Reading at bedtime is a great way to teach your child important lessons, develop their reading skills, and get them nice and sleepy and ready for bed. These 6 books contain fun sleep-related stories that your child is sure to love.
#1 The ABC’s of Sleep
The ABC’s of Sleep by Amber Gilmore follows the letters of the alphabet as they get ready to go to sleep. This classic rhyming book is perfect for helping kids understand what they need from a sleep and why it is so important for their growing bodies. It has been specifically designed to both educate children about sleep and to help them relax so that they can get it! Whether your child is good about going to bed or has some trouble with it, this book will work a charm and ensure that they doze off quickly for a peaceful night’s sleep. All they have to do is follow their ABC friends and let them show us how exciting and important it is to go to bed. By the time you’ve finished reading this book, your child will be more than ready to follow in the letters’ footsteps and get ready for sleep so that they wake up feeling refreshed and energized.
#2 Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is a classic bedtime book that has been loved by generations of sleepy children. Say goodnight with our old friend little bunny and let the gentle poetry of the words lull your child to sleep. Say goodnight room, goodnight moon and to all the familiar things in the softly lit room.
#3 Llama Llama Red Pajama
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney is part of the much loved Llama Llama series. In this book, Llama Llama reads a bedtime story with his mama. So get your kids ready for bed and follow along with Llama Llama and his mama. Get out your best pair of red pajamas and help your child drift off into a peaceful sleep with this soothing silly story.
#4 Little Owl’s Night
Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan is a twist on the classic bedtime book. Little Owl wakes up from his day-long sleep to observe his friends and watch what they do to enjoy the night. Little Owl loves the night time and his friends seem to as well, he can’t even imagine why anyone would want to miss it. He thinks surely the daytime can’t be as good as this! So Mama Owl begins to describe daytime to him, but as the sun begins to rise, Little Owl is fast asleep. For a child that’s curious about the night, Little Owl’s Night is the perfect bedtime book.
#5 Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book
Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book was designed specifically to put small children to sleep. The yawning creatures in the book spread sleep thoughts so that your yawning creature will soon be fast asleep. Even for the stubbornest children who don’t want to go to bed, Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book is irresistible. The combination of funny stories and rhymes with zany illustration is the formula that has made Dr. Seuss one of the most beloved children’s authors of all time. His Sleep Book is the perfect story for bed time and will be enjoyed by all.
#6 It’s So Quiet: A Not-Quite-Going-to-Bed Book
It’s So Quiet: A Not-Quite-Going-to-Bed Book by Sherri Duskey Rinker is not what you’d expect from a bedtime book. It’s bedtime in the story, but one little mouse just cannot get to sleep because it is far too quiet! He soon realizes, however that the night is full of sounds such as the croak of a bullfrog or the howl of a coyote. Soon the night time sounds start to build and the little mouse starts to want a little MORE quiet. This book will have you and your child making lots of noise to get all their energy out before settling in for bed.
Becky Collins has lived in South Dakota her whole life. Becky has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and True Dakotan. As a journalist for Kev’s Best, Becky covers national and international developments.