Three Favorite Bedtime Books


These three books are our current bedtime favorites. We read them before bed over and over and over again.

The Quiet Book
Written by Deborah Underwood • Illustrated by Renata Liwska


I think this book is genius. It captures different quiet moments throughout a day – some sweet, some silly, some exciting, some scary – in the most adorable and charming way.

Reasons I love it:

1. Each page offers a beautiful example of quiet: “First one awake quiet,” “Thinking of a good reason you were drawing on the wall quiet,” “Lollipop quiet,” and my favorite, “What flashlight? quiet.” This book captures life’s magical quiet moments and makes me appreciate them over and over again.


2. The illustrations are so adorable I wish I could snuggle them to sleep too. They perfectly accompany the gentle humor with few fun details of their own. The ridiculously sweet animals are muted in color and soft in detail. I would buy this book just for the artwork. I would wear t-shirts with the animals from this book.
3. It is written in a way that captures childhood moments that resonate with kids and are nostalgic for adults. Everyone who reads this book with Carter at bedtime inevitably says, “Awwwww, that was so good!”


Pajama Time
Written and Illustrated by Sandra Boynton


We got an old, beat up copy of this book from my cousin. At first, I was tempted to hide it in the back of the bookshelf…until I wised up and realized beat up books are the ones kids love best! It was Carter’s first favorite book as a wee babe, and it is still a favorite over a year later.

Reasons I love it:

1. We make up dances to match the rhymes and words. By dances I mean we jamma jamma jamma in our PJs while lying under the covers. I think this is why Carter loves it so much. It makes him die laughing every time.


2. Sandra Boynton is hilarious. Her funny cartoony pictures of earnest animals in their pajamas make me and Carter giggle.


A Book of Sleep
Written and Illustrated by Il Sung Na


A watchful owl observes different animals as they sleep. Each animal sleeps so differently! If I were an illustrator, I’d try to create art like Il Sung Na. That is all.

Reasons I love it:

1. The illustrations are whimsical and sweet; the animals are round and fat. Everything is cute and beautiful at the same time. I love love love the art in this book!

2. There is an owl on each page; it is fun to search for them throughout the book.
3. The lilting, simple language takes readers through peaceful and funny examples of animals sleeping…until the sun rises and everyone wakes up. Except for the owl!

Happy reading!


2 thoughts on “Three Favorite Bedtime Books

  1. The fact that the book literally says “The Quiet Book” is a good sign for me. I always use books to start winding my daughter down for bed, otherwise she’s too hyper! “A Book of Sleep” looks really adorable too, I’m obsessed with the cover.


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