, and eats books instead of reading them. Not to mention that he doesn’t know how to brush his teeth or wear pajamas! And how is anyone supposed to get any sleep with a bear taking up the whole bed?

  3. The Things I Love About Bedtime - A book that celebrates the joys of bedtime! There are so many things to love at bedtime: playing, reading, talking, and dreaming! THINGS I LOVE ABOUT BEDTIME is a board book that celebrates the joys of the bedtime process. From taking a bath to brushing teeth to putting on pajamas to reading books in bed, follow one happy little bunny through an adorably illustrated, classic bedtime routine that puts the “sweet” in “sweet dreams.”

  4. Little Night/Nochecita - As the long day comes to an end, Mother Sky fills a tub with falling stars and calls, “Bath time for Little Night!” Little Night answers from afar, “Can’t come. I am hiding and you have to find me, Mama. Find me now!” Where could Little Night be? Down a rabbit hole? In a blueberry field? Among the stripes of bees? Exquisitely painted and as gentle as Little Night’s dress crocheted from clouds, this is a story to treasure. With a bilingual text in both English and Spanish, Little Night Nochecita by Yuyi Morales is a sweet story every child can enjoy.

Books About Getting Ready For Bed and Imagination And Play

Add to list
Sheep Go to Sleep
Written by Nancy Shaw & illustrated by Margot Apple
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
At the end of the day, tired sheep return to their shed but none can sleep until the collie arrives, giving a hug, a drink of water, and more until all have begun to snore.
Add to list
The Runaway Hug
Written by Nick Bland & illustrated by Freya Blackwood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
"Mommy," said Lucy. "Can I have a hug before I go to bed?" When Mommy jokes that she only has one hug left, Lucy decides she must keep Mommy's last hug safe. As Lucy shares the hug with everyone in her large and loving family, she is always careful to get it back . . . until the canine member of the family refuses to play along! Highly acclaimed, internationally bestselling picture-book creators Nick Bland and Freya Blackwood collaborate for the first time on this charming story, which celebrates the imaginative powers of children and the extraordinary love to be found in ordinary bedtime routines.
Add to list
10 Little Ninjas
Written by Miranda Paul & illustrated by Nate Wragg
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
A charming bedtime counting book about ten sneaky little characters who aren’t ready to go to sleep… until daddy calls the sensei to send them back to bed. It may be bedtime, but these little ninjas aren’t tired. They’re sliding, swinging, and slipping out of bed! Can Daddy and the sensei ever tuck them in? Filled with mischievous fun, 10 Little Ninjas will take young readers from playtime to bedtime again and again. Kids will love the astronauts, tigers, cowboys, dragons and more!
Honorable Mentions
Pillowland book
Add to list
The Silence Slips In book
Add to list
Sweet Dreaming book
Add to list
Who Is Sleeping? book
Add to list
  1. Pillowland - Laurie Berkner, “the queen of children’s music” (People), pairs the lyrics of her beloved hit with Camille Garoche’s gentle illustrations in this winning bedtime picture book—a must-have for fans of Laurie’s music and all things soft and sweet. I know a place, a kingdom far away, where people wear pajamas every night and every day. Where all the houses, the buildings, and the trees are made of fluffy pillows that are soft as they can be. Laurie Berkner’s treasured song “Pillowland” is now a beautiful picture book! Featuring magical, lush art by Camille Garoche, Pillowland carries readers away to a feather-fluffed dream world where bedtime is always a grand adventure. We’re going to land in Pillowland!

  2. The Silence Slips In - When the party’s over and the baby finally falls asleep, when the dog is all barked out and the screens are dark, the Silence pads in on soft, furry feet. A warm, comforting presence, the Silence curls up in a sunbeam like a cuddly cat and helps you read, think and be still. The Silence is friends with the Dark. Together they soothe the jagged edges left when the Noise has rolled on and gently launch the boats of your dreams into the night. When the day becomes overwhelming or other feelings become too big, the Silence slips in.

  3. Sweet Dreaming - “I can’t sleep!” said Molly. “You can,” said her Mom. “Just think of a story and sleep will soon come…” When Molly can’t fall asleep, her Mom has the perfect remedy: a soothing bedtime story! Mom dreams up a variety of sleep-inducing scenarios, but Molly manages to find something exciting and energizing in each one. Eventually, Mom’s stories work, just not in the way she expects…

  4. Who Is Sleeping? - In a pair of bright lift-the-flap books full of animals, author-illustrator Petr Horácek gets little ones thinking with simple questions and easy concepts. Who is sleeping in the tree? Who is sleeping under the leaf? What about in the river? Children can say good night to several animals before settling down for a slumber of their own.

Books About Getting Ready For Bed and Parents

Add to list
Baby Bedtime
Written by Mem Fox & illustrated by Emma Quay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Join these adorable elephants for a lyrical good night routine in this tender bedtime tale from the bestselling author of Time for Bed and Hello Baby! After all the kissing, and the hugging, and the rocking, and the snuggling, there at last comes a time for—sleeping. From beloved, bestselling picture book author Mem Fox, this cozy, dreamy bedtime book is a soothing lullaby that’s just right for lulling little ones to sleep.
Add to list
Llama Llama Nighty-night
Written & illustrated by Anna Dewdney
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
What’s the best part of bedtime? Stories with Mama! Before cuddling, Llama Llama must splish and splash in the tub, then put his red pajamas on. Dewdney’s catchy rhymes, effortless rhythm, and adorable artwork can now be enjoyed by even younger audiences. Toddlers will love this perfect read-aloud.
Add to list
Sweet Dreams, Kitty
Written by Little Bee Books & illustrated by Gareth Llewhellin
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
An adorable padded board book for parents and children to share! In this fun and playful bedtime story, little Kitty isn't ready for bed. Instead of sleeping, she sneaks around the house until she finds herself outside, where she finds a toy. She just wants to run and play! But the sun is setting and the stars are out, and as mommy kitty calls for her, she's finally ready to curl up warm and tight and say good night.
Honorable Mentions
Whisper book
Add to list
You Are My Kiss Goodnight book
Add to list
I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed book
Add to list
I Would Tuck You in book
Add to list
  1. Whisper - Bedtime has never been so quiet. This beautiful bedtime picture book will quickly become a favorite for naptime, bedtime and cuddle-up-and-read time. Remember to snuggle up close, because you whisper when you read this book.

  2. You Are My Kiss Goodnight - A twist on classic Marianne Richmond books like You Are My Heart, You Are My Kiss Good Night offers parents a way to wind down the day with a little one, reminding everyone of the love and care that they share. With Marianne’s trademark feel-good writing and beautiful illustrations, You Are My Kiss Good Night is a new addition to the nighttime category that delivers a way for parents to express their love to children in a sweet and memorable way.

  3. I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed - “Whether they spot themselves in Charlie or Lola, young ones will enjoy this exuberant, hilarious spin on a bedtime story.” — BOOKLIST Night owl Lola likes to stay up coloring and scribbling and wriggling and bouncing and chattering. Lola never gets tired. How can big brother Charlie convince her it’s time for bed? Heralded by the WASHINGTON POST as “a delightful new voice in children’s books,” author-illustrator Lauren Child splashes her offbeat sense of humor and unique artwork all over this bedtime story. Laugh out loud at Lola’s imaginative antics, but save a cheer for kind, patient Charlie, the big brother we’d all love to have.

  4. I Would Tuck You in - Perfect for fans of The Runaway Bunny, this children’s bedtime story is filled with baby animals and their mothers: an otter tucks her little one into a kelp forest bed; a family of brown bears snuggle all through the winter; a humpback whale sings a song to soothe her calf. Lovingly illustrated and lyrically written, I Would Tuck You In is written and illustrated by husband-and-wife author and artist team Mitchell Watley and Sarah Asper-Smith.

Want to see books about parents?

Books About Getting Ready For Bed and Health And Daily Living

Add to list
Even Superheroes Have to Sleep
Written by Sara Crow & illustrated by Adam Record
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Toddlers will feel better about bedtime when they learn that superheroes, cowboys, princesses, and astronauts ALL have to sleep too! It's bedtime for superheroes . . . and KIDS! Young ones will enjoy this sweet, short, rhyming story that lulls them to sleep with the promise that all their heroes are getting tucked into bed too. It's the perfect story to choose for a peaceful bedtime ritual. And don't miss the companion book - Even Superheroes Use the Potty - to help teach kids good bathroom habits. "Will ease little readers to restful states."--Kirkus
Add to list
Good Night, Spot
Written & illustrated by Eric Hill
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Spot has been very busy, and it’s time to get ready for bed. After a bath and drying off in his warm, fuzzy towel, Spot chooses a favorite book for a bedtime story. Any young child can relate to the ritual of preparing for bedtime with this board book, now available with a bold, colorful cover.
Add to list
Yawning Yoga
Written by Laurie Jordan & illustrated by Diana Mayo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A beautiful bedtime routine for yogis of any age! Starting with a gentle Om, Yawning Yoga’s simple instructions, gorgeous illustrations, and soothing poetry guide readers through a relaxing routine to end the day. Thoughtful poems depict a series of step-by-step yoga poses. Each of the poses is accompanied by its Sanskrit name, adding to the layers of learning. Written by a specialist in yoga for children, this lovely introduction to the elements of yoga practice—including stretching, posture, and breath work—will help children and their caring adults ready their bodies for a restful sleep.
Honorable Mentions
I Just Want to Say Good Night book
Add to list
It Is Not Time for Sleeping book
Add to list
Monsters Go Night-Night book
Add to list
  1. I Just Want to Say Good Night - Caldecott Honor-winner Rachel Isadora’s stunning oil paintings illustrate this delightful bedtime tale, set on the African plains. The sun has set and the moon is rising, and that means it’s bedtime. But not if Lala has a say—because she’s not ready to go to sleep! First she needs to say good night to the cat. And the goat. And the chickens. And, and, and . . . Lala’s adorable stalling strategy will ring true for all parents whose little ones aren’t ready to say goodbye to the day—and all will appreciate the wonderful culmination to the bedtime ritual.

  2. It Is Not Time for Sleeping - As the day comes to an end, bedtime draws near. But the little boy in this book is quite sure it is NOT time for sleeping. As each piece of his evening routine is completed—helping with the dishes, playing with the dog, getting into pajamas, brushing teeth with Dad, being tucked in by Mom, and listening to a story—he becomes a little more certain: it is definitely not time for sleeping. The question is, when WILL it be time for sleeping? A rhythmic, cumulative text and lush twilit scenes come together to create a perfect bedtime book that will be treasured for generations to come.

  3. Monsters Go Night-Night - Bedtime means brushing your teeth, putting on pajamas, snuggling, and kissing your family goodnight. But for monsters, bedtime looks a little different. They brush their teeth, but not with a toothbrush. They get dressed for bed, but not in slippers and nightcaps. They snuggle, but not with a blankie or a teddy bear. Monsters Go Night-Night takes readers through the bedtime ritual of seven friendly monsters while making each step of the routine a guessing game. Getting ready for bed has never been so much fun!

Did you enjoy our getting ready for bed book recommendations? Did you know you can help us improve this list? Check out our Community Handbook and learn how to add tags to books.

Additional book lists you might enjoy:

Suggested Links