Many libraries have an evening storytime, but even if you do not, the theme of Bedtime is a great one that all ages can relate to. You can even wear your pajamas while you do storytime, to get everyone in the mood for a Sleepytime Storytime. For a craft, families can paint light switch covers to put in the child’s room. Or, you can hand out squares of muslin, and the children can decorate the square with colored markers and use it as a quilt for a doll or stuffed animal.
Mayer, Mercer. THERE’S AN ALLIGATOR UNDER MY BED. A boy can’t go to bed until he lures an alligator out from under it!
Dewdney, Anna. LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA. Baby llama wants his mama but she is on the phone and can’t tuck him in bed.
Yolen, Jane. HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT? This brief rhyming story is fun – dinosaurs won’t go to bed for their human parents.
Wood, Audrey and Don. THE NAPPING HOUSE. Available as a big book and as a flannel board, this classic cumulative story is perfect for bedtime, and will have the audience calling out the repeated phrases.
Scotton, Rob. RUSSELL THE SHEEP. Even a sheep has trouble getting to sleep in this funny story.
Charlip, Remy. SLEEPYTIME RHYME. A mother lulls her baby to sleep by describing all the reasons she loves the baby.
Wild, Margaret. MIDNIGHT BABIES. When babies go on a late night playdate, they dance and eat treats! After the story, have the audience get up and dance.
Markes, Julie. SHHHHH! EVERYONE IS SLEEPING! A mother convinces her child to go to sleep by showing how everyone in town goes to bed.
Brown, Margaret Wise. GOODNIGHT MOON. The classic bedtime picture book.
Lum, Kate. WHAT! CRIED GRANNY: AN ALMOST BEDTIME STORY. When Patrick goes to Granny’s for a sleepover, he won’t go to bed until she builds him his own bed, makes him a feather pillow, and on and on.