When it’s time to turn out the light, set the tone with a sweet, slumber-inducing sendoff.
When he just can’t fall asleep, one little boy goes on a hunt for a cozy place to hit the hay, but it seems all of his animal pals are already dozing. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $18
Bid goodnight to ships and toys and sunshine in this rhythmic read that’s perfectly suited for lulling little ones to sleep. Bloomsbury Children’s Books, $17
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This ingenious bedtime primer coaxes readers— big and small—to nod off with a simple but effective yawn. (It’s harder to resist than you might think.) Candlewick, $9
Trains might not snooze, but this rhyming saga about their puffing and chuffing will have everyone aboard drifting off in no time. HMH Books for Young Readers, $17
Sloths catch their shuteye in the trees, while a cat curls up on a chair, but tuckered-out tots can snuggle up just about any place—a cradle, a carrier or in mama’s arms. Abrams Appleseed, $15