20 of the Best Toddler Bedtime Stories
Have your little one drift off to sleep thinking lovely and happy thoughts by reading them the best toddler bedtime stories. The short and sweet stories recommended in this post, will help your little one to relax and make bedtime a breeze. Lots of the books are also good to read if your toddler won’t sleep.
Reading a bedtime story with your toddler is the perfect way to end any day. It’s a great excuse to snuggle up and spend some quality time together, no matter what kind of a day you’ve both had.
I recently changed up my toddler’s bedtime routine to include a story. (Up until now I’ve sung him a song before bed). When I first started reading him a story I was shocked to find that it was taking him longer to get to sleep! After a lot of head-scratching, I realised that I was reading the wrong kinds of books. Some were too long, he would fidget and stop paying attention. Others got him too excited.
So I did some research and found some of the best toddler bedtime stories. They’re just the right length for toddlers and will help soothe them to sleep in no time at all.
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A bear and cub show their love throughout the day as they bathe, climb mountains, and watch the sky together. The sweet, gentle rhymes of this book will send your toddler to sleep knowing just how much you love them.
A celebration of the timeless love felt between a child and parent. This book was a New York Times #1 Bestseller. My toddler was a long-awaited IVF baby, so this book is a must-have in our house.
Follow the zookeeper as he locks up the animals for the night. Little does he know that they are following right behind him! Toddlers will quickly memorize this fun-loving book and read along with you.
Follow the step by step instructions for the perfect bedtime in this charming book for toddlers. The sweet lullaby at the end will have your little one drifting off to the land of nod in no time.
This delightful book teaches toddlers the sleeping habits of different animals and compares them to babies who can sleep anywhere. The adorable illustrations emphasise that everyone needs sleep.
Watch bunny say goodnight to everything in the room in this classic children’s book. It’s simple to read and will be a bedtime favourite for many years to come.
A sweet bedtime story where a parent reassures their little one that they love them no matter what. Sharing this heartwarming tale at the end of a tough day will help to reassure your toddler.
Follow the teddies as they play a game of hide and seek before bed. Little listeners will want to read this book again and again.
Learn all about Ned’s bedtime routine and use the wheels, flaps and sliders to reveal the surprises. This unique book will have even the fussiest of toddlers cooperating at bedtime.
Grandma tries to put Mo to bed but he just isn’t sleepy. This relateable book is a must-read for any toddler that won’t sleep!
The loveable animal characters play out the daily routines in a toddler’s life in this playful rhyming book. This book will leave your toddler with a warm fuzzy feeling as they quietly drift off to sleep.
Little lion wants to play but all of the animals have gone to sleep. Will he find anyone to play with before he has to go to bed? This story emphasises the need for sleep and will help make bedtime smoother.
This calming bedtime book helps to prepare little one’s for bed, whilst teaching them important words. The minimal text makes this the ideal bedtime story.
Even More of the Best Toddler Bedtime Stories
As your toddler gets older, they will be able to concentrate and listen to bedtime stories for longer. The books recommended below are perfect for them.
Let your toddler know they are always loved with this beautiful story. This touching book will be cherished for many years to come.
This brilliant, heartfelt book explains to children that love is the one thing they carry with them each and every day. This is a favourite bedtime story in our house and will be for a very long time!
Bear is fast asleep and it seems that nothing will wake him up. Not even the woodland animals having fun beside him. Toddlers will enjoy listening to this amusing tale.
Little nutbrown hare tries to explain to big nutbrown hare just how much he loves him, in this charming bedtime story. It will relax even the most energetic toddlers before bedtime.
Little bear can’t sleep because he’s scared of the dark. Find out how big bear helps little bear overcome his fear so that he can finally go to sleep. This charming tale provides a memorable solution to being scared of the dark.
This award-winning book has vibrant illustrations and catchy rhymes. It’s the perfect bedtime storybook for truck lovers.
Find out if poor Mr Bear gets a good night’s sleep in this bestselling classic.
There are so many fantastic books out there that are just waiting to be read. So why not add some variety to your little one’s library by adding some of the best toddler bedtime stories to it?
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Are there any books on the toddler book list that I’ve forgotten to mention? Let me know in the comments section below.