Storytime has to be the sweetest part of the bedtime routine. What is better than cuddling up with a picture book that helps our little ones slow down, relax and ease into dreamland?

These 16 tried-and-true bedtime books are perfect for those last moments before drifting off to sleep—warm, soothing and sometimes silly, for going to bed with a smile on your face.

Time for Bed by Mem Fox

bedtime books - Time for Bed by Mem Fox

All the animals, from sheep to geese, are snuggling down with their mamas. Tender bedtime rhymes soothe like a lullaby and the beautiful illustrations are an invitation to sleep in this bedtime book.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

bedtime books - Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

This classic bedtime book comforts kids by saying goodnight to—and demystifying—each object in the bedroom, from chairs to a picture of bears.

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

bedtime books - The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

You cannot go wrong with a Sandra Boynton board book. Here, she imagines a boat full of friendly animals going about their bedtime routines (gotta brush those teeth!) before rocking gently to sleep.

Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton

bedtime books - Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton

Another Boynton favourite turns bedtime into a party complete with song and dance moves. But do not worry, the after-party takes place in dreamland.

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

bedtime books - Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

In this bedtime book, a tricky gorilla steals the zookeeper’s keys and lets all the animals out of their cages. When the zookeeper’s wife discovers the animals napping in her bedroom, she gently leads them home so they can all get a good night’s sleep.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late! by Mo Willems

bedtime books - Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late! by Mo Willems

The reader is entrusted with a very important and difficult job—do not let the pigeon stay up late! The crafty pigeon will use every excuse and stall tactic, so it will not be easy, but it will be funny.

Good Night Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

bedtime books - Good Night Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Patient Mr. Panda reminds his animal friends to follow the steps of their bedtime routines, like taking a bath and brushing teeth. Sloth and skunk make excuses, but cheerful Lemur sticks to the plan. (Let us all be like Lemur.)

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

bedtime books - Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

What better way is there to say goodnight than with tons of kisses? Count down from '10 little kisses on teeny tiny toes' and learn body parts and numbers along the way with this sweet bedtime book.

Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green

bedtime books - Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green

Are you more of a hugger? This day in-the-life of a busy bunny is chock full of hug breaks, especially at bedtime!

Good Night, Good Night Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

bedtime books - Good Night, Good Night Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Cement mixers and crane trucks have bedtimes too in this popular bedtime book about things that go.

Good Night, Daniel Tiger by PBS Kids

bedtime books - Good Night, Daniel Tiger by PBS Kids

Everyone’s favourite toddler tiger wants to play, but it is time for bed. Dad gently moves Daniel through bath, teeth, PJ’s, story and a song until he is too sleepy to protest anymore.

I Love You, Good Night by Jon Buller and Susan Schade

bedtime books - I Love You, Good Night By Jon Buller and Susan Schade

Your little one falls asleep to the sound of your loving affirmations, like 'I love you like mice love cheese! I love you like vines love trees!' in this bedtime book for babies.

I’m Not Sleepy by Jonathan Allen

bedtime books - I’m Not Sleepy by Jonathan Allen

A little owl resists bedtime, claiming he is not remotely tired—despite all evidence to the contrary. Sound like anyone you know?

Buddy’s Bedtime Battery by Christina Geist

bedtime books - Buddy’s Bedtime Battery by Christina Geist

A little boy imagines himself as a robot powering down at bedtime. It is hard to stop jumping and beeping, but by 'turning off' each body part, he can finally achieve sleep.

Goodnight Yoga by Mariam Gates

bedtime books - Goodnight Yoga by Mariam Gates

For littles with the wiggles, learning these gentle and poetically expressed yoga poses is a great way to settle in for bed.

How to Put Your Parents to Bed by Mylisa Larsen

bedtime books - How to Put Your Parents to Bed by Mylisa Larsen

A hilarious twist on the traditional bedtime story has our child narrator sending her exhausted and haggard looking parents to bed, which requires taking away their computers, magazines, TV and cell phones. 'Remain calm. Do not negotiate,' she advises. Sounds familiar.

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