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Best bedtime stories for preschoolers

It's all sweet dreams with these sleepy stories! Add them to your nighttime routine to lull your preschoolers into a peaceful slumber.

Best bedtime stories for preschoolers

Photo: Scholastic Books

Bedtime stories for preschoolers

Mind Snugglers: A Happy Snooze

Written by Christy Robertson and illustrated by Caroline Lee, Little Seven Press, (AGES 3-5) Help your kid end their day on a positive note with this storybook that promotes gratitude and good thoughts. With cute rhyming text and adorable characters, this book is sure to become a staple in your bedtime story rotation. $15,

Cover art for Mind Snugglers A Happy Snooze showing a stack of little charactersPhoto: Little Seven Press

Hop into Bed!

Written by Nicholas Oldland, Scholastic Canada, (AGES 3-5) Bob, the bouncy hoppy frog just wants to hop. Sometimes all his energy is run out from not going to bed that he gets so sleepy during the day, including on a field trip to the zoo! This book is a great reminder to kiddos that rest is important to feel energized the next day. $17, 

Cover art for Hop into Bed! bookPhoto: Scholastic Books


Sleep Tight, Charlie

Written by Michaël Escoffier, Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo, Princeton Architectural Press, (AGES 3-6) Will Charlie ever get to sleep? Everytime he tries to snooze, someone starts making a racket outside. Kids will love reading out all of the noisy words and watching Charlie’s bedtime routine get hilariously mixed up. $25,

Cover of the book, Sleep Tight Charlie. Shows a rabbit silhouetted against a big moon holding up his teddy bear.Photo: Princeton Architectural Press

Goodnight World

Written and Illustrated by Debi Gliori, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, (AGES 3-5)
This gently rhyming book will help your little drift off to sleep as they say goodnight to the whole world. From a family of fish reading a bedtime story to a giant rocket wearing its jammies, your kid will enjoy the cute and quriky illustrations this bedtime storie has to offer. $23,

Cover of the book, Goodnight world, Shows a moon on a blue sky with a partially silhouetted house at the bottom and an owl reading a book to its babies at the topPhoto: Bloomsbury Children's Books


Written by Samantha Berger, Illustrated by Kristyna Litten, Dial Books for Young Readers, (AGES 3-5)
Welcome to Snoozefest, an arena festival dedicated to sleep—complete with lullabies, milk and honey and designer pajamas. Join little sloth Snuggleford Cuddlebun as she prepares for the festivities. $20,

cover art for snoozefestPhoto: Dial Books


The Darkest Dark

Written by Chris Hadfield, Illustrated by Terry and Eric Fan, Tundra Books, (AGES 4-8)
Young Chris loves space and has dreams of becoming an astronaut. There’s just one problem—he’s afraid of the dark. However, when he watches the moon landing, he begins to understand that even the darkest dark can hold the most beautiful wonders. $23,

Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: Tundra Books

Goodnight Moon

Written by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Clement Hurd, HarperCollins, (AGES 3-5)
“Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” In this classic bedtime story, Bunny says goodnight to everything his little eyes can see. $11, 

Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: HarperCollins

Where the Wild Things Are

Written and Illustrated by Maurice Sendak, HarperCollins, (AGES 3-5) Dive right into this imaginative story of magic, kings, and Wild Things! Introduce your young reader to this classic of children’s literature and “let the wild rumpus start.” $10,


Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: HarperCollins


Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, Chronicle Books, (AGES 3-5)
When night falls on a big construction site, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck and Excavator begin their goodnight ritual. Let your little truck lover be lulled to sleep by this rhyming tale. $24,

Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: Chronicle Books

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Written and Illustrated by Anna Dewdney, Viking Books for Young Readers, (AGES 3-5)
What do you get when you leave an anxious llama alone in bed? A relatable, rhyming read for any kid who worries when they’re left alone. $24,

Cover art for Llama Llama Red PajamaPhoto: Viking Books

Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book

Written and Illustrated by Dr. Seuss, Penguin Random House, (AGES 3-5)
When a sleepy Van Vleck sets off a string of contagious yawns, everyone feels it’s time for bed. Let the magic of Dr. Seuss help your little yawner catch some zzz’s. $22, 

Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: Penguin Random House


Dinosaur vs. Bedtime

Written and Illustrated by Bob Shea, Disney-Hyperion, (AGES 3-5) What happens when this unstoppable little dinosaur meets his biggest challenger yet—bedtime? This one will have kids roaring until they’re snoring. $18,

Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: Disney-Hyperion

Good Night Gorilla

Written and Illustrated by Peggy Rathmann, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, (AGES 3-5) Why go to bed when you can make mischief instead? Read what happens when a wide-awake gorilla causes trouble for the zookeeper as he bids all the other animals goodnight. $10,


Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: Penguin Random House

The Quiet Book

Written by Deborah Underwood, Illustrated by Renata Liwska, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (AGES 4-7)
From morning to night there are many kinds of quiet that fill our day—and this book celebrates all of them. Read along as furry friends demonstrate the many hushed moments that fill our daily life. $10,


Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear?

Written by Martin Waddell, Illustrated by Barbara Firth, Candlewick Press, (AGES 3-5)
Afraid of the dark? Big Bear sets out to show Little Bear that nighttime is nothing to be afraid of. $10, 

Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: Candlewick Press

Time for Bed Elmo!

Written by Sarah Albee, Illustrated by Maggie Swanson, Penguin Random House, (AGES 1-4)
Excuses, excuses, excuses! Elmo isn’t ready for sleep, and has a million reasons that he should stay awake. $6,

Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: Penguin Random House

Hippos Go Berserk!

Written and Illustrated by Sandra Boynton, Aladdin Books, (AGES 2-5) 
How many hippos does it take to make a party? What starts out as small group, quickly turns into an all-night party when one lonely hippo invites two friends over. Will they ever go to sleep? It’s the perfect remedy for those tired of counting just sheep. $10,

Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: Aladdin Books


Goodnight Loon

Written by Abe Sauer, Illustrated by Nathaniel Davauer, University of Minnesota Press, (AGES 3-5)
Read the Northwoods spin on the childhood classic, complete with a loon, Tater Tot hotdish, and deer ticks. If you loved Goodnight Moon, you’ll love this sweet Minnesotan re-telling. $13,

Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: University of Minnesota Press

The Dark

Written by Lemony Snicket, Illustrated by Jon Klassen, HarperCollins, (AGES 3-6)
Lazlo knows the Dark is hiding all over his house—especially in the basement. But when his nightlight burns out, the Dark finally comes to Lazlo’s room. However, when we’re forced to face our fears, we may find that they’re not as scary as we thought. $20,

Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: HarperCollins

Good Night Families

Written by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper, Illustrated by Cooper Kelly, Good Night Books, (AGES 3-5)
In this installment of The Good Night Books series, readers say good night to a variety of diverse families. Mixed-race families, single parents, gay and lesbian parents, foster-care families, grandparents and more are featured in this story of inclusivity and acceptance. $10,

Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: Good Night Books


Time to Sleep, Sheep the Sheep

Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems, HarperCollins, (AGES 3-5)
A towel for Pig the Pig, water for Crab the Crab, and a stuffed animal for Shark the Shark. Follow Cat the Cat as she helps her friends get ready for bed. $14,

Best bedtime stories for preschoolersPhoto: HarperCollins

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This article was originally published on Feb 20, 2018

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