Your Family, Your Library Podcast: Bedtime Challenges (Episode 7, part 1)

By Skokie Staff Youth Services

These books will help you tackle, or embrace, bedtime and its many challenges.

  • In the Night Garden

    2023 by Berger, Carin

    Meditative text and gentle, evocative pictures make for a perfect bedtime read.

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  • Five on the Bed

    2020 by Boswell, Addie K.

    A young girl, her parents, and their dog and cat appear on, under, and next to the bed as they all get ready to sleep in this counting book featuring cut paper illustrations.

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  • Good Night to your Fantastic Elastic Brain

    2022 by Deak, JoAnn M.

    Using up-to-date research to explore our brains' critical functions when we are asleep, psychology experts JoAnn and Terrence Deak invite kids (and adults) to unpack all the amazing things your brain is doing when you're not awake, and why it's so important to get your sleep.

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  • Bedtime for Sweet Creatures

    2020 by Grimes, Nikki

    Bedtime shenanigans are alive and well in this bedtime tale of a child whose imaginative animal friends keep him, and his patient mommy, from falling asleep until sleepiness wins out for all in the end.

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  • The Big Bed

    2018 by Laditan, Bunmi

    A very smart toddler presents her father with a well-reasoned proposal regarding sleeping arrangements in this hilarious, relatable picture book.

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  • Good Night, Body: Finding Calm from Head to Toe

    2023 by Lee, Britney Winn

    Bedtime can be full of big emotions for kids (and their caregivers). Calm anxious, busy thoughts with this body scan meditation designed to help you relax and prepare for sleep.

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  • A Big Bed for Little Snow

    2019 by Lin, Grace

    When winter comes, Mommy makes a soft bed for Little Snow to sleep on, but each night he cannot resist jumping on the bed, causing tiny feathers to fly down.

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  • Thank You and Good Night

    2015 by McDonnell, Patrick

    Maggie hosts a pajama party at which Clement, Alan Alexander, and Jean play a variety of fun games, get tired, and drift off to sleep after sharing their gratitude.

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  • You Are Getting Sleepy

    2022 by Alexander, Lori

    Caregivers can follow along on a sweet family's bedtime routine with their infant. 'Tick-tock, peek at the clock...It's time for sleep, sweet baby!'

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  • How Babies Sleep

    2020 by Axelrod, Sofia

    After having her first child, Axelrod realized that the typical baby sleep advice conflicted with the actual science of sleep. She developed her method based on the latest discoveries about our body's circadian clock and how it is disturbed by light and other external stimuli. Here she shares helpful tips that work, explains why some age-old advice doesn't work, and helps both you and your baby enjoy a peaceful night's sleep.

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  • The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years

    2012 by Karp, Harvey

    In this guide, pediatrician Harvey Karp offers sound advice to caregivers on sleep for their child.

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  • Safe Infant Sleep: Expert Answers to Your Cosleeping Questions

    2020 by McKenna, James J.

    This book presents research on the history and benefits of safe cosleeping and offers guidelines for families exploring whether this option is right for them.

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  • The Natural Baby Sleep Solution: Use Your Child's Internal Sleep Rhythms for Better Nights and Naps

    2016 by Moore, Polly

    Based on the scientifically established rest and activity cycle that occurs every 90 minutes, here's a proven program to help every parent give their baby better nights and naps.

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