Sweet Dreams! Top 10 Bedtime Stories for Children

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by: Lindsay Hutton
Getting your child to sleep at night isn't always an easy task. These children's bedtime books are full of adorable characters, imaginative illustrations, and rhyming words that are sure to lull your little one right into dreamland. Looking for more? Use our Book Finder tool to search for new books for kids of all ages!
GoodnightMoon
Goodnight Moon
By Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
$17.99
Ages 0-5

For the little rabbit in this book, preparing for -- or, more likely, postponing -- bedtime is of utmost importance. Every person, animal, and object within sight gets a "good night" in this short, yet sweet poem. The illustrations in this classic bedtime story alternate between simple ink drawings and bright, colorful pictures, and your little one will love trying to find all the items mentioned throughout the book.

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GuessHowMuch
Guess How Much I Love You
By Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
$16.99
Ages 0-5

Little Nutbrown Hare is searching for ways to tell his dad how much he loves him - and ways to put off bedtime just a teeny bit longer. He comes up with one example after another, with Big Nutbrown Hare upping the ante until his little one falls asleep. At the end of the day, this classic bedtime story is the perfect way to show your child how much you love him.

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GoingtoBed
The Going to Bed Book
By Sandra Boynton
$5.99
Ages 0-5

The animals on this ark sure know how to get ready for bed! After watching the sun go down, they show your little one how to prepare for a night of slumber, from brushing their teeth to picking out pajamas, to finally saying good night. The pictures in this book are bright, and the easy-to-read text is the perfect story to end a busy day.

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SometimesILiketoCurlupinaBall,Book
Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball
By Vicki Churchill and Charles Fuge
$5.95
Ages 0-5

This cozy bedtime read is about Little Wombat. He loves to be loud, play in the mud, and make funny faces at the other forest animals. But, at the end of the day, the one thing Little Wombat loves most is finding a warm place to curl up in a ball with his mama. Your child will fall in love with this adorable creature and all his crazy animal antics.

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CountingKisses
Counting Kisses
By Karen Katz
$7.99
Ages 1-5

Nothing can put a baby to sleep like a countdown of kisses! From "ten little kisses on teeny tiny toes" to the final kiss on baby's sleepy head, your child will feel cuddled and cozy while reading this book full of pastel colors and warm patterns. When the final kiss is delivered, your sleeping beauty will be resting peacefully.

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SeussSleep
Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book
By Dr. Seuss
$14.95
Ages 4-8

The Country of Keck has one very sleepy resident - he's yawning so wide you can look down his neck! Complete with the rhythm and rhyme that is the hallmark of any Dr. Seuss book, this one is designed to deliberately leave your child yawning. Crazy characters and delightful illustrations encourage imagination, sleepy thoughts, and will almost guarantee a peaceful night's sleep full of zany, Zizzer-Zoof dreams.

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10Minutes
10 Minutes till Bedtime
By Peggy Rathmann
$8.99
Ages 4-8

What do you do when there are ten minutes to bedtime, and hordes of hamsters show up for a "Ten Minute Bedtime Tour"? Count along as the minutes tick down and more hamsters show up. With adorable antics and delightfully detailed pictures, this book will hold your child's attention from the first carload of rodents to the final kiss goodnight.

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DinosaursGoodnight
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
$16.99
Ages 4-8

In world where children are dinosaurs, how are things different at bedtime? Do they say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light? Do they pout, and throw things about? The bedtime beat of this goofy story will lull your child into a calming sleep with visions of little dinosaur families saying good night in his head.

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WildThings
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
$17.95
Ages 4-8

Over 40 years after it was published, Where the Wild Things Are is one of those rare books that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. When Max is sent to bed without supper, he dreams of sailing away to the land of Wild Things, where he becomes king. With its colorful and crazy artwork, children will be captivated by its silly and inventive magic. This will surely remain a favorite for years to come.

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