Sleeping Beauty’s Top 10 Best Bedtime Books for Babies

Top 10 Best Books for Babies at Bedtime

Today I’m daydreaming.  (A favorite pasttime.)

I just finished reading one of the funniest fairytale books I’ve ever read to my kids, and it got me thinking about how some of our favorite princess would be like in the real world.

Take Sleeping Beauty for instance.

If she was my royal neighbor here in Wisconsin, I’m pretty confident that…

She and Prince Philip would have at least a dozen kids.

Let’s be honest.  If you love being in bed so much…

She’d have her own personal barista to follow her around with endless cups of French Vanilla Lattes with double shots of espresso.

Otherwise, how would she stay awake for Official Palace Business?

And finally, she’d have a HUGE library of bedtime books.

If your only claim-to-fame was SLEEPING, it makes sense that you’d try to justify that skill with mounds and mounds of niche-related books.

Several weeks ago I started polling our Facebook Fans to see which kinds of bedtime books guessing what Sleeping Beauty would have on the crib nightstand.

See the ENTIRE list of fan bedtime favorites in the Best Bedtime Books Store!

Today I’m sharing their responses in a collection of the top ten sleepiest bedtime books parents use to hush little ones into dreamland.

Every single one has been stamped with the official “Sleeping Beauty Seal of Approval”.

Starting with her most obvious favorite…

No. 1:  Les Petites Fairy Tales: Sleeping Beauty

Best Books for Babies: #1 Sleeping Beauty

It’s a tad egotistical for Sleeping Beauty, I’ll admit.  But she’s a princess, so what do you expect?

This sweet little board book tells her entire story in single words.  (Which HAS to be degrading.) It has bright engaging pictures, letting you embellish the story if you wish for a longer reading session, or speed-through for a quicker put-to-bed.  Amazon $7

No. 2: Good Night Touch and Feel

Best Books for Babies: #2 Good Night

This is clearly one of the best books for babies because it’s incredibly interactive.  Let baby touch the soft lamb and “tuck” the baby in at the end.  Amazon $5

No. 2: Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

Best Books for Babies: #3 Papa Get The Moon

Eric Carle (of Hungry Little Caterpillar fame) has written a very fun and interactive bedtime book about a Dad who goes on a journey to get the moon for his little girl.   Amazon $6.

No. 3:  Counting Kisses

Best Books for Babies: #4 Counting Kisses

Any book that is subtitled “A Kiss and Read Book” requires a well-used spot on my shelf.   Amazon $7  (See Mommy Hugs on Kindle.)

No. 5: Bedtime Peekabo

Best Books for Babies: #5 Bedtime Peekaboo

Lift-the-flap peekaboo is a great way for baby to practice her fine motor skills.  It’s the perfect nighttime distraction for curious babes.  Amazon $6

No. 6: Good Night Gorilla

Best Books for Babies: #6 Good Night Gorilla

This was listed as a favorite by Noami Collins on our Facebook Page: “My 6 month old loves Goodnight Gorilla. (He tries to eat the book most times, but he enjoys the story too).”  Amazon $7 (On Kindle)

No. 7: On the Night You Were Born

Best Books for Babies: #7 Night You Were Born

Such a sweet book, without getting overly sappy.  One of the most commonly listed reader fav’s!  Amazon $7 (On Kindle)

No. 8: Sleep Like a Tiger

Best Books for Babies: #8 Sleep Like a Tiger

This is one of the best books for babies of all time.  Great illustrations, steady soothing rhythm, interesting story. It’s a Caldecott award winner!  You will love this book.  Amazon $14 (On Kindle)

No. 9: Little Blue Truck

Best Books for Babies: #9 Little Blue Truck

Beautiful little book to help your baby practice his animal sounds!  Amazon $6 (On Kindle)

No. 10:  I Love You Stinky Face

Best Books for Babies: #10 Love You Stinky Face

One of those “How much I love you” kinds of books, but done in a humorous way.  A book that my kids have requested over and over again.  Amazon $5

Honorable Mention: The Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss

Best Books for Babies: #11 Seuss Sleep Book

Technically, This can’t be one of my best books for babies, because it’s over 50 pages.  Amazon $11 (On Kindle)

Still, Facebook fan Megan Mueller has uncovered the secret to this timeless classic:  “I don’t know how it ends, though, because we never make it that far…she conks out!”  

Exactly, Megan.



What are your favorite “Sleeping Beauty Approved” bedtime books to read to your baby?

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  1. Great list. I would also add “It’s Time for Sleep, You Crazy Sheep.” Our little one loves it

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