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Best Bedtime Stories for Babies and Toddlers

Lull your little one to sleep with the sweet words of these soothing stories.
 
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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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Sweet Dreams, Sam: A Touch-And-Feel Book
by Yves Got

It's time for bed, little Sam! But which plush animal friend should he take to bed with him? There's soft furry tiger, fuzzy felt monkey, rough and scratchy crocodile and wrinkly elephant.

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Sweet Dreams
by Kimiko Kajikawa
With very simple language and beautiful pictures of sleeping animals, learn how koalas, bears, flamingos, and hippos sleep. The book even shares which animal sleeps with its eyes wide open!
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Song of Night: It's Time to Go to Bed
by Katherine Riley Nakamura , Katie Riley Nakamura Illustrated by Linnea Riley
A soothing good-night picture book in the spirit of Time for Bed (Mem Fox/Jane Dyer) where cuddly baby animals and their loving parents prepare for bed. Stunning illustrations.

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Sleepy Bunny
by Dorothy Kunhardt

Sleepy Bunny is a deluxe cloth book that is just perfect for bedtime. Children can move the plush bunny from page to page and read all about how Bunny puts the toys away, has a yummy snack, and pulls up the covers to go to sleep.

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Sleepy Bears
by Mem Fox Illustrated by Kerry Argent

Winter is here, and in winter, bears sleep. But how do you convince six not-so-sleepy bear cubs to go to bed? Mother Bear, of course, has found a way: with a cozy rhyme for each of them.

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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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Hardcover Picturebooks : $12.76

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Board Picturebooks : $7.19

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Oliver Who Would Not Sleep
by Mara Bergman , Mara Bergman

Oliver Donnington Rimington-Sneep COULDN'T and DIDN'T and WOULD NOT SLEEP! And why should he? As soon as his parents shut his door, Oliver's off on all kinds of explorations: painting and reading, drawing and racing — and a little trip to Mars for good measure.

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No More Yawning!
by Paeony Lewis Illustrated by Brita Granström

Seven o'clock: Time for Florence and her plush pal Arnold to hit the hay. Florence must be tired — her yawns are getting BIGGER by the minute. But neither little girl nor toy monkey can possibly go to bed. Not now.

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Kitten's First Full Moon
by Kevin Henkes Illustrated by Kevin Henkes

From one of the most celebrated and beloved picture book creators working in the field today comes a memorable new character and a suspenseful adventure just right for the very youngest. It is Kitten's first full moon, and when she sees it she thinks it is a bowl of milk in the sky. And she wants it. Does she get it?

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Goodnight Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown Illustrated by Clement Hurd

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny.

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Hardcover Picturebooks : $15.96

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Good Night, Gorilla
by Peggy Rathmann Illustrated by Peggy Rathmann

In this practically wordless bedtime story, a weary zoo keeper bids good night to his charges and then goes home to bed. He doesn't notice, however, that clever Gorilla has pickpocketed his keys and is letting the animals out of their cages, one by one.

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Hardcover Picturebooks : $11.99

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Paperback Picturebooks : $4.79

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