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Bedtime

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

Fanny’s Dream

Fanny’s Dream

By: Caralyn Buehner
Publisher: Dial
Level: 6-7

In this inventive take on the traditional Cinderella tale, Fanny Agnes is a sturdy farm girl with a big dream. Someday, she believes, she will marry a prince. When the town mayor announces he is throwing a grand ball, Fanny is convinced her time has come. She puts on her best calico dress and goes out to the garden so that she’ll be ready when her fairy godmother arrives. As the seconds tick by, Fanny waits and waits. Finally, she hears a voice. It isn’t her fairy godmother-but it is …

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Curious George Visits the Zoo

Curious George Visits the Zoo

By: Margret Rey
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Level: 6-7

Curious George and the man with the yellow hat visit the zoo. A hungry Curious George snatches a pail of bananas from the zoo keeper. Though he shouldn’t have taken the bananas, George soon changes the zookeeper’s shouts to praise with his clever, helpful ways.

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Good Night, Gorilla

Good Night, Gorilla

By: Peggy Rathmann
Publisher: Putman's G.P Sons
Level: 6-7

Good Night, Gorilla won the 1994 Cuffie for “Most Likely to Succeed in Years Ahead” and has more than lived up to that prediction, becoming a modern classic that is a must in every child’s library. This perfect package will give kids the opportunity to cuddle up with an adorable plush gorilla while they are enjoying his secret bedtime antics.

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Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book

Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book

By: Karen Katz
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Level: 0-5

A youngster gets a memorable bedtime send-off with Grandma, Dad, and even the family cat teaming up to provide old-fashioned tender loving care just when he needs it most. This endearing read-aloud, with bright, pattern-filled art and a countdown of kisses from ten to one, gently invites preschoolers to practice their numbers.

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Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Go Away, Big Green Monster!

By: Ed Emberley
Publisher: LB Kids
Level: 6-7

Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.

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Time for Bed

Time for Bed

By: Mem Fox
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Level: 6-7

This endearing bedtime book is perfect for winding down with little ones at the end of a busy day. After reading it, you’ll feel good too! Each large two-page illustration radiates genuine affection and celebrates the love between moms of all kinds and their young, as they ready them for bed. Mommy mouse embraces her baby. A sheep and her lamb rub muzzles. Mother cow and her calf exchange loving glances. Mommy horse and her foal nuzzle each other. And on and on, concluding with a human mommy tucking her …

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The Going to Bed Book

The Going to Bed Book

By: Sandra Boynton
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Level: 6-7

A boat full of critters get ready for bed in this oversized board book from Sandra Boynton! With zippy yet serene artwork that’s sure to make any Boynton fan feel comforted for sleep time, this before-bed read follows an elephant, dog, pig, and other animals as they “take a bath in one big tub with soap all over — SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB,” put on their pj’s, and crowd around the sink brushing their teeth. Of course, they can’t forget a little exercise as part of their routine, and afterwards, when …

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Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You

By: Sam McBratney
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Level: 6-7

Listen to a dramatic reading of this beloved tale accompanied by music and sound effects, and get ready for a whole story experience! Acclaimed actor Adrian Dunbar presents nearly a full hour of interactive fun, including story-inspired games, activities, songs, and suggestions for simple crafts. Perfect for both individuals and groups–at home, in the car, in a classroom, or at a party–this lively recording is sure to energize little ones’ imaginations time and again.

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Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon

By: Margaret Wise Brown
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 0-5

After fifty years, this story is still going strong and it’s now available in a board book edition. It is a soothing bedtime story that parents can now read to their very young ones. All of the elements are there, alternating black and white and full color spreads and the little mouse who appears in each colorful scene.

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10 Minutes till Bedtime

10 Minutes till Bedtime

By: Peggy Rathman
Publisher: Putnam, 1998
Level: 0-5

The text in Caldecott medalist Peggy Rathman’s latest book tells a simple story. Father begins counting down to bedtime, and his son does his best to get ready. He takes his bath, puts on his pj’s, and brushes his teeth. But this is not a typical evening. The boy’s computer-literate hamster has created a Web site that invites virtually every hamster on the planet to come take a “bedtime tour” of the house. As more and more hamsters arrive, the boy’s nightly bedtime ritual turns into a fun-filled circus.

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