Best Baby Books for Bedtime
Best Bedtime Books for Babies and Toddlers
February 25, 2021

Best Bedtime Books for Babies and Toddlers

Best Bedtime Books for Babies and Toddlers

Reading to your child at bedtime is not only one of the best ways to bond with them, but it can also help create a nighttime routine—and maybe even help them fall asleep. This list includes both classics and new favorites that will send your child off to dreamland in the sweetest way possible.

This is probably the most famous sleepytime book ever written. The serene mood of this book is created by the lullaby-like text as well as the classic illustrations, beautifully rendered in a rich, deep color palette. Say goodnight to familiar objects one by one, then off to bed we go.

Goodnight Moon


This is a great choice for the spirited child who is obsessed with trucks. (As so many are.) As night falls over the construction site, these industrial locomotives bid goodnight one by one, from the crane truck to the bulldozer. It’s a wonderful bedtime story for any small fan of big machinery.

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site


Like many bedtime books, this one offers glimpses of different nature creatures sleeping, with an extra activity: kids are instructed to find the owl on each page. With sumptuous illustrations in a rich color palette, this choice gets eyelids heavy.

A Book of Sleep


It’s bedtime on an ark filled with animals, and the scenes that take place are warm, whimsical, and gently funny. Sandra Boynton’s cartoonish characters complete their nighttime rituals in scenes that are sometimes familiar, sometimes bizarre—like a pig doing a handstand as a form of nocturnal exercise. This is a great pick for kids who would like a giggle before lights out.

The Going-To-Bed Book


This soft board book is practically a stretch toy, with cushy, pliant pages and a variety of textures for kids to feel. Great for pre-readers, this charming bedtime story follows George through his nighttime routine in a warm and welcoming color palette.

Curious George Good Night Book


Not every kid loves bedtime, but almost all of them can get on board with pajamas. This book makes a party out of pajama time, encouraging kids to “get yourself set to pajama-dee-bop.” This book is a nice way to nudge a spirited little one toward bedtime.

Pajama Time!


It’s never too soon to teach mindfulness, especially if it helps little ones sleep. Slumber Sloth shows kids how to relax their bodies and minds, one simple step at a time.

Slumberkins Board Book


It’s bedtime in the Star Wars galaxy, and Darth Vader’s parenting skills are being tested because his kids Luke and Leia don’t want to go to sleep. This is a good choice for challenging sleepers—and the parents who care for them.

Goodnight Darth Vader


This one’s for the parents! And maybe for the restless infant who does not yet understand profanity. This hilarious satire contrasts the usual bedtime storybook imagery of slumbering creatures with narration that voices the frustration every parent knows. A smash hit, this book speaks to parents who long for a quick and easy bedtime.

Go the F**k to Sleep

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