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

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, 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 sleep, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Good Night, Gorilla to popular sellers like The Napping House to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Going-To-Bed Book.

We hope this list of kids books about sleep 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 Sleep

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The King Who Banned the Dark
Written & illustrated by Emily Haworth-Booth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Once there was a Prince who was afraid of the dark--like so many children are. But this boy became King and actually did something about it: he banned the dark completely! Soon, the sleep-deprived, exhausted citizens are ready to revolt. Can the people help the King face his fears and see that you can't appreciate the light without having the dark, too?
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A Bedtime Yarn
Written by Nicola Winstanley & illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Like a well-worn, snuggly blanket, this sweet bedtime story about a little bear who's afraid of the dark and his mother's creative solution will warm and comfort readers big and small. Frankie is a little bear who has a hard time falling asleep. The dark is scary, and he hates to be alone. So his mother gives him a ball of yarn to hold when he goes to bed, and she keeps the other end in the next room, working it into a surprise for Frankie. Every few nights the yarn color changes, and Frankie dreams in all the colors that he and his mother pick out. One night he's swimming in turquoise water, another night he's in a cool gray fog. He plays with a marmalade kitten and eats delicious chocolate cake. Eventually Frankie and his mother create something special--and Frankie learns that he's always connected to those he loves, even when he's alone in the dark. A beautiful story of love and crafting, A Bedtime Yarn will appeal to knitters, sleepy little bears and any parents dealing with their child's fear of the dark.
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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.
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Russell the Sheep
Written by Rob Scotton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
This is Russell. Sometimes Russell is just a little bit out of step with the rest of the flock. All the sheep are falling asleep -- except Russell. What's a sheep to do? Russell tries everything ... until, at last, he falls asleep.
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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.
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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.
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Dream Away
Written by Julia Durango and Katie Belle Trupiano & illustrated by Robert Goldstrom
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Dream away, dream away, sleepyhead, love Set sail for the ocean of stars up above. You be the captain and I'll be your mate. We'll journey together, the heavens await. From author Julia Durango and new illustrator Robert Goldstrom, a story of the dreams that are possible as you drift to sleep. A father and son venture into a dream and encounter some new and familiar faces and along the way discover the possibilities the universe can hold. Accompanied by Robert Goldstrom's sweeping paintings, Dream Away is the perfect combination of dreams and reality.
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The Almost Impossible Thing
Written & illustrated by Basak Agaoglu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Nothing is so impossible that it shouldn't be tried. Even if you're a bunny hoping to fly. A tribute to teamwork, big dreams, perseverance, and those who don't listen when others say their goals are unreachable. The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.--Chinese Proverb Most of us want to fly--even if we know we're rooted to the ground. Especially if we know we're rooted to the ground! So when a rabbit spots a bird soaring in beautiful, colorful loop-de-loops, a dream is born. Though her friends tell her "You can't do that!" our rabbit is undeterred. Through comical ski jumps, trampoline bounces, swings on the trapeze, and experiments with kites . . . somehow, some way, there must be a way to fly. And there is! Teamwork. Debut author/illustrator Basak Agaoglu delivers a story of faith, persistence, and humor--along with some of the most adorable, child-friendly art ever seen. For fans of Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery.
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Dream Animals
Written & illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Ideal for bed time reading, Dream Animals convinces children to close their eyes and discover who their dream animal might be—a fox? a bear? a narwhal?—and what dream it might take them to. With a perfect nighttime rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, this book is irresistible.
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Can't Sleep Without Sheep
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Whenever Ava can't sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it's the sheep that are growing tired-until finally, they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos, and more try their hand at jumping over Ava's fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for sheep might not be so easy after all. With irresistibly adorable art, this delightful take on a familiar sleep tactic is sure to become a bedtime favorite.
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Books About Sleep and Dreams

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A Bedtime Yarn
Written by Nicola Winstanley & illustrated by Olivia Chin Mueller
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Like a well-worn, snuggly blanket, this sweet bedtime story about a little bear who's afraid of the dark and his mother's creative solution will warm and comfort readers big and small. Frankie is a little bear who has a hard time falling asleep. The dark is scary, and he hates to be alone. So his mother gives him a ball of yarn to hold when he goes to bed, and she keeps the other end in the next room, working it into a surprise for Frankie. Every few nights the yarn color changes, and Frankie dreams in all the colors that he and his mother pick out. One night he's swimming in turquoise water, another night he's in a cool gray fog. He plays with a marmalade kitten and eats delicious chocolate cake. Eventually Frankie and his mother create something special--and Frankie learns that he's always connected to those he loves, even when he's alone in the dark. A beautiful story of love and crafting, A Bedtime Yarn will appeal to knitters, sleepy little bears and any parents dealing with their child's fear of the dark.
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Dream Away
Written by Julia Durango and Katie Belle Trupiano & illustrated by Robert Goldstrom
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Dream away, dream away, sleepyhead, love Set sail for the ocean of stars up above. You be the captain and I'll be your mate. We'll journey together, the heavens await. From author Julia Durango and new illustrator Robert Goldstrom, a story of the dreams that are possible as you drift to sleep. A father and son venture into a dream and encounter some new and familiar faces and along the way discover the possibilities the universe can hold. Accompanied by Robert Goldstrom's sweeping paintings, Dream Away is the perfect combination of dreams and reality.
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The Almost Impossible Thing
Written & illustrated by Basak Agaoglu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Nothing is so impossible that it shouldn't be tried. Even if you're a bunny hoping to fly. A tribute to teamwork, big dreams, perseverance, and those who don't listen when others say their goals are unreachable. The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.--Chinese Proverb Most of us want to fly--even if we know we're rooted to the ground. Especially if we know we're rooted to the ground! So when a rabbit spots a bird soaring in beautiful, colorful loop-de-loops, a dream is born. Though her friends tell her "You can't do that!" our rabbit is undeterred. Through comical ski jumps, trampoline bounces, swings on the trapeze, and experiments with kites . . . somehow, some way, there must be a way to fly. And there is! Teamwork. Debut author/illustrator Basak Agaoglu delivers a story of faith, persistence, and humor--along with some of the most adorable, child-friendly art ever seen. For fans of Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery.
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Dream Animals book
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Dandelion's Dream book
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  1. Dream Animals - Ideal for bed time reading, Dream Animals convinces children to close their eyes and discover who their dream animal might be—a fox? a bear? a narwhal?—and what dream it might take them to. With a perfect nighttime rhyme and gorgeous illustrations, this book is irresistible.

  2. The Dreamer - Once, there was a pig who admired birds. But he could never join them. Or could he? Thus begins the journey of a pig with big dreams, and the perseverance to make them come true. He develops flight plans, builds experimental contraptions, and has far-flung adventures, but at the end of the day, his favorite thing to do is still to sit and watch for those he loves best: the birds. Il Sung Na creates a world at once whimsical and aspirational, where anything is possible and, yes, even pigs can learn to fly.

  3. Dandelion's Dream - What if a dandelion became a real lion? With enchanting, ethereal art, this wordless story shares a world where reality can be transfigured by imagination. In a meadow filled with dandelion buds just about to flower, one dandelion blooms into a real lion. Roots and leaves unfurl into four tiny paws and a long tail with a fluffy yellow tuft. What a great, wide world there is to explore when you have paws instead of roots: there are fast trains to ride, regal ships to sail, and cities with lights as bright as Dandelion’s field in full bloom. But will a real lion ever be content to go back to being a rooted dandelion? Yoko Tanaka’s exquisite illustrations take us on an adventure where even the smallest seeds contain cosmic dreams.

  4. Tomorrow Most Likely - Rather than focusing on going to bed—and what kid wants to think about going to bed?—this book explores all of the dreamy, wonderful, strange things the next day might bring. Whimsical, witty, and hopeful, this revolutionary rewriting of a classic goodnight book from bestselling author Dave Eggers and award-winning illustrator Lane Smith is a bedtime story for tomorrow ever after.

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Books About Sleep and Social Themes

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The King Who Banned the Dark
Written & illustrated by Emily Haworth-Booth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Once there was a Prince who was afraid of the dark--like so many children are. But this boy became King and actually did something about it: he banned the dark completely! Soon, the sleep-deprived, exhausted citizens are ready to revolt. Can the people help the King face his fears and see that you can't appreciate the light without having the dark, too?
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Sleep, Baby, Sleep
Written by Maryann Cusimano Love & illustrated by Maria van Lieshout
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
As their baby sleeps, the parents wish for their child the many characteristics found in animals, such as being gentle as a lamb, having the sight of a hawk, and the peacefulness of a snowy dove.
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Sleepover at the Museum
Written by Karen Lefrak & illustrated by David Bucs
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
During Mason's birthday sleepover at the natural history museum, friends enjoy a scavenger hunt but Mason has a hard time choosing the gallery in which they will sleep. Includes facts about museums and a list of notable museums that allow sleepovers.
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The Rabbit, the Dark, and the Cookie Tin book
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The Dormouse and His Seven Beds book
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Snippet the Early Riser book
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The Kid and the Chameleon Sleepover (Time to Read, Level 3) book
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  1. 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!

  2. The Dormouse and His Seven Beds - The animals in Green Forest keep waking up to the surprise of Little Dormouse sleeping in their houses. After they tell him to stop without asking why he does it, they’ll have to rescue him from Wolf’s house.

  3. Snippet the Early Riser - Snippet is a typical snail. He loves to draw. He loves to play soccer. He loves piggyback rides. But unlike other snails, he does not love to sleep in. While his family is snoozing the morning away, he is wide awake and determined to rouse his family. But how? Snippet the Early Riser is the perfect bedtime (or wake-up time!) tale, celebrating early birds and late snoozers alike.

  4. The Kid and the Chameleon Sleepover (Time to Read, Level 3) - Tessy is so excited to have a sleepover with Newton, full of midnight snacks and bedtime stories and pillow fights. But Newton just wants to sleep! Can the friends find a way for both of them to have fun?

Books About Sleep and Farm Animals

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Russell the Sheep
Written by Rob Scotton
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
This is Russell. Sometimes Russell is just a little bit out of step with the rest of the flock. All the sheep are falling asleep -- except Russell. What's a sheep to do? Russell tries everything ... until, at last, he falls asleep.
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Can't Sleep Without Sheep
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Whenever Ava can't sleep, she counts sheep. But Ava takes so long to fall asleep, it's the sheep that are growing tired-until finally, they quit! When the sheep promise to find a replacement that Ava can count on, chaos ensues as chickens, cows, pigs, hippos, and more try their hand at jumping over Ava's fence. Finding the perfectly peaceful replacement for sheep might not be so easy after all. With irresistibly adorable art, this delightful take on a familiar sleep tactic is sure to become a bedtime favorite.
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Click, Clack, Peep!
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
New York Times bestselling duo Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s beloved story about a noisy duckling is now available as a Level 2 Ready-to-Read! There’s more trouble on the farm, but Duck has nothing to do with it, for once. This time the trouble is a four-ounce puff of fluff who just won’t go to sleep, and whose play-with-me “peeps” are keeping the whole barnyard awake with him. Peep! Peep! Peep! How do you get a baby duck to hit the hay? Poor Farmer Brown will find out—and Duck might just find himself in trouble after all…
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Go To Sheep book
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Hop Little Bunnies book
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Good Morning, Farm Friends book
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Cow Can't Sleep book
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  1. Go To Sheep - There are many ways to go to “sheep” with this delightful bedtime board book that’s perfect for reading aloud! You can sheep in your pj’s or just underpants. You can sheep all alone but sometimes you can’t. There are lots of ways to go to “sheep,” and here to show you all of the ways is an adorable…sheep! This bedtime book is perfect for a giggle before little ones drift off to sleep, just as the sheep does in this charming board book.

  2. Hop Little Bunnies - From the illustrator of We’re Going on an Egg Hunt comes another book featuring lift-the-flaps, perfect for Easter and springtime! See the little bunnies sleeping till it’s noon Shall we go and wake them with a merry tune? Wake up, animals! Join four adorable bunnies as they rouse their sleepy animal friends. Because there are times to be quiet—and times to be loud! Beneath lift-the-flaps on almost every page, readers will hop with bunnies, cheep with chicks, baa with lambs, and meow with kittens. This interactive book, with a perfect read-aloud text inspired by a classic nursery rhyme, features sixteen lift-the-flaps and a fun story about quiet time and loud time. And with adorable art featuring lots of springtime animals, this is the perfect Easter gift!

  3. Good Morning, Farm Friends - Rise and shine! This charming board book about farm animals waking up and getting ready for a busy day is perfect for the youngest readers. As the sun rises, the animals on a bustling farm get ready for the day. Pigs roll around in the mud, cows wait at the milking stall, and horses run through pastures. But is everyone awake? The rooster will make sure of it! The fun rhyming text and colorful illustrations in this delightful book will help little ones start their day off just right.

  4. Cow Can't Sleep - Belle can’t sleep. The hay is too scratchy. So she tiptoes around the farm to find the perfect place to sleep. But what if the best sleeping spots are already taken? Belle causes an uproar on the farm…until finally she finds the perfect place to sleep! Good night! Bright, hilarious digital artwork gives just the right touch to this silly bedtime story.

Books About Sleep and Animals

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Sleep Like a Tiger
Written by Mary Logue & illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
2013 Randolph Caldecott Honor Award In this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. The Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. A rare gem.
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A Book of Sleep
Written & illustrated by Il Sung Na
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-7
When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright, everyone goes to sleep… except for the watchful owl! With a spare, soothing text and beautifully rich and textured illustrations of a starry night, this is the perfect “book of sleep.” Join the owl on his moonlit journey as he watches all the other animals settle in for the night: some sleep standing up, while some sleep on the move! Some sleep peacefully alone, while others sleep all together, huddled close. Il Sung Na makes his American debut with this gorgeous bedtime offering. While each animal rests in its own special way, little ones will also drift off to a cozy sleep.
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Good Night, Gorilla
Written & illustrated by Peggy Rathmann
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2
A must-have board book for all babies. Good night, Gorilla. Good night, Elephant. It’s bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who’s that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin? Good night, Giraffe. Good night, Hyena. Sneak along behind the zookeeper’s back, and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.
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Everyone Sleeps book
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How Do You Sleep? book
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Little Owl's Night book
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Hibernation Station book
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  1. Everyone Sleeps - “A wide-awake dog looks for a friend in a nighttime world full of sleeping animals”—

  2. How Do You Sleep? - A pop-up book with flaps to lift, tabs to pull and plenty of surprises

  3. Little Owl's Night - It’s evening in the forest and Little Owl wakes up from his day-long sleep to watch his friends enjoying the night. Hedgehog sniffs for mushrooms, Skunk nibbles at berries, Frog croaks, and Cricket sings. A full moon rises and Little Owl can’t understand why anyone would want to miss it. Could the daytime be nearly as wonderful? Mama Owl begins to describe it to him, but as the sun comes up, Little Owl falls fast asleep. Putting a twist on the bedtime book, Little Owl’s Night is sure to comfort any child with a curiosity about the night.

  4. Hibernation Station - Everybody at the station! It’s time for winter hibernation! The sweet rhyming text of this book will calm even the most rambunctious kids and have them dreaming about what it’s like to hibernate. Young readers will be soothed and delighted as this story introduces them to different types of hibernating animals. The creatures on the train are preparing to snuggle into sleep, although with a passenger list that includes chipmunks, bears, snakes, hedgehogs, groundhogs, frogs, turtles, mice, bats, and more, there’s a lot of noise! Will the hibernating critters ever get to sleep? Take a trip to Hibernation Station to find out!

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Books About Sleep and Imagination And Play

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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.
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Boy and Bot
Written by Ame Dyckman & illustrated by Dan Yaccarino
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
The story of an irresistible friendship between a boy and a robot, now in board for little hands. One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun. But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he’s sick! So Boy tucks the bot into bed and falls asleep. Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off. He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies: oil, reading an instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning boy! Can the Inventor help fix him? Using the perfect blend of sweetness and humor, this story of an adorable duo will win the hearts of the very youngest readers.
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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.
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Anna, Banana, and the Sleepover Secret book
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The Three Little Pugs book
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Who Is Sleeping? book
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  1. Anna, Banana, and the Sleepover Secret - Anna wrestles with a big secret at Isabel’s super-fun sleepover in the seventh book of this “fast-paced, fun, and funny” (Megan McDonald, bestselling author of the Judy Moody series) illustrated chapter book series about the joys and challenges of elementary school friendships. Anna and her friends love having sleepovers. So, when Isabel invites Anna and Sadie to spend the night at her house for the first time Anna can’t wait! Between pranking Isabel’s older sisters, make-your-own pizzas, and truth or dare this is going to be the best night ever. But when one of Isabel’s older sisters’ dares results in Anna breaking a really special vase, everything stops being all fun and games. Isabel’s sisters convince the girls they can hide it from their parents, but after her friends fall asleep, Anna lies on the floor in her sleeping bag, wide awake. At night, with the lights out and everyone else sleeping, Isabel’s house seems different. Unfamiliar. Not like home. Anna misses Banana terribly, and worst of all she feels really guilty keeping what happened a secret. If Anna doesn’t stay at the sleepover, everyone might get mad at her for ruining it, but if she stays and lets the secret slip about the broken vase, everyone might get mad at her for that instead. Anna and her friends share all their secrets, but can they help her with her secret dilemma?

  2. 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?

  3. 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 Sleep and Naps

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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.
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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.
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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?
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The Napping House book
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It's Time to Take a Nap book
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But First, We Nap book
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The Perfect Siesta book
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  1. The Napping House - 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. The Perfect Siesta - 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…

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Books About Sleep and Getting Ready For Bed

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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.
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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.
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Froggy Goes to Bed
Written by Jonathan London & illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
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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.
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Stop That Yawn! book
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When the World Is Ready for Bed (padded board) book
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It's Not a Bed, It's a Time Machine book
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The Pout-Pout Fish and the Can't-Sleep Blues book
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  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. The Pout-Pout Fish and the Can't-Sleep Blues - Mr. Fish cannot fall asleep, but with help from his underwater friends, he finds a bedtime routine.

Books About Sleep and Bears

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Bear Can't Sleep
Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jane Chapman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Bear’s many animal friends try to help him get to sleep in time for winter hibernation in this companion story to Bear Snores On. It’s winter, and deep in the forest, Bear should be fast asleep. But when his friends come by to check on him, they realize that Bear is still awake! They brew him hot tea and sing him lullabies, but nothing seems to work. Can Bear get to bed? Or will he be up all winter?
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Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep
Written by Katie Blackburn & illustrated by Richard Smythe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
For fans of the bestselling phenomenon The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, Katie Blackburn’s Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep is an innovative, beautiful, and rhythmic picture book about a little bear named Dozy who wanted to sleep but didn’t know how… Combining proven sleep and relaxation techniques with Richard Smythe’s gorgeous, dreamlike illustrations, this is the perfect companion for any parent who wants to turn naptime or bedtime into a calming experience.
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Bear Snores On
Written by Karma Wilson & illustrated by Jane Chapman
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
In a cave in the woods, in his deep, dark lair, through the long, cold winter sleeps a great brown bear.
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Good Night, Wheedle book
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The Bear Who Couldn't Sleep book
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Sleepy Bears book
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Goodnight Already! book
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  1. Good Night, Wheedle - Toddlers will enjoy this retelling of Stephen Cosgrove’s charming story of Wheedle on the Needle filled with playful rhymes and featuring Robin James’s colorful artwork.

  2. The Bear Who Couldn't Sleep - There’s no place like home when it’s time for bed. When Bear can’t sleep, he goes on an adventure and discovers the wonders of New York City—a parade, Central Park, hot dogs, and more! But when he finally gets tired and looks for a place to rest . . . he learns why it’s called the city that never sleeps. What’s a bear to do? Caroline Nastro’s gentle adventure and Vanya Nastanlieva’s engaging illustrations are sure to comfort and delight!

  3. Sleepy Bears - Winter is here, and in winter, bears sleep. But how do you convince six not-so-sleepy bear cubs to go to bed? Mother Bear, of course, has found a way—with a cozy rhyme for each of them. Once again, beloved author Mem Fox enchants little ones—and their parents—with a tender bedtime story, irresistibly illustrated by Kerry Argent.

  4. Goodnight Already! - Meet Bear. He’s exhausted. All he wants is to go to sleep. Meet Duck, Bear’s persistent next-door neighbor. All he wants is to hang out . . . with Bear. Jory John, author of Penguin Problems and The Bad Seed, and Benji Davies, creator of The Storm Whale, join together to create this standout hilarious picture book that will make bedtime memorable.

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Books About Sleep and Friendship

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A Loud Winter's Nap
Written & illustrated by Katy Hudson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Unmoved by his friends' attempts draw him out with singing classes and snowball fights, Tortoise tries to settle down for his annual winter nap and instead stumbles into a wonderfully icy experience.
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Wakey, Wakey, Elephant!
Written by Linda Ravin Lodding & illustrated by Michael Robertson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
A tickly feather. Roosters crowing. Even a marching band. Will ANYTHING wake Elephant? How do you make a snoozing, sleepyhead Elephant get up? Edgar tries everything, from putting a silly hat on Elephant's head to dancing a cha-cha on the bed. Nothing works . . . until Edgar whispers something very special in his friend's ear. SURPRISE! It's Elephant's birthday--and he's ready to party. Lively, silly, and full of fun, this picture book is a joyful celebration.
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Sleepover Scientist
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Recommend Ages: 6-8
Jada Jones is back for the third book of this popular, celebrated series perfect for STEM fans! Jada is hosting her first sleepover, and she has lots of cool scientific activities planned: kitchen chemistry, creating invisible ink, and even making slime! But when her friends get tired of the lessons and just want to hang out, can Jada figure out the formula for fun and save the sleepover? Praise for Jada Jones: Rock Star "Fast-paced, with supersimple vocabulary and a smattering of earth science to spark interest in young rock collectors everywhere."--Kirkus Reviews "Readers who love "Ivy and Bean" or "Katie Woo" will want to meet Jada Jones."--School Library Journal
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Sleepover Scientist #3 book
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The Yawns Are Coming! book
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Sleepover Duck! book
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Henry and Boo book
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  1. Sleepover Scientist #3 - Jada Jones is back for the third book of this popular, celebrated series perfect for STEM fans! Jada is hosting her first sleepover, and she has lots of cool scientific activities planned: kitchen chemistry, creating invisible ink, and even making slime! But when her friends get tired of the lessons and just want to hang out, can Jada figure out the formula for fun and save the sleepover?

  2. The Yawns Are Coming! - Kids will be giggling through their own yawns as they enjoy this contagiously adorable bedtime story by the New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Ordinary People Change the World books. Two best friends have big plans for their sleepover. They aren’t going to go to bed at all—they’ll stay up playing all night long. But then it happens: The YAWNS show up! And as much as they try to outrun and hide from them, it’s no use: The Yawns catch them. Maybe they could keep going anyway, but then a DOZE arrives . . . followed by the dreaded SNORES. Will our heroes escape the SLEEPIES? Need a funny bedtime book that will stealthily bring on a snooze and still have your child asking to hear it night after night? Look no further than The Yawns Are Coming!

  3. Sleepover Duck! - It’s Duck’s very first sleepover… and it’s in Cat’s barn! But a “Hooot, Hooot” is keeping Duck from getting any sleep. So Duck and Cat set off to search high and low to find out just who is doing all that hooting. Full of your favorite barnyard animals and their memorable sounds, young readers will love this delightfully funny and endearing story.

  4. Henry and Boo - A charming story about friendship, tolerance, and unexpected consequences, with a compelling refrain that all readers will want to join.

Books About Sleep and Health And Daily Living

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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
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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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It's Time to Go to Sleep
Written by Harriet Ziefert & illustrated by Barroux
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
Based loosely on the Comden & Green song "I Said Good Morning," jaunty verse takes readers to different landscapes in which a small boy says "Good night!" to everyone and everything in sight. By the time he is done with his exhaustive list of "good nights," he is asleep himself! All are rendered in Barroux's signature droll and endearing style.
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Olive the Sheep Can't Sleep book
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  1. Olive the Sheep Can't Sleep - Adorable Olive had a long day and is tired. She settles in for a good night’s sleep, but it isn’t easy. Using techniques based in neuroscience to help children relax, fall asleep, and stay asleep, author and child psychologist Clementina Almeida presents a charming bedtime story teaching parents techniques to help their child turn off . Why is it sometimes so hard for little ones to fall asleep? “Because,” says Almeida, “the world never ceases to surprise them, . . . their mind cannot ‘disconnect.’”

  2. Time for a Nap - 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.

  3. Miss Fox's Class Shapes Up - Miss Fox’s students are too tired and cranky to get through the day! It’s up to Miss Fox and her new wellness regimen to help them eat better, exercise, and get more sleep! Kids will learn ways to stay healthy and bring fitness into their everyday lives.

Books About Sleep and Baby Animals

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If I Were a Kangaroo
Written by Mylisa Larsen & illustrated by Anna Raff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
If I were a kangaroo, I’d pick you up and carry you In my pocket, sleepyhead, And hop you gently off to bed. It’s time for sleep, and this fun-to-read rhyming tale envisions the bedtime rituals of animals from whales to otters, squirrels to gorillas. So curl up, imagine your favorite animal, and…zzzzzzzzzzz.
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Babies Can Sleep Anywhere
Written by Lisa Wheeler & illustrated by Carolina Búzio
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
What better way to encourage a little one to sleep than with a soothing rhyme and image after image of sleeping animals! This gentle picture book introduces the sleeping habits of many animals—from puppies to whales—and compares them to the sometimes-unusual habits of human babies. In backpacks, on knees, in cradles or trees, sweet babies can sleep anywhere!
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Baby Animals Take a Nap
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold & illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Some baby animals get rest standing up, and others get sleepy while swimming. Sleepy little humans will be lulled by animal friends getting cozy.
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Baby Animals Day and Night book
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  1. Baby Animals Day and Night - Sleepy babies and wide-awake babies day and night. A companion to Pyllis Limbacher Tildes’s Baby Animals Black and White and Baby Animals Spots and Stripes, Baby Animals Day and Night introduces diurnal and nocturnal animals in pretty black and white images, perfect for developing eyes. Sweet and simple, introducing the love of books to even the very youngest babies is fun and easy with this adorable board book.

  2. Bears in a Band - CLANG! CLANG! TOOTLEY-TOOO! The impossibly cute bears are back — and this time they have musical instruments at the ready. The little bears pick up their instruments and play a noisy song. They don’t care if the notes are wrong! But uh-oh, Big Brown Bear is fast asleep. Will their lively music wake him up? A small moment of trepidation segues into a jubilant performance in a story that will be sweet music to little ears.

Books About Sleep and Family

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It's Only Stanley
Written & illustrated by Jon Agee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Mysterious noises keep waking up the Wimbledon family. “That’s very odd,” says Mr. Wimbledon each time, but when he returns from checking on the sounds, he’s always reassuring: “It’s only Stanley; he’s fixing the oil tank.” “It’s only Stanley; he’s clearing the bathtub drain.” But what Stanley the dog is actually doing while his oblivious family goes back to bed is deliciously absurd: he’s turning the house into a rocket ship to zoom himself and his family to another planet for an alien encounter. This is a perfect rhyming read-aloud for fans of irreverent tales like Click Clack Moo and I Want My Hat Back.
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Rock-a-Bye, Dino
Written by Hannah Eliot & illustrated by Chie Boyd
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
The classic lullaby, “Rock-a-Bye, Baby” gets a prehistoric twist as different dinosaurs get ready for bedtime in this board book with soft touch-and-feels on the cover! Rock-a-bye, T. rex, in the tree top When your feet stomp, the mountains do rock You give a big yawn, that means it’s nightfall So home you come, dino—claws, teeth, and all Written to the beloved tune of “Rock-a-Bye, Baby,” this adorable board book with soft touch-and-feels on the cover is a sweet bedtime lullaby that’s sure to put all sorts of dinosaurs—and children—to bed!
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Two Problems for Sophia
Written by Jim Averbeck & illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Sophia and Noodle, her One True Desire, are together at last. But Noodle comes with two gigantic problems, and those problems are tearing Sophia’s family apart! Can a little creative experimenting save Noodle? Or will Sophia have to bid him adieu?
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Good Night, Baby Bear book
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While Grandpa Naps book
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  1. Good Night, Baby Bear - As winter approaches, Mother Bear must bring a snack, a drink, and finally the moon to her cub before he can go to sleep in a cave.

  2. While Grandpa Naps - A moving, funny, elegant meditation on love, childhood, and one’s place in a family. Gilbert spends a sunny summer afternoon obediently keeping watch over his napping grandpa to shoo the pesky flies away. Unsure of exactly how long he’s really supposed to sit there, watching for non-existent bugs, he passes time contemplating his ever-changing family: His grandma Sarah recently died, a new baby is on the way, his siblings and cousins race in and out. While the temptations to abandon his post beckon, Gilbert’s loyalty to his grandpa stays true, and his quiet dedication finds a sweet reward.

  3. The Dreamway - New York Times bestselling author Lisa Papademetriou delivers her most fantastical, emotional story yet in this tale of a young girl’s journey into her dreams to save her brother from the darkness that surrounds him. Perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Echo. Every night, your sleeping body stays in your bed, while the you of you travels deep beneath the earth to ride the complex rails of the Dreamway…. Stella Clay thought it was just another ordinary day at her drab gray school. Then her twin brother, Cole, is attacked by a shadowy creature on their way home, and Stella’s world turns positively peculiar. Suddenly, her brother seems different, almost dimmer, like a candle about to flicker out. And then a talking mouse shows up in her bedroom. Stella discovers that the real Cole has been taken prisoner in the Dreamway. Determined to find him, she sets out with the “help” of a stuck-up rodent, a nervous dragonfly, and a mysterious pirate, and finds her way to the darkest edge of the Dreamway to bring her brother home…before he’s trapped forever. In this allegorical exploration of childhood depression, with a moving author note that follows, Lisa Papademetriou gently and safely illustrates for her readers the emotional effects of anger, anxiety, and insecurity—and illuminates a pathway to hope and recovery.

  4. Snuggle Down Deep - Follow along as animal families snuggle down deep for the wintertime in this rhythmic and charming picture book perfect for little ones while they snuggle down for hibernation. It’s wintertime, a quiet time, no creatures left in sight. They’re dreaming, snoozing, snoring through each morning, noon, and night…. As winter arrives and fluffly snowflakes begin to fall, animal families gather together to snuggle down deep against the cold. They prepare and cozy up their dens, nests, and underground tunnels. Then they curl up nose to nose, cheek to cheek, snuggle down deep, and sleep.

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Books About Sleep and Monsters

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Tiger Vs. Nightmare
Written & illustrated by Emily Tetri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10
Tiger is a very lucky kid: she has a monster living under her bed. Every night, Tiger and Monster play games until it’s time for lights out. Of course, Monster would never try to scare Tiger—that’s not what best friends do. But Monster needs to scare someone...it’s a monster, after all. So while Tiger sleeps, Monster scares all of her nightmares away. Thanks to her friend, Tiger has nothing but good dreams. But waiting in the darkness is a nightmare so big and mean that Monster can’t fight it alone. Only teamwork and a lot of bravery can chase this nightmare away. In this charming graphic novel for young readers, cartoonist Emily Tetri proves that unlikely best friends can be an unbeatable team, even agianst the scariest monsters.
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Goodnight Sandman
Written & illustrated by Daniela Drescher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
A gentle dream-like story to scare away any child's nightmares, by bestselling illustrator."Impressively beautiful" - Midwest Book Review on In the Land of Elves "Luminous illustrations in pencil and vibrant watercolors" - Kirkus Reviews on An Illustrated Treasury of Grimm's Fairy Tales Every evening, when the sun sets and everyone else is going to bed, Jacob the Sandman wakes up and starts work.Then one night Jacob sleeps too deeply and wakes up late! He rushes to Dream Sand Hill but there, atop the pile of dream sand, is a scary Night Monster, snoring his terrible snore. Jacob the Sandman must collect the magic dream sand so that the children of the world can dream happy dreams. Fortunately, the Night Monster turns out to be not so scary after all. This beautiful bedtime tale is perfect for encouraging sweet dreams and banishing nightmares. The luminous illustrations by much-loved artist Daniela Drescher will make this a new night-time favourite.
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Brave Little Monster
Written by Ken Baker & illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8
BRAVE LITTLE MONSTER relates the humorous bedtime exploits of a young monster trying to go sleep while a scary little girl hides in his closet eating ice cream and a little boy colors under his bed. The wonderful illustrations by Geoffrey Hayes and fun storyline by Ken Baker make BRAVE LITTLE MONSTER a perfect bedtime story for little monsters everywhere. "Little monsters fear little girls and boys hiding in their rooms in this delightful parody of a nightly bedtime ritual
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The Night Knights book
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  1. The Night Knights - Nighttime can be scary. Every bump, thump, or scratch could be a monster lurking under the bed or in a closet. But if that’s the case, then why haven’t we ever seen a monster? You might think that’s because monsters don’t exist. But maybe monsters do exist . . . but so do something else: The Night Knights. And when night falls, they take their place, protecting us all from the terrors lurking in the dark. With a lyrical text reminiscent of the bestseller Dream Animals, The Night Knights introduces reluctant sleepers to the many fantastical warriors who will protect them while they slumber, from the Guardians of the Gates to the Midnight Flock.

  2. Katie's Spooky Sleepover - Katie’s friends have come for a sleepover, and telling a scary story seems like a good idea—until she has a dream about a monster under her bed, and she wakes up to find her lucky kimono missing.

  3. The Night Monster - Every night, when the owl hoots and the shadows of the trees dance on the walls, the Night Monster creeps into Avi’s room and frightens him. One day, his sister suggests he write a letter to the monster, and Avi’s nights are not the same any more.

  4. One Little Monster - 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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Books About Sleep and Bedtime

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I See the Moon: Rhymes for Bedtime
Written & illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5
A beautifully illustrated collection of favorite rhymes for little ones preparing for bedtime. Rosalind Beardshaw's artwork features wonderful natural scenes, with adorable sleepy animals and babies ready to be lulled to sleep. Includes: "I See the Moon," "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," "Hush-a-Bye, Baby," "Golden Slumbers," "Bed in Summer," "Star Light, Star Bright," "Girls and Boys Come Out to Play," "Hush, Little Baby," and "Good Night, Sleep Tight"
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Will You Help Me Fall Asleep?
Written by Anna Kang & illustrated by Christopher Weyant
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-9
Tomorrow is the annual boat race and Monty needs as much energy as possible to make sure he crosses the finish line first. He tried closing his eyes, counting sheep, and reading a book, but nothing will help him fall asleep. In this interactive follow-up to Can I Tell You a Secret?, Monty the frog asks for your help once again. This time he is struggling to go to sleep before a very big day. Both relatable and fun for children and parents, this adorable picture book is perfect for naptime, bedtime, or anytime!
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Once Upon a Zzzz
Written & illustrated by Maddie Frost
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Once upon a time, an author took a snooze and an illustrator took the reins telling the story—exactly the way she wants! Featuring a llama princess, a scheming penguin, space travel, and maybe even a ninja—or, wait, a dragon!—this rambunctious, clever, no-holds-barred meta-story will have young readers giggling from start to finish.
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My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World book
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  1. My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World - Delightful rhymes and charming hand-stitched art celebrate the many ways we sleep across the world. Perfect for a baby shower gift and for fans of This Is How We Do It. My bed rocks on water
    My bed sways in the breeze.
    My bed’s beneath a curtain
    My bed’s aloft in trees . . .
    In the Netherlands, some beds rock on water. In Brazil they might sway in the breeze. From Canada to Japan, Afghanistan to Norway, sleep has taken many forms and shapes throughout history. Astonishing, hand-stitched illustrations and a delightful narrative tell the story of sleeping traditions across the world.

  2. Dinosnores - Ah, all those dinosaurs look so cute in their pajamas. See them yawn and stretch and brush their teeth. Soon they’ll be sound asleep, and . . . OH NO! SNORING!!! (“Honk-SHOOOOOO! Honk-SHOOOOOO! . . .”) Little kids love big dinosaurs. They also love the sublime silliness of Sandra Boynton books. So what better way to wind down at the end of the day than with DINOSNORES, a rhyming and rhythmic ritual of getting ready for bed—ruined by a pile of loudly snoozing dinos. Happily, the book concludes: “Thank goodness those dinosnores live far, far away.”

  3. Goodnight Songs - “Baby sail the seven seas Safely in my arms When the waves go up and down You are safe from harm.” Now this New York Times bestselling collection of charming lullabies by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon) comes in an adorable board edition—still gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists. The roster of celebrated names includes Carin Berger, whose The Little Yellow Leaf was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; Eric Puybaret, who brought the bestselling Puff, the Magic Dragon to life on the pa≥ Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Sean Qualls; and Caldecott Honor medalist Melissa Sweet. It’s the perfect gift to wish children a sweet goodnight. The illustrators are: Jonathan Bean Carin Berger Sophie Blackall Linda Bleck Renata Liwska Christopher Silas Neal Zachariah OHora Eric Puybaret Sean Qualls Isabel Roxas Melissa Sweet * Dan Yaccarino

  4. Little Penguin Stays Awake - A charming companion to Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups and Little Penguin and the Lollipop, Little Penguin Stays Awake is a funny bedtime tale that invites the reader to jump in and play along. Little Penguin has one wish—he wants to fly just like all the other birds! All he has to do is wish on a shooting star, but penguins have VERY EARLY BEDTIMES! Little Penguin has tried everything he can to stay up extra late—but it’s not working. Can YOU help him stay awake?

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Books About Sleep and Bedtime And Dreams

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Hide-and-Sleep
Written & illustrated by Lizi Boyd
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3
Lizi Boyd brings her whimsical touch to a new series for the very youngest readers. In this first book, sturdy die-cut pages that children can flip back and forth reveal the fun details and actions of a menagerie of adorable animals that aren't quite ready for bed. Can you see where they are hiding? Whether for storytime, laptime, or bedtime, the buoyant colors, silly story, and playful interactive format will keep toddlers captivated.
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Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book
Written by Dr. Seuss
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8
Catch a case of the yawns with Dr. Seuss in this classic rhyming picture book. Bedtime has never been more fun! A yawn is quite catching, you see. Like a cough. It just takes one yawn to start other yawns off. Dr. Seuss spins a sleep-tastic tale about a very small bug and a very big yawn that spreads and spreads. Meanwhile, the Audio-Telly-o-Tally-o Count adds up every sleeping creature from the country of Keck to the Castle of Krupp. First one, then seven, all the way to the billions and zillions, the Who’s-Asleep-Count just keeps growing and growing! This book is a perfect bedtime story that will have the most reluctant readers laughing, and the most reluctant sleepers snoring! Ninety-nine zillion, nine trillion and two Creatures are sleeping! So...How about you?
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Don't Wake the Tiger! (a Changing Faces Book)
Written by Nathan Thoms & illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3
All the animals are sleeping until--with each turn of the page--the reader wakes each of them up! First the tiger is sleeping, then the panda, the lion, and the elephant. Children will be delighted to watch each animal's eyes pop open as its facial features go from asleep to awake.
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So Many Bunnies book
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Seriously, Just Go to Sleep book
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At the Stroke of Goodnight book
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Spot Loves Bedtime book
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  1. So Many Bunnies - Old Mother Rabbit lived in a shoe. She had twenty-six children and knew what to do. From Abel, who sleeps on a table, to Zed who sleeps on the shed, help Mother Rabbit tuck a whole alphabet of adorable little bunnies in for the night.

  2. Seriously, Just Go to Sleep - A parent pleads with their reluctant child to fall asleep, describing all of the different animals who have fallen asleep already.

  3. At the Stroke of Goodnight - Reminiscent of Susan Marie Swanson’s The House in the Night, world-renowned paper-cut artist Clay Rice weaves a poetic scene of what happens around a small farmhouse as night falls. A dreaming dog. A purring cat. A bird on a limb. A mouse on a mat. The evening glows in the twilight. And all falls quiet on the stroke of goodnight. A baby coos; a mommy sighs. Little ones tucked in, with dreams in their eyes. A gentle hand turns out the light. And all is quiet on the stroke of goodnight. A perfect bedtime story that gently and beautifully depicts a busy world settling in for a warm night’s sleep.

  4. Spot Loves Bedtime - Snuggle up and get ready for bed with your favorite puppy, Spot! Spot is ready to get into bed and go to sleep, but he can’t find his teddy bear! This simple, reassuring story is perfect for sharing at bedtime.

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