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Naps: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about naps?

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

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter 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. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about naps, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Good Night, Wind to popular sellers like The Napping House to some of our favorite hidden gems like Cat Nap.

We hope this list of kids books about naps 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.

Cat Nap
Written & illustrated by Toni Yuly
picture book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

A kitten doesn’t want to take a nap in this book about opposites by the author of Early Bird. It’s naptime, and Cat is ready for Kitten to settle down. But Kitten has other ideas!In this book filled with opposites (big and little, black and white, sleepy and awake) Toni Yuly proves once again -as she did with Early Bird and Night Owl - that simple concepts come alive for the youngest readers through bold art and charming language.

Cat Nap
Written by Toni Yuly
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

A kitten doesn’t want to take a nap in this book about opposites by the author of Early Bird. It’s naptime, and Cat is ready for Kitten to settle down. But Kitten has other ideas!In this book filled with opposites (big and little, black and white, sleepy and awake) Toni Yuly proves once again -as she did with Early Bird and Night Owl - that simple concepts come alive for the youngest readers through bold art and charming language.

Shhh!
Written & illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When baby brother is sleeping, it’s time to be ever so quiet. There’s no singing or jumping or laughing at all. Even the toys need to be quiet! The pirates stop firing their cannons, the knights stop fighting, even the tiger stops growling. But when baby wakes up . . . it’s time to jump and laugh and sing again! And the knights begin to fight, the pirates fire up the cannons, and the tiger growls so loudly! Until it’s time to be quiet once again.

In this beautifully and expressively illustrated picture book, we celebrate the love between siblings as a big brother uses his imagination to calm his urge to cause a ruckus so that his little brother can sleep.

I Will Take A Nap!
Written & illustrated by Mo Willems
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I Will Take a Nap! Gerald is tired and cranky. Will Piggie be in his dreams? Or will she keep Gerald from dreaming at all?

The Napping House
Written by Audrey Wood & illustrated by Don Wood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing—WAIT! There’s a surprise in store, and little ones will want to discover it over and over again. So pull on your sleeping cap and snuggle in for a timeless cumulative tale that’s truly like no other. Don and Audrey Wood’s beloved picture book has sold more than one and a half million copies. To celebrate its birthday, the original hardcover book now has a fresh new design for both the jacket and interior, and the reproduction of the illustrations has been enhanced to better match the original artwork. Bonus downloadable audio begins with a reading of the story and follows with six original songs that are just as fun, jaunty, and sweet as the book itself. The music, originally produced in 1989, is based on the book and was written and performed by children’s musicians Carl and Jennifer Shaylen.

  • The Three Little Pugs - Gordy, Jilly, and Zoie love to race, chase, and play pug-of-war. But most of all, they love snoozing in their big, cozy basket. Then one day just before their morning nap, the big bad cat decides to make himself at home in the pugs’ beloved basket! Will the pugs figure out how to keep him away before they get too sleepy?

  • It's Time to Take a Nap - Based loosely on the Comden & Green song “I Said Good Morning,” jaunty verse takes readers to different landscapes in which a small boy is saying so many “good mornings” that by the time he is done, it’s nap-time! All are rendered in Barroux’s signature droll and endearing style.

  • Baby Animals Take a Nap - Some baby animals get rest standing up, and others get sleepy while swimming. Sleepy little humans will be lulled by animal friends getting cozy.

  • But First, We Nap - Sloth wants to nap. Rabbit doesn’t. Who will win in the end? For every parent who’s struggled to get their child to nap, But First, We Nap is a hilarious book to replace the naptime wrestle. Funny illustrations depict Rabbit upping his antics while the ever-patient sloth repeats, “But first, we nap.” Finally worn out, Rabbit gives in, and the pair—and hopefully your child—snuggle and nod off. The perfect book for nap time!

The Perfect Siesta
Written & illustrated by Pato Mena
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

It is very hot in the jungle and suddenly a nice breeze arrives. The jaguar wants to take a siesta. Just then he saw a coati and said, “Could you do me a big favor? Could you wake me up in exactly 10 minutes?” The coati wanted a siesta too, and asked the cockatiel to wake him up in exactly 10 minutes…

Good Night, Wind
Written by Linda Elovitz Marshall & illustrated by Maelle Doliveux
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

After working hard through the fall and winter, Wind is ready for a nap but after being turned away time and again he becomes angry.

Time for a Nap
Written by Phillis Gershator & illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Too tired to hop. No zip, no zap . . . What time is it? TIME FOR A NAP! The perfect board book for tired toddlers. This charming and cozy entry in the Snuggle Time series is now in board format! Every day’s a busy day, with places to go, people to see, and things to do. But sometimes all that activity leaves a toddler tired and cranky. What time is it then? NAP TIME! With plenty of humor and fun, Phillis Gershator and David Walker capture a child’s resistance to some much-needed sleep—and the Illustrations show little bunny throughout the days of the week, adding a concept lesson to the great message about the necessity of rest.

One Little Monster
Written & illustrated by Mark Gonyea
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In graphic artist and designer Mark Gonyea’s clever counting book, a little boy snuggles in for a nap, but much to his surprise, silly little monsters pop up wherever he looks. First there’s one at the window, then two appear when he blinks, and three pop out when one of the monsters sneezes. Before he knows it, there are ten kooky creatures in his room. But will the little boy find a way to outsmart those pesky pests?

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