A mother reading her child a book in bed.

Five Great Bedtime Stories

Dec 10, 2013

Many kids struggle with going to bed. Whether it springs from a fear of sleeping alone or difficulty settling down after a day full of activity, dealing with a kid’s sleep problems can be an exhausting part of parenting.

Establishing a bedtime routine is a healthy part of sleep hygiene for people of all ages. While this bedtime routine can include all the basics like pajamas, bath time, and teeth brushing, it is also nice to incorporate something that makes going to sleep extra fun…and kids' bedtime stories are the perfect solution.

Set the Stage for a Great Night's Sleep with Bedtime Stories 

If you are a parent or caregiver looking for some good bedtime book recommendations for children, follow along to learn more about five wonderful children’s books that cover the topic of sleep.

Dr. Suess’s Sleep Book

When it comes to great children’s books, Dr. Suess is a favorite pick. Kids of all ages enjoy his silly pictures and catchy rhymes. In the Dr. Suess Sleep Book, you’ll be treated to all of this and more as this beloved children’s author explains how yawns are contagious. Passed creature to creature, a small yawn starts with a bug named Van Vleck and gets passed on to a Mupp named Chippendale. Pretty soon, the Krandles and Foona Lagoona Baboona also have yawn…Read the book to find out what happens next!

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

The adorable animal characters in this before-bed story are sure to entertain you and your young children. Even better, your kids will learn all about a healthy sleep routine at the same time. Taking a bath, preparing a bed, brushing your teeth, and saying goodnight is all a part of this special rhyming story you and your little ones will love.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

With a healthy dose of humor and some detail that is as educational as it is entertaining, your kids will laugh along as ten dinosaurs prepare for bed. You’ll soon see that it isn’t just human children that can be goofy about bedtime. The Pteranodon, T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and others do so silly things when the lights turn off for bedtime.

The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood

How about a story that begins with a dark house where everyone and everything inside is asleep… this includes the snoozing cat and a slumbering mouse, and a snoring granny too! Will the flea foil all this sound sleep? The detailed illustrations delight readers of every age, and the sunny rainbow picture at the end that shows everyone awake will comfort even the most fearful of toddlers.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

What is a children’s bedtime book collection without this classic by Margaret Wise Brown? First published decades ago, this calming story seems to become catchier every time you read it. With a healthy emphasis on bedtime rituals and pictures that lend themselves to an entertaining “look and find” activity for kids, don’t be surprised if you are asked to read this one over and over and over again.

Sleep is a very important part of healthy living for young and old alike. Make sure that you and your family are getting enough hours of quality sleep every night. To learn more sleep tips and the latest on sleep health, stay tuned to the sleep blog by Sleep Outfitters.

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