In honor of World Read Aloud Day, here are 10 peaceful story books that will help you bond with your baby—and also give everyone a good night’s sleep

By Karen Belz
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Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter, by Kenard Pak
There’s a beautifully somber tone to this lushly illustrated book, as a pair of children wander through the falling leaves saying good-bye to fall. It will inspire your child to say nighty-night and look forward to what the next day brings. To buy: $12; amazon.com.
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One of the cuddliest, loveliest moments of any parent’s day is reading a bedtime story before kissing goodnight. Today, we celebrate story time all across the globe for World Read Aloud Day, an event created by LitWorld to encourage the power of reading to change lives.

On a more local level (as in, your own house), the power of a soothing bedtime story can work wonders for getting your fussy baby to close her eyes and drift off to dreamland. But how many times can you read Good Night Moon before you never want to see that bunny, mouse, or bowl full of mush ever again? Here are 10 great, sleep-inducing books to add to your rotation:

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Time for Bed, by Mem Fox
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Time for Bed, by Mem Fox

This book uses nighttime images such as stars and darkness to help a variety of animals to recognize that it's time for sleep. Hopefully your little one will follow suit.

To buy: $5; amazon.com.

Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney
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Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney

A baby llama has trouble saying goodnight when he knows his mother is still in the house—perhaps a scenario you’re familiar with in your house?

To buy: $12; amazon.com.

Hush, Little Ones, by John Butler
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Hush, Little Ones, by John Butler

By illustrating baby animals getting tucked safely into their cozy beds, Hush, Little Ones will inspire your little one to snuggle up in her own crib or toddler bed. The story is the perfect way to signal the end of the day.

To buy: $6.50; amazon.com.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin
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The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin

This beautifully illustrated book promotes kindness and wonder, and reinforces the idea that your child will be loved no matter what path he takes in life. We’ll sleep to that.

To buy: $12; amazon.com.

Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter, by Kenard Pak
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Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter, by Kenard Pak

There’s a beautifully somber tone to this lushly illustrated book, as a pair of children wander through the falling leaves saying good-bye to fall. It will inspire your child to say nighty-night and look forward to what the next day brings.

To buy: $12; amazon.com.

The Going To Bed Book, by Sandra Boynton
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The Going yo Bed Book, by Sandra Boynton

In this colorful board book, Sandra Boynton details the entire "going to bed" process for a boat full of animals. By the time you read the last page—"The moon is high. The sea is deep. They rock and rock and rock to sleep”—eyelids will be sliding down into place for the night.

To buy: $4; amazon.com.

The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin
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The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin

Specifically designed and written to get children to fall asleep, this book is best for older kids—there are long text-filled pages of detailed story to go along with the pencil drawings of a sleepless bunny. Hopefully, your kid will be out like a light before the end of the first page.

To buy: $10; amazon.com.

Baby Bear, by Kadir Nelson
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Baby Bear, by Kadir Nelson

This georgeous book by Kadir Nelson, a winner of Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King awards for children’s literature, follows a sweet little bear as he wanders through the moonlit forest looking for his home.

To buy: $10; amazon.com.

Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson
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Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson

This book will make anyone want to hibernate. It tells the story of a cuddly bear who's tucked in his warm cave for the winter—his slumber is so deep, not even a little mouse making a fire can wake him.

To buy: $5; amazon.com.

Kiss Good Night, by Amy Hest
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Kiss Good Night, by Amy Hest

Yes another little bear, this one named Sam, is getting tucked in to bed by his mom, Mrs. Bear. His routine includes cuddling up with his favorite stuffed animals and drinking a glass of warm milk. Give your little one a kiss good night as Mrs. Bear plants one on Sam, and watch her drift happily off to sleep.

To buy: $7; amazon.com.