Bedtime books for toddlers

Bedtime books for Toddlers

The best part of my day is snuggling up next to my toddlers, as they lay their heads down and start to get sleepy as I read them a bedtime story. It’s one of my best HappyPlaces! Is this a favorite time of day for you too? When I became a new Mom, I wasn’t familiar with a lot of the classic or popular children’s books. My sister-in-law asked if I had read my daughter Goodnight Moon but I had not. She named some other popular children’s books and I started to feel like I was neglecting my child of the classics! Luckily, we got caught up and now we read everything. I’m glad I had someone to introduce me to these wonderful stories. Here is a list of some of the most beloved books to read to your precious toddlers before they drift off into sweet dream land…

 I have included an affiliate link to each of these books in case you wanted to take a closer look at the details or need to purchase one! Just click on the book’s title.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: This is probably the most well-known bedtime book. Simple and sweet.

Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney: The Llama Llama series is where reading took a big turn in my house. My youngest got a Llama Llama book for her birthday and the first time I read it to my kids- I could see the “love of reading” light flickering “on” in their heads. This is the series they always reach for. This is the book they know by heart. The stories are rhythmic and relatable (and they rhyme!) They are written and illustrated by a Mom and teacher. Love, love, love!

The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boyton: I LOVE rhyming books for little kids! This is a cute book that breaks away from the traditional bedtime story (its about animals living on a boat and what they do before bed).

The Napping House by Audrey Wood: We received this as a “new baby” gift from a Librarian relative and it has grown on us so much. It is a cute and funny story for nap time (or bedtime)!

The Goodnight Train by June Sobel: Any train-loving toddler would love this book!

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker: You can’t get to sleep until you have said goodnight to all the trucks on this construction site!

Their favorite characters go night-night too!

Night, Night Elmo! If your toddler loves Elmo, he/she will love this book. Elmo has a little bedtime routine he follows. Surprise little pop-up at the end.

Good Night, Baby Mickey! (Disney Babies) by Greg Banker: This is a sweet book for infants to fall asleep to.

Princess Bedtime Stories Special Edition (Storybook Collection)Better for older toddler/pre-school princesses. This book has 19 short princess stories!

Good Night, Thomas (Thomas & Friends) (Glow-in-the-Dark Board Book)It’s Thomas and it glows in the dark- need I say more!

What did I miss? Did I forget a classic or a favorite? Please let me know in the comments section!

Do you need to order any of these books? You can find them all listed in my HappyPlace Amazon store: LINK

What was your favorite story that your Mom read to you? Do you have a favorite story that you read to your kids? Please leave a comment and share!

Sweet, Happy dreams!

best bedtime books for toddlers

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  1. I just love books! I’m completely a sucker for them. I can take my boys to Target and prep them for the fact that we aren’t coming for toys today. But, they know they can always get something by asking for a book! Love the list! Pinned 🙂

    • HappyPlace Mom says:

      Thanks so much! It sounds like your boys share your love of books! Our home library never seems to be big enough. Thanks for pinning! I will be following you over at!

  2. I love Elmo – I love you Just like this! It’s so cute!

    • HappyPlace Mom says:

      Awe! That sounds like such a sweet book! And a great one for bedtime so they can fall asleep with happy thoughts of love ❤️ Thanks for sharing!

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