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  • A Bed of Your Own

    Mij Kelly, Mary McQuillan

    Paperback (B.E.S., Aug. 1, 2011)
    Here's the perfect bedtime story parents can read to children who have trouble falling asleep at night. It's the newest rhyming adventure of Suzy Sue, who is "--ready for bed, just like you! She brushed her teeth. She picked up her Ted . . . She clambered and climbed into her bed." But Suzy Sue can't fall asleep, because she simply can't get comfortable in her bed. She soon discovers why. A cow and a horse and a sheep and a goat are all crowding in and trying to share space with her. Children will laugh at this comical fantasy--and many kids will identify with the little girl who can't fall asleep at bedtime. Big, funny, full-color illustrations complement the story on every page
  • Your Own Big Bed

    Rita M. Bergstein, Susan Kathleen Hartung

    Hardcover (Viking Books for Young Readers, May 15, 2008)
    Celebrate the move from a crib to a big bed! Chip! Chip! Baby sea turtle grew too big for her shell. And you grew and grew until you were too big for your mother?s tummy. A little boy learns that the animals around him? at the beach, at the zoo, and on his family?s small farm?are growing bigger and bigger. He is growing too, and soon he leaves his crib for his very own big bed! From debut author Rita M. Bergstein comes this encouraging story?paired with gentle, luminous illustrations by Susan Kathleen Hartung?about an important milestone in a child?s life.
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

    Jane Yolen, Mark Teague

    Hardcover (Blue Sky Press, March 1, 2000)
    How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
  • I Sleep in My Own Bed

    Glenn Wright

    Paperback (Xlibris, Aug. 30, 2010)
    Any parent of a toddler has been through the troubles of their child being too scared to sleep in their own bed "just because"--because of a monster, because of a noise, or because of a bad dream. Hopefully this book will be the companion to all the reasons why our young ones should want to spend more time in their bedrooms and realize that there is nothing to fear. This book takes a child on a journey to all the places they wouldn't want to sleep and outlines the reasons why their own bed is the perfect place to sleep.
  • Big Enough for a Bed

    Apple Jordan, John E. Barrett

    Board book (Random House Books for Young Readers, Oct. 22, 2002)
    Elmo is just too big for his crib! He’s finally ready to sleep in a big kid’s bed! It may take a little while, but with his favorite snuggly blanket and his teddy bear, David, by his side, soon Elmo feels comfortable in his new bed.
  • The Sleep Fairy

    Janie Peterson, Macy Peterson, Shawn Newlun

    Hardcover (Behaven Kids Pr Inc, April 15, 2003)
    Helping children learn to stay in bed after they have been tucked in for the night is a challenge all parents face. The most common advice given to parents whose children have problems at bedtime is "Put them to bed and let them cry themselves to sleep" however, most parents just aren't comfortable doing this. Child behavior specialist Janie Peterson (LMHP) has a much better solution. Peterson has helped parents deal with bedtime issues for years and developed a method that she has shared with the families she counsels. The success rate has been outstanding. Now, with the help of Peterson's delightful new book, The Sleep Fairy, families everywhere can have pleasant bedtimes. Peterson's method - which is effective with children 2-years old and up - is easy. First, parents establish the family's bedtime routine and explain the rules to their children in a clear and simple way. Next, comes a reading of The Sleep Fairy. (After a few nights, parents can choose to read just the poem about the Sleep Fairy and not the entire book.) Then, if all the bedtime rules have been followed, the Sleep Fairy visits during the night and leaves a special surprise. Not following the rules means no visit and no reward. In the story, the characters, Molly and Katie, learn what is expected of them at bedtime and are motivated by the anticipation of finding a gift from the Sleep Fairy. Using Peterson's technique, teaching children to stay in bed is a simple as sprinkling fairy dust. Eventually, children learn to feel good about staying in bed and falling asleep without whining, crying or begging. (This, ultimately, is the parent's reward.) The Sleep Fairy is a resource that parents can easily adapt to meet the needs of their own families. Peterson suggests parents add details to the story so that it more closely matches their own children's bedtime routine. Try it! It works...and happy bedtime!
  • A Book of Sleep

    Il Sung Na

    Board book (Knopf Books for Young Readers, Jan. 11, 2011)
    Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.When the sky grows darkand the moon glows bright,everyone goes to sleep . . .except for the watchful owl!With a spare, soothing text and beautifully rich and textured illustrations of a starry night, this is the perfect “book of sleep.” Join the owl on his moonlit journey as he watches all the other animals settle in for the night: some sleep standing up, while some sleep on the move! Some sleep peacefully alone, while others sleep all together, huddled close.Il Sung Na makes his American debut with this gorgeous bedtime offering. While each animal rests in its own special way, little ones will also drift off to a cozy sleep.
  • Nursies When the Sun Shines

    Katherine Havener, Sara Burrier

    Hardcover (Elea Press, April 20, 2011)
    Nursies When the Sun Shines is a godsend to parents of nursing toddlers, exhausted from late night wakings for milk. Beautiful watercolor illustrations and a sweet, lulling verse help young children understand the concept of night and day. Night time, the book explains, is for sleeping. Nursies, on the other hand, happen when the sun shines. In Nursies, a toussle-haired toddler is snuggled up in bed with mom and dad, ready to go to sleep for the night, the family s grey striped cat snoozing soundly at their feet. When the toddler wakes at night for nursies, mom shows her baby that it s dark outside, and assures baby that she ll have nursies when the sun shines. Later, with brilliant sun streaming through the window, the toddler knows it s time for nursies. The book closes with a heart-warming illustration of a nursing family: the toddler, nuzzled up to mama s breast, daddy kissing toddler s head, and even the family cat purring a love song. Nursies is a groundbreaking children s book, the first-ever to focus on night weaning. Its goal is to facilitate communication between parent and young child, thereby making the process of night weaning as gentle and easy as possible.
  • If Animals Kissed Good Night

    Ann Whitford Paul, David Walker

    Board book (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), June 3, 2014)
    Don't miss the other books in this adorable series: If Animals Said I Love You, If Animals Celebrated Christmas, and If Animals Went to School!What if animals did what YOU do? This bestselling story imagines how animals would kiss their loved ones good night!If animals kissed good night like we would they do it? Giraffe and his calf would stretch their necks high, Wolf and his pup would kiss and then HOWL, and Sloth and her baby would move sooooo sloooowwwww. And across the animal kingdom, every creature would share love in a unique way.
  • The Girl Who Got Out of Bed

    Betsy Childs, Dan Olson

    Paperback (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 28, 2013)
    Shirley is a little girl who keeps thinking of reasons to get out of bed. But once she learns the secret to make morning time come, she can't wait for bedtime to roll around again. Beautifully written and illustrated by the creators of The Boy Who Cried Over Everything, this story is sure to become a favorite with parents and children alike.
  • A Bedtime Kiss for Chester Raccoon

    Audrey Penn, Barbara Leonard Gibson

    Board book (Tanglewood, )
  • The Darkest Dark

    Colonel Chris Hadfield, Kate Fillion, The Fan Brothers

    Hardcover (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Sept. 13, 2016)
    Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan's lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible. Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem--at night, Chris doesn't feel so brave. He's afraid of the dark. But when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is--and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.
  • A Big Kid Bed is Coming!

    Liz Fletcher, Greg Bishop

    Hardcover (Louie's Little Lessons, Nov. 15, 2018)
    Is your toddler ready to move to their own Big-Kid Bed? Look no further! A Big Kid Bed is Coming is the perfect book to help your kiddo transition from their crib to a bed of their own. Help them sleep through the night with this fun and inspiring adventure! The transition of moving to a 'big-kid bed' can be daunting but have no fear - Louie is here to help!In the first book of its series, Louie is a super elephant who is always ready for adventure, but he's not too sure about his new 'big-kid bed.' Tired and weary, he decides to find his courage and give it a try.Then comes the biggest surprise of all ...With sweet rhymes and beautiful illustrations, this children's book inspires bravery and greatness. This 'Big-Kid Bed' book is perfect for:Crib to bed transitionHelping your toddler sleep through the nightHelping with toddler sleep problemsHelping toddler stay in his or her bedEncouraging imagination, courage and braveryOvercoming toddler milestones and transitionsPromoting toddler imagination and playA Note from the Publisher:Help your toddler find their courage that he or she needs to quickly conquer new milestones without stress or overwhelm. The toddler years can be the most amazing, yet challenging times. On one hand, it's hard to believe that your little one is growing up before your eyes (and it's the most incredible joy to be part of) but on the other hand, with growing up comes change and new milestones.These toddler transitions can often be daunting for both the child and the parent. We created the character, Louie, with your child in mind. It's our goal that your child will instantly relate to Louie's adventurous spirit, independence, and fun-loving nature. He or she will giggle through this sweet, rhythmic story but also learn that change can be overcome by a little courage and that the outcome can actually lead to even more fun and adventure! We understand that there are many different tactics and tools to conquer toddler transitions (and that each household may handle them differently), however, we strongly believe that before technique there needs to be a want and desire within the child. The same is true for adults. Think about it, there's a small chance you're going to learn a foreign language if you don't have the desire. You can be thrown into some of the best classrooms and programs but will have a hard time grasping the information until you're actually interested and motivated. Louie's Little Lessons' sole focus is to ignite curiosity and motivation when it comes to facing change (then, the technicalities can be taught whichever way you chose), however, the first and most challenging step is establishing the correct mindset. We hope to help your child finds his/her desire to embrace change and courage for years to come. This is a wonderful bravery book for kids! And don't forget to check out our toddler milestone charts!CHECK OUT ALL OUR PRODUCTS: bravelouie.comAUTHOR CONTACT: liz@bravelouie.comA Big Kid Bed is Coming worked perfectly, thank you!!This book was INCREDIBLE and worked absolutely perfectly for my 3 year old boy/girl twins. A lot of books show a kid giving excuses for why they don t want to be in a big kid bed which a child can just copy. In this book, the sweet elephant shows the kid all the fun things you can do while IN the bed! Just added the book from this series with Louie eating veggies to my cart. We LOVE Louie!
  • Mommy, I Want to Sleep in Your Bed!

    Harriet Ziefert, Elliot Kreloff

    Hardcover (Blue Apple Books, Oct. 6, 2005)
    Good night, sleepy parakeet. Good night, sleepy dog. Good night, sleepy Charlie. But wait! Charlie doesn't want to go to sleepnot all by himself in his own bed.With the help of his patient mom, Charlie works through a problem all young children faceputting their busy days to rest. Mommy, I Want to Sleep in Your Bed! will encourage other children to do the same and help them understand in a sweet and sympathetic way, that sleeping alone is an important step in growing up.
  • Go Sleep in Your Own Bed

    Candace Fleming, Lori Nichols

    Hardcover (Schwartz & Wade, May 2, 2017)
    From bestselling, award-winning author Fleming and beloved illustrator of the Maple books Nichols comes a giggle-inducing read-aloud starring a cast of comically grumpy barnyard animals. Sure to become a bedtime favorite. This funny and irresistible picture book feels like a classic in the making. When Pig plops into his sty at bedtime, he finds Cow fast asleep in his spot. "Go sleep in your own bed!" he squeals, and sends her packing. But when Cow finally snuggles down into her stall, she finds Hen sleeping there. So begins a chain reaction of snoozing barnyard animals being awakened and sent off to their own beds, until every last one is in just the right place. Young children will delight in repeating the refrain "Go sleep in your own bed!" and laugh at the antics of these hilarious—and very sleepy—farm animals. Praise for Oh, No! by Candace Fleming: *"Reads like an instant classic. Oh, yes! This is a terrific new picture book." —Kirkus Reviews, Starred *"It's a book with the feel of an old classic—and it may well become one." —Publishers Weekly, Starred "A winner for 3- and 4-year-olds." —The New York Times Praise for the Maple series by Lori Nichols: *“Readers will fall in love with Maple.” —School Library Journal, Starred “Utterly charming.” —The New York Times
  • Sammy the Elephant & Mr. Camel: A Story to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting

    Joyce C Mills PhD, Richard J Crowley, Cary Pillo

    Paperback (Magination Press, Jan. 1, 2005)
    Sammy the Elephant and Mr. Camel is a gently empowering book for children who have trouble staying dry. This encouraging story about a delightful little elephant will help children learn to overcome problems with wetting. A comprehensive healing metaphor, it addresses feelings of insecurity, frustration, and ridicule while encouraging children to find inner strength to overcome their challenges. A "Note to Parents" by psychologist Jane Annunziata, PsyD, further explains wetting problems and provides many practical tips to help children remain dry during the day and at night.
  • Big Bed for Giraffe

    Michael Dahl, Oriol Vidal

    Board book (Picture Window Books, Feb. 1, 2015)
    Little Giraffe is too big for his crib and must move into a big bed. It's hard at first, but Little Giraffe soon finds out how comfy his new bed can be. Sweet dreams, Little Giraffe! This sturdy board book is a perfect read for the transition from crib to bed.
  • Stewie BOOM! Boss of the Big Boy Bed

    Christine Bronstein, Karen Young, William Sears

    Hardcover (Nothing But The Truth Publishing, July 30, 2015)
    Stewie BOOM! loves big boy things! But when his parents get him a big boy bed, he doesn't like it at all. As Stewie spends his first night getting in and out of his new bed, his whole family is right there with him - tucking him in, getting him snacks, and adjusting his pillows - until Stewie finally figures out a solution and realizes he loves his big boy bed. Stewie BOOM! Boss of the Big Boy Bed includes helpful parent tips from world renowned pediatrician Dr. Bill Sears. Dr. Sears has written more than 40 best-selling books (including The Baby Sleep Book) and countless articles on baby care and parenting. His website is one of the most popular health and parenting sites. Dr. Sears has appeared on over 100 television programs, including 20/20, Good Morning America, Oprah, Today, The View, and Dr. Phil, and was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine in May 2012. He is noted for his science-made-simple-and-fun approach to parenting.
  • I Sleep in a Big Bed:

    Maria van Lieshout

    Hardcover (Chronicle Books, March 13, 2018)
    Babies sleep in cribs. Do big kids? No! Big kids sleep in a big bed.Every child's life is filled with milestones. Some happen easily; others need a little extra support. Artist and mom Maria van Lieshout has been there. Drawing upon her own experiences, she has created an engaging series of books that are just right for children on the brink of major changes and the caregivers who encourage them.
  • My Big Girl Bed: A Princess Polly Book

    Amanda Li

    Board book (Ladybird Books Ltd, Jan. 2, 2014)
    Excellent Book
  • My Big Girl Bed

    Karen Langdon

    Paperback (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, May 8, 2012)
    My Big Girl Bed is an enthusiastic look at the transition from crib to "big kid bed." Using real photos of real girls as they make this big move, it allows young readers to see a variety of positive aspects to their new bed. From images of girls cuddling with blankets and teddy bears to photos of girls reading, laughing, and resting in bed, this is a beautiful transition time book to support young girls.
  • Bedtime

    Elizabeth Verdick, Marieka Heinlen

    Board book (Free Spirit Publishing, May 1, 2010)
    Ease little ones into the get-ready-for-bed routine with this warm and cozy bedtime book. Aided by Mom and Dad, a sister and brother enjoy a little snack, relaxing baths, time for brushing teeth, stories, lullabies, back rubs, and hugs. Cheerful, soft illustrations and reassuring text set a tone that helps toddlers feel good about settling down to sleep. (As the narrator explains, “I do my best growing when I’m sleeping.”) In the morning, the children will yawn, stretch, and be a little bit bigger, a little bit stronger, and a little bit smarter—all because of a good night’s sleep. Includes tips for parents and caregivers.
  • Sleep Like a Tiger

    Mary Logue, Pamela Zagarenski

    Board book (HMH Books for Young Readers, Jan. 15, 2019)
    In a lyrical bedtime book with echoes of Run Away Bunny cadence, the fresh look of two-time Caldecott Honoree Pamela Zagarenski's luminous illustrations paired with Mary Logue's poetic language frame the very simple-sounding question: does everything in the world go to sleep? This Caldecott Honor book is certain to give you peaceful dreams! Now in lap board book. Does everything in the world go to sleep? In a sincere, poetic, and imaginative dialogue between a not-so-sleepy child and understanding parents, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, a nest of blankets,” she is ready to sleep, warm and strong, just like a tiger. Two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours. Winner of the Caldecott Honor, this rare gem is now in lap board book format.
  • Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?

    Brianna Caplan Sayres, Christian Slade

    Board book (Random House Books for Young Readers, June 24, 2014)
    Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.Getting to dreamland has never been more fun with this board book version of the beloved construction bedtime tale.The bedtime rituals of these little diggers and dump trucks will be quite familar to kids saying goodnight. Young readers will surely identify with little fire engines, tractors, and monster trucks as they ask for one more story while their mommy trucks tuck them in, and their daddy trucks sing a goodnight song. Children who can't get enough of trucks and other vehicles will love Brianna Caplan Sayres sleep books, including companion titles Where Do Steam Trains Sleep at Night, and Where Do Jet Planes Sleep at Night?
  • Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep

    Joyce Dunbar, Debi Gliori

    Board book (HMH Books for Young Readers, Jan. 9, 2018)
    This charming and reassuring bedtime story about nighttime fears and sweet dreams is now a padded board book. When little bunny Willa can't sleep, big brother Willoughby helps her think of all the happy things that await her when the sun comes up—cozy slippers, a yummy breakfast, and the morning itself, which loves to gently nudge her awake. For Willa, the happiest thing of all is knowing that Willoughby will be there in the morning, too, just like always. With soothing text, sweet illustrations, and cuddly bunny characters, this read-aloud is a comforting way to say goodnight and sweet dreams.
  • It's Time to Sleep, My Love

    Nancy Tillman, Eric Metaxas

    Board book (Feiwel & Friends, Jan. 18, 2011)
    Handpicked by Amazon kids’ books editor, Seira Wilson, for Prime Book Box – a children’s subscription that inspires a love of reading.It's time to sleep, it's time to sleep,the fishes croon in waters deep.The songbirds sing in trees above,"It's time to sleep, my love, my love."As children prepare for bed, the world around them is also settling down for the night. Animals who live in the jungle, the forest, the sea―all whisper to their babies a soft refrain: It's time to sleep, my love.As comforting as a soft blanket and warm as a goodnight hug, Eric Metaxas's lullaby is lovingly brought to life by bestselling artist Nancy Tillman (On the Night You Were Born) , whose illustrations celebrate the wonders of the natural world, and the bonds of family.It's Time to Sleep, My Love is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
  • Simpson's Sheep Won't Go To Sleep!

    Bruce Arant

    Hardcover (Peter Pauper Press, Sept. 25, 2013)
    Farmer Simpson works all day.He plants his corn, and beans, and hay.His feet get tired, his nose gets red.At night, he likes to go to bed.But Simpson's sheep have other plans -- and sleep is not one of them! They think of every excuse to stay awake.They need a drink. They want a snack.They have to ''go!'' They like to yack.Will poor Simpson ever find a way to lull his sheep to sleep? Illustrated with soft pastel drawings that are both silly and soothing, Simpson's Sheep Wont Go to Sleep! is a story for every parent who has put a child to bed -- and every child who has creatively resisted.Hardcover.32 pages.Full color throughout.Ages 4 to 8.8-7/8 inches wide x 11-1/4 inches high.Author and illustrator Bruce Arant -- a father of three -- writes from personal experience of tucking youngsters in at bedtime, when he has fielded all possible childhood excuses to stay awake just a little bit longer. Prior to becoming a full-time writer and illustrator, Arant enjoyed a career of nearly 20 years in the magazine and custom publishing industry, where he held a variety of editorial and creative positions. He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Sleep Is for Everyone: Stage 1

    Paul Showers, Wendy Watson

    Hardcover (Harpercollins Childrens Books, May 1, 1997)
    Discusses the importance of sleep and what happens to our brains and bodies during slumber
  • A Visit from the Good Night Fairy

    Renee Frances, Romaine Tacey, Mary Curk

    Paperback (Somnus Stuff, Sept. 3, 2018)
    Moving from the crib into a big-kid bed is exciting! The added freedom means that toddlers may make their way out of their bed several times per night. Never fear, exhausted adults! The Good Night Fairy can help motivate children to stay in their own bed throughout the night, so that the whole family can have a good night's sleep. In A Visit from the Good Night Fairy: Second Edition:A typical night becomes absolutely magical when a tired toddler finally sleeps through the night on his own!Complete with a Good Night's Sleep sticker chart and three reusable Potty Passes, this Second Edition of A Visit from the Good Night Fairy is an invaluable tool that will help motivate your child to sleep through the night on his own.
  • Mother Goose's Pajama Party

    Danna Smith, Virginia Allyn

    Hardcover (Doubleday Books for Young Readers, Oct. 27, 2015)
    Star light, star bright, come to story time tonight. You’re invited to a magical pajama party with all your nursery rhyme friends! Join Little Bo-Peep, Georgie Porgie, Miss Muffet, the cow that jumped over the moon, and all their pals as they march merrily toward Mother Goose’s house for a cozy slumber party full of stories. And after they are all tucked in, continue to the back of the book and find a special section with your favorite nursery rhymes. "Children will be eager to attend this magical slumber party."—School Library Journal"Allyn’s digitally created illustrations have the warmth of acrylic paintings, and she gives her ethnically diverse young cast round faces, gleaming eyes, and fuzzy heads of hair. The atmosphere is definitely slumber party cozy, especially after the children settle down to hear Mother Goose read stories from her 'famous book.'"—Publishers Weekly
  • Oliver Who Would Not Sleep

    Mara Bergman

    Hardcover (Arthur A. Levine Books, Sept. 1, 2007)
    Move over, Frances the badger, and good night, silly old moon. Meet Oliver -- a boy who *really* knows how to stay up!Oliver Donnington Rimington-SneepCOULDN'T and DIDN'T and WOULD NOT SLEEP!And why should he? As soon as his parents shut his door, Oliver's off on all kinds of explorations: painting and reading, drawing and racing -- and a little trip to Mars for good measure. But his explorations end where all explorations should: safe at home, in a warm bed . . . asleep.For every parent with an Oliver (or Olivia) in their lives, and every child seeking a little fun before shut-eye, OLIVER WHO WOULD NOT SLEEP is the perfect bedtime adventure.
  • The Pillow Fairy

    Marcia G. Riley, Joni E. Patterson

    Paperback (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Aug. 24, 2012)
    Much to Mommy and Daddy's dismay, three-year- old Matt has difficulty falling asleep in his own bed. One night, the Pillow Fairy comes to visit Matt, and the magical journey begins. First-time author Marcia G. Riley shares the joy of imagination and wonder that her sons, Justin and Matt, experienced as they faced one of life's first challenges-sleeping in their own beds, all by themselves. Now available in Spanish! The charming illustrations of Joni E. Patterson enhance the innocence and purity of this common childhood experience.