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The Best Children’s Books For And About Bedtime

“What are the best Children’s books about Bedtime?” We looked at 276 of the top Bedtime books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 32 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Bedtime” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 225+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 32 Best Childrens Books About And For Bedtime

32 .) A Book of Sleep written by Il Sung Na

A Book of Sleep

Lists It Appears On:

  • Baby Sleep Site
  • RD

While other animals sleep at night, some quietly and others noisily, some alone and others huddled together, a wide-eyed owl watches.

31 .) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Lists It Appears On:

  • My Kids Time
  • Parents

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.

30 .) Can’t You Sleep Little Bear written by Martin Waddell

Can’t You Sleep Little Bear

Lists It Appears On:

  • My Kids Time
  • Red Tri

When bedtime comes Little Bear is afraid of the dark, until Big Bear brings him lights and love.

29 .) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ written by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cafe Mom
  • My Kids Time

Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.

28 .) Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book written by Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • My Kids Time
  • RD

Tells, in verse, what happens when all ninety-nine zillion nine trillion and three creatures in the world go to sleep.

27 .) Goodnight Already written by Jory John

Goodnight Already

Lists It Appears On:

  • Red Tri
  • Story Berries

Bear has never been so tired but his next-door neighbor, a wide-awake duck, keeps disturbing his sleep.

26 .) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ written by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone'

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cafe Mom
  • My Kids Time

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

25 .) I Am a Bunny written by Ole Risom

I Am a Bunny

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fatherly
  • Happy You Happy Family

Nicholas the bunny describes his activities during different seasons. I am a bunny. My name is Nicholas. I live in a hollow tree. In the spring, Nicholas likes to sniff the flowers, and in the summer, watch the frogs in the pond. In the fall, he watches the animals getting ready for winter, and in winter, watches the snow falling from the sky. This beautifully illustrated, gentle story is one of Goldenb2ss most beloved titles.… (more)

24 .) Interrupting Chicken written by David Ezra Stein

Interrupting Chicken

Lists It Appears On:

  • Red Tri
  • Story Berries

Little Red Chicken wants Papa to read her a bedtime story, but interrupts him almost as soon as he begins each tale.

23 .) Kiss Good Night written by Amy Hest

Kiss Good Night

Lists It Appears On:

  • Read Brightly
  • Red Tri

Even after a story, being tucked in, and warm milk, Sam is not ready to go to sleep until his mother kisses him good-night.

22 .) On The Night You Were Born written by Nancy Tillman

On The Night You Were Born

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chapters
  • My Kids Time

The moon, wind, rain, and a variety of animals celebrate the special occasion that is the birth of a child.

21 .) Pajama Time written by Sandra Boynton

Pajama Time

Lists It Appears On:

  • Parents
  • Red Tri

A pig, a hippo, a moose, and other animals put on pajamas as they get ready for bed, in a book featuring rhyming text.

20 .) Shhh! This Book Is Sleeping written by Cedric Ramadier

Shhh! This Book Is Sleeping

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fatherly
  • Happy You Happy Family

A mouse puts a book to sleep by covering it with a blanket, reading it a story, and giving it a big hug.

19 .) Sleep Like A Tiger written by Mary Logue

Sleep Like A Tiger

Lists It Appears On:

  • Baby Sleep Site
  • Happy You Happy Family

At bedtime a young girl asks “Does everything in the world go to sleep?”

18 .) Splat the Cat written by Rob Scotton

Splat the Cat

Lists It Appears On:

  • My Kids Time
  • Parents

A nervous Splat finds his first day at Cat School much better than he expected.

17 .) The Napping House written by Audrey Wood

The Napping House

Lists It Appears On:

  • Red Tri
  • Thrift Books

Five beautifully adapted stories that encourage a love for reading for the pre- or early reader. In the beloved classic The Napping House, Granny and all the critters in her house pile on her bed for a nap … until a little flea causes a big stir. Somebody’s got an itch! Other stories include Each Peach Pear Plum; Drummer Hoff; Bear Snores On; Wild About Books.… (more)

16 .) The Quiet Book written by Deborah Underwood

The Quiet Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • Red Tri
  • Story Berries

From the quiet of being the first one awake in the morning to “sweet dreams quiet” when the last light is turned off, simple text explores the many kinds of quiet that can exist during the day.

15 .) The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep written by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep

Lists It Appears On:

  • Babyology
  • RD

Roger the Rabbit is just like you: he likes playing in the grass, and doesn’t like going to sleep in the evening! With the help of a sleepy snail, a wise owl, and a wizard, he learns the secret of sleepiness… and so can you!

14 .) The Secret Garden’ written by Frances Hodgsen Burnett

The Secret Garden'

Lists It Appears On:

  • Cafe Mom
  • My Kids Time

Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.

13 .) Bear Snores On written by Karma Wilson

Bear Snores On

Lists It Appears On:

  • Happy You Happy Family
  • Red Tri
  • Thrift Books

On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.

12 .) I Love You, Stinky Face written by Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore

I Love You, Stinky Face

Lists It Appears On:

  • My Kids Time
  • Parents
  • Sleep

A mother and child discuss how the mother’s love would remain constant even if her child were a stinky skunk, scary ape, or bug-eating green alien.

11 .) If Animals Kissed Good Night written by Ann Whitford Paul

If Animals Kissed Good Night

Lists It Appears On:

  • Baby Sleep Site
  • Fatherly
  • Sleep

Rhyming text explores what would happen if animals kissed like humans do, from a slow kiss between a sloth and her cub to a mud-happy kiss from a hippo calf to his father.

10 .) Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep written by Joyce Dunbar

Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep

Lists It Appears On:

  • Baby Sleep Site
  • Red Tri
  • The Book People

Willa has trouble falling asleep until her brother reminds her of all the happy things that await her in the morning.

9 .) Time For Bed written by Mem Fox

Time For Bed

Lists It Appears On:

  • My Kids Time
  • Red Tri
  • Thrift Books

As darkness falls parents everywhere try to get their children ready for sleep.

8 .) Where the Wild Things Are written by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are

Lists It Appears On:

  • My Kids Time
  • Parents
  • Red Tri

A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

7 .) Good Night, Gorilla written by Peggy Rathmann

Good Night, Gorilla

Lists It Appears On:

  • Red Tri
  • Thrift Books
  • Fatherly
  • RD

An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.

6 .) Guess How Much I Love You written by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram

Guess How Much I Love You

Lists It Appears On:

  • My Kids Time
  • Parents
  • RD
  • Red Tri

During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.

5 .) Llama, Llama, Red Pajama written by Anna Dewdney

Llama, Llama, Red Pajama

Lists It Appears On:

  • Parents
  • Red Tri
  • Story Berries
  • Thrift Books

At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

4 .) The Going to Bed Book written by Sandra Boynton

The Going to Bed Book

Lists It Appears On:

  • RD
  • Read Brightly
  • Red Tri
  • Thrift Books

An assortment of animals on a boat take a bath, put on their pajamas, brush their teeth, and exercise before going to bed.

3 .) Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site written by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Lists It Appears On:

  • Babyology
  • Chapters
  • RD
  • Red Tri
  • Scary Mommy
  • Thrift Books

At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.

2 .) How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? written by Jane Yolen

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

Lists It Appears On:

  • My Kids Time
  • Red Tri
  • Sleep
  • Story Berries
  • The Book Bag
  • Thrift Books

Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.

1 .) Goodnight Moon written by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon

Lists It Appears On:

  • Baby Sleep Site
  • Babyology
  • Fatherly
  • My Kids Time
  • Parents
  • RD
  • Red Tri
  • Sleep
  • Story Berries
  • The Book People
  • Thrift Books

A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.

The 225+ Additional Best Books To Read At Bedtime

33A Bedtime for Bear Red Tri
34A Bedtime Kiss For Chester Raccoon (Kissing Hand Books)Audrey PennBaby Sleep Site
36A Recipe for Bedtime Read Brightly
37A SQUASH AND A SQUEEZEJulia DonaldsonMy Kids Time
38A Visit From The Good Night FairyRenee FrancesBaby Sleep Site
39A Wrinkle in Time’Madeleine L’EngleCafe Mom
40ABCDr. SeussMy Kids Time
42ALL THE WORLDLiz Garton ScanlonMy Kids Time
43AMAZING GRACEMary HoffmanMy Kids Time
44Anne of Green Gables’L.M. MontgomeryCafe Mom
45Around the World in a Bathtub Read Brightly
46Astronaut Annie Red Tri
47B is for Bedtime Babyology
48Baby Bedtime Babyology
49Bad Dreams Begone! Scary Mommy
50BAMBIFelix SaltenMy Kids Time
52BEAR ON A BIKEStella BlackstoneMy Kids Time
53BEARS IN THE NIGHTStan BerenstainMy Kids Time
54BedtimeElizabeth VerdickBaby Sleep Site
55Bedtime 123 Chapters
56Bedtime for Bear Red Tri
57Bedtime for Frances Red Tri
58Bedtime for MommyAmy Krouse RosenthalStory Berries
59Bedtime Lullabies The Book People
60BEFORE YOU SLEEPBenji BennettMy Kids Time
61Bella and Monty: A Hairy, Scary NightAlex T SmithThe Book Bag
62Big Nate’ (series)Lincoln PeirceCafe Mom
63Billy Monster’s DaymareAlan Durant and Ross CollinsThe Book Bag
Brush Your Teeth, Please: A Pop-Up Book
 Read Brightly
65BUTTERFLY KISSESBob CarlisleMy Kids Time
66Canada 123 Chapters
67Cassandra and the Night Sky,Amy Jackson
The Childrens Book Review
68Charley’s First Night Red Tri
69Charlotte and the Quiet Place 
Happy You Happy Family
74CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPEDoreen CroninMy Kids Time
75Close Your Eyes Red Tri
77Darkness Slipped InElla BurfootThe Book Bag
78Dear Girl, Chapters
79DEAR ZOORod CampbellMy Kids Time
80Dinosaur vs. Bedtime Red Tri
82Don’t Turn the Page! Red Tri
83Dragons Love Tacos Scary Mommy
84Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey Red Tri
85DUCK IN THE TRUCKJez AlboroughMy Kids Time
E.t. The Extra-terrestrial: The Classic…
87Edgar Gets Ready For BedJennifer AdamsBaby Sleep Site
88Emily Brown and the ThingCressida CowellThe Book Bag
89Even Superheroes Have to Sleep Read Brightly
90FABLEHAVENBrandon MullMy Kids Time
92Freckle Juice Chapters
 My Kids Time
94GO DOG GOPhillip EastmanMy Kids Time
95Go to Sleep, Jessie! Babyology
96GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS retoldCandince RansomMy Kids Time
97Good Night Beach Thrift Books
98GOOD NIGHT LARSHans de BeerMy Kids Time
Good Night Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story
 Red Tri
100Good Night, Sleep Tight Red Tri
101GOODNIGHT DIGGERMichelle RobinsonMy Kids Time
102Goodnight Goodnight Sleepyhead Red Tri
103Goodnight iPad Babyology
104Goodnight Yoga – A PosePose Bedtime StoryStory Berries
105Goodnight, Already! Babyology
106GREEN EGGS AND HAMDr. SeussMy Kids Time
107Harold and the Purple Crayon Red Tri
108Heartwood Hotel Book 1: A True Home Chapters
109HOME BEFORE DARKIan BeckMy Kids Time
110Hop into Bed! Chapters
111HORTON HEARS A WHODr. SeussMy Kids Time
112HOW ROLAND ROLLSJim CarreyMy Kids Time
113How to Put Your Parents to Bed 
Happy You Happy Family
114Hush Little Baby Red Tri
115Hush Little Ones Red Tri
I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed
 Red Tri
117I Love You As Much… Thrift Books
118I Love You Stinky Face RD
119I Love You, Good Night Thrift Books
120If I Were a Kangaroo: A Bedtime Tale Read Brightly
121In a Blue Room Red Tri
122In the Night Kitchen Red Tri
123INCY WINCY SPIDERKeith ChapmanMy Kids Time
124Ira Sleeps Over Red Tri
125It’s Time to Sleep, My Love Thrift Books
126It’s Only Stanley Scary Mommy
127It’s Time To Sleep, My LoveNancy TillmanBaby Sleep Site
128JACK AND THE BEANSTALKStephen TuckerMy Kids Time
130Junie B. Jones’ (series)Barbara ParkCafe Mom
131Just Go to Bed Red Tri
132Just Like TonightAmber Stewart and Layn MarlowThe Book Bag
133KIPPER’S SNOWY DAYMick InkpenMy Kids Time
134Kitten’s First Full Moon Red Tri
135KOALA LOUMem FoxMy Kids Time
136Ladybug Girl Says Good Night Read Brightly
137Let’s Go to Sleep The Book People
138Little Blue Truck’s Springtime Chapters
 My Kids Time
140Little House on the Prairie’ (series)Laura Ingalls WilderCafe Mom
141Llama Llama Nighty-Night Read Brightly
142LOST AND FOUNDOliver JeffersMy Kids Time
143LOST IN THE SNOWIan BeckMy Kids Time
144LOVE YOU FOREVERRobert MunschMy Kids Time
145Mae Among The Stars Chapters
146MAISY’S MORNING ON THE FARMLucy CousinsMy Kids Time
147Mama Saurus Scary Mommy
148MATILDARoald DahlMy Kids Time
149Max and Ruby’s Bedtime Book Red Tri
150MIAOW SAID THE COWEmma DoddMy Kids Time
151Monkey: Not Ready for Bedtime Read Brightly
152Monster & Son Scary Mommy
153Mortimer Thrift Books
154Mother Goose’s Pajama PartyDanna SmithBaby Sleep Site
155MR MEN and LITTLE MISS booksRoger HargreavesMy Kids Time
156Mr. Popper’s Penguins’Richard and Florence AtwaterCafe Mom
158Mrs. Biddlebox 
Happy You Happy Family
159MUMMY DO YOU LOVE ME?Jeanne WillisMy Kids Time
160My First Little House Books RD
161My Side of the Mountain’Jean Craighead GeorgeCafe Mom
162Night Animals Scary Mommy
163Night Knight Red Tri
164Night Lights Red Tri
165NIGHT MONKEY DAY MONKEYJulia DonaldsonMy Kids Time
166Night Night, Jungle Red Tri
167Night Night, SleepytownAmy Parker
The Childrens Book Review
168Nighty-Night Read Brightly
169No Go Sleep! Red Tri
170NOISY NORARosemary WellsMy Kids Time
171Nursies When The Sun ShinesKaterhine C. HavenerBaby Sleep Site
172Oliver Who Would Not SleepMara Bergman and Nick MalandThe Book Bag
173Once Upon A Cloud Scary Mommy
174One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue FishDr. SeussParents
175One More Hug For NutmegCaroline Jayne ChurchThe Book Bag
176Orion and the Dark 
Happy You Happy Family
177Owl Babies The Book People
178PADDINGTON BEARMichael BondMy Kids Time
179PANTSGiles AndraeMy Kids Time
180Peek-a-Boo! Red Tri
181PEEPOJanet and Allan AhlbergMy Kids Time
182PETER PANJ.M. BarrieMy Kids Time
183Pillowland Red Tri
184PinkaliciousVictoria Kann and Elizabeth KannParents
185PIPPI LONGSTOCKINGAstrid LindgrenMy Kids Time
186PLEASE BE QUIETMary MurphyMy Kids Time
187Polar Bear Night Thrift Books
188Princess Cora And The Crocodile Chapters
189Putting The Monkeys To Bed Scary Mommy
190Rock-a-Bye Room Red Tri
191ROOM ON THE BROOMJulia DonaldsonMy Kids Time
192RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLEGiles AndraeMy Kids Time
193Russell the Sheep Sleep
194SALLY AND THE LIMPETSimon JamesMy Kids Time
195Shhh! I’m Sleeping Babyology
196Simpson’s Sheep Won’t Go To Sleep!Bruce ArentBaby Sleep Site
197Skippyjon JonesJudy ScachnerParents
198Sleep Is For EveryonePaul ShowersBaby Sleep Site
199Sleep My Bunny Red Tri
200Sleep Solutions The Book People
201Sleepy Little Yoga 
Happy You Happy Family
202SLINKY MALINKILynley DoddMy Kids Time
203Small Billy and the Midnight StarNette Hilton and Bruce WhatleyThe Book Bag
204Snappsy The Alligator Scary Mommy
205SnoozeFest Scary Mommy
206SNUG AS A HUGMarcia VaughanMy Kids Time
207Solve Your Child’s Sleep Problems The Book People
208SOPHIE’S ADVENTURESDick King-SmithMy Kids Time
209Spot Loves Bedtime The Book People
210STICK MANJulia DonaldsonMy Kids Time
211Stop Following Me, Moon Scary Mommy
212Summer at Forsaken Lake’Michael D. BellCafe Mom
213TABBY MCTATJulia DonaldsonMy Kids Time
214Teach Your Child to Sleep The Book People
215Tell Me A Tattoo Story Scary Mommy
217The Bad Guys #1 Chapters
218The Bad Seed Chapters
219The Berenstain Bears: In the Dark Red Tri
220The BFG’Roald DahlCafe Mom
221The Big Red Barn Red Tri
222The Book of Three’ (series)Lloyd AlexanderCafe Mom
223The Bridge to Terabithia’Katherine PatersonCafe Mom
224THE CAT IN THE HATDr. SeussMy Kids Time
225The Chronicles of Narnia’ (series)C.S. LewisCafe Mom
226The Darkest DarkChris HadfieldStory Berries
227THE ENCHANTED WOODEnid BlytonMy Kids Time
228THE FEARSOME BEASTIEGiles Paley-PhillipsMy Kids Time
229The Gentle Sleep Book The Book People
230The Girl Who Got Out of Bed 
Happy You Happy Family
231THE GRUFFALOJulia DonaldsonMy Kids Time
232THE GRUFFALO’S CHILDJulia DonaldsonMy Kids Time
233THE HIGHWAY RATJulia DonaldsonMy Kids Time
234The Hobbit’JRR TolkienCafe Mom
235The House in the Night Red Tri
236The Hundred Dresses’Eleanor EstesCafe Mom
238THE JUNGLE BOOKRudyard KiplingMy Kids Time
239The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles’Julie Andrews EdwardsCafe Mom
240The Library Card’Jerry SpinelliCafe Mom
241THE MAGIC FARAWAY TREEEnid BlytonMy Kids Time
242THE MOON IN MY ROOMAnnette MorrisMy Kids Time
243The Night Knights Red Tri
244The One and Only Ivan’Katherine ApplegateCafe Mom
245The Phantom Tollbooth’Norton JusterCafe Mom
246The Princess In Black Chapters
247The Sleep BookDr ZeussStory Berries
248THE SUPERMARKET ZOOCaryl HartMy Kids Time
249THE TEAR THIEFCarol Ann DuffyMy Kids Time
250The Terrible Things: An Allegory of the Holocaust’Eve BuntingCafe Mom
251THE THREE LITTLE PIGSStephen Tucker, illustratedMy Kids Time
252THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEAJudith KerrMy Kids Time
253The Trumpet of the Swan’E.B. WhiteCafe Mom
254THE UGLIEST DOG IN THE WORLDBruce WhatleyMy Kids Time
255THE VELVETEEN RABBITMargery WilliamsMy Kids Time
256The Very Hungry Bear Chapters
258The Watsons Go to Birmingham’Christopher Paul CurtisCafe Mom
259THE WAY BACK HOMEOliver JeffersMy Kids Time
260THE WHALES’ SONGDyan SheldonMy Kids Time
261The Wolf, The Duck, And The Mouse Chapters
262The Wrong Side Of the Bed Scary Mommy
263There’s a Nightmare in My Closet Red Tri
264Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave,Jessica Hische
The Childrens Book Review
265Too Busy Sleeping Babyology
266TOPS & BOTTOMSJanet StevensMy Kids Time
267Touch and Feel: Bedtime Read Brightly
268Touch the Brightest Star Red Tri
Toy Academy: Some Assembly Required
270Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Red Tri
271WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNTMichael RosenMy Kids Time
272When Dragons Are DreamingJames Mayhew and Lindsey GardinerThe Book Bag
273WHERE ARE YOU, BLUE KANGAROOEmma Chichester ClarkMy Kids Time
274Where Do Diggers Sleep At Night?Brianna Caplan SayresBaby Sleep Site
275Where the Sidewalk Ends’Shel SilversteinCafe Mom
276Whose Moon is That?,Kim Krans
The Childrens Book Review

18 Best Bedtime Books For Children Book Sources/Lists

Baby Sleep Site 15 Bedtime Story Books You Can Turn Into Sleep Training Tools
Babyology 10 best bedtime books for babies, toddlers and children
Cafe Mom 25 Top Chapter Books to Read With Your Child at Bedtime
Chapters Best Bedtime Story Books
Fatherly 5 Best Bedtime Books That Help Baby Sleep and Really Work
Happy You Happy Family 10 Calming Bedtime Story Books for Kids Who Fight Sleep
My Kids Time The 100 Best Ever Bedtime Stories for Kids Recommended by Parents
Parents Sweet Dream Reads: The 11 Best Bedtime Books
RD bedtime books to help your child fall asleep
Read Brightly Sleepytime Stories: Books to Help Children Build a Bedtime Routine
Red Tri 56 Best Bedtime Books for Kids
Scary Mommy Here’s A List Of Bedtime Books You Actually Won’t Mind Reading
Sleep Five Bedtime Books to Help Kids Fall Asleep
Story Berries 10 Best Books for Helping Kids Sleep
The Book Bag Top Ten Picture Books For Overcoming Bedtime Woes
The Book People Top 10 Best Books for Bedtime Routines
The Childrens Book Review Bedtime Books : The Childrens Book Review
Thrift Books Top 15 Bedtime Stories