Kids Books for Bedtime

I’ve never been one to limit bedtime books to actual bedtime.  I like to read the kids bedtime books any time, because it is calming and reminds me that yes, bedtime IS coming.  🙂

The pleasant cadence of Jeanne Blackmore’s How Does Sleep Come? makes it a nice addition to the bedtime genre.

Sleep comes quietly, like a snowfall that blankets a meadow on a dark starry night, and lays down a soft white canvas for rabbits to leave footprints.

The imagery Blackmore uses to describe a boy slowly falling to sleep is well done throughout, and the pictures are also soft and soothing.

Good bedtime books are a nice addition to a family library.  There are books about kids who really should be going to bed, like How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and Bedtime for Frances, and then there are the soothing, this-might-actually-put-a-kid-to-sleep books like the undisputed classic Goodnight Moon and, one of our family favorites, the fabulous Time for Bed by Mem Fox.

What are your favorite bedtime books for kids?


Disclosure: The publisher sent me a complimentary review copy of How Does Sleep Come? but the opinions in this post are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

One thought on “Kids Books for Bedtime

  1. “It’s Time to Sleep, My Love” by Nancy Tillman is well-loved in our home. The story a beautiful lilt and cadence and the pictures are almost fantasy in their juxtaposition. My favorite line: “Your dreams will be arriving soon, they’ll float to you in sleep’s balloon.” I will definitely check out your recommendation; it sounds like our style.

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