Top 10 Bedtime Books 2016

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2016 Best Books to Read With Kids at Bedtime

 
Mother reading to daughter at bedtimeAs a parent, I can say this with certainty: There is no better way to wind up the day with children than with a good book. 🙂 And – while bedtime reading is fun, the benefits of reading with kids extend far beyond the entertainment factor.

Reading to and with children is one of the best ways to foster a love of reading and books – helping kids to get off to a great start with their educational skills.

What’s here: On this page are the ten best bedtime books for kids for the spring and summer of 2016. The books on the list are ranked from #1 to #10, based on level of current popularity coupled with excellent overall reviews.

For shoppers: For each of the books listed on this page, online shopping resources are hand-picked based on low pricing, availability and trusted reputation for easy and secure shopping.

What’s Here:

1. The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
3. If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul
4. The Goodnight Train by June Sobel
5. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
6. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
7. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
8. Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss
9. Pajama Time! by Sandra Boynton
10. Time for Bed by Mem Fox

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1. The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

In first place for 2016 of the top 10 bedtime books for kids is The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton.

Clever and cute, this classic bedtime book is about a slew of animals and their bedtime routines. Of course, there is teeth brushing, stretching, showering, and lots-a fun, silly rhymes along the way. Lovin’ the adorable, colorful illustrations of piggies!

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2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Next among the best bedtime books for 2016 is Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.

Before my son was born, I received Goodnight Moon from a beloved friend. After he was born, that book became our own personal bedtime routine. He loves the pictures, especially the brightness of the red carpet and green room. I love the story itself—a bunny saying goodnight to everything.

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3. If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul

If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul comes in at third on the list.

One night at bedtime, a girl asks her mom, “How do animal families say goodnight?” Her mom creates a vivid, beautiful story about animals kissing their kiddos goodnight. From howls and growls, to nuzzles and cuddles. Love the singsong rhymes.

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4. The Goodnight Train by June Sobel

The Goodnight Train by June Sobel also makes it to the “best of” bedtime books for kids this year.

The Goodnight Train is one of my all-time favorite bedtime books. The words are written like lullabies—slow, sweet rhymes with soothing, lyrical tones. Mermaids, sheep, and clouds made of ice cream. This is exactly what dreamland would look like.

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5. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

One of my personal favorites – Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney marks its spot at #5 of the ten best children’s beditme books.

Little Nutbrown Hare tells his daddy, “Guess how much I love you.” From there begins an adorable “love” battle where one outdoes the other with professions of how much they love one another. This is a cute, silly, colorful story.

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6. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Next up on the list – Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Max is a bit of a grump tonight. So much so that his mom sends him to bed without supper. To get back at her, he embarks on a boat to an islands Where the Wild Things Are. However, he begins to miss his home. Let the wild rumpus start!

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7. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Looking good at #7 of the top children’s bedtime books for 2016 – Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney.

Llama Llama is headed to bed, but he needs his Mama Llama to tuck him in. When Mama Llama goes downstairs for a while, Baby Llama worries. His worries turn into yells for Mama Llama. Of course, she returns to comfort and tuck her little Llama in for the night.

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8. Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book makes it to #8 of the best bedtime books this year.

In classic Seussian rhymes, the Sleep Book is about Van Vleck—a tiny bug who yawns. And yawns…and yawns some more, until his yawn sets off a sequence of yawns. Because yawns are contagious, you know. What a silly lullaby!

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9. Pajama Time! by Sandra Boynton

Pajama Time! by Sandra Boynton also makes it to the list.

Pajama Time combines what we all love…PJs and bedtime. Woohoo! This book is about heaps of sleepy animals in their pajamas. There are piggies in striped jammers, a Scottish terrier in plaid PJs, and an elephant in a furry one-piece.

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10. Time for Bed by Mem Fox

And, the final item on the list of the top ten bedtime books for kids this year – Time for Bed by Mem Fox.

Little mice, little geese, little kittens…all of the little animals of the world are ready for bed. Told in gentle, soothing rhymes, this book is peaceful in verse with beautiful illustrations. Quite an amazing little lullaby tale for sleepy youngsters.

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 05/21/16.

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