Manchester, Connecticut

Bedtime Stories

Bedtime Stories

  • Cook, Sally. Good Night Pillow Fight. (JJ Cook)
    • Rhyming bedtime conversation between a city full of parents and their children, who are much more interested in playing than sleeping.
  • Dewdney, Anna. Llama, Llama Red Pajama. (JJ Dewdney)
    • At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.
  • Field, Eugene W. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. (J811.4 Field)
    • A classic lullaby poem about three fishermen who try to catch the stars in nets of silver and gold.
  • Ives, Penny.  Rabbit Pie.  (JJ Ives)
    • Mama Rabbit has a recipe for tending to her six little ones and getting them ready for bed.
  • Kloske, Geoffrey. Once Upon a Time, The End: Asleep in 60 Seconds. (JJ Kloske)
    • A tired father takes only a few sentences to tell a number of classic tales in order to get the persistent listener to fall asleep.
  • Lloyd-Jones, Sally.  Time to Say Goodnight.   (JJ Lloyd-Jones)
    • In the same way that baby animals stop whatever they are doing and close their eyes for the night, so a child must finally go to sleep when bedtime comes.
  • Marisabina, Russo. The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds. (JJ Marisabina)
    • Some young rabbits would rather play than sleep, much to their parents' chagrin.
  • Nakamura, Katherine Riley. Song of Night: It’s Time to Go to Bed. (JJ Nakamura)  
    • Animal parents help their babies get ready for a night of good sleep.
  • Parr, Todd. Otto Goes to Bed. (JJ Parr)
    • Otto the dog doesn't want to go to bed until he discovers how nice it is to dream.
  • Rohmann, Eric. Clara and Asha. (JJ Rohmann)
    • Young Clara would rather play with her imaginary giant fish, Asha, than settle down to sleep.
  • Root, Phyllis. Ten Sleepy Sheep. (JJ Root)
    • One by one ten sheep reluctantly fall asleep in the barnyard.
  • Sayre, April. Hush, Little Puppy. (JJ Sayre)
    • In this version of the classic lullaby, a boy tries to settle his puppy down to sleep with a lullaby after a day of splashing in the creek, fetching sticks, and chasing sheep.
  • Scotton, Rob. Russell the Sheep. (JJ Scotton)
    • Russell the sheep tries all different ways to get to sleep.
  • Shulevitz, Uri. So Sleepy Story. (JJ Shulevitz)
    • In the quiet of the night, a sleepy sleepy boy awakes to find the dishes, chairs, and clocks enjoying themselves. In a sleepy sleepy house everything is so sleepy - until music drifts in through an open window. Chairs begin to rock, dishes begin to dance, and a sleepy boy opens his eyes to the revelry of the once-sleepy house. Then, softly, the music drifts out, and everything is sleepy sleepy once more.
  • Tafuri, Nancy. Goodnight, My Duckling. (JJ Tafuri)  
    • As a mother duck leads her ducklings home, one dawdles and is left behind but, luckily, a friend is there to help the little duckling back to his nest in time for bed
  • Thomas, Shelley Moore. Good Night, Good Knight. (JJE Thomas)
    • A good knight helps three little dragons who are having trouble getting to sleep.
  • Williams, Mo.  Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late. (JJ Williams)
    • A pigeon comes up with many reasons why he should not go to bed.
  • Yolen, Jane. How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (JJ Yolen) 
    • Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.
  • Ziefert, Harriet.  Mommy, I want to sleep in your bed. (JJ Ziefert)
    • It's nighttime and everybody--children, parents, and pets--says good night. But when all the lights are out, find out where Charlie wants to sleep.