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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 , 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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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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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, 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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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!

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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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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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Sleep, Little One, Sleep
by Marion Dane Bauer Illustrated by Joellen McAllister Stammen
As a child prepares for sleep, her father describes sleep as various animals' actions. JoEllen McAllister Stammen's illustrations include pictures of spiders, mice, sheep, and other kinds of animals.
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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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