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Best Before-Bed Read-Alouds

Prepare your child for a good night's sleep with these nighttime favorites.
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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
by Jane Yolen , Scholastic Illustrated by Mark Teague

In each playful spread of this read-aloud bedtime book, parents are ready to put their kids to bed — but these youngsters just happen to be dinosaurs! And though they may stomp and slam their tails a bit, in the end they act a lot like people: they give a big kiss, turn out the light, and whisper "good night."

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Hush!: A Thai Lullaby
by Minfong Ho Illustrated by Holly Meade

This endearing book contains a Thai lullaby which asks animals such as a lizard, monkey, and water buffalo to be quiet and not disturb the sleeping baby.

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Long Night Moon
by Cynthia Rylant Illustrated by Mark Siegel

Have you ever stopped to consider what might be revealed in one spot over one year by twelve unique and exquisite full moons?

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Mouse Mess
by Linnea Riley Illustrated by Linnea Riley

Sticky-gooey, jam to spread
with peanut butter smeared on bread.

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Good Night, I Love You
by Caroline Jayne Church Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church

New from the Bestselling Illustrator of I Love You Through and Through!

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The Napping House
by Audrey Wood Illustrated by Don Wood

A colorful riot of a bedtime story about sleepy people and animals napping in a cozy bed.

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A Night-Time Tale
by Alexandra Junge

A carousel of words and pictures, this touching tale puts a playful spin on the common childhood fear of the nighttime. A little girl who has always been afraid of the dark embarks upon an amazing adventure that explains why the night follows the day and begins to make friends with things she had once feared.

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Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen Illustrated by John Schoenherr

A young girl and her father take a nighttime stroll near the farm where they live to look for owls. It is a beautiful night, a moonlit winter night.

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Polar Bear Night
by Lauren Thompson Illustrated by Stephen Savage

Spare, lyrical text introduces the beauty of the Arctic and its inhabitants to very young children.

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Russell the Sheep
by Rob Scotton Illustrated by Rob Scotton

This is Russell.

Sometimes Russell is just a little bit out of step with the rest of the flock.

All the sheep are falling asleep — except Russell.

What's a sheep to do?

Russell tries everything . . . until, at last, he falls asleep.

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by Kevin Henkes Illustrated by Kevin Henkes
Early one morning a girl quietly explores her quiet house before waking everyone up.
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Sleep Tight, Little Mouse
by Mary Morgan Illustrated by Mary Morgan

As a little mouse tosses and turns in his bed of dried grasses, he imagines that other animals must surely have better sleeping arrangements. A bird's nest, a kangaroo's pouch, a polar bear's den — they all sound

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Time for Bed
by Mem Fox Illustrated by Jane Dyer

Darkness is falling everywhere and little animals are getting sleepy, feeling cozy, and being tucked in for the night. It's time for a wide yawn, a big hug, and a snuggle down under the covers.

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Time to Sleep
by Denise Fleming Illustrated by Denise Fleming

"I smell winter in the air," said Bear. "It is time to crawl into my cave and sleep. But first I must tell Snail."

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