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Getting Ready For Bed and Family: Books For Kids

This list of the best kids books about getting ready for bed is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From Little Hoot to Baby Sitter there’s something here for everyone’s tastes. Do you have a favorite book about getting ready for bed? Let us know!

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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.

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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.

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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. . . .

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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.

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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 . . .

Rabbit Pie: The Perfect Recipe for Bedtime book
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Baby Bedtime book
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The Runaway Hug book
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Brown Baby Lullaby book
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  • Rabbit Pie: The Perfect Recipe for Bedtime - A bedtime story about six adorable rabbits.

  • Baby Bedtime - 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.

  • The Runaway Hug - “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.

  • Brown Baby Lullaby - 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.

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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.

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How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?
Written by Varsha Bajaj & illustrated by Ivan Bates
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…

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Goodnight, Sleepyville
Written by Blake Liliane Hellman & illustrated by Steven Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

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 . . .

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Whisper
Written by Joe Fitzpatrick & illustrated by Marco Furlotti
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

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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?

Rabbit Pie book
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My Tail's Not Tired book
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Pirate's Lullaby book
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Goodnight Whispers book
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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

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I Would Tuck You in
Written by Sarah Asper-Smith & illustrated by Mitchell Watley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

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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.

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Stop That Yawn!
Written by Caron Levis & illustrated by LeUyen Pham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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?

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It Is Not Time for Sleeping
Written by Lisa Graff & illustrated by Lauren Castillo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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.

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Night Night, Mommy
Written by Amy Parker & illustrated by Lee Holland
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

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

Ladybug Girl Says Good Night book
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Baby Sitter book
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  • Ladybug Girl Says Good Night - Bedtime is the focus of this concept board book in the Ladybug Girl series, perfect for readers ages 1 to 3. Bedtime can be fun, especially for Ladybug Girl and Bingo. From bath-time bubble beards, to pajamas with wings, to special good-nights for all of her stuffed animals, Ladybug Girl puts her own unique and cozy twist on the nightly ritual. Perfect for fans of Llama Llama, Nighty Night by Anna Dewdney!

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

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