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20 Of The Best Amazon Bedtime Books For Toddlers

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Bedtime is one of my favorite times because it means that I finally get to wind down after the kids go to sleep. I also enjoy reading bedtime stories to my little ones especially now that they are starting to be more vocal. They like to pick out books from the shelf and we read it together before sleep. Here is a list of some of my favorite bedtime books for toddlers.

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Bedtime Books For Toddlers

One // If Animals Kissed Goodnight by Ann Whitford Paul

What if animals did what YOU do? This bestselling story imagines how animals would kiss their loved ones good night!

Reading level: 3-6 years

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Two // Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Giraffes Can’t Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it’s harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.

Reading Level: 4-9 years

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Three // The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin’s rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children.

Reading Level: 3-7 years

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Four // The Moon Sees You & Me by Caleb Buroughs

Children need to know they are loved forever and always. This beautiful keepsake board book is sure to be a family favorite. When you are apart, it is a comfort to know you share the same moonlight. Simple, lyrical language paired with soft images soothes and reassures.

Reading Level: 0+

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Five // Night Night Farm by Roger Priddy

It’s nighttime down on the farm. The animals are in the barn and it’s time to say a soft and cozy, “Night, night.” Say goodnight to the horse, the dog, and all their farm friends, as you turn the shaped pages and watch as the animals go to sleep, one by one.

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Reading Level: 1-3 years

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Six // If I Could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond

If I Could Keep You Little speaks straight to your heart, illuminating the tender balance between letting your child grow up and savoring the beauty of right now.

Reading Level: 2-4 years

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Seven // Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight.

Reading Level: 0+

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Eight // Time for Bed by Mem Fox

Darkness is falling everywhere and little ones are getting sleepy, feeling cozy, and being tucked in. It’s time for a wide yawn, a big hug, and a snuggle under the covers–sleep tight! Working beautifully with the soothingly repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety and affection

Reading Level: 0+

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Nine // The Napping Horse by Audrey Wood

A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing–WAIT! There’s a surprise in store, and little ones will want to discover it over and over again. So pull on your sleeping cap and snuggle in for a timeless cumulative tale that’s truly like no other.

Reading Level: 1-5 years

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Ten // Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret Wise Brown’s simple, rhythmic text about the cycle of a day on a farm, where a family of animals peacefully plays and sleeps, has charmed generations of children. This board book edition features sturdy pages and is just the right size for toddlers.

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Reading Level: 0+

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Eleven // The Goodnight Train by June Sobel

All aboard for Dreamland! Hold on to your pillow because the Goodnight Train is taking off. Roll that corner, rock that curve, and soar past mermaids, leaping sheep, and even ice-cream clouds. You won’t want to miss a thing, so whatever you do, don’t . . . close . . . your . . . eyes!            With soothing, lyrical words and magical illustrations, June Sobel and Laura Huliska-Beith have created a nighttime fantasy that’s guaranteed to make even the most resistant sleeper snuggle up tight.

Reading Level: 4- 7

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Twelve // On The Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced.

Reading Level: 1-4 years

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Thirteen // The Going To Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Getting ready for sleep is tons of fun in this Sandra Boynton classic.

Reading Level: 2-5 years

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Fourteen // Hush Little Baby by Sylvia Long

Bedtime is a special ritual for parents and children. Lullabies often play an important role. This best-selling version of the beloved lullaby Hush Little Baby is now available in a sturdy board book making it perfect for sharing with the youngest children.

Reading Level: 0+

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Fifteen // Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama’s tale of nighttime drama has charmed readers for over a decade and makes an ideal story for bedtime reading. With this board book edition, Anna Dewdney’s infectious rhyming text and expressive artwork are availabe to the youngest readers. Children will relate to Baby Llama’s need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama’s reassuring message.

Reading Level: 1- 3 years

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Sixteen // Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Caroline Jayne Church

Bestselling illustrator and author Caroline Jayne Church dazzles and shines in the classic lullaby, TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR.

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Reading Level: 0+

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Seventeen // Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton

Pajama Time! is a good-night book with the irrepressible language, the inimitable illustrations, the irresistible cast of characters only Sandra Boynton could create.

Reading Level: 0+

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Eighteen // Just Go To Bed by Mercer Mayer

Little Critter is not looking forward to bedtime in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether it’s time for him to stop playing and take a bath, or when he puts up a fuss getting into is jammies, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A great way to introduce children to their very own bedtime routine!

Reading Level: 3-7 years

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Nineteen // I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb

I’ve Loved You Since Forever is a celebratory and poetic testament to the timeless love felt between parent and child. This beautiful picture book is inspired by Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb’s heartwarming adoption of her baby girl, Haley Joy.

Reading level: 4-8 years

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Twenty // Love You To The Moon And Back by Amelia Hepworth

Show your child just how strong your love is every minute of the day! Features a “To” and “From” personalization page, making this sweet offering an ideal gift for baby showers, birthdays, and new parents. 

Reading Level: 2-5 years

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What are some of the books you read your little ones during bedtime? Let me know in the comments!

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