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Top 10 Sleep-Themed Bedtime Books

From traditional to totally adorable, these lovable books are the perfect way to get baby ready for bed — without a fight!
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Good Night, Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann

Baby is going to love following Joe the Zookeeper from page to page as he says goodnight to all the animals — and when baby discovers that a little gorilla has followed Joe home to bed, he won’t want to go to sleep without tucking in all of his animals!, $8


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Little Quack’s Bedtime, by Lauren Thompson

This sweet lullaby will teach baby just how important quiet is at bedtime — and he’ll be thankful he’s not surrounded by all the blinking, hooting and swaying animals in the forest that are keeping Quack and his friends up!, $8


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Time for Bed, by Mem Fox

All of the baby snakes, fish, bees, sheep and more are being tucked into bed by their mamas — and your baby will love falling asleep like one of the animals! Barnes&, $14


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Sweet Dreams, Sam, by Yves Got

Who said learning stops at bedtime? Cute baby Sam needs to pick a favorite cuddly teddy to snuggle in bed with — and baby will love helping him choose with this tactile touch-and-feel book!, from $6



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Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown

Just a warning, mom: You and baby will love sharing this classic together so much that pretty soon you’ll start saying goodnight to everything you both can think of before bedtime., $8


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I Love You, Stinky Face, by Lisa McCourt

It’s not your traditional bedtime story, but if you’re looking to get a little silly before it’s time to turn out the lights, then this one’s for you! In I Love You, Stinky Face, baby will learn that no matter how stinky (or sweet-smelling!) he is, his mama will love him., $8


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Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney

This story is perfect for those nights when it’s daddy’s turn to tuck baby in. They’ll love sharing this “guess how much I love you?” story together and you’ll love sneaking a peek from the doorway (but we won’t tell!)., from $7


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Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney

After just a few times through on your own, baby (when he’s old enough) and even toddlers will pick up on this rhyming read-aloud! It’s a sweet reminder that nothing bad can happen to baby at bedtime as long as mama is around., $15


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Counting Kisses, by Karen Katz

Before baby closes her eyes, Counting Kisses reminds mom (or dad!) of all the extra special kisses, hugs, cuddles and tickles she’ll need. When she’s old enough, make your toddler (or preschooler!) read it to you, instead., $8


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Hush Little Baby, by Sylvia Long

Sure, you have the lullaby memorized by heart, but having a copy of the book to read along with baby as you put her to bed makes the lyrics really come to life. And just like your mom passed this book on to you, you’ll do the same for your little one., from $6

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By Kylie McConville