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Bedtime

Great books selected specifically for reading to your kids at bedtime.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

By: Mem Fox
Publisher: Harcourt
Level: 0-5

As everyone knows, nothing is sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes. . . . And here, from two of the most gifted picture-book creators of our time, is a celebration of baby fingers, baby toes, and the joy they—and the babies they belong to—bring to everyone, everywhere, all over the world!

This is a gorgeously simple picture book for very young children, and once you finish the rhythmic, rhyming text, all you’ll want to do is go back to the beginning . . . and read it again! …

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It’s Time to Sleep, My Love

It’s Time to Sleep, My Love

By: Nancy Tillman
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Level: 0-5

As children prepare for bed, the world around them is also settling down for the night. Animals who live in the jungle, the forest, the sea—all whisper to their babies a soft refrain: It’s time to sleep, my love.

As comforting as a soft blanket and warm as a goodnight hug, Eric Metaxas’s lullaby is lovingly brought to life by bestselling artist Nancy Tillman, whose illustrations celebrate the wonders of the natural world, and the bonds of family.

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Wake Up, Night

Wake Up, Night

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Publisher: Kids Books
Level: 0-5

While a child is falling asleep, nighttime animals are just waking up. This beautiful glow-in-the-dark, lift-the-flap book is filled with beautiful illustrations, making it a perfect story for bedtime. Children will be delighted with the charming rhymes and beautiful illustrations in this book. The glow-in-the-dark, lift-the-flap format make it perfect for naptime or bedtime.

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Good Night Sweet Butterflies: A Color Dreamland

Good Night Sweet Butterflies: A Color Dreamland

By: Dawn Bentley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Level: 0-5

Goodnight, Sweet Butterflies makes bedtime a fun, soothing experience for little sleepyheads. They will love the rhyming story — and the glittery butterflies teach colors while easing children into dreamland. It’s the perfect way to say good night, every night!

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Kiss Good Night

Kiss Good Night

By: Amy Hest
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Level: 0-5

It was a dark and stormy night on Plum Street. In the little white house, Mrs. Bear was putting Sam to bed.
Outside, the wind blows and the rain comes down. Inside, it is Sam’s
bedtime. Mrs. Bear reads him a story, tucks him in, and brings him warm milk. “Are you ready now, Sam?” she asks. “I’m waiting,” he says. What else does Sam need before he’ll go to sleep? Could Mrs. Bear have forgotten a kiss?

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Max's Bedtime

Max’s Bedtime

By: Rosemary Wells
Publisher: Penguin Group
Level: 0-5

Max’s rubber elephant is lost. Ruby tosses him her bear, but Max still can’t sleep. So many toys get piled on his bed that he falls off — and there’s the elephant! Good night!

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Sweet Dreams: My First Taggies Book

Sweet Dreams: My First Taggies Book

By: Kaori Watanabe
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 0-5

A lovable, snuggable cloth book that features the popular Taggies blanket with its delightfully fun tags! Perfect for toddlers and preschoolers, the cover of this adorable cloth book is made of the phenominally popular Taggies blanket. In addition, each colorful interior spread has four ribbon tags that children will love to play with while they learn about different animals.

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Say Goodnight

Say Goodnight

By: Helen Oxenbury
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Level: 0-5

Helen Oxenbury’s delightful board books, featuring her sweet and cuddly babies at play, are back with a whole new look.

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Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?

By: Eric Carle,
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 0-5

Do animals have mothers, too? Of course they do – just like me and you! Meet the little joey, whose kangaroo mother carries him in her pouch. See the cygnet riding on the back of the mother swan. Eric Carle’s colourful collages of animal babies with their caring and affectionate mothers offer small readers visual delight as well as comforting reassurance.

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Time to Say Goodnight

Time to Say Goodnight

By: Sally Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Level: 6-7

Yes, even little animals have to go to sleep. When night falls, little fawns and little bears close their eyes under the watchful care of their mothers and fathers. Sally Lloyd-Jones’s rhythmic text paired with Jane Chapman’s depiction of a nighttime world settling down for slumber will make any reluctant sleepyhead want to curl into bed.

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