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Back to Bed, Ed! Sebastien Braun, $9.95

While Ed loves going to bed, he doesn't like staying there. Night after night he tiptoes down the hall and climbs into Mom and Dad's big bed. Mom and Dad aren't getting much sleep so they come up with a plan to keep Ed in his bed. Ed doesn't think much of Mom and Dad's plan — so he comes up with one on his own!


A Bed of Your Own! Mij Kelly & Mary McQuillan, $9.99

Suzie Sue is ready to get some sleep — but she finds a cow and a horse and a sheep and a goat all fighting for space in her bed! Will she ever get some rest?


The Big Night-Night Book. Georgie Birkett, $9.50

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Caillou — My Big Bed. Christine L’Heureux, $7.99

It’s time for Caillou to have a big kid’s bed!


Dream Songs Night Songs, from Belgium to Brazil. $22.99 Music CD & Storybook

A lovely collection of lullabies from around the world, sung in the language of origin; plus an illustrated bedtime story — in French, English, and Spanish — about an imaginary journey to unknown lands.


Dream Songs/Night Songs: from China to Senegal. Patrick Lacoursière, illustrated by Sylvie Bourbonnière, $22.99 (CD and book)

A critically-acclaimed award-winning album comprised of 14 lullabies from around the world, with a bedtime story in English, Spanish and French. Each song, performed in the original language, is distinctive and individually appealing, blended into a whole. The earth-toned, dreamlike illustrations in the book reflect both the subject and country of origin of each song.

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Dream Songs/Night Songs: from Mali to Louisiana, CD and book. $22.99 (all ages)

Beautifully recorded lullabies from around the world sung in the language of origin along with an illustrated bedtime story in English, Spanish and French about an imaginary journey to unknown lands. The earth-toned, dreamlike illustrations reflect both the subject and country of origin of each song.


Emily Grace and the What-Ifs: a Story for Children about Nighttime Fears. Lisa Gehring, illustrated by Regina Flath, $21.50

What if a big rhinoceros charges out through my closet door and pulls all my covers off and I get cold and catch pneumonia? What if I wake up tomorrow and I am a princess far, far away from home, all by myself? Emily Grace faces her fears and calms herself... and eventually thinks, "What if I close my eyes now and go to sleep?"

Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with more information and strategies for coping with bedtime struggles.


Good Dreams are On the Way. Elaheh Bos, $19.95

Help your child fall asleep with this inspiring, meditative and soothing sleep aid. This story uses creative visualization and guided relaxation to remind us all that good dreams are on the way.

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Good Night Giants. Heinz Janisch, illustrated by Helga Bansch, $11.95 (ages 4-6)

This whimsical book helps build a calming bedtime routine for young children.


Good Night, Sleep Tight. Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek, $18.99

Bonnie and Ben’s favourite babysitter tells them nursery rhymes until they are fast asleep.


Good Night Yoga: a Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story. Mariam Gates, illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder, $26.95

Kids love yoga — and it’s great for them. For parents and caregivers looking for a fun and effective new routine for bedtime, innovative educator Mariam Gates presents Good Night Yoga, a playful yet wholly practical book for preparing for sleep.

This beautifully illustrated, full-color book tells the story of the natural world as it closes down for the night, while teaching children a simple flow of yoga postures inspired by their favorite characters from nature. Moving from “Sun Breath” to “Cloud Gathering” to “Ladybug & Butterfly” and more, readers learn techniques for self-soothing, relaxing the body and mind, focusing attention, and other skills that will support restful sleep and improve overall confidence and well-being.

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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. Sherri Duskey Rinker, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, $23.99

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest — so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.


Goodnight Sweet Pig. Linda Bailey & Josée Masse, $7.95

Sleep doesn’t come easily for sweet little pig number one, until the other little pigs help her count her way down to a sleepy good-night!


Grandmother Ptarmigan. Qaunaq Mikkagak & Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Qin Leng, $13.95

It’s bedtime for baby ptarmigan, but he will not go to sleep. So his grandmother decides to tell him a bedtime story that he will never forget.

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Grandpa Bernie's Bedtime Stories. Bernard Ditchik, $13.95

These delightful tales are sure to help your little ones settle down and drift contentedly off to sleep. Written by a grandfather for his own kids and grandchildren, these twenty entertaining tales are full of positive images and plots that inspire creative solutions to exciting challenges. A lovely read-aloud collection of adventures that the whole family will enjoy!


How to Knock Out Nightmares. Catherine Leblanc & Roland Garrigue, $18.95

They come at night and disturb our slumber... filled with creepy crawlers and daunting demons, nightmares inspire fear in even the best and bravest. Luckily, this book is filled with tricks and tips to finally banish all those bad dreams. Created to help kids sleep better at night, How to Knock Out Nightmares is packed with fun, colorful illustrations and witty text that will encourage children to overcome their bad dreams.


I Am NOT Sleepy and I Will NOT Go to Bed. Lauren Child, $8.00

Night owl Lola likes to stay up coloring and scribbling and wriggling and bouncing and chattering. Lola never gets tired. How can big brother Charlie convince her it's time for bed?

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I Will Fight Monsters for You. Santi Balmes, illustrated by Lyonahen, $23.99

Two little girls — one human and the other a monster — are afraid to go to sleep for fear of what's living under their beds. This beautiful and humorous tale is a perfect bedtime story for anyone who is afraid of (or wants to become friends with) a monster!


A Kiss Means I Love You. Kathryn Allen & Eric Futran, $12.99

A lovely book that helps children say goodnight.


The Last Bedtime Story That We Read Each Night. Carol Gray, illustrated by James Markus, $15.95

Short, sweet and reassuring, this bedtime book will become part of the bedtime routine — and help children to fall asleep feeling safe in the knowledge that they are loved and cared for.

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Let’s Talk About Big Beds and Bedtime. Stella Gurney & Fiona Freund, $9.99

Layla is two, and Mum and Dad say it’s time for her to move to a big bed! From sleeping in unfamiliar places to getting up in the night; fear of the dark to waking up early, this sleep book has got it all wrapped up (in a big duvet).


Little Hoot. Amy Krause Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace, $10.99 (boardbook)

It's not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard — but he's hooting mad about it! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun twist on the universal dilemma.


Lullaby Berceuse: a Warm Prairie Night. Story and songs by Connie Kaldor & Carmen Campagne, illustrated by Brian Deines, $22.99 (Storybook and CD)

This beautiful collection of lullabies has been a favourite at Parentbooks since we first heard the cassette many years ago. These hauntingly sweet songs, in English and French, are sure to soothe restless wee ones, day or night. Connie Kaldor’s low soothing voice blends beautifully with Carmen Campagne’s crisp higher tones in this bilingual award-winning classic of original sleepy time songs. The13-song CD comes with a 36-page hardcover illustrated book, musical charts, illustrations and lyrics on the disc (PDF files). CD only $16.98

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Marc Just Couldn't Sleep. Gabriela Keselman & Noemí Villamuza, $8.95 (ages 3-5)

Marc is an appealing character and the affection he and his mother share are evident in this wonderful bedtime book offering a reassuring message of love and good humour.


Max & Ruby's Bedtime Book. Rosemary Wells, $22.50

"Just one more story," beg Max and Ruby, so Grandma tells one more and then another of their very favorite stories, the ones about the things they did when they were younger bunnies. Bursting with Wells’ exuberant pictures, this large format book will delight fans of the beloved bunny siblings.


The Mouse's House: Children's Reflexology for Bedtime or Anytime. Susan Quayle, illustrated by Melissa Muldoon, $16.95

This picture story book about a mouse and her friends' quest to prepare for winter shows how to use reflexology with children whilst enjoying a fun bedtime read. Designed to help with common issues such as sleep difficulties and anxiety, it includes easy-to-follow diagrams and instructions.

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Naptime. Elizabeth Verdick, $8.95


OLIVER Who Would Not Sleep. Mara Bergman & Nick Maland, $12.99

A perfect bedtime story for busy little minds.


Once Upon a Northern Night. Jean Pendziwol & Isabelle Arsenault, $17.95

In this exquisite lullaby, the beauty and wonder of a northern winter night unfold, with images of a soft snowfall, the wild animals that appear in the garden, the twinkling stars, the gentle rhythm of the northern lights and the etchings of frost on the window pane.

Jean Pendziwol's lyrical poem reflects a deep appreciation of the magic of a northern winter night where, even as a child slumbers, the world outside does not rest but continues its own natural rhythms.

Isabelle Arsenault's spare, beautifully rendered illustrations, with their subtle but striking use of color, make us feel that we too are experiencing the enchantment of that northern night. They simultaneously evoke winter's nighttime life and the cozy warmth and security of a beloved child's sleep.


One Minute till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send You Off to Sleep. Selected by Kenn Nesbitt, Art by Christoph Niemann, $25.99

It's time for tuck-in, and your little one wants just one more moment with you, so fill it with something that will feed the imagination, fuel a love of reading, and send them off to sleep in a snap. Reach for a one-minute poem! When the busy day is drawing to a close and the whole family is ready for rest, take a minute for poetry and send your little one off to sleep.

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Putumayo Kids Presents: Acoustic Dreamland. CD, $14.95 (all ages)

An exquisite selection of classic and contemporary acoustic songs for bedtime and relaxation


Putumayo Kids Presents: African Dreamland, CD, $14.95

Enchanting, calming songs and lullabies for relaxation and sweet dreams.


Putumayo Kids Presents: Asian Dreamland. CD, $14.95 (all ages)

A harmonious collection of tranquil lullabies and soothing songs from ancient Asian lands.

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Putumayo Kids Presents: Celtic Dreamland. CD, $14.95 (all ages)

Beautiful and lyrical songs for bedtime or relaxation from the rich traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Canada and beyond.


Putumayo Kids Presents: Dreamland World Lullabies. CD, $14.95 (all ages)

Turn down the lights and relax to the tranquil melodies of beautiful lullabies and soothing songs from Africa, Europe, North and South America and Asia.


Putumayo Kids Presents: French Dreamland. CD, $14.95

Bonne nuit et dors bien!


Putumayo Kids Presents: Instrumental Dreamland. CD, $14.95 (all ages)

A soothing collection of melodic, instrumental tunes for bedtime and relaxation.

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Putumayo Kids Presents: Latin Dreamland. CD, $14.95 (all ages)

Latin Dreamland explores the beautiful melodies that Latin American mothers have long sung to help their babies fall asleep.


Rest. Elizabeth Verdick & Marjorie Lisovskis, $8.50

Calming and restful, this book highlights the quiet moments of baby’s day. Fussy baby, take a break. You’ll feel better when you wake. Tired baby, close your eyes. Mommy sings a lullaby. The appealing black-and-white photos and captivating illustrations of sleepy and sleeping babies combine with gentle, rhythmic text to soothe baby into quiet, peaceful rest.


Sally Go Round the Moon: Quiet Songs and Lullabies from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program. Kathy Reid-Naiman, $18.50 CD 

A purely delightful mix of new and familiar songs, featuring Kathy Reid-Naiman and guest performers like Ken Whitely, Chris Whitely, Anne Lindsay, Anne Lederman, Bucky Berger and many more.


Scaredy Squirrel at Night. Mélanie Watt, $8.95

Scaredy NEVER sleeps — he’s afraid he’ll have bad dreams!

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Seriously, Just Go to Sleep. Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés, $18.50

The infamous bedtime story for parents (the one you probably shouldn't read to your children) is now available in a children's version. With delightful illustrations of sleepy parents, kids and animals, this is a bedtime book the whole family can enjoy.


Sleep Softly: Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy... Performed by L'Ensemble Agora, Illustrated by Élodie Nouhen, $22.95 (storybook & CD)

A selection of beloved melodies from some of the world's more revered composers, that will help babies and children relax into sleep.


Sleepy Head. Karma Wilson & John Segal, $9.99 (ages 2-4)

One more kiss. One more snuggle. One more drink. One more story …


Sleepy Sky Lullaby CD. Eddie Douglas, $17.95 

Traditional and contemporary poems for peaceful nights.

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What to Do When You Dread Your Bed: a Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Problems with Sleep. Dawn Huebner, $21.50

Using cognitive-behavioral techniques, What to Do When You Dread Your Bed helps children with bedtime fears, busy brains, restless bodies and overdependence on parents. Children gain the skills and motivation they need for a peaceful night’s sleep. This interactive, self-help guide is designed for children aged 6 to 12.


Whiffy Wilson: the Wolf Who Wouldn't Go to Bed. Caryl Hart, illustrated by Leonie Lord, $10.99 (ages 3-5)

Whiffy Wilson doesn’t want to go to bed! He thinks he’s got too much to do: there are drums to bang, cars to line up, and giant forts to build. Who needs sleep? “You silly thing,” laughed his best friend, Dotty. “I can tell you need a rest. I’ll show you how, and soon you’ll see that bedtimes are the best.” With Dotty’s help, Whiffy soon discovers the joy of tidying up games, yummy bedtime snacks, funny bubble baths, cozy pajamas, swashbuckling bedtime books, and a night full of adventure-filled dreams. Sleep might just be the best thing ever! Humorous illustrations and irresistible rhymes make this charming story an instant favorite for children who may feel just like Whiffy... and who need reassurance that bedtime is as fun and special as it is important and necessary.


Your Own Big Bed. Rita Bergstein, illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung, $17.50

A little boy learns about growing bigger — and moving from his crib into his own big bed.

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Complete Booklist

Back to Bed, Ed! Sebastien Braun, $9.95

A Bed of Your Own! Mij Kelly & Mary McQuillan, $9.99 (toddlers)

The Big Night-Night Book. Georgie Birkett, $9.50 (ages 2-5)

Caillou — My Big Bed. Christine L’Heureux, $7.99 (toddlers)

Dream Songs/Night Songs:  from Belgium to Brazil, CD and book. $22.99 (all ages)

Dream Songs/Night Songs: from China to Senegal, CD and book. Patrick Lacoursière, illustrated by Sylvie Bourbonnière, $22.99 (all ages)

Dream Songs/Night Songs: from Mali to Louisiana, CD and book. $22.99 (all ages)

Emily Grace and the What-Ifs: a Story for Children about Nighttime Fears. Lisa Gehring, illustrated by Regina Flath, $21.50

Good Dreams are On the Way. Elaheh Bos, $19.95

Good Night Giants. Heinz Janisch, illustrated by Helga Bansch, $11.95 (ages 4-6)

Good Night, Sleep Tight. Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek, $18.99

Good Night Yoga: a Pose-by-Pose Bedtime Story. Mariam Gates, illustrated by Sarah Jane Hinder, $26.95

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. Sherri Duskey Rinker, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, $23.99

Goodnight Sweet Pig. Linda Bailey & Josée Masse, $7.95 (ages 3-6)

Grandmother Ptarmigan. Qaunaq Mikkagak & Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Qin Leng, $13.95

Grandpa Bernie's Bedtime Stories. Bernard Ditchik, $13.95

How to Knock Out Nightmares. Catherine Leblanc & Roland Garrigue, $18.95

I Am NOT Sleepy and I Will NOT Go to Bed. Lauren Child, $8.00 (ages 4-8)

I Will Fight Monsters for You. Santi Balmes, illustrated by Lyonahen, $23.99

A Kiss Means I Love You. Kathryn Allen & Eric Futran, $12.99 (ages 3-6)

The Last Bedtime Story That We Read Each Night. Carol Gray, illustrated by James Markus, $15.95

Let’s Talk About Big Beds and Bedtime. Stella Gurney & Fiona Freund, $9.99 (ages 2-4)

Little Hoot. Amy Krause Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace, $10.99 (boardbook)

Lullaby Berceuse: a Warm Prairie Night, CD and book. Story and songs by Connie Kaldor & Carmen Campagne, illustrated by Brian Deines, $22.99 (ages 4-8)

Lullaby Classics, Volume 2. Baby Einstein CD, $7.90 (newborns & toddlers)

Marc Just Couldn't Sleep. Gabriela Keselman & Noemí Villamuza, $8.95 (ages 3-5)

Max & Ruby's Bedtime Book. Rosemary Wells, $22.50

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The Mouse's House: Children's Reflexology for Bedtime or Anytime. Susan Quayle, illustrated by Melissa Muldoon, $16.95

Naptime. Elizabeth Verdick, $8.95 (ages 2-4)

OLIVER Who Would Not Sleep. Mara Bergman & Nick Maland, $12.99 (ages 4-6)

Once Upon a Northern Night. Jean Pendziwol & Isabelle Arsenault, $17.95

One Minute till Bedtime: 60-Second Poems to Send You Off to Sleep. Selected by Kenn Nesbitt, Art by Christoph Niemann, $25.99

Putumayo Kids Presents: African Dreamland CD, $14.95 (all ages)

Putumayo Kids Presents: Acoustic Dreamland. CD, $14.95 (all ages)

Putumayo Kids Presents: Asian Dreamland. CD, $14.95 (all ages)

Putumayo Kids Presents: Celtic Dreamland. CD, $14.95 (all ages)

Putumayo Kids Presents: Dreamland World Lullabies. CD, $14.95 (all ages)

Putumayo Kids Presents: French Dreamland. CD, $14.95

Putumayo Kids Presents: Instrumental Dreamland. CD, $14.95 (all ages)

Putumayo Kids Presents: Latin Dreamland. CD, $14.95 (all ages)

Rest. Elizabeth Verdick & Marjorie Lisovskis, $8.50

Sally Go Round the Moon: Quiet Songs and Lullabies from the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, CD. Kathy Reid-Naiman, $18.50 (ages 2-5)

Scaredy Squirrel at Night. Mélanie Watt, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

Seriously, Just Go to Sleep. Adam Mansbach, illustrated by Ricardo Cortés, $18.50

Sleep Softly: Classical Lullabies by Brahms, Schubert, Satie, Debussy... Performed by L'Ensemble Agora, Illustrated by Élodie Nouhen, $22.95 (storybook & CD)

Sleepy Head. Karma Wilson & John Segal, $9.99 (ages 2-4)

What to Do When You Dread Your Bed: a Kid's Guide to Overcoming Problems with Sleep. Dawn Huebner, $21.50 (ages 7-12)

Whiffy Wilson: the Wolf Who Wouldn't Go to Bed. Caryl Hart, illustrated by Leonie Lord, $10.99 (ages 3-5)

Your Own Big Bed. Rita Bergstein, illustrated by Susan Kathleen Hartung, $17.50 (ages 2-5)

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