Bedtime Stories

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Bedtime in the Jungle
John Butler

E BUTLER
As dusk falls in the jungle, animal babies and their parents prepare for bedtime.


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I'm Not Sleepy
Jane Chapman

E CHAPMAN
It is bedtime but Mo, an owlet, is not at all sleepy, so Grandma suggests that he put her to bed instead.


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All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep
Crescent Dragonwagon

E DRAGONWAGON
Illustrations and rhyming text portray an alphabet of animals as they prepare to go to sleep.


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Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
Eugene Field

E FIELD
A classic lullaby poem about three fishermen who try to catch the stars in nets of silver and gold.


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Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy
Denise Fleming

E FLEMING
Depicts a number of animal babies sleeping as a mother puts her own baby to bed.


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Count the Sheep to Sleep
Philippa Rae

E RAE
A little girl who is having trouble falling asleep tries counting sheep but the ten wooly creatures have mishaps, one after another, until there are none left to count.


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10 Minutes till Bedtime
Peggy Rathmann

E RATHMANN
A boy’s hamster leads an increasingly large group of hamsters on a tour of the boy’s house, while his father counts down the minutes to bedtime.


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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Sherri Duskey Rinker

E RINKER
At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.


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Bedtime for Mommy
Amy Krouse Rosenthal

E ROSENTHAL
In a reversal of the classic bedtime story, a child helps her mommy get ready for bed, enduring pleas for one more book, five more minutes of play time, and a glass of water before the lights go out.


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Brownie & Pearl Hit the Hay
Cynthia Rylant

E RYLANT
A little girl and her cat enjoy preparing for bed with a bath, snack, and bedtime story.


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All Aboard for Dreamland!
Melanie Harby

E HARBY
Takes the reader on a rollicking train ride through Wiggletown, Giggletown, the land of Strrrretch, and the town of Yawwwwwn on the way to Dreamland.


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Can't Sleep Without Sheep
Susanna Leonard Hill

E HILL
When counting sheep does not help Ava fall asleep and the sheep complain that they are exhausted, they send in replacements, including cows, horses, penguins, and pigs, but none prove satisfactory.


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Bedtime in the Forest
Kazuo Iwamura

E IWAMURA
Mick, Mack, and Molly, three young squirrels, find themselves awake and wanting to play all night like the owl children and learn that they should be going to bed instead.


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Bears in Beds
Shirley Parenteau

E PARENTEAU
Big Brown Bear gets his four fellow bears into their cozy, warm beds without much trouble, but in the middle of the night a strange sound frightens them awake.


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If Animals Kissed Good Night (Melanie Kroupa Books)
Ann Whitford Paul

E PAUL
Rhyming text explores what would happen if animals kissed like humans do, from a slow kiss between a sloth and her cub to a mud-happy kiss from a hippo calf to his father.


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Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?
Brianna Caplan Sayres

E SAYRES
Illustrations and rhyming text reveal what trucks, tractors, and construction vehicles do to get ready for bed after a hard day’s work.


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The House in the Night
Susan Marie Swanson

CALDECOTT E SWANSON
Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.


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Bear Snores On
Karma Wilson

E WILSON
On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.


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Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime
Myra Wolfe

E WOLFE
From the day Charlotte Jane was born on a pirate ship she has had “formidable oomph,” but when she succeeds in conquering sleep by staying up all night, her oomph seems to weigh anchor.


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The Napping House
Audrey Wood

E WOOD
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.


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Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters
Jane Yolen

E YOLEN
Two rambunctious monsters creep, gurgle, crawl, and tumble before falling asleep.


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Where Is the Green Sheep?
Mem Fox,Judy Horacek

E FOX
If you were a green sheep, where would you hide.


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Baby Badger's Wonderful Night
Karen Saunders

E SAUNDERS
Baby Badger is frightened as darkness falls, and so Papa Badger takes him on a walk, pointing out the beauty and wonder of the night.


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