Steering Towards the Land of Nod

Nap and bedtime can be hard transition for children and grown ups. Here are some recommendations for stories that will help your children feel safe, cozy, and ready for dream land. For nap/bed time tips, tricks, and magic check out our article, "Reading: The Magic Bedtime Spell"

Bedtime for Baby Shark

Illustrated by John John Bajet

If you spend any time around children chances are you know the song Baby Shark. Whether or not you are a fan of the song, if your little is a fan, this book is essential.  This picture book from Scholastic walks the reader through a great bedtime routine. This story can be read out loud or better yet sang (obviously to the tune of Baby Shark).

Tips for Success: Definitely learn and use the Baby Shark Bedtime Dance that is in the back of the book. It will help get the wiggles out before nap or bedtime. 

Since this is a bedtime story, try reading or singing in a soft and calm voice.

Bedtime for Yeti

Vin Vogel

Yeti has had a fun filled day with his favorite stuffed animal. As Yeti embarks on his bedtime routine he notices his bestie is nowhere to be found! What is a yeti to do? Join Yeti on an adventure to find his best friend as he gets ready for bed and faces his fears!

Tips for Success: Get cozy in some blankets just like Yeti. Feel free to let your little one join in on the sound effects to get out some wiggles and noises before bed.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Sherri Duskey Rinker & Tom Lichtenheld

This New York Times Bestseller is probably not a surprise to anyone reading this list.  This sleepy time favorite follows a hard working group of construction vehicles as they end their work day and get ready to rest for the night.

Tips for success: Yawn and stretch along with the construction vehicles. Did you know yawning is contagious?

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd

This classic children's story has been read by parents, teachers, grandparents, care givers and celebrities. The illustrations by Clement Hurd or peaceful and calm and partners perfectly with the story written by Margaret Wise Brown.

Tips for Success: If your little audience prefers stories with participation let them say "goodnight" to the items in the illustration and items around their own room or your reading space.


Eileen Spinelli & Rosie Winstead

This beautifully illustrated book written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Rosie Winstead may not be an obvious choice for a nap/bedtime book, but has been one of Jenn's nap time books over 5 years and has been super successful!

This story follows the main character as she thinks about future adventures, careers, and destinations.  It is a fun and whimsical journey.

Tips for success: When the main character finds her way to the desert (sorry for the spoiler) start to soften your voice.


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