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World Sleep Day

The Funtastic Festivities Booklists compile stories that relate to fun and festive days so that readers of all ages can join the celebration with a good book! 

March 16 was World Sleep Day, where we celebrate rest and its importance in our lives. Sleeping allows our minds and bodies a chance to relax and get ready for the next day. All we need is about 8-10 hours to sleep and a few good dreams to help us lead happy, healthy lives. So let’s celebrate sleep today with our pillows, blanket, and a good book!

Are You Sleeping?, written and illustrated by Constanze V. Kitzing (Barefoot Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Series, ages 4-6.

Bat Can’t Sleep, written and illustrated by Carly Gledhill (Kane Miller) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Concepts, Series, ages 4-6.

Before We Sleep, by Giorgio Volpe; translated by Angus Yuen-Killick; illus. Paolo Proietti (Red Comet Press) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Concepts, ages 4-6.

DC Super Heroes: Even Super Heroes Sleep, by David Katz and Morris Katz (Downtown Bookworks) — Fiction, Board Book, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Series, ages 0-3.

Disney Baby: Moon, Stars, Sleep, by Disney Books; illus. (Disney Publishing Group) — Fiction, Board Book, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Concepts, ages 0-3.

Do Fish Sleep?, by Jens Raschke; translated by Belinda Cooper; illus. Jens Rassmus (Enchanted Lion Books) — Fiction, Prose, Mental/Physical Health, ages 7-12.

Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby, by Tracy C. Gold; illus. Adèle Dafflon (Familius) — Fiction, Board Book, Poetry, Concepts, ages 0-3.

Good Night Sleep Tight: Eleven-and-a-Half Good Night Stories with Fox and Rabbit, written and illustrated by Kristina Andres (Gecko Press) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, ages 4-6.

Mika: The Bear Who Didn’t Want to Sleep, by Erik Kriek (Nobrow / Flying Eye Books) — Fiction, Graphic Novels, Animals, Concepts, ages 4-6.

Poppy and Sam and the Search for Sleep, by Cathon; translated by Susan Ouriou; illus. (Owlkids Books) — Fiction, Graphic Novels, Humor, Animals, Mystery / Thriller, ages 4-6.

Quiero jugar antes de dormir, by José Carlos Andrés; illus. Alessandro Montagnana (NubeOcho) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Humor, Spanish, ages 4-6.

The Sleeper and the Spindle, by Neil Gaiman; illus. Chris Riddell (HarperCollins) — Fiction, Prose, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Humor, Teen.

Sleeping Beauty (Les Petits Fairytales), by Trixie Belle and Melissa Caruso-Scott; illus. Oliver Lake (Macmillan / Henry Holt and Co. BYR) — Fiction, Board Book, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Concepts, Series, ages 0-3.

A Songbird Dreams of Singing: Poems about Sleeping Animals, by Kate Hosford; illus. Jennifer M. Potter (Running Press Kids) — Fiction, Picture Book, Poetry, Animals, ages 4-6.

Spells & Sleeping Bags, by Sarah Mlynowski (Penguin Random House / Delacorte Press) — Fiction, Prose, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Coming of Age, Series, Teen.

Time for Bed, Sleepyhead: The Falling Asleep Book, by Daniel Amen; illus. Gail Yerrill (Zonderkidz) — Fiction, Picture Book, Animals, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, ages 4-6.

What Happens While You Sleep, by Anna Russelmann (NorthSouth Books) — Fiction, Picture Book, Concepts, ages 4-6.

While You Sleep, by Jennifer Maruno; illus. Miki Sato (Pajama Press) — Fiction, Picture Book, Science, Poetry, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, ages 4-6.

The World Never Sleeps, by Natalie Rompella; illus. Carol Schwartz (Tilbury House Publishers) — Nonfiction, Picture Book, Animals, Series, ages 4-6.

Celebrate World Sleep Day by reading a book!

List compiled by CBC’s resident trivia expert, Sommer Wissner. Check out other book lists on our blog.

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