Best Kids Books About Getting ready for bed

48 Kids Books About Getting ready for bed

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
When the World Is Ready for Bed book
#1
When the World Is Ready for Bed
Written by Gillian Shields and 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.

Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed book
#2
Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed
Written by Mark Sperring and 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.

Time for a Hug book
#3
Time for a Hug
Written by Phillis Gershator and illustrated by David Walker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A little rabbit receives hugs around the clock.

The Runaway Hug book
#4
The Runaway Hug
Written by Nick Bland and 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.

Lion's Lullaby book
#5
Lion's Lullaby
Written by Mij Kelly and 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.

Whisper book
#6
Whisper
Written by Joe Fitzpatrick and 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.

Pirate's Lullaby book
#7
Pirate's Lullaby
Written by Marcie Wessels and illustrated by Tim Bowers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

"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."

My Tail's Not Tired book
#8
My Tail's Not Tired
Written by Jana Novotny Hunter and illustrated by Paula Bowles
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

Bedtime for Yeti book
#9
Bedtime for Yeti
Written and illustrated by Vin Vogel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Snuggle up with this sweet bedtime story about friendship and bravery that’s sure to give you the warm fuzzies. Yeti loves his stuffed toy Chunk. They play together all day and snuggle up under the covers each night. But when Chunk goes missing, Yeti has to go to bed alone in the shadowy dark. Unless, of course, he can summon all his courage to stage a dramatic rescue—Yeti-style!

Froggy Goes to Bed book
#10
Froggy Goes to Bed
Written by Jonathan London and illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Goodnight, Little Bot book
#11
Goodnight, Little Bot
Written by Karen Kaufman Orloff and illustrated by Kim Smith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Even little robots need their rest--and their parents tuck them in just as human mommies and daddies do. It doesn't matter if young bots slip on their pjs over power packs and snack on batteries; just like children, they love bedtime stories, hugs, a cuddly toy, and lullabies. This sweet goodnight story is perfect for winding kids (and robots) down for the night.

Night Knight book
#12
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!

Sleepy Time Olie book
#13
Sleepy Time Olie
Written and illustrated by William Joyce
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Olie must find a way to turn Pappy’s frown upside down—all before bedtime—in this classic picture book-turned-beloved-TV-show from the brilliant mind that brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. It’s bedtime in the Rolie Polie world, but where oh where is Pappy? He’s fallen down and bonked his head and can’t unfrown! Olie can’t go to sleep without a bedtime story from Pappy, but can Olie cheer him up in time? Olie’s super silly ray should do the trick! A most unusual bedtime book and a lovely ode to the importance of grandparents.

Don’t Blink! book
#14
Don’t Blink!
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by David Roberts
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This interactive book may seem to be on your side, reluctant sleeper — but it’s truly a bedtime book in disguise! New from New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Amy Krouse Rosenthal and David Roberts! Here’s how it works: if you can avoid getting to the end of this book, you can avoid bedtime, simple as that. (It’s a pretty sweet deal, actually.) But each time you blink, you have to turn a page. Those are just the rules. So whatever you do, DON’T BLINK!

Five Little Ducklings Go to Bed book
#15
Five Little Ducklings Go to Bed
Written by Carol Roth and illustrated by Sean Julian
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s bedtime for the five little ducklings. The first little duckling says, “Okay. It’s been a very busy day.” The second little duckling says, “Come on! Let’s go and put our jammies on.” But when the fifth little duckling says with delight, “I’m not going to bed tonight . . .”—the smooth-running train to bedtime is temporarily derailed. However, a little cooperation from the ducklings and a little love from Mama duck soon set things right for a happy, snuggly night.

I Would Tuck You in book
#16
I Would Tuck You in
Written by Sarah Asper-Smith and 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.

The Moon's Almost Here book
#17
The Moon's Almost Here
Written by Patricia MacLachlan and illustrated by Tomie dePaola
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Illustrations and rhyming text follow an assortment of creatures as they make their way to a nest, the shore, or a porch while the day comes to an end and the moon begins to rise.

Brownie and Pearl Get Dolled Up book
#18
Brownie and Pearl Get Dolled Up
Written and illustrated by Cynthia Rylant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Brownie and Pearl should be getting ready for bed. But instead of hitting the hay, they decide to play dress-up. They don pearls, apply powder, and add glitter galore. And when they make their sparkly debut, Mom and Dad can’t help but agree: Brownie and Pearl are so dolled up! With its adorable characters, sweet storyline, and vibrant illustrations, this second installment in the Brownie & Pearl series is certain to delight young dress-up fans across the land.

Pillowland book
#19
Pillowland
Written by Laurie Berkner and illustrated by Camille Garoche, Laurie Berkner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"Featuring ... art by Camille Garoche, [these song lyrics by Laurie Berkner carry] readers away to a feather-fluffed dream world where bedtime is always a grand adventure"--Amazon.com.

I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed book
#20
I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed
Written and illustrated by Lauren Child
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

"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.

Baby Bedtime book
#21
Baby Bedtime
Written by Mem Fox and 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.

Stop That Yawn! book
#22
Stop That Yawn!
Written by Caron Levis and 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?

Little Night/Nochecita book
#23
Little Night/Nochecita
Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

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.

The Pout-Pout Fish and the Can't-Sleep Blues book
#24
The Pout-Pout Fish and the Can't-Sleep Blues
Written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Mr. Fish cannot fall asleep, but with help from his underwater friends, he finds a bedtime routine.

With Dad, It's Like That book
#25
With Dad, It's Like That
Written by Nadine Brun-Cosme and illustrated by Magali Le Huche
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Mom's at the movies, Dad is in charge for the night. And from lumpy potatoes to bathwater that's a little too cold, nothing is quite right. "That's not how Mom does it," Clara tells Dad. But she soon learns that Dad's ways of doing things aren't so bad—in fact, she even gets two bedtime stories! Being with Dad has its benefits; as her dad explains, "With me, it's like that!"

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