Is there really such thing as an “easy” bedtime? The authors of these enchanting children’s tales think so! Bedtime can quickly turn into not-so-bedtime when restless kids, fears of the dark, new big-kid beds, and more come into play. But your days of bedtime battles may just be at an end! Our ten favorite bedtime books that put kids to sleep address nearly any nighttime issue you may face. You’re sure to find the perfect bedtime tale to send your child off to dreamland. Plus, we have a giveaway and you could win one of our award-winning sleep buddies!
Number one on our list is the book that’s revolutionized bedtime! Using psychological and positive reinforcement techniques, the book helps children relax and eventually doze off. Swedish author Forssen Ehrlin calls it “the verbal equivalent to rocking a child to sleep.” This book is the first self-published book to ever top Amazon’s charts — it’s already been translated into 7 languages (English being one of them, thank goodness). And with the help of characters like Uncle Yawn and the Sleepy-Eyed Owl, this tale promises to send any child off to dreamland.
For decades, this book has been the classic nighttime book. And for good reason! The premise is delightfully simple — go around the room and say goodnight to everything you see, like a photo, a lamp, a clock, and yes, the moon. The quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day. And the rock-a-bye rhythm will lull anyone to sleep!
If you’ve got a little dino-fanatic in your family, we’ve got the bedtime book for you! “How does a dinosaur say good night when Papa comes in to turn off the light? Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout? Does he throw his teddy bear all about?” Most certainly not! Dinosaurs give their parents big hugs and kisses, tuck their tails in, and whisper, ‘Good night!’ Full of humor and familiar nighttime antics, this book is a playful peek into the homes of dinosaur children and their parents at bedtime. Kids who think tyrannosaurus rex & friends are just too cool are sure to learn from these fuss-free examples.
How would different animals kiss goodnight? This charming children’s tale answers that question with lively rhythm, excellent sound words, and an eclectic collection of kids’ favorite animals. After you and your little one have explored how giraffes, peacocks, sloths, and more each kiss goodnight in their own ways, you can finish the story by delivering a special kiss of your very own.
It’s not uncommon for kids to struggle with sleeping in their own bed and own room. After all, it’s a pretty big, dark, scary place once mom and dad close the door! This book takes kids on an adventure, visiting all the places they wouldn’t want to sleep to help illustrate why their bed is indeed the perfect place to rest their head. By the end of this tale, your little one’s bed will seem safer than ever!
Can you imagine a single yawn setting off a chain reaction across an entire city? This is the premise for the story in this delightful Dr. Seuss bedtime book. A very sleepy little bug’s yawn causes everyone around him to feel sleepy, too. Soon, the sleepiness has taken over as far as the eye can see! Even champion bedtime-resisters will surely struggle to stay awake through this 64-page epic tale.
tells us that there’s no better way to fall asleep than to the sound of white noise, like that perfect rainstorm. If you’re fresh out of thunderstorms, this book will serve as the perfect substitute! From the blowing wind, to the “Splat! Splat!” on the roof, to the cozy feeling of your mama tucking you into bed, this book has everything your child needs to feel warm and cozy. One soft-spoken reading of this lovely story and you’re sure to see the eyelids droop.
It seems like even the tiniest of tots know who Elmo is. Maybe it’s engrained in their DNA? In any case, this book is sure to be of help to any children struggling with the transition from crib to big-kid bed. Familiar characters, colorful illustrations, and a sweet and simple story combine to create the perfect encouraging tale for kids who’ve outgrown the crib. Big Bed fears aside, your little will fall asleep in no time!
We know that kids learn by example, for better or for worse, and this book takes perfect advantage of that fact. Little animal babies everywhere are growing sleepy as their parents tuck them in, cozy and safe. Kids will soon recognize the pattern and follow the characters’ leads. Soothingly repetitive text and breathtaking illustrations are what give this book a special calming power. Sleep tight!
A book that’s both educational AND yawn-inducing?! Sign us up! Travel the alphabet at bedtime from start to finish, as the big letters get the little letters ready for bed. Each letter is paired with a bedtime activity — “b” must take a bath, while “t” tucks her teddy bear in. We love this super creative kid’s book that provides an opportunity to practice the alphabet at bedtime. And this is one tale you can expect to end with some Zzzzz’s
What bedtime stories are a surefire sleep-inducing part of your bedtime routine? Share them in the comments for a chance to win “My Turtle and Me” and Twilight Turtle (ERV $39.95)!
This bundle includes the classic Twilight Turtle and a full size, hardcover book “My Turtle and Me,” published by Scholastic. Before the lights go out and Twilight Turtle starts to shine, treat your kids to the heartwarming bedtime tale of a toddler who takes his beloved turtle wherever he goes. This delightful board book even includes a little light-up turtle on every page. Your kids will love lighting up the full-size Twilight Turtle to keep them company while you read through the book together. The perfect bedtime bundle!
- Eases fear of the dark
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