They press a firefly, blow a breeze, pat a deer, blink their eyes to fill the sky with stars and trace the Big Dipper on the page. Good Night, Gorilla. Because all the text in the book consists of goodnight greetings, parents will need to narrate the story in their own words. Dinosaur vs. Age: Dinosaur has never lost a fight—but bedtime will be his biggest challenge ever. Hush Little Baby. Age: Henry brings home a new puppy, and his first challenge will be figuring out how to get Charley to sleep in a strange, lonely house.
The Berenstain Bears: In the Dark. Age: Like all Berenstain Bears books, this one is on the long side, is filled with dialogue, complex situations and offers a message. Marveling at the delightfully Anglo home scenes, follow the baby through his day until his mother places him, sleeping, into his crib. The cutout on each page will keep younger readers engaged. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.
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Truck enthusiasts will ask for this one every night—and day, too. Hush Little Ones. Age: Soft illustrations of cuddly baby animals and a sing-songy rhyme on every page make for a sweet and simple bedtime book.
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Animals range from the expected—mice, birds—to the more exotic—penguins, whales, and kangaroos. Interrupting Chicken.
Guess who ends up falling asleep first? Age: Every kid loves to hear stories about themselves, and Max and Ruby are no exceptions. Here, Grandma recalls their adventures making a restaurant, swimming at the lake, and refusing to go to school. The combination of the elegant pen-and-ink pictures reminiscent of Winnie-the-Pooh , gentle brown and green palette and loving, ultra-simple storyline is exquisite.
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Goodnight Goodnight Sleepyhead. The soft illustrations have a lovely vintage vibe. In the Night Kitchen. Age: In perhaps the most unusual of our bedtime book suggestions, Mickey dreams a crazy dream in which he helps out the breakfast cake bakers in a most spectacular way. Another blast from the past which has held up nicely. Close Your Eyes. Age: Little Tiger is nervous about going to sleep, but his mother soothes his concerns with wisdom, whimsy, and reassurance. The vibrant paintings with bright swaths of primary colors will please young eyes as the loving text lulls them to sleep.
Rock-a-Bye Room. Age: Fanciful and whimsical pictures complement the musical text of a mother singing a child to sleep. Especially adorable is the scene of the snoozing trains and tractor covered by quilts. The House in the Night. Age: The unique look of this book, with its black-and-yellow scratchboard illustrations, is what will draw you to it first. In a Blue Room. Age: Alice, bouncing on her bed way past bedtime, wants blue, only blue.
But as her mother brings her one special sleep-inducing gift after another flowers, tea, an extra quilt, a wind chime , her room becomes beautifully suffused with all different colors.
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Finally, as she nods off to sleep, the moon comes in and makes everything blue. Night Knight. A little boy demonstrates some magical thinking as he brushes his teeth, puts away his things, and says goodnight to his pet a dragon , all in a fantastical medieval setting. Bedtime for Bear. Age: A fun, graphic novel-style book multiple boxes per page, speech bubbles, sound effects gives new life to a familiar story of a bear who just wants to sleep. The festive snowy outdoor scenes will put kids in a holiday mood, so save this one for winter. Goodnight Already!
Age: Bear is so tired, he feels he could sleep for months. His neighbor Duck, on the other hand, has never felt so awake. A hilarious all-dialogue story, great fun to read aloud and reminiscent of Elephant and Piggie. Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey. Age: This sweet entry, perfect for right before the lights go off, shines with vintage-style illustrations that seem to step right out of a Little Golden Book.
Gentle verse imagines a series of sleepy children, each holding a stuffed animal, on a special voyage with their stuffie come to life. Night Lights. Age: Every page here has just one word or phrase : streetlight, headlight, lantern light, firelight, candlelight, etc.
No Go Sleep! Age: Any book starring porcupines is a contender right from the start! This classic Dr. Ages 5 — 9. Shy, quiet Brian feels invisible in the hustle and bustle of his classroom. Then a new student arrives and Brian sees an opportunity to make a friend. Ages 6 — 9.
Ruler starts a kindness campaign in her class. As the kids work on their acts of kindness, they realize they can change the world through their good deeds. This offbeat and colorful book offers ideas kids can put into action. Ages 5 — A classmate wonders how she can help when she sees Vanessa, the new girl at school, walking home crying after a confrontation with a bully. A sweet and simple wordless picture book that opens up conversations around kindness, caring, and stepping up against bullying.
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Ages 4 — 8. Kindness and generosity take center stage as a young man chooses to look past his own desire to fit in and help someone else in need. This is a great discussion starter about peer pressure, kindness, and poverty. Ages 5 — 8.
Short, bullfrog-voiced, and buck-toothed, Molly Lou Melon is the perfect target for the school bully. Good thing her grandmother taught her to be confident and love herself just as she is. A powerful message on how important it is to be kind to yourself as well as others. Mary is ordinary in every way, but even ordinary kids can do extraordinary things. By performing one simple act of kindness, Mary starts a chain reaction that affects people all over the world.
Feather, Flap, and Spike are spending their first night in their very own nest. But, oh no, he sees a pair of eyes in the dark! Who is it? Goodnight, Bob!
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