Although the lights are low, things are quiet and your little one is all snuggled up in her favorite blankie, sleep is just not always easily attainable. Sometimes, the most frustrating time of the day is when you are trying to end it. Knowing that tomorrow brings early morning rituals, preschool and work, everybody getting a good night’s sleep is key to moving the morning along peacefully. Bedtime stories are great tools for easing your little one into lullaby land as the ritual helps them relax and prepare for sleep. These books are great bedtime reads for your toddlers that help ease them into a good night’s sleep. If you don’t already have these children’s books try them out for a great sleepy time tradition.

I’ll See You in the Morning by Mike Jolley. This sweet narration helps those that are anxious about sleeping without mom or dad make the transition by making the night a friendly place and where one always promises that “I’ll see you in the morning. Great for two to four-year-olds.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Kate Toms. As a nursery rhyme for inspiration, this book follows the musings of a little mouse who asks questions regarding the stars as he goes through his own bedtime rituals. The soft-to-the-touch board book is perfect for toddlers.

 The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson. Follow Plop the baby owl as he learns all the great things about the night time dark and why he really shouldn’t be afraid of it.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. The quintessential bedtime book that has been popular with parents for decades, its the perfect way to gently tell everything and everybody that it is time to go to bed, including your little one.

Pajama time by Sandra Boynton. Turning bedtime into a pajama party, this fun nighttime ritual uses colorful illustrations to create fun at bedtime.