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Bedtime Stories

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All of these books can be found in the Picture Book section under the author’s last name.

Teddy Bear Tears
by Jim Aylesworth
After going to bed, a little boy has to comfort his beloved teddy bears--Willie Bear, Fuzzy, Ringo, and Little Sam--because each is afraid of something in the dark, and gives patient, loving explanations to allay their fears.

Bedtime for Bear
by Bonnie Becker
A small but effervescent overnight guest tries the patience of a curmudgeonly bear who needs absolute quiet to fall asleep. 

Where is Bear?
by Jonthan Bentley
Discovering at bedtime that his beloved Bear has gone missing, a little boy embarks on a search throughout energetic spreads that culminate in a surprise ending. 

Dogs on the Bed
by Elizabeth Bluemle
A mother and father try to read to their two children before bedtime, but the family's six dogs create havoc when they insist on climbing into the bed and crowding everyone else out.

The Going to Bed Book
by Sandra Boynton
An assortment of animals on a boat take a bath, put on their pajamas, brush their teeth, and exercise before going to bed. 

Back to Bed, Ed!
by Sebastien Braun
Ed the mouse will not sleep in his own bed, until eventually his exasperated and tired parents find a way to keep him from joining them in the middle of the night. 

The Bears in the Bed and the Great Big Storm
by Paul Bright
One by one, three young bears crawl into Bear and Mrs. Bear's bed during a thunderstorm, certain they hear monsters outside, and although Bear tells each that monsters are not real, he later changes his mind. 

Goodnight Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown
A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep. 

Sleepy ABC
by Margaret Wise Brown
Simple rhymes for each letter of the alphabet are illustrated with an array of toddlers and babies saying goodnight.

Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed
by Eileen Christelow
Mama has said it is time for "Lights out! Sweet dreams! No more reading in bed," but her five little monkeys cannot resist reading just a few more books to one another.

One More Hug for Madison
by Caroline Church
Madison the mouse keeps asking her patient mother for just one more thing before she goes to sleep. 

Maisy’s Bedtime
by Lucy Cousins
Maisy the mouse and her toy panda get ready for bed.

Nighttime Ninja
by Barbara DaCosta
Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure.

Bedtime for Batman
by Michael Dahl
A little boy makes his bedtime an exciting adventure, as he imagines Batman preparing to fight crime in Gotham City.

Sweet Dreams, Supergirl!
by Michael Dahl
From sun-soaked morning . . . / . . . until moonlit night . . . / a super hero soars! / FWOOSH!!" With these words, our preschool protagonist begins her race to her foe: bedtime.

Llama, Llama Red Pajama
by Anna Dewdney
At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.  

The Snatchabook
by Helen Docherty
The woodland animals of Burrow Down are ready for a bedtime story, but where are the books?

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car
by Kate Dopirak
In this twist on the classic poem, a little red car takes a final cruise around town before going to bed, beeping good-night to all his vehicular friends.

Sleep Tight, Charlie!
by Michael Escoffier
Charlie goes through his bedtime preparations, closes his eyes, and drifts off to sleep, only to be awakened repeatedly by noisy animals outside his window. 

No Go Sleep!
by Kate Feiffer
A baby does not want to go to sleep, even as everything else around her wishes her a good night.

Go to Sleep in Your Own Bed!
by Candace Fleming
When Pig plops into his sty at bedtime, he finds Cow sleeping there and must send her off to her stall, setting off a chain reaction of animals being awakened to move to their own beds.

Sleepy, Oh so Sleepy
by Denise Fleming
Depicts a number of animal babies sleeping as a mother puts her own baby to bed.

There’s a Walrus in My Bed!
by Ciara Flood
It's time for Flynn to sleep in his first ever big boy bed, but there's one rather large problem: a walrus! Mom and Dad play along. Is Flynn just stalling? Either way it doesn't look like anyone is getting much sleep tonight.

Tiger Can’t Sleep
by S. J. Fore
A young boy is kept awake by the noisy, "talented" tiger in his closet that is busy dancing, eating, and making music.

Time for Bed
by Mem Fox
As darkness falls parents everywhere try to get their children ready for sleep.

Good Night, Sleep Tight
by Claire Freedman
While babysitting, Grandma tries several ways to get Archie to feel sleepy but nothing works until she remembers how she used to put his mother to bed when she was a little girl. 

by Emily Gravett
At bedtime, Cedric the dragon wants his mother to read his favorite book again, and again, and again.

All Aboard for Dreamland
by Melanie Harby
Takes the young reader on a rollicking, nighttime train ride through Wiggletown, Giggletown, the land of Strrrretch, Groggy Grove, and the town of Yawwwwwn on the way to Dreamland.

Bedtime for Bear
by Brett Helquist
Just after the first snowfall, Bear is ready to go to sleep until spring but his friends encourage him to spend one last day playing with them. 

Where’s Bunny?
by Theo Heras
A cozy celebration of bedtime routines.

Bedtime for Frances
by Russell Hoban
Frances finds it difficult to go to sleep with the strange noises and menacing shapes that seem to fill her room after dark. 

Sleepy Cadillac: A Bedtime Drive
by Thacher Hurd
A nighttime ride in the Sleepy Cadillac ensures every passenger a night of happy dreams and cozy sleep. 

I Just Want to Say Good Night
by Rachel Isadora
In a village on the African plains, a little girl stalls bedtime by saying good night to various animals and objects.

Peekaboo Bedtime
by Rachel Isadora
A toddler plays peekaboo with parents, grandparents, toys, and the moon while getting ready for bed.

All Ears, All Eyes
by Richard Jackson
As darkness falls in the forest, animals hoot, chirp, whirr, and bark, lulling drowsy children to sleep.

B is for Bedtime! (BOARD BOOK)
by Naomi Kleinberg
Elmo from Sesame Street helps his little cousins get ready for bed, in a sturdy interactive board book that incorporates more than 30 lift-flaps.

Time Now to Dream
by Timothy Knapman
When Alice and Jack are out playing, they hear a strange noise. Alice wants to know what it is, but Jack is afraid. But Alice takes his hand and they follow the noise, right into the heart of the forest. Just what will they discover there?

No Such Thing
by Jackie French Koller
Howard and the monster under his bed decide on a plan to convince their mothers that both of them have reason to be afraid after dark.

Pajama Pirates
by Andrew Kramer
When night falls, pajama-clad pirates set out in search of treasure but soon find themselves surrounded by foes.

The Big Bed
by Bunmi Laditan
A young girl tries to persuade her father that he is the one who should sleep in a special, little bed while she shares the big bed with Mommy. 

Topsy-Turvy Bedtime
by Joan Levine
Arathusela dislikes bedtime and persuades her parents to let her put them to bed for a change.

Sleep Like a Tiger
by Mary Logue
At bedtime a young girl asks "Does everything in the world go to sleep?"

What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story
by Kate Lum
When her grandson Patrick arrives for his first sleepover, Granny's resourceful efforts to provide him with a bed, pillow, and other necessities result in a sleepless night for both of them. 

Time to Say Goodnight
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
In the same way that baby animals stop whatever they are doing and close their eyes for the night, so a child must finally go to sleep when bedtime comes.

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey
by Emily Martin
Furred, finned, and feathered friends await the night, when they can carry dreamers on adventures in Dreamland. 

Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to Sleep?
by Bill Martin
A young cat is distracted by many things while getting ready for bed at night.

If You Were My Bunny
by Kate McMullan
A mother tells her baby how she would care for it if it were a bunny, a kitten, or other animal infant; she then sings a lullaby about each baby animal.

A Place to Sleep
by Holly Meade
Presents a variety of animals and the places where they might sleep, from a bear snoozing in the arms of a tree to a boy in bed. 

Stay Awake, Sally
by Mitra Modarressi
Sally is sleepy and ready to go to bed but her parents want her to stay up and play with them.

Fancy Nancy and the Late, Late, Late Night
by Jane O’Connor
When Nancy's neighbor lends her a scrapbook of celebrity autographs, Nancy wants to stay up late and read it, but learns that a late night causes her to be tired all day at school. 

Yellow Moon, Apple Moon
by Pamela Porter
In a bedtime rhyme, a child bids good-night to the moon, recalling all the familiar things surrounding her, from her pillow, her book, and her kitten to the swing outside, the robins in the trees, and the starry night.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
by Sherri Rinker
At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

Clara and Asha
by Eric Rohmann
Young Clara would rather play with her imaginary giant fish, Asha, than settle down to sleep. 

Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night
by Carol Roth
Little Bunny, an only child, is so lonely that he cannot sleep, so he asks his friends if he can stay with them, only to discover that his own bed is best.

While You Are Sleeping
by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
In this story without words, a child is sleeping while outside people carry on with their lives--working, eating, walking their dogs, and even star gazing.

Cornelius P. Mud, Are you Ready for Bed?
by Barney Saltzberg
Cornelius the pig has his own style when preparing for bed, but he does not really feel ready until he gets a hug. 

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime
by Bob Shea
As little Dinosaur takes on everything around him, from a pile of leaves to his evening bowl of spaghetti, he is sure to win the challenge, but when it comes to bedtime, little Dinosaur is no match.

The Sleepy Little Alphabet
by Judy Sierra
It's sleepy time in Alphabet Town, but the twenty-six little letters of the alphabet all have something they need--or want--to do before big-letter moms and dads tuck them in.

Quiet Night
by Marilyn Singer
One frog, two owls, three geese are joined by increasingly larger numbers of different animals that keep ten campers from falling asleep in their tent.

Little Owl’s Night
by Divya Srinivasan
Waking up from a long day of sleep to an exciting new night in the forest with his friends, Little Owl watches Hedgehog sniffing for mushrooms, Skunk nibbling on berries, Frog croaking and Cricket singing while Mama describes to him what the daytime world is like.

Interrupting Chicken
by David Ezra Stein
Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.

Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy
by Jan Thomas
Brave Cowboy tries to sing his young calf pals to sleep on a dark, dark night, with humorous results.

Good Night, Bunny
by Lauren Thompson
Bunny says goodnight to flowers, animals, and family before snuggling into bed.

Dreaming of You
by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
This lyrical and beautifully illustrated lullaby picture book prepares children ages 3-6 for bedtime by imagining what animals dream.

by Mo Willems
Cat the Cat has a slumber party with her animal friends in the follow-up to What's Your Sound, Hound the Hound?, which introduces early concepts through vibrant art, very simple text and repetition. 

Good Night Baby Animals – You’ve Had a Busy Day
by Karen B. Winnick
A collection of six original baby animal stories designed for reading aloud to toddlers at bedtime depicts a menagerie of exotic baby animals who play, eat and explore in their natural habitats.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
by Jane Yolen
Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.