Sleepy picture books to read at bedtime

Send your little one off to sleep with these new sleepy reads.

Syndetics book coverBeep beep beep time for sleep / Claire Freedman ; illustrated by Richard Smythe.
“The big machines work to build a road all day, then they go through their night-time ritual and fall asleep. A perfect rhyming bedtime read in the style of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBefore I wake up… / Britta Teckentrup.
“Created by the world-renowned children’s author and illustrator Britta Teckentrup, this dreamy, colorful nighttime journey will captivate and soothe young children everywhere. A young girl falls asleep and travels in her dreams through the sky, down to the ocean’s depths, and into a jungle. She is accompanied by a lion friend, who eases her fears, gives her confidence, and helps her explore the world around her. Along the way she meets whales, jellyfish, grizzly bears and wolves. The gently told story reassures children that they are never alone, even in their dreams. Exquisitely produced, this book is certain to become a pre-bedtime favorite for children and their parents.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Star Tree / Catherine Hyde.
“It is midnight on Midsummer’s Eve and Miranda’s nightlight has gone out. She climbs on her rocking horse and makes a wish… And so begins a magical midnight journey with the great white owl, the little red hare, the big white bear, and the giant stag, all the way to the Tree of Constellations, where Miranda plucks one small star. The great white goose takes her safely home, where now the night light glimmers, star-like, as Miranda sleeps. A mysterious, magical picture book with beautiful, dreamlike illustrations.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGoodnight, goodnight, construction site / Sherri Duskey Rinker and [illustrated by] Tom Lichtenheld.
“As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest–so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverABZzz … : a bedtime alphabet / Isabel Minhós Martins, [illustrations by] Yara Kono.
“From “A is for Awake” to “Zzzz…” this whimsical interactive ABC book helps children wind down before bed and fall asleep. Prompts to ask one final question, encouragement to say goodbye to the sun, and details about animals and their sleep habits make this an engaging and useful book that kids will ask for again and again. Each page features a different letter of the alphabet: on some nights kids will make it all the way to “Yaren” where Naru children are beginning their day instead of ending it, while on other nights they will nod off at “Hibernate”.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverDozy Bear and the secret of sleep / Katie Blackburn ; illustrated by Richard Smythe.
Now are you all snuggled up and ready for bed? I’m going to tell you a story about the secret of sleep, and a little bear called Dozy who wanted to sleep, but didn’t know how.
Dozy Bear and the Secret of Sleep fills the gap in the market for relaxing bedtime books that act as a sleep aid rather than bedtime entertainment. It combines proven sleep and relaxation techniques with Richard Smythe’s gorgeous, dreamlike illustrations, and is perfect for any parent who wants to turn naptime or bedtime into a calming experience.” (Syndetics summary)