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  The best bedtime stories: 8 books to help your child sleep
By Malia Jacobson
Got a sleep-resistant child? Maybe it’s time for your little night owl to hit the books. Why not use a nightly bedtime story to help build and reinforce healthy sleep habits, overcome common sleep saboteurs, and boost parent-child bonding? Whether you add these titles to your child’s bookshelf or wrap them up for a parent-to-be, you’ll be giving the gift of blissful rest.
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       One Minute till Bedtime: 60-Second
Poems to Send You Off to Sleep
By Kenn Nesbitt, Illustrated by Christoph Niemann
Sleep-supporting bedtime stories don’t have to be lengthy. One Minute till Bedtime, a collection of poems edited by former Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt, offers bite-size bedtime reading that helps send children to sleep while building an enduring love of poetry. Parents and children will love the illustrations by award-winning artist Christoph Niemann.
Sweet Dreams, Lima Beans (The Secret Life of Beans) By Laura E. Pasternak
Originally created to help her
own children cope with sleeping
in two different households, this sweet picture book helps children separated from a loved one at bedtime. Whether children are missing a deployed parent or dealing with divorce, separation, or another loss, Sweet Dreams, Lima Beans helps reduce separation anxiety and feel safe and loved at bedtime.
Sleep Time is Awesome Time
By Charles C. Martin
Kids who struggle with sleep
may develop negative thoughts and feelings around bedtime
that can reinforce insomnia, bedtime resistance, and nighttime awakenings. This book helps to interrupt that cycle by reframing negative sleep associations, reducing anxiety, and building healthy habits to help children fall asleep peacefully.
A Big Kid Bed is Coming! (How to Transition and Keep Your Toddler in Their Bed)
By Liz Fletcher, Illustrated by Greg Bishop
The big kid bed transition strikes fear into the hearts of parents everywhere. This picture book helps calm nerves (parents’ and kids’) and paves the way for a smooth switch by framing the transition as a fun, inspiring adventure for Louie the elephant.
          Bear Can’t Sleep
By Karma Wilson, Illustrated by Jane Chapman
Winter is the perfect season for this tale of a bear who can’t hibernate. Will bear learn to
fall asleep with the help of his forest friends? This sweet board book can help reinforce the importance of rest and gets families ready for a cozy night’s sleep.
Sweet Dreams Moonbeams
By Sara Conway, Illustrated by Kelly Breemer
This lovely, whimsical story of a fox family
and other forest creatures preparing for sleep makes an excellent baby-shower gift. Stunning illustrations and holographic foil will hold little ones’ interest as they learn to associate bedtime with harmony, peace, and love.
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