As you know, I’m a huge advocate of reading bedtime stories to kids. So today I wanted to share these newly published picture book bedtimes stories for kids that are actually ABOUT bedtime and sleeping!! Maybe these will help get your energetic kids sleepy and ready for dreamtime. 🙂
Bedtime Stories for Kids
Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! by Aaron Blecha
Grizzle Grump just can’t find a good place to take his long winter nap. Every place he tries has very noisy animals! (No wonder he’s grumpy!) He finds the perfect winter cave where he snores so loudly now it’s the other animals who are bothered. Cute!
Goodnight, Good Dog by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Rebecca Malone
I love the illustrations and simple text that captures the dog remembering his day and his children and wishing himself good-night, good dog. Sweet and perfect for a bedtime read.
Bedtime Blastoff! by Luke Reynolds, illustrated by Mike Yamada
A dad and a boy pretend play right before bed because the boy isn’t ready quite yet– a train, a jet, a fire fighter, a space shuttle. I can totally imagine this, can’t you?!
Can You Yawn Like a Fawn! by Monica Sweeney with Lauren Yelvington, illustrated by Laura Watkins
When I first became a mom, I read somewhere that if you yawn it stimulates your baby to yawn, too and will help them go to sleep. And apparently that’s a clinical sleep strategy! This gorgeous sleepy time book prompts your child to do the same — sharing the nighttime rituals of baby animals and asking if the reader can yawn like them. It’s so perfect for bedtime, I’m already sleepy myself. Yawn along with this highly recommended bedtime story.
Goodnight Songs: A Celebration of the Seasons by Margaret Wise Brown
Discovered recently, these are lullabies and poems not specifically about bedtime but meant for sweet dreams. From the “Song of the Tiny Cat” to “Winter Adventure,” you’ll discover wonderful poems — which are put to music in a 12-song CD that comes with the book. I adore these newly discovered gems that are perfectly matched with illustrations from a variety of talent — Peter Brown, Dadu Shin, Bob Staake, Molly Idle, and others. This is a must-own book.
Naptime with Theo and Beau by Jessica Shyba
You’ll ooh and aaah at these sweet photographs of Beau and his puppy named Theo (a rescue puppy) who hops up on the bed after Beau falls asleep for nap time. Gorgeous photos and sweet cuddles. Sleep tight!
Do you have any other bedtime stories for kids about bedtime that you recommend?