Picture Book Series: Part 2: 100+Best Bedtime Stories

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Best Bedtime Stories

I created this bedtime stories list based on our interests, things we’re learning about (36 Picture Books that Teach Life Skills& classic bedtime stories.   

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Here is a list of our favorites BEDTIME STORIES

(ages 2-7, in alphabetical order):

Printable list includes bold and italicized books marked as best reads for ages 2-4

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100+ Best Bedtime Stories (ages 2-7) printable list

The Snail Who Forgot the Mail: Teach your kids patience at bedtime by Sigal Adler

is a fun rhyming book that teaches the importance of patience (instead of losing your temper).

“You’re not my monster!” by Sigal Adler

Another fun book by Adler. This one may help your little monster lover enjoy bedtime routine just a little.

 Goodnight Thomas, by Rev. W Awdry

A classic bedtime story in our house.

A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker

Beautiful illustrations and funny story that touches on insomnia and whether you prefer to sleep with someone else or alone.

The Bearnstain Bears In The Dark by Stan and Jan Berenstain 

I remember this book from my childhood and it was passed down to my son (although not from me). It is a great book to help kids who are learning to enjoy reading or are afraid of the dark. Two very unrelated topics.

Sandra Boynton

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is one of my favorite board book authors! This is a must have for your home library and for helping toddles deal with bedtime routine.

Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton

 Barnyard Dance! By Sandra Boynton

Pajama Time! By Sandra Boynton

Where do Diggers Sleep at Night? By Brianna Caplan Sayres

I am NOT Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed by Lauren Child

Goodnight Baseball by Michael Dahl

Putting the Monkeys to Bed by Gennifer Choldenko

Goodnight Hockey by Michael Dahl

Night, Knight by Owen Davey

Llama Llama Night-Night by Anna Dewdney

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey RInker

Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep by Joyce Dunbar

Goodnight Already by Jory John and Benji Davies

 Bedtime (baby touch and feel)

The Bedtime Book by Mary Engelbreit

Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon 

Time for Bed by Mem Fox

Good Night Fire Engines by Adam Gamble

Where’s Waldo 30th Anniversary Edition by Martin Handford

Good Night Race Cars (Good Night Our World) by Adam Gamble

Good Night Yoga: a Pose- by-Pose Bedtime Story by Mariam Gates

Where’s Waldo by Martin Handford

W.W. The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford

Where’s Waldo Now? By Martin Handford

Bedtime for Bear by Brett Helquist

 Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

My Bedtime: by Amanda Hembrow

Kiss Good Night

Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban

Sleepyheads by Sandra J. Howatt

Good Night Owl

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Big Enough for a Bed (Sesame Street) by Apple Jordan

Goodnight, Little Monster

Magical Animals at Bedtime: Tales of Guidance and Inspiration for you to read with your child to comfort and enlighten

Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Nap a Roo by Kristy Kurjan

The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan

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Buddah at Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with your Child to Enchat, Enlighten and Inspire

Just Go to Bed (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer

There’s a Nightmare in my Closet by Mercer Mayer 

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney 

Goodnight, Numbers by Danica McKellar 

Love you Forever by Robert Munsch

 First Words by Thomas Nelson

Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up LAte (Bedtime Math Series) by Laura Overdeck

First 100 Board Book (set of 3) by Roger Priddy

 Night-Night Farm, Touch and Feel by Amy Parker

First 100 Words by Roger Priddy

Nighty-Night by Lesli Patrecelli


First 100 Words Life-the-Flap by Roger Priddy

Bright Baby Colors

First 100 Animals by Roger Priddy 

ABC & Numbers First Words by Roger Priddy 

First 100 Trucks and Things that Go by Roger Priddy

Shhh! This Book is Sleeping by Cedric Ramadier

Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Sweet Dreams, Curious George

Good Night, Curious George, Touch and Feel

Curious George Storybook Collection

My Mom Loves Me by Marianne Richmond

Goodnight Pirate by Michelle Robinson

The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds by Marisabina Russo

Goodnight Tractor by Michelle Robinson

Best Storybook Ever by Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever by Richard Scarry

Baby Touch and Feel: First Words by DK

Where the Wild Things Are by Maruice Sendak

In The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss

Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea

Sleepy ABCs by Margaret Wise Brown 

The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra

Goodnight Train by June Sobel

Little Owl 1,2,3 by Divya Srinivasan

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Little Owl Colors by Divya Srinivasan

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

How do Dinosaurs say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Little Quack’s Bedtime by Lauren Thompson

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

It’s time to Sleep, My Love by Nancy Tillman

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman

The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood

Bedtime (Toddler Tools) by Elizabeth Verdick

Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber

Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear by Martin Wadell

Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey by Emily Winfield Martin

GoodNight Songs: Illustrated by Twelve Award-Winning Picture Book Artists by Margaret Wise Brown

The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Witford Paul

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters

How do Dinosaurs go to sleep?

BEST Bedtime Stories for Infants:

Baby Faces

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Night, Night Forrest Friends by Annie Bach

Baby Animals: Touch and Feel

Cars and Trucks and Things that Go Richard Scarry

Baby Loves Summer by Karen Katz

Indestructibles books

These are the best books for infants because they are just like the name says indestructible!

Things that Go

Beach Baby

A few of our favorites from when my son was little…

He loved the touch and feel series! Baby Touch and Feel Colors and Shapes

Classic baby game in a book! Baby Peek-a-Boo

This story is super cute as well.Baby Babble

Best Chapter Books: ages 8- Tweens

Bedtime stories are not just for younger kids! These books can be read independently (depending on reading level and interest) but all are suitable for read alouds, especially for  multi-age audiences. For example if you’re reading with younger children and your tween decides to join. My personal favorite is Shel Silverstein’s books & The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka.  Kids of ALL ages LOVE these because they’re silly.

Roald Dahl

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Witches

Kate Decamillo will forever be one of my favorite authors!

Miraculous journey of Edward Tulane

The Tale of Desperaux

Because of Winn Dixie

Mary Pope Osborne:

The Magic Tree House Series

Rick Riordan;

Percy Jackson Series

Children’s Classics:

Shel Silverstein: Poetry is an excellent choice for bedtime reading! It offers a different genre that some kids (who are already readers) may not choose on their own.

Where the Sidewalk Ends

A Light in the Attic

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The Secret Garden by Francess Hodgesen Burnett

Jon Scieszka:

The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales-This is a silly take for school age kids (who have already read/ heard the classics like the Gingerbread man). It’s fun to have another take on a classic story and bonus points if it’s silly too.

J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter Series


The Chocolate Touch

How to find more book ideas?

~Try a Google Search: “third grade (or whatever grade/age) chapter books” or “third grade graphic novels (for a chapter book series or type of books)

~Search for recommended reading list by grade level online or check your local library (many libraries have a summer reading program with printed booklists you can take home). “Third grade core lit”. Sometimes local libraries have a pre-printed list of book recommendations from local teachers ESPECIALLY in the summer.

Tips for Reading Bedtime Stories:

Set a routine & respect it!

Example: we read 2 short (or one long) story nearly every night. If you travel make sure to bring two books and we read what you can, when we can.  If there is time we briefly discuss the story (we average a weekly book talk).

Involve your child:

Do a Picture walk- “read” the pictures and try to guess what is going to happen on each page (if its a short story 5-10 double sided pages).

Ask them questions: 

  1. What do you notice (about a picture)
  2. What do you think about that?
  3. Why do you think he/she did that?

Or talk about what you notice/wonder about the pictures.

Accept whatever level of participation they are able to provide.

*for infants and toddlers just focus on vocabulary (you can mix it up and practice identifying names or motioning when there are action words but remember to speak in simple sentences).

Make it engaging!

Do the voices  (if it is enjoyable for you give characters different voices) OR If not model confident reading (even if you really don’t feel that way).

Read with expression! Use inflection & tone, pause at the commas and stop at the periods say an ALL CAPS word LOUD or SpOoKy or whatever fits into the storyline).

Picture Book Series: Part 2: 100+Best Bedtime Stories

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