The Going to Bed Book by Sandra BoyntonThe Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

The Going to Bed Book

bySandra Boynton

Board Book | November 30, 1982

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Getting ready for sleep is tons of fun in this Sandra Boynton classic.

The sun has set not long ago.
Now everybody goes below
to take a bath in one big tub
with soap all over—SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB!

This classic bedtime story is just right for winding down the day as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush and brush and brush their teeth, and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.
Sandra Boynton is a popular American humorist, songwriter, children’s author, and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than forty books for both children and adults, as well as more than four thousand greeting cards and four music albums. She has designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery,...
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Title:The Going to Bed BookFormat:Board BookDimensions:14 pages, 5.62 × 5.62 × 0.6 inPublished:November 30, 1982Publisher:Little Simon

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0671449028

ISBN - 13:9780671449025

Appropriate for ages: 2

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Night Time Routine This book has been part of our night time routine since our little guy was two months old. Perfect for little hands, and a great little story to send them off to dream land.
Date published: 2018-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from love this it was a must have and a regular read in our house growing up
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good I have several of her books and this one is my least favorite. My son does not enjoy reading it, although I give it a try every now and again.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great gift Received this as a gift when my little guy was born. It is a cute story and a nice length for babies who squirm and wiggle and can't stay still for a longer story. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT bedtime read All four of my children read this to their kids every night before bed. It became a family favorite
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have Both my boys have loved this book since they were babies. It is still one they read and they are in preschool now. Very cute rhyming book!
Date published: 2018-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A regular read We read this so often at bedtime! A definite favourite in our house.
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute book It's become a regular in our house to read just before bedtime, we've read it so many times, I'm sure everyone's memorized it!
Date published: 2018-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ALL Children should be blessed by Sandra Boynton!!! Sandra Boynton's board books make the very BEST new baby gifts!!! Have gifted many of these....and to this day....will always be our FAVOURITE!!! FUN, CREATIVE and wonderful memories!!!
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Part of our bedtime routine I've been reading this book to my baby since she was 7 months old. I can recite it in the dark! She knows it's bedtime once I read this. I own 3 - one for our house and each of the grandparents! #plumreviews
Date published: 2018-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have My daughter is 6.5 months and we read it to her almost everyday! Love it!
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun to read This is a favorite at bedtime, it never seems to get old. They giggle in anticipation of all the mess-ups the animals have at bedtime :)
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Much Fun! This was the first Sandra Boynton book we read. What a wonderful introduction to her work. Fun for parents and kids and a great way to celebrate bedtime!
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! You can't go wrong with Sandra Boynton! This is a great, fun bedtime book!
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! One of those books you'll find yourself reading over, and over... and over again. And you won't mind one bit cause it's hilarious and cute!
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Bedtime Story Really good bedtime story... I just don't know why they would exercise after taking a bath. :P #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bedtime Book for sure! I was given this book as a gift, and absolutely love it. I'm hooked on Sandra Boynton books now. It's a great quick read before bed, and my daughter loves it!
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love The story is wonderful and the illustrations are lovely. Perfect book for bedtime!
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love Perfect for a bedtime story. Love this book. Would recommend to anyone and everyone who has kids!
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bedtime favourite! I read this so many times to my two boys that I still have it memorized years later. Fun book reinforces the need for bedtime routines, while being a part of the routine itself!
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bedtime Story Another Sandra Boynton favorite, most of her books are pretty easy entertaining reads
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my most favourite memories Love reading this book to my son before bed. Didn't help with bedtime as he would want me to read it over and over again, which of course I did, but such a fun memory for me!
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book My daughter loves this book (and I'll admit it's one of the few I don't mind reading over and over again). It has become a part of our bedtime routine each night!
Date published: 2018-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from excellent author author has a way with words that keeps both kids and adults intrigued.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Going to Bed Book Fun book to read before bedtime.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this every night This book has become a part of our night time routine. Its short, uses simple language and my daughter can relate to what the characters are doing i.e taking a bath, brushing their teeth, putting on pjs...
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this! Great bed time story, both my kids loved it.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Her Best Exercise after a bath? It makes no sense! Cute nonetheless
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun You can't go wrong with Sandra Boynton. Kids love these books
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I've read this book to my girls before bedtime for a long time.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cute story! definitely a favourite in our house!
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this! Love the rhyme, illustrations a great book to read before bed.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Endearing A delightful bedtime read for young listeners.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Charming Book Delightful story about a group of animal friends on a boat getting ready for bed.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Boynton at her Best Delightful, short and easy to read.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the rhymes A great yet simple read for infants. Goes through the typical bedtime routine (bath, brush your teeth, etc.) in rhymes.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Cute Like the randomness of going up to exercise. Short and sweet.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Only Bedtime Book You Need My daughter has loved this book from day one. We read it every night! It's her favourite, and my favourite to read too!
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book before bed for rituals... Love reading this book before bed. The illustrations are really adorable too!
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bedtime story Recieved this book as a baby shower gift and read it every night to my daughter until she was 3, then read it to my second daughter!! Both love it
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun book for bed time Loved this book nice picture
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another fun Boynton board book A bit of an odd one. Why are the animals on the boat? Why do they exercise before bed? Nonetheless, it's a fun story!
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bedtime favourite This is one of our fave books to read to our toddlers before bedtime! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bedtime book Includes all the things you do before you go to bed. brush your teeth, take a bath, excercise, go to bed.
Date published: 2017-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Family Favorite One of the first books my son could recite - since we read it at least a few times each week. A cute read plus a good length of book for little ones or a pre-bedtime story.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun kids love this one to death #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Love the rhymes, my toddler likes it too
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I love all of Boynton's books, this one is a great go to for bedtime. I did always find it weird that they go up for exercise after brushing, but great rhythm as with all Boynton books.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Cute bedtime story! Catchy rhymes and fun nighttime rituals. My son loves to read this book every night.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cute toddler loves these ones, very cute & fun #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this! My son loves this book and I think I love it more than he does!
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it! Going to bed could be fun!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for baby This book gets tons of use. A bedtime favourite.
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nightly reader We have had this book for a few years now and it still gets read every night. Perfect for demonstrating routine.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it. My little boy loves it. Every time when we read it, his eyes never moves away from it.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! Great story and rhym! Been reading it to my boys since they were toddlers.Awsom way to get the routine in as well
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cute i like the story and illustrations
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute book A good book to read to your littles before bedtime. It's funny and entertaining and ends in a way that helps littles relax and calm down before their head hits the pillow.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from We will, we will, rock you. To sleep. A sweet, charmimg little book for the toddler in your life. Why the animals are on a boat is unclear (if it's an Ark, the book never states) but the last page in particular is lovely and soothing in its simplicity.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Children's Book Love this book, it's my go-to children's gift to give!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good #plumreview love love this book... great story, must buy for any baby gift
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The BEST bedtime book! Number one favorite bedtime book in our house! It's a must have gift for anyone with children newborn to 2 years old #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our favourite! My kid loves this book! I love this book! In fact, I have the whole thing memorized, because we read it almost every night. Boynton's rhymes are fun, her illustrations hilarious.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Boynton Hit! We love this book! So silly. My son really enjoys it.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bedtime favourite My little one often picks this for her bedtime story. Like all Boynton books, the rhyming and pentameter are perfect.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short and sweet A perfect book for infants and if in need of a quick read.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My kids' favorite 8 years later, I still remember all of the words...a wonderful bedtime read
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kids quickly outgrow it but for a while this book is fantastic This book covers all the essentials on getting ready for bed in a brief and fun story.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great Boynton book! This is another favourite bedtime read for my 2 year old.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful rhythm Love boyntons books, this one especially just has such a great flow.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! Its a fun read and the perfect length for my 9 month old daughter!
Date published: 2015-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Part of our bedtime routine! My son loves this book and especially the "rock, rock, rock" at the end of the book while we get ready for bed. Great book!
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun yet soothing read! Another score for Sandra Boynton!! My one year old just loves the sing song type lyrics of this story. He can already identify with the routines his favourite characters go through while on their journey of getting ready for bed! A great one to read over and over! 
Date published: 2014-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This is a great book. My kids never get sick of it, and the soothing words lull them as they get ready for bed.
Date published: 2011-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I love this little book. I can see reading this to my daughter a lot! It is fun and whimsicle! Wonderful for bedtime! Nice small size will be great for traveling to Grandma's house too!!! You know it's good when mommy looks forward to reading it again!!
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Boynton As any parent knows, having a bedtime routine helps get the rugrats settled faster and this book was part of our nightly routine for many years. We have read it so many times, I can still repeat it off by heart (and so can my kid). The bedtime routine of this group of critters closely followed my own little critter's (except who goes up to the roof to exercise right before bed??) and so this story often got told in bits and pieces as we moved from one task to the next ("take a bath in one big tub, with soap all over, scrub, scrub, scrub"..... "with some on top and some beneath, they brushed and brushed and brushed their teeth"). Kids will like the rhyming and the pictures, and the sturdy board book format will mean the book lasts through many, many readings.
Date published: 2009-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect first bedtime book This book has become a staple in our bedime book library for two children now. It is perfect first bedtime book for babies, with simple rhymes and easy meter, as it illustrates the classic bedtime ritual of bath, pyjamas, brushing teeth etc. to the point of sleep. The illustrations are also quite fun, making it good for older children (2-3) as well.
Date published: 2008-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it This was my son's first "bed time book" It's been 1 year of everyday reading and he still loves it everytime. I enjoy it as much as he does. Keep the fun books coming Sandra!
Date published: 2007-10-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another outstanding Boynton - but exercising befor I LOVE this book, as I love all Boynton's I have read so far....but have just one small complaint - - I don't like how the characters all get ready for bed, then once they have brushed their teeth they all rush out to exercise!! I'd have preferred it immensely if they'd done some other type of quiet activity before bed, and kept the active stuff for earlier in the day. (But then to be fair, I couldn't think of a rhyme that was quite so much fun either). I still highly recommend this book, both for children and for adults....
Date published: 2006-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Going To Bed Book This book definately puts my son (16 months) to sleep. I think that's why it has gone missing.
Date published: 2006-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wearing out our second copy! This was the first book my son received after he was born. Instantly a whole family favorite! He took it everywhere and loved it so well it went to pieces - we had to buy another copy! No matter how 'harum-scarum' he is (19 months old) he will settle down and sit in Mummy's lap to hear this book! Hurrah Sandra Boynton!!!
Date published: 2003-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This is one of my youngest son's favourite books. The illustrations are amusing, the rhymes are fun and don't grate on an adult's nerves, and the over all message of the book - going to bed - is always appreciated by a parent trying to get his/her children to sleep. Even my 4 and 6 year old enjoy reading along when I read it to my youngest. A whole family hit!! (Also, check out Sandra's other book called Dinosaur's Binket which offers more bedtime fun!!!)
Date published: 2000-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from send child to dream land in style! My two year old loves this, and other Sandra Boynton books! They are the greatest for early language development and for honest to goodness fun! My son loves to "rock and rock and rock to sleep"! Your toddlers will too!
Date published: 2000-01-18

From Our Editors

Hand picked by our Panel of Experts the IndigoKids Recommends program offers book suggestions designed to help you find the perfect book easily and confidently. It's usually not a good thing when a book puts people to sleep, but The Going to Bed Book is a pretty strong exception to the rule. This wildly popular bedtime book has been downing tikes and toddlers for years with its rhythmic and entrancing style. Sandra Boynton has completely redrawn this classic, infusing the quirky, non-traditional stories with all the vitality and wonderment of her famous animal characters. Whimsical and silly, it soothes the right nerve and puts parents and their young ones at ease.