Kid's books are entertaining, funny, and filled with bright lively colors. But when you are trying to get your little one to fall asleep you are not going to want to read a book that is going to work them up with laughter, you want a book that is going to be a perfect ending to the day. You want one that is going to catch their attention and soothe them before your little one closes their eyes and fall asleep. So keep reading to discover ten of the best ten books to read to your child when you are trying to calm them down at night.
10 Llama Llama Red Pajama
From the children’s author Anna Dewdney is an amazing book from her Llama Llama series, Llama Llama Red Pajama. This book follows Baby Llama as his mother tells him a bedtime story and then leaves his room. But the book doesn’t end there since Baby Llama keeps getting out of bed to ask his mom for a drink and even start whining for her since he is afraid of the dark. This book is great to soothe your child to bed and help them get over the fear of the dark.
9 Pajama Time!
An adorable book by Sandra Boynton is Pajama Time! This book is filled with cuteness - from adorable animal characters to the rhyming verses, Pajama Time! is sure to be a book your kids are going to love to read before bedtime. This book follows what to do as the sun starts to set and, you guessed it, it’s time to put on your pajamas. You see little creatures put on their pajamas whether they are old ones or new ones, everyone loves to get ready for bed in this book.
8 In The Night Kitchen
In the Night Kitchen was written by Maurice Sendak and is a classic bedtime book that was originally released in the 1970s. This book follows what happens when Mickey gets woken up in the middle of the night and finds himself in a kitchen.
There, Mickey falls into the cake batter, and before he can get out they place him in the oven! This book follows Mickey as he escapes the oven and makes it back to his bed. Let your kid's imagination soar so they can have a peaceful dream when you read them In the Night Kitchen.
7 Bedtime for Batman
Every kid loves superheroes and one of the most popular heroes of them all is Batman! And the Caped Crusader is a big part of this charming little book called Bedtime for Batman written Michael Dahl. This book will make any child feel like bedtime can be an opportunity to be a superhero. The best part about it is each page spread shows the boy and then shows a comic of Batman himself. This book is a must-read for any kid that loves Batman and it will surely get your little one ready for bedtime.
6 Night Night, Jungle
Amy Parker has delivered a wonderful jungle adventure that will get your kids happy to go to bed with Night Night, Jungle. And though the jungle can be an exciting place, this book is written in rhyme as you go through the jungle wishing everyone goodnight.
See all of the fun creatures big and small when you read this book for your little one. This book is perfect to soothe your child to bed and have them wish everything in the jungle “night night” before they close their eyes.
5 The House in the Night
If your child is afraid of the dark than you are going to want to read them The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson. This book is comforting with just black, white, and yellow color palette that walks your child through a house showing relaxing and intriguing items that are commonly found. This book was a 2009 Caldecott Medal Winner for children’s books, so you know it is highly praised by both parents, kids, and critics. Read your little one a book they are going to find comfort in with The House in the Night.
4 Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Does your child love building and seeing construction machines? If yes, then you need to read Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site to them by Sherri Duskey Rinker. This book will show your kids what happens to all of the construction machines when their work is done for the day.
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site has a sweet rhyme and charming characters that make this book one your child is going to want you to read every night. So let your little builder fall asleep peaceful now that they know what happens to the construction site.
3 The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep
Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin claims he has a book that will get your little one to sleep with his book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep. This book is an international bestseller for a reason, and it works its magic to calm your child down and soothe them to sleep with their particular word patterns. This book is a must if you find yourself having trouble keeping your kids in bed. Pick up a book that parents say is a lifesaver with The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.
2 Sleep Book
Every child loves Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is amazing when it comes to writing rhyming children’s books and having creative illustrations that go with them. And in his book, Sleep Book, your kids find out that even the world of Dr. Seuss has to go to bed at night.
Read a book that is contagious with its yawns and you will see the characters and your little one gets tired. So make sure to use the words that Dr. Seuss provides and get ready to watch your child yawn and start closing their eyes with this book!
1 Goodnight Moon
A bedtime story that your parents read to you as a kid is Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon. This book is a classic and still holds up today. Goodnight Moon is perfect to read as your child starts to go to bed since the book is all about saying goodnight and getting your little one to calm down from the day’s excitement. Let your child love a book you loved as a kid and read them Goodnight Moon.