Books About Bedtime

Suggestions for Picture Books, Easy Readers, Nonfiction Books, and Parenting Books about Bedtime.

 

Picture Books

E Appelt - Bubba and Beau Go Night-Night.
Even after a long day of running errands, baby Bubba and his puppy Beau are not ready for bedtime.

E Bajaj - How Many Kisses Do You Want Tonight?
When bedtime comes, the parents of a girl, a boy, and various animals ask their children how many kisses they want.

E Banks – And If the Moon Could Talk.
As evening progresses into nighttime, the moon looks down on a variety of nocturnal scenes, including a child getting ready for bed.

E Braun – Back to Bed, Ed!
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 nights.

E Cooper - A Good Night Walk.
The reader is taken on a journey through a neighborhood and shown the sights, sounds, and smells as evening approaches.

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

E Fleming - Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy.
Depicts a number of animals sleeping as a mother puts her own baby to bed.

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

E Frederick -- Hide and Squeak.
A mouse baby leads his father on a merry game of hide-and-squeak at bedtime.

E Genechten - No Ghost Under My Bed.
When a little penguin named Jake becomes afraid of strange noises in his room at night, he calls his father to check out the situation, and when everything from the curtain to the wardrobe to the toy box has been checked, Jake feels comforted that all of the ghosts are gone and prepares to sleep.

E Greenstein – Dreaming: A Countdown to Sleep.
A child counts down to sleep by observing the world around, from ten silent houses to one lone swan.

E Hacohen – Tuck Me In!
The reader helps tuck in baby animals at bedtime using pages with flaps to serve as blankets.

E Howland – The Princess Says Goodnight.
Rhyming text presents what a princess might do between leaving the ball and saying goodnight.

E Inches - The Stuffed Animals Get Ready for Bed.
Rhyming text describes a young girl's efforts to put her unruly stuffed animals to bed.

E London – Froggy Goes to Bed.
Froggy finds many ways to delay bedtime.

E Markes -- Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping.
A young child is encouraged to go to sleep by the thought of everyone else sleeping, from teacher to baker to postman.

E Mitchard -- Baby Bat’s Lullaby.
Lovingly, a mother bat lulls her baby to sleep.

E Perl -- Chicken Bedtime is Really Early.
Rhyming text describes how different animals get their young ones ready for bed on the farm.

E Provost -- Ten Little Sleepyheads.
Ten sleepy insects snack, read, and play before they fall asleep, one by one.

E Rosenthal – Little Hoot.
Little Hoot wants to go to bed early, like all of his friends do, and he is hopping mad when Mama and Papa Owl insist that he stay up late and play.

E Rusackas -- Daddy All Day Long.
Owen pig and his daddy count the ways they love each other from one to ten and a million zillion more and all day long.

E Saltzburg -- Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed?
Cornelius the pig has his own style when preparing for bed, but he does not really feel ready until he gets a hug.

E Sartell – Time for Bed, Baby Ted.
Whether baby Ted is pretending to be a snapping crocodile, squeaky mouse, or prickly porcupine, one thing is clear: this baby beastie is not headed for dreamland! But Dad helps his little animal get into pajamas, brush his teeth, and snuggle under the covers.

E Shea – Dinosaur vs. Bedtime.
A young dinosaur takes on many challenges and wins every time. Then Dinosaur faces his toughest challenge of all: bedtime.

E Shea – Race You to Bed.
Follows, in rhymed text and illustrations, a young rabbit's adventures on the way to bed.

E Sierra – Sleepy Little Alphabet.
Sleepy letters of the alphabet get ready for bed.

E Simmons – The Dreamtime Fairies.
Lucy, Bear, Jamie, and Floppy Rabbit fly across the ocean to find the Dreamtime Fairies, who will help them fall asleep.

E Tafuri -- Goodnight, My Duckling.
As a mother duck leads her ducklings home, one dawdles and is left behind but, luckily, a friend is there to help the little duckling back to his nest in time for bed.

E Thomas -- Good Night, Good Knight.
A Good Knight helps three little dragons who are having trouble getting to sleep.

E Waddell -- Sleep Tight, Little Bear.
Little Bear finds a cave that is just the right size for him, but at bedtime he starts thinking about Big Bear, all alone in their big Bear Cave.

E Watt – Scaredy Squirrel at Night.
Scaredy's in urgent need of sleep. But with so much to do, who has time? Besides, sleep means bad dreams about monsters. What can Scaredy do?

E Willems - Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
A pigeon comes up with many reasons why he should not go to bed.

E Yolen – How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
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.

E Ziefert -- Mommy, I Want to Sleep in Your Bed.
It's nighttime and everybody--children, parents, and pets--says good night. But when all the lights are out, find out where Charlie wants to sleep.


J Nonfiction

J 612.821/McP – Sleep and Dreams.
Discusses the nature of sleep and dreams, the causes of and treatments for sleep disorders, and the possible meaning of common dreams.

J 612.821/Rom – Zzz … The Most Interesting Book You’ll Ever Read About Sleep.
Uncovers the secrets of sleep to find out how the body clock works, why the brain needs sleep, what happens during REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep and more.

J 612.821/Sco – All About Sleep from A to ZZZZ.
Learn all about sleep: what it is, how it works, and why you should care about it.

J 612.821/Sho – Sleep is for Everyone.
Discusses the importance of sleep and what happens to our brains and bodies during slumber.

J 618.92/Ken – Let’s Talk About When You Have Trouble Going to Sleep.
Discusses the importance of sleep, the effects of not getting enough sleep, and routines to ease the process of bedtime.

 

Parent Shelf

Parent Shelf 618.928/Bra – Sleep: The Brazelton Way.
Advice from America’s favorite pediatrician.

Parent Shelf, 618.928/Fer – Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems.
Informative and practical ideas for parents to help their children fall and stay asleep.

Parent Shelf, 618.928/Min – Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep.
A pediatrician and sleep expert offers advice on teaching babies and toddlers to fall asleep on their own and stay asleep until morning.

Parent Shelf 618.928/Pan - The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Gentle Ways to Stop Bedtime Battles and Improve your Child's Sleep.
Written to help sleep-deprived parents of children ages one to five, this guide offers loving solutions to help this active age-group get the rest they--and their parents--so desperately need.

Parent Shelf, 618.75/Wei – Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child: A Step-By-Step Program for a Good Night’s Sleep.
Complete guide to solving -- and preventing -- sleep problems. Includes a step-by-step program for establishing good sleep habits and individualized guidelines from infancy throughout the growing years.

Parent Shelf, 618.75/Wes – The Sleep Lady's Good Night, Sleep Tight: Gentle Proven Solutions to Help Your Child Sleep Well and Wake Up Happy.
Introduces a gentle and effective approach to putting babies and children to sleep that includes the author's signature step-by-step Sleep Lady Shuffle.

 

Prepared by:  Nancy Tegeler, Children’s Librarian
Bedford Free Public Library
www.bedfordlibrary.net
May, 2011