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Getting Ready For Bed: Picture Books For Kids

This list of the best picture books about getting ready for bed is sure to include a new favorite for the voracious young reader in your life! From Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed to Sleepy Time Olie there's something here for everyone's tastes. Do you have a favorite book about getting ready for bed? Let us know!

Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed book
#1
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.

When the World Is Ready for Bed book
#2
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.

Lion's Lullaby book
#3
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.

Time for a Hug book
#4
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.

Rabbit Pie: The Perfect Recipe for Bedtime book
#5
Rabbit Pie: The Perfect Recipe for Bedtime
Written and illustrated by Penny Ives
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A bedtime story about six adorable rabbits.

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Hush Little Baby - 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.

  4. 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.

Bulldozer Dreams book
#10
Bulldozer Dreams
Written by Sharon Chriscoe and 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.

A Recipe for Bedtime book
#11
A Recipe for Bedtime
Written by Peter Bently and 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!

Whisper book
#12
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.

Bedtime for Batman book
#13
Bedtime for Batman
Written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Omar Lozano
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

"Batman created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger."

My Tail's Not Tired book
#14
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.

  1. 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."

  2. The Rabbit, the Dark, and the Cookie Tin - 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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?

Don’t Blink! book
#19
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!

Brobot Bedtime book
#20
Brobot Bedtime
Written by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and illustrated by Scott Campbell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

The Brobots have had a long day, and it is time to recharge and enter sleep mode. Buzz and Crash have no problem falling asleep, but Beep s got a case of the flick-ups. Luckily, Buzz knows just the trick: scare Beep with a monster mask! Does it work? Affirmative. No more flick-ups. But Beep still can t sleep. He s afraid of monsters! Plan of action: turn on the lights. Problem solved? Negative. Now it s too bright. Block the light with blankets? Too hot. Add a fan? Too loud. Can the Brobots power down before Beep has a breakdown? This hilarious bedtime romp explores the universal experience of siblings settling in for the night with a clever robot twist. "

Kitty Alone book
#21
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.

Ghost Cat book
#22
Ghost Cat
Written and illustrated by Kevan Atteberry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A boy who used to have a cat believes that its ghost is darting through his house by day and purring in his bed at night.

Goodnight Whispers book
#23
Goodnight Whispers
Written by Michael Leannah and illustrated by Dani Torrent
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Yawning Yoga - 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.

Little Night/Nochecita book
#28
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.

Froggy Goes to Bed book
#29
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.

Millie's Missing Yawn book
#30
Millie's Missing Yawn
Written and illustrated by You Jung Byun
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The perfect bedtime story, presented with beautiful textured artwork, as Millie travels the world--and beyond--searching for her missing yawn so she can get to sleep. Millie has lost her yawn, and she can't get to sleep without it. First she looks close to home--the family dog--then goes a little further afield. The Statue of Liberty hasn't seen her yawn, neither have the Moai heads on Easter Island, nor the penguins at the South Pole, and the rabbits on the moon certainly haven't. Eventually Millie has to head back home, but as she lies in bed remembering all the wonderful friends she's made, her yawn reappears, and she--and your child--can finally fall asleep. The pages include beautiful textured artwork. You Jung Byunreceived a master's degree in fine arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work has appeared in magazines including Nobrow, Communication Arts Magazine, and Creative Quarterly, and been recognized by various events and organizations, including Pick Me Up London, the Society of Illustrators, the Society of Illustration LA, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (which awarded her both the Grand Prize in Portfolio Award and the Tomie DePaola Award). She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

I Just Want to Say Good Night book
#31
I Just Want to Say Good Night
Written and illustrated by Rachel Isadora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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.

Stop That Yawn! book
#32
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?

  1. Bedtime Blessings - Dear God, It's the end of the day and time for my prayer to say thanks for your blessings and heavenly care Bedtime Blessings offers a peaceful way to end the day with a special child, through this heartfelt prayer of gratitude and wish for God's blessings on others, too. Created to help grow a joyful spirit of contentment in even the youngest child, this sweet blessing will guide them into dreamland with a heart full of thanks and love.

  2. Sweet Dreams, Supergirl - A young Supergirl fan faces her most elusive adversary - sleep! As darkness falls, a young girl attempts to catch some Z's while DC Comics' SUPERGIRL tracks down an elusive enemy. With super hero traits, like BRAVERY, PATIENCE, and PERSISTENCE, they'll both turn sleepless nights into sweet success and sweet dreams. Along with Omar Lozano's action-packed art, bestselling author Michael Dahl (Bedtime for Batman, Good Morning, Superman, and Be a Star, Wonder Woman) delivers an imaginative bedtime book for fangirls and fanboys alike.

  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. Sleep Tight, Snow White - Everyone has a hard time nodding off sometimes—from Prince Charming, who snores so loud it’s alarming, to Hansel and Gretel, who have Sleepytime tea in the kettle. With a good night’s sleep, even the Wicked Queen can have a new day, fresh and clean!

It's Not a Bed, It's a Time Machine book
#37
It's Not a Bed, It's a Time Machine
Written by Mickey Rapkin and illustrated by Teresa Martinez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

Monsters Go Night-Night book
#38
Monsters Go Night-Night
Written and illustrated by Aaron Zenz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

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!

Goodnight, Little Bot book
#39
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.

The Pout-Pout Fish and the Can't-Sleep Blues book
#40
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.

Brownie and Pearl Get Dolled Up book
#41
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.

  1. A Lullaby of Summer Things - This simple, lyrical picture book is as warm, reassuring, and filled with joy as a vacation at the beach. Readers will join a little girl and her siblings as they wind down from a perfect day—hanging up towels, eating dinner, and getting ready for bed—each activity sparking a memory of their day—playing catch with the dog, chasing waves, and looking at sailboats along the shore. And when the lights of the family beach house go off—“In the dusky evening light, a sleepy house says goodnight”--young listeners will be lulled to sleep themselves.

  2. Sleepy Time Olie - 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.

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