On the library’s Kids blog we’ve done quite a few (excellent) posts about the seasons and weather, the great outdoors, all sorts of things to see and do but these are all invariably things that happen during the day – when the sun is up in the sky (even if it’s hiding behind some clouds or rain).

It just so happens that there is a whole other side to a regular “day” – and that sunless, dark and mysterious time is called the night! (Pause for dramatic effect).

The night is a very interesting time (and place?) and is very different from the day. For parents with bubs under a certain age, this used to be when you could get some sleep; for some parents it is when they have to get ready to go to work; for others, it’s when they are finally beginning to get a working routine together for shooing off the kids to bed.

Some titles that may help [results are not guaranteed – Ed.] are:

And so to sleep [dvd] : a sleep program for parents of children aged between 7 months and 2 years / producer and presenter: Caroline Radford.

Teach your child to sleep : solving sleep problems from newborn through childhood.

Teach your child to sleep


The happiest baby guide to great sleep : simple solutions for kids from birth to 5 years / Harvey Karp.

The happiest baby guide to great sleep

For children, though, the concept “night is for sleeping” may not be sinking in yet, they may be sceptical of the whole idea (it’s a grownups’ conspiracy) or they may just plain ignore you when you say it’s bedtime. One or two stories about the routine of winding down at the end of the day and preparing for bed are just the ticket.

Good night engines : [and], Wake up engines / by Denise Dowling Mortensen ; illustrated by Melissa Iwai.

Good night engines

This title is a perfect example: say good night to the engines in the first story, then flip it over to wish them good morning.

Goodnight / made by Natalie Munday and Kate Ward ; illustrated by Barbi Sido.

Baby Bear has had a busy day, now it’s time for bed! A perfect end-of-the-day book that parents can use to help their child understand and become comfortable with a regular bedtime routine.

For other children night can be a dark, silent and scary time when we are supposed to go to sleep but when other things seem to get up!

Bump in the night / Edward Hemingway.

Bump in the night
After Billy goes to bed one night he hears a scary noise, which, upon investigation turns out to be nothing but a sweet little monster named Bump!

If your child is totally cool with night time, you might want to move on to stories that are about having fun after dark.

Cats’ night out / Caroline Stutson ; illustrated by J. Klassen.

Cats' night out
In this fun and beautifully illustrated story cats dance the night away out on the town, doing the tango, rumba, twist, fox trot, and more.

And don’t forget, when in doubt, try a rhyme or lullaby. Apart from your go-to classics like Twinkle, twinkle and Hush Little Baby, why not try something a little less often used:


Photo by Zach Dischner



Star light, star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.

Yawwwn! Ah! Well, by the sound of it, it’s time I started making my preparations for bed, too. Yes, even we adults need to follow a bedtime routine. Otherwise we’d be late for work, and that means trouble! ‘Night, night. Don’t let the bedbugs bite!