Plano Reads: Bedtime

We can’t say good night without a good bedtime story! We’re back to share a book list of some of our favorite stories about bedtime, sleeping, and saying good night.

Whether your little one wants one story or a hundred, you’re sure to find something to share on this list. Whether it’s a favorite picture book or a new chapter book to read aloud as a family, we have plenty of great stories to choose from.

We’re featuring our favorite picture books, but there are tons of great chapter books you can read aloud as a family, too.

This Saturday on our “Saturday Stories on the Farmstead” we are at the Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano, Texas to have a storytime about bedtime! Be sure to check our Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. on December 5 for the premiere. Check out our teaser below!

Whether you’re looking for a story to share or to learn something new, this list has you covered. You can see the books below and place them on hold in our catalog.

Board Books

Note: Board books are unavailable for holds requests. To check out these titles, you’ll need to come to a library and grab it from the display. The catalog link will show you where the book is available.

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton Request
An assortment of animals on a boat take a bath, put on their pajamas, brush their teeth, and exercise before going to bed. Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

Star Light, Star Bright, Even Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Joe Fitzpatrick Request
Star light, star bright, even dinosaurs say good night. And as they slowly fall asleep, dinosaurs don’t make a peep.

Good Night, Baboon!: A Bedtime Counting Book by Sabrina Moyle Request
A cheeky bedtime counting book that follows a baby baboon who is too jazzed to sleep and sleepy animals performing bedtime rituals like bathing, brushing teeth, and storytime.

Shhh! This Book Is Sleeping by Cédric Ramadier Request
A mouse puts a book to sleep by covering it with a blanket, reading it a story, and giving it a big hug.

Picture Books

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Request
Goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room: goodnight chairs, goodnight comb, goodnight air.

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney Request
At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

Time for Bed by Mem Fox Request
As darkness falls parents everywhere try to get their children ready for sleep.

Bedtime for Bear by Brett Helquist Request
Just after the first snowfall, Bear is ready to go to sleep until spring but his friends encourage him to spend one last day playing with them.

Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue Request
At bedtime a young girl asks “Does everything in the world go to sleep?”

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney Request
During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.

It’s Time to Sleep, My Love (A Lullabye) by Eric Metaxas Request
At bedtime, birds, bees, fishes, and other creatures urge their tired children to go to sleep.

If Animals Kissed Goodnight by Ann Whitford Paul Request
Rhyming text explores what would happen if animals kissed like humans do, from a slow kiss between a sloth and her cub to a mud-happy kiss from a hippo calf to his father.

Good Night, Gorilla! by Peggy Rathmann Request
An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker Request
At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

Goodnight, My Duckling by Nancy Tafuri Request
As a mother duck leads her ducklings home, one dawdles and is left behind but, luckily, a friend is there to help the little duckling back to his nest in time for bed.

Rabbit’s Bedtime by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace Request
At bedtime a rabbit ponders the good things that happened during the day and how there was time to work, time to play, time to dance, laugh, and cuddle.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen Request
Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.

Junior Non-Fiction

Tuck-Me-In Tales: Bedtime Stories from Around the World by Margaret Read MacDonald Request
Presents five folktales for young children, including “Snow Bunting’s Lullaby” from Siberia, “Chin Chin Kobokama” from Japan, “Kanji-jo, the Nestlings” from Liberia, “The Playground of the Sun and Moon” from Argentina, and “Counting Sheep” from the British Isles.

One Minute Till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send You Off to Sleep edited by Kenn Nesbitt Request
A collection of poems that can be read in sixty seconds features the work of celebrated writers, including Jon Scieszka, Nikki Grimes, and Lemony Snicket.

Sleepytime: Bedtime Nursery Rhymes compiled by Terry Pierce Request
An illustrated collection of twenty nursery rhymes about bedtime.

Good Night, Dinosaurs by Judy Sierra Request
Verses describe the bedtime preparations of different kinds of dinosaurs.

Junior Fiction

Good Night Sleep Tight: Eleven-and-a-Half Good Night Stories with Fox and Rabbit by Kristina Andres Request
Fox and Rabbit are close friends who live together and every night at bedtime they try to find new ways to say good night to each other.

Bed, Bats, & Beyond by Joan Holub Request
It’s dawn and time for bats to go to bed, but Fang’s brother Fink can’t sleep. Soon the whole family tries different bedtime stories to lull Fink to sleep.

Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed by Barbara Park Request
After hearing from a classmate at kindergarten that people have monsters under their beds, Junie B. Jones is afraid to go to sleep that night.

Great Chapter Books to Read at Bedtime

The Wonderful World of Oz by L. Frank Baum Request
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond Request
A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington Station becomes one of the family.

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl Request
A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Request
Mole, Water Rat, Badger, and the mischievous Toad live a quiet life on banks of the River Thames with the rest of their animal friends. But Toad tends to get into trouble, and his passion for cars eventually results in his being caught and kept a helpless prisoner in the remotest dungeon of the best-guarded castle in all the land. Dressed as a washerwoman – and with some help from his friends – Toad manages to escape the castle and begins his journey home to Toad Hall.

Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by Deborah and James Howe Request
Though scoffed at by Harold the dog, Chester the cat tries to warn his human family that their foundling baby bunny must be a vampire.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Request
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist its ruler, the golden lion Aslan, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne Request
A small boy named Christopher Robin embarks on a series of adventures with Piglet, Rabbit, Kanga, Roo, Eeyore, Owl, and the roly-poly Winnie-the-Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood.

The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden Request
The adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York City and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White Request
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.


Be sure to browse the library catalog online here, and use your library card number and PIN (last four digits of your phone number) to place a hold request.

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