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Best Bedtime Books to Read Aloud

Best Bedtime Picture Books for Kids

Thank you to Susan Marx for emailing me this lovely poem full of some of my favorite children’s books for young children. Reading aloud is a passion for her and Barbara and they have penned a book about it.

Her lovely poem took me down memory lane at bedtime with my kids. We didn’t read all these great picture books and board books, but we enjoyed many of them over and over through the years!!

Thanks for this trip! What bedtime books or read aloud books are your favorites? Did you spot any in the poem?


Bedtime Rhyme

by Susan Marx
Let’s read a book Together to settle you down,
Time for Bed in your cozy jammies or nightgown.
Sleep time for you and Dino-Pets that watch you grow,
Count along with me Ten, Nine, Eight and Off We Go!
Little one you might ask Where to Sleep?
For sure not with those Sheep in a Jeep.
Duck! Rabbit! Here’s a Kiss Kiss from Little Mo,
Stop your Dancing Feet, be still From Head To Toe.
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed go Bumpety Bump on the floor,
OH! The Runaway Bunny calls for help from Sammy and the Dinosaur.
Chicken Bedtime is Really Early honks Blue Goose,
Mommies Say Shhh! to the Mother Goose on the Loose.
Here Comes the Night so quietly listen as Bear Snores On,
No more coloring for Harold and the Purple Crayon.
Good night to the dog in Whistle for Willie,
And good neigh to the horse in Silly Tilly.
Time To Say Goodnight to Corduroy, Miss Mary Mack, and Maisy,
Goodnight Moon, Noisy Nora, Olivia, and Titch and Daisy.
Good-night Owl and Good Night Gorilla in the Firehouse,
Sweet dreams to the teeny weeny Busy, Busy Mouse.
Hush Little Baby soon the sun will say Hello Day,
That’s the time when your book buddy Millie Wants to Play!
Soon Milton the Early Riser will head Down By the Bay,
Carrying his Umbrella on a Soggy Saturday.
Look up and down Brown Bear, Bear Brown, What Do You See?
Close Your Eyes to find A Rainbow All Around Me.
It’s Time To go to sleep as I sing a Lucky Song,
All the World will wait patiently for you all night long.
Click on image of any book to view at Amazon or here to buy at Barnes and Noble.
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p.s. Information about the books as well as parenting strategies and reading strategies to read aloud effectively are provided in Help Me Get Ready To Read: The Practical Guide For Reading Aloud To Children During Their First Five Years by Susan Marx and Barbara Kasok

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Wow, what a great compilation! These are fabulous choices for any read aloud family.

    Our favorites from the list include: Good Night Gorilla!, Corduroy, Harold and the Purple Crayon and Busy, Busy Mouse!

    But, now I got many more book ideas to check out. Firehouse looks positively enticing…

    Oh, how I love these great lists of yours!

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  2. Great list! Julia Donaldson is another great picture book author whose books I don’t see here. 🙂
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  3. What a fantastic collection! They are all great buy my personal favorite is Goodnight Moon.

  4. Jeanette Nyberg

    I forgot about Duck! Rabbit! That one’s great. We also like Dear Zoo, but Goodnight Gorilla is still my fav ever.
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  5. So many great titles. Many of my favorites and lots of new ones too! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful list!
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  6. This is a wonderful list. I would also include Can’t you sleep Little Bear, Pyjama Time and Big Red Bath.

    Thank you for sharing 🙂
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  7. Awesome list! We still go back to some of our old favorites. 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  8. Renee C.

    Oh wow – so many great ones. Time for Bed is one of our all-time favorites and Runaway Bunny makes me cry every time. Another one of our favorites is I Love You as Much by Laura Krauss Melmed. LOVE that book! Thanks for this great list! 🙂
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  9. Mary Aviles

    Cinder Eyed Cats, Mr. Seahorse, Harry & Horsey and Sick Day for Amos McGee were also old standbys for us at bedtime.

  10. What a fun and inventive poem. I see so many on this list that we loved to read at bedtime. I think Runaway Bunny and Harold and the Purple Crayon top the list. 🙂 Another wonderful list Mia. Will tweet, FB, and Google+
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    • Thanks Valarie,
      I can’t take credit for the list. Susan Marx is an expert on bedtime reading for kids! But I did enjoy the walk down memory lane seeing many of the books that I read to my kids when they were little! I’ve saved most of them too! Love Runaway Bunny — read that a lot and only my son loved Harold and the Purple Crayon but I loved it as a child so I had 3 or 4 of his books. Interesting that those Purple Crayon picture books were much longer compared to picture books these days.
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  11. Elle Carter Neal

    What a clever poem! Time for Bed and Dancing Feet are favourites here.
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  12. Ann

    That was fun poem and a great bed time collection! There are several I don’t know and now want to check out!
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  13. So very excellent – as usual! Thanks Pragmatic Mom!
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  14. I read How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight until I was blue in the face. I tapped up all the ripped pages and will keep it forever. Thanks for sharing at The Children’s Bookshelf.


    What a fantastic list. So many great books! 🙂

  16. Mia, this is such an amazing list! You’ve got a great mix of some of my childhood faves (Goodnight Moon, Corduroy) and modern faves (Goodnight Gorilla).
    Thanks for sharing with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!
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  17. Pip

    Thanks for the extensive list – always keen to have new inspiration – once you read the same one for 5 nights running. Haven’t heard from a few in these – definitely bookmarking. Cheers, Pip
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  18. Thanks for this list. It contains so many of our favorites.
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