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Best Bedtime Stories for Preschoolers

Whisk your little one into dreamland with these charming tales.
 
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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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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
by Jane Yolen 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!
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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Kitten's First Full Moon
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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Little Scholastic: Good Night, Sleep Tight
by Jill Ackerman Illustrated by Maggi List
The perfect bedtime book for toddlers and preschoolers, this inventive format allows the reader to tuck each adorable animal into bed with a soft, snuggly blanket. Housed in a die cut blister in the front cover, the blanket is ideal for little hands and is wonderful to play with, using the book or on its own!
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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!
Caroline Jayne Church and her loveable, huggable toddlers are back!
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Penelope Says Good Night
by Anne Gutman Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben
Children can pull the tabs on every spread and help Penelope get ready for bed. On one spread, Penelope is making a chocolate pancake. Kids can pull the tab and help her flip the pancake. Uh-oh, now it's on her head!

On another spread, kids can pull the tab and help Penelope wash herself in the bathtub.

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Polar Bear Night
by Lauren Thompson Illustrated by Stephen Savage

One keen, clear night, a polar bear cub wakes inside her warm den. Something in the moonlit stillness quietly beckons. What is it? The little cub sets out for the snow and sky and sea and ice, and the moon follows.So begins a magical journey through a starlit world filled with love and wonder.

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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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Under the Sleepy Stars
by Stephanie Shaw Illustrated by Rebecca Harry

One night, an owl and her owlet watch the forest animals get ready to sleep. "Who settles Fawn in her bed for the night?" asks the wide-awake owlet. As night turns to dawn, it's owlet's turn to feel snug and warm as his mama cuddles him in their nest.

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Sleep, Little One, Sleep
by Marion Dane Bauer Illustrated by Jo Ellen McAllister Stammen
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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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Good Night, Sleep Tight
by Mem Fox Illustrated by Judy Horacek

A sweet good-night story by internationally bestselling picture book author Mem Fox!

Good Night, Sleep Tight reunites bestselling picture book author Mem Fox with illustrator Judy Horacek, following their collaboration on Where Is the Green Sheep?

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Dinosaurumpus!
by Tony Mitton Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

Shake, shake, shudder...near the sludgy old swamp. The dinosaurs are coming. Get ready to romp!

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