Sleepy Reads: Bedtime Stories for Little Ones

May 22, 2017 | Laurie

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books and stuffed animals on a bed

Bedtime – sshhhh, or should I shout it out gleefully – BEDTIME! That long-awaited break at the end of every child-filled day. Little One has asked her final “I want to know everything” question and is rubbing her eyes. Jammies are on, teeth are brushed, stuffed toy is tucked in next to her under the blanket. It’s now time to curl up together to read a bedtime story, or two, or three. What to read tonight? Let’s choose from the top of the library pile.

  Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown 

Our favourite – we’ve almost got it memorized. Don’t miss wishing the moon, and everything in the great green room, good night.

 I Just Want to Say Good Night

I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora

Lala also wants to wish everything good night – the fish, the ants, a rock, and finally, her book. For a pleasant surprise, read this book after reading Good Night Moon.  

  Llama Llama Red Pajama

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

This little llama certainly knows how to get mama's attention before bed.  

  How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night

How do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen

If your Little One is like these dinosaurs, there will be no pouting, stomping, or crying before bed – imagine! 

 Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

 Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by mo willems 

This pigeon is NOT TIRED. This pigeon wants a drink of water. This pigeon wants a bedtime chat. Does this sound familiar?  

   The Napping House

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

In the Napping House, there's a cozy bed, a dozing dog, a slumbering mouse, and best of all ... a dreaming child. 


Sshhhh, everyone’s finally asleep – Little One, the llama, the dinosaurs – even the pigeon. 

It’s grown-up time! Maybe a half hour to read a grown-up book (what was that book that everyone is reading?). Time to catch up on grown-up life, watch the news, sip a tea. Time to … lie down. So tired. Time to dream of … sleeping llamas and snoring dinosaurs. Another night, put to sleep, reading children’s books. Sweet dreams.