Stories with Spotty: Bedtime Stories

Hi, friends! My name is Spotty!  

I love playing hide and seek. Every week, I find a new place to hide in the library and wait for all of my friends to find me! But here’s the thing. When I’m hiding, I have to be super quiet, so I can’t tell you about all the other things I love to do!  

One of my very favorite things to do is READ, READ, READ! That’s why I’ve been writing this blog – a place where I can tell you about a few of my favorite books each week! From interactive books to dino tales, from books about big feelings to potty training manuals, from collections on world-changing women to Indian stories, I’ve loved sharing my favorites with you this summer! And now, it’s time for my very last blog. 

I decided the best way to say goodbye is to share some of my favorite bedtime stories. After all, bedtime is when we say goodbye to each day! These books (and a CD too!) help us say good night and sleep tight. I hope you like them as much as I do! 

1. The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin 

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This simple story is crafted with sentence constructions and language proven to help children fall asleep. With a background in psychology, Forssén Ehrlin tells the endearing story of Roger the Rabbit’s journey to Uncle Yawn and the friends he meets along the way!

Where can I find this?: Juvenile Nonfiction Books – 649.122 FOR 

2. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann 

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Detailed and hilarious illustrations delight young readers in this book with limited text. A zookeeper says goodnight to his animals, but he doesn't realize that each animal he visits starts to sneak along behind his back! Board book linked below, also available as a picture book or videodisc.  

Where can I find this?: Juvenile Toddler Books 

3. Don’t Blink! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal 

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If you can avoid getting to the end of this book, you don’t have to go to sleep. But here’s the deal: every time you blink, you have to turn a page! This humorous interactive book features optical illusions, creative (but unsuccessful) strategies to stop blinking, and one adorable owl.  

Where can I find this?: Juvenile Picture Books – ROSENTHAL 

4. Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli 

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This picture book follows Owl as he tries to figure out what is making that strange squeaking noise. As he tears his house apart to find the culprit, the reader notices a mouse hiding in each illustration. Colorful, engaging, and ultimately peaceful, this book is perfect for goodnight giggles. 

Where can I find this?: Juvenile Picture Books – PIZZOLI 

5. Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische 

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Beautiful images help readers say goodnight to whatever happened today and encourage a more helpful, patient, gentle, honest, generous, grateful, and kind tomorrow. The rhyming text ends any day on a positive note and empowers young people to make strong choices. 

Where can I find this?: Juvenile Picture Books – HISCHE 

BONUS for music lovers – Bedtime by Fred Rogers

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Beloved Mr. Rogers sings us to sleep with the gentle tunes on this CD. The disc features favorite songs like “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, “Sometimes Isn’t Always”, and “Peace and Quiet”. 

Where can I find this?: Juvenile Compact Discs – Theater 781.54 ROG 

I'm all done hiding in the library this summer, but I can't wait to see you again next year! Now, with the help of these books and songs, sleep well! 

Happy reading,