Reading bedtime stories to your kids is a great way to bond with them and encourages a love for books. We have put together a list of 6 adorable bedtime books that your children will love. Enjoy reading them with your children.

The Blue Hour

Isabelle Simler
Ages 4 to 8

The sun has set, the day has ended, but the night hasn’t quite arrived yet. This magical twilight is known as the blue hour. Everything in nature—sky, water, flowers, birds, foxes—comes together in a symphony of blue to celebrate the merging of night and day.

With its soothing text and radiant artwork, this elegant picture book displays the majesty of nature and reminds readers that beauty is fleeting but also worth savoring.

“Richly Illustrated. . . . Each shade of blue seems prettier and more dramatic than the one before, giving emphasis to the color’s remarkable tonal varieties in a picture book that both dazzles and soothes.” The Wall Street Journal

For Every Little Thing

Poems and Prayers to Celebrate the Day

Edited by June Cotner and Nancy Tupper Ling
Illustrated by Helen Cann

How do you find joy in ordinary moments? How do you mark small wonders like the return of the fireflies or a friend’s helping hand?  

Arranged from waking up to falling asleep, For Every Little Thing is an engaging collection of the day and its delights. This inspirational anthology gathers classic selections, modern prayers, and new poems from multiple cultures and faiths. From Emily Dickinson to Amma, from Ken Nesbitt to Rabbi Rami M. Shapiro, fifty-one voices encourage children to be present and thankful at all hours. 

Accessible language and richly detailed illustrations celebrate simple pleasures like slurping noodles and splashing in puddles. Perfect for sharing around the table or at bedtime, For Every Little Thing will awaken a sense of gratitude in readers of all ages.

Sleep Like Me

Written and Illustrated by Tatia Nadareishvili
Ages 3-7

A little boy can’t fall asleep, so he asks the animals how they do it. Will he doze off if he floats on his back like an otter? If he keeps one eye open like a duck? If he hangs upside down like a bat? Nothing seems to help, but all this trying is getting tiring…

This whimsically illustrated book features the real sleeping habits of ten different animals. Whether you snooze like a whale or nod off like a giraffe, Sleep Like Me is the perfect bedtime story for restless nights.

“A simple bedtime story with a bit of science quietly mixed in.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The muted color palette makes this a fitting bedtime tale, quietly funny and soothing.” — Booklist

Sleepy Time Blessings

Nicole Rutten
Sally Anne Conan
Ages 1-4
Full-color Illustrations Throughout

Sleepy baby
Time for bed
Angels gather round your head
Blessing tummy
Blessing toes
Blessing eyes and ears and nose

Simple text and an adorable bunny baby — watched over by sweet guardian bunny angels! — make this board book a favorite bedtime story for very young children.

Sweet Dreamers

Isabelle Simler
Ages 4 to 8

A gorgeous bedtime book from an award-winning creator

From the celebrated creator of Plume and The Blue Hour comes another enchanting animal book. Countless cozy animals are settling in for the night, but they all sleep in different ways. A bat dreams upside down, a hedgehog snuggles into a pile of leaves, and a humpback whale spins in its sleep like a ballerina.

With its poetic language and lush illustrations, Sweet Dreamers will dazzle young readers as they drift off to sleep themselves.

“Lyrical language and stunning, semi-realistic digital artwork strike a serene balance between dreamland and the natural world. Atmospheric spreads and imagery-packed verses depict a variety of sleeping animals in their habitats. . . . Contrasting dusky hues with bright oranges and greens, Simler’s handsomely composed images expertly use lines to create texture and depth. . . . Share this exquisite offering as an introduction to the sleep habits of different animals, an imagination-stirring example for poetry writing, or a soothing bedtime story to inspire sweet dreams.”
School Library Journal  (Starred)

Night Wishes

Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Illustrated by Jen Corace

How would a clock, nightlight, or teddy bear say good night? In this enchanting poetry collection, Lee Bennett Hopkins and thirteen other poets imagine the wishes whispering through a young girl’s bedroom as she falls asleep. The bookshelf’s stories curl through her head; the pillow transforms into a hot air balloon; the rocking horse waits expectantly for tomorrow’s adventures. Stunning gouache illustrations by Jen Corace offer new details to discover with every reading.

Perfect for bedtime reading and re-reading, Night Wishes will transport young readers into a wonderful, whimsical world of dreams.

A gentle, comforting ticket to beddy-bye—and good dreams.” ⁠—Kirkus Reviews