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Sleepovers: Books For Kids

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

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

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. 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 sleepovers, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Thank You and Good Night to popular sellers like Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues.

We hope this list of kids books about sleepovers can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa
Written & illustrated by Anna Dewdney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

It’s an exciting day for Llama Llama; he’s going to visit Gram and Grandpa Llama and spend the night! His first night away from homea.and from Mama. But he makes sure to pack everything he needs. And there are so many fun things to do with Gram and Grandpa. It’s not until he gets ready for bed that he realizes that he’s forgotten something important. Fuzzy Llama! Fortunately, Grandpa Llama has a wonderful solution and soon Llama Llama is having sweet dreams.

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Maisy Goes on a Sleepover
Written & illustrated by Lucy Cousins
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Recommend Ages: 2-7

Join Maisy on her very first sleepover! Friends and games, yummy food and funny dancing — it’s hard to feel anything but wide awake. Tallulah is having a sleepover, and Maisy is invited. So is Tallulah’s new friend, Ella. Every moment is packed with fun as the friends talk, dance, giggle, and play together. After a tasty supper and lots of games, all three get ready for bed, and Maisy reads a story. Is everyone finally tired? With this anything-but-sleepy storybook, children new to sleepovers and seasoned pros alike can enjoy an overnight visit with Maisy and her pals. Good night, Maisy. Good night, everyone!

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Thank You and Good Night
Written & illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
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Recommend Ages: 5-6

Patrick McDonnell’s first bedtime book captures the magic of a sleepover with friends, and reminds us to cherish life’s simplest pleasures. During a fun pajama party, three animal friends dance and play, but at last everyone is getting sleepy. Is it time for bed yet? Not before taking the time to say thank you for the day, the night, and good friends.

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Super Spooked
Written by Gina Bellisario & illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner
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Recommend Ages: 7-8

Although she has battled supervillains, Ellie has recently become scared of the dark, so when she is invited to a Halloween sleepover at her best friend’s house she is apprehensive–but when the villainous Fairy Frightmare sprinkles the girls with bad dream dust, trapping them all inside their nightmares, Ellie must squash her own fears to rescue her friends.

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Mother Goose's Pajama Party
Written by Danna Smith & illustrated by Virginia Allyn
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Recommend Ages: 4-7

“Star light, star bright, Come to story time tonight. Bring your friends and don’t be late. Meet at my house, half past eight.” Mother Goose has invited all her nursery rhyme friends to her house for a magical sleepover. See the Cow that jumped over the moon, who tells the Dish, who tells the Spoon, who are soon joined by Little Bo Peep, Miss Muffet, Georgie Porgie, and a whole troop of other nursery time friends. What starts with a lively parade to Mother Goose’s house ends in a cozy goodnight scene featuring everyone’s favorite nursery rhyme characters, the ideal note for bedtime. Includes an afterword with all the classic nursery rhymes featured in the book, making it a true treasury.

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  • There's Something About Sam - Despite his initial hesitation to invite the new kid, Sam, to his sleepover birthday party, Max quickly discovers that what makes us different makes us special, and new friends can come in all shapes, sizes, and species . . . Perfect as a birthday gift, and for fans of Vampirina Ballerina _and _Crankenstein.  There’s something strange about the new kid, Sam—though Max can’t quite put his finger on it. But EVERYONE else in his class is invited to Max’s birthday sleepover, so his mom invites Sam too. Sam is just as strange at the party as he is at school: he’s wary of the full moon, prefers his hamburgers rare, and can’t help but bite the other kids during an innocent game of Twister. But despite his initial hesitation, Max discovers that what makes us different is actually what makes us special, and that new friends can come in all shapes, sizes, and species . . . This charming and pitch-perfect story will teach young readers all about the excitement of making new friends, and learning from our differences.

  • Sleepover at the Museum - 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.

  • Heidi Heckelbeck Might Be Afraid of the Dark - Heidi Heckelbeck is a little witch with a big problem: she might…just maybe…be a little afraid of the dark! <p/>Heidi Heckelbeck is going to her first sleepover! She’s packed her special polka dot pajamas and can’t wait to curl up in her brand-new sleeping bag. Until she realizes that she’ll never fall asleep without the lights on! Because Heidi has another teeny-tiny secret: she’s afraid of the dark! What will all the other girls say? Melanie will tease her for sure. Can she use her book of spells to conjure up some light? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  • Eva's Big Sleepover - Pick a book. Grow a Reader! <p/>This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! <p/>It’s almost Eva’s birthday, and she can’t wait for her super-special sleepover. But one of her friends, Sue, doesn’t seem to want to come. It won’t be right without her there! Does Sue <i> really </i> not want to come? Or could she be having first-sleepover jitters? Eva will need to help Sue tackle her fear in time for the big party!

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Sleepover Scientist #3
Written by Kelly Starling Lyons & illustrated by Nneka Myers and Vanessa Brantley-Newton
chapter book
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?

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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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Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleepover
Written & illustrated by David Melling
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

When Douglas brings a few extra friends to Rabbit’s sleepover, there does not seem to be enough room in the house.

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Isadora Moon Has a Sleepover
Written by Harriet Muncaster
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Recommend Ages: 6-9
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Wish Upon a Sleepover
Written & illustrated by Suzanne Selfors
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Five misfits. One magical wish.

Bestselling author Suzanne Selfors brings heart and humor to this middle grade novel about a group of misfits who find true friendship where they least expect it. Leilani dreams of being friends with the most popular girls in her class―the Haileys―who are always throwing awesome themed sleepovers. She devises a master plan: throw her own sleepover of the century and invite them!

When Tutu, her grandmother, accidentally mails Leilani’s invitations to the DO NOT INVITE list, the best sleepover in the history of the world becomes the worst. Instead of the Haileys, the only guests are the three kids Leilani definitely did not want to show up: the neighbor who never speaks, the girl who draws mean pictures of her, and her farting older cousin. At least her best friend August will be there.

Leilani and her guests decide to make Tutu’s recipe for Sleepover Soup, which requires each of them to collect one ingredient that has significant meaning in their lives. They embark on a scavenger hunt that reveals unexpected surprises. What Leilani finds is not what she wanted, but it might just be even better.

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“Big-hearted, fast-paced, and funny.” ―Kim Baker, author of Pickle

“Equal parts heartbreaking, hopeful and hilarious. It’s impossible not to cheer for these unlikely heroes” ―Sara Nickerson, author of The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me

“Anyone who’s ever felt different from the crowd will relish this story of kids who find the magic of being their own unique selves―together.” ―Sundee T. Frazier, author of the Coretta Scott King Award-winner Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It and the Cleo Edison Oliver series

“Huzzah for Suzanne Selfors! By turns humorous and poignant, this terrific book was impossible to put down.” ―Suzanne Williams, coauthor of the Goddess

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  • Frost Friends Forever - It’s Winter Break at Hilltop Academy and Lina couldn’t be more excited. With time off from school, Lina’s parents say it’s all right for her best friend, Claudia, to come up to their cloud palace for a sleepover (as long as she double pinkie-swears never to tell the royal family secret!). Claudia can’t wait to see what it’s like to actually be a real princess! <p/>But she soon learns that all the stuffy palace protocol isn’t nearly as fun as it sounds. The girls just have to get out and play! Claudia suggests they go down to the ground and have some fun with Lina’s winter magic. They have a blast sledding and skating in the snow until an actual winter blizzard moves in. The girls are stuck on the ground, lost in the storm. They will have to get resourceful, be brave, work together - and use Lina’s magic in a creative way - if they are going to find their way out.

  • Lulu and the Hamster in the Night - Lulu adopts a hamster, but she can't tell Nan about it because Nan doesn't care for most animals--especially not hamsters. It's her birthday this weekend and Lulu and Mellie are staying the night. Lulu doesn't want to leave her new hamster behind, but can she and Mellie keep it a secret from Nan over the weekend?

  • Ms. Krup Cracks Me Up! - Something weird is going on! A.J. thinks that nothing can possibly be as boring as a sleepover in the natural history museum. But anything can happen when Ms. Krup is in charge. The tour guide says that dinosaur skeletons come to life in the middle of the night. Is she right?

  • Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa - It’s an exciting day for Llama Llama; he’s going to visit Gram and Grandpa Llama and spend the night! His first night away from home….and from Mama. But he makes sure to pack everything he needs. And there are so many fun things to do with Gram and Grandpa. It’s not until he gets ready for bed that he realizes that he’s forgotten something important. Fuzzy Llama! Fortunately, Grandpa Llama has a wonderful solution and soon Llama Llama is having sweet dreams.

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Let's Have a Sleepover!
Written & illustrated by Norm Feuti
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Recommend Ages: 4-6
Harry is going to his first sleepover!
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Bedtime for Bear
Written by Bonny Becker & illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
"Denton's ink and watercolor illustrations ably express the dry humor of Becker's dialogue and personifications, which make this a bedtime standout." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Sleepover Duck!
Written & illustrated by Carin Bramsen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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.

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Amelia Bedelia Sleeps Over
Written by Herman Parish & illustrated by Lynne Avril
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Learn to read with young Amelia Bedelia! Amelia Bedelia has been loved by readers for more than fifty years, and it turns out that her childhood is full of silly mix-ups, too!

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The Kid and the Chameleon Sleepover (Time to Read, Level 3)
Written by Sheri Mabry & illustrated by Joanie Stone
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Recommend Ages: 5-7

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?

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  • Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover - Rabbit’s carefully planned visit with Robot doesn’t work out exactly as he imagined in this offbeat tale about two comically mismatched friends. Rabbit is excited: his friend Robot is coming to spend the night! Rabbit has left nothing to chance and has drawn up a list of all the things they will do. First off is making pizza, but Robot only likes nuts and bolts and screws on top (good thing he has magnetic hands). Next on the list is watching TV, but the remote is missing, and Rabbit is panicking! Will Robot find a logical (and rather obvious) solution to the problem? Number three is . . . uh-oh! Why is Robot lying down instead of playing Go Fish? And what is that message reading “BAT” printing out from a slot on his front? New readers who like silly stories will race through this funny adventure about a rabbit who likes to be in control and an obliging robot who calmly keeps their friendship humming.

  • 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.

  • Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues - A funny bedtime story from the New York Times bestselling Pete the Cat series. In this hardcover picture book, Pete the Cat and his friends are having so much fun playing and surfing in the sun, they don’t want the day to end. Pete has an idea—how about a sleepover? Groovy! As the night gets later, it’s time for bed. This cool cat needs to catch some ZZZs, but Pete’s friends aren’t ready to go to sleep just yet. Then Pete has another idea…but will it work? Free door hanger included!

  • The Kid and the Chameleon Sleepover - 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?

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A Nervous Night
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Tammy Lyon
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Recommend Ages: 5-7

Katie is nervous about a sleepover at her grandparents’ house.

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Penny & Jelly: Slumber Under the Stars
Written by Maria Gianferrari & illustrated by Thyra Heder
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

In this picture-book companion to <i>Penny & Jelly: The School Show</i>, Penny is invited to a slumber-under-the-stars sleepover! But there’s one small detail that derails the dynamic kid-dog duo: no pets allowed. Penny and Jelly have to think quick–if the real Jelly can’t go, then maybe a pretend Jelly can! A paper Jelly? Too rough. A yarn Jelly? Too soft. Jelly after Jelly just doesn’t work. But with a little creativity and a lot of heart, Penny figures out how to go to the sleepover–and bring Jelly along with her. Learn more about these best friends at www.pennyandjelly.com.

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