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Best Before-Bed Read-Alouds

Prepare your child for a good night's sleep with these nighttime favorites.


How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
Get ready for an bedtime tale as these ten "little" dinosaurs show you all the different ways they like to say goodnight. Learn more.

Hush! by Minfong Ho
In this enchanting Thai lullaby, a mother tries to quiet the animals around her to keep her baby from waking.

Long Night Moon by Cynthia Rylant
Immerse yourself in the magic of full moons as you follow all 12 throughout the year in these beautifully rendered illustrations and poems.  

Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley
The entire house is asleep — except for one hungry mouse who takes a trip to the kitchen for a big midnight snack. Learn more.

The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood
Delight your child with this humorous story of a quiet slumbering household that encounters a troublesome flea and a rude awakening. Learn more.

A Night-Time Tale by Alexandra Junge
Chase away worries with this enchanting tale of a young girl who journeys through the night to face her fears.  

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Join a young girl and her father as they silently search for owls on a moonlit winter's night. Learn more.

Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson
This coolly illustrated tale follows a little polar bear who ventures into the quiet arctic night. Learn more.

Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton
Using captivating imagery and whimsical prose, this tale about a sheep who cannot sleep is sure to be a hit with your little dreamer.  

Shhhhh! Everybody's Sleeping by Julie Markes
The day's work is done and everyone from the librarian to the policeman is nestled in bed in this warmhearted book that shows that even adults look forward to bedtime.

Sleep Tight, Little Mouse by Mary Morgan
Celebrate the comforts of home as you follow a little mouse who imagines all the places he can be to help him fall asleep.

Time for Bed by Mem Fox
Pacify your little one with soothing prose and heartwarming illustrations that show lovable animal parents lulling their young ones to sleep.

Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
The autumn leaves are falling and so Bear must prepare for his long winter's nap in this brilliantly illustrated and skillfully versed tale. Learn more.

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