Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy Book + Bedtime Checklist Printable

It never really matters what activities my kids did that day; they always had plenty of energy when they were told it was bedtime. If there was any way to get up and out of bed, you bet they could think of it. Having a good bedtime routine is helpful. Every night, everyone knows what is expected of them and what they can and cannot do. We set up a bedtime checklist to make sure everything gets done. The bedtime checklist sets reasonable limits for both you and your child. I find it helpful too, even as Sawyer grows it helps encourage him to stay on his personal hygiene routine and for me to keep reading to him every night until he’s old enough to tell me otherwise.

When we heard that Drew Daywalt was releasing a new book we knew we wanted to read it right away! You and your kids probably already know Drew’s books really well! He’s the New York Times #1 best-selling author of ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’ & its sequel ‘The Day The Crayons Came Home’. Sawyer was obsessed with both these books and we have read them so many times we can recite them to you by heart. So, as you can see, we had pretty high expectations of this new book ‘Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy‘ before it even arrived.

This book is great! It’s now become our read every night book. Sawyer insists that on the pages that Roderick and Sleepy talk back and forth that I use different voices for each of them. He’s learning how to read right now and this book has been great for him to practice some of the lines too. He loves that he has a stuffy that looks just like Sleepy too. Every night we now read this book and giggle over how much work it takes to get Sleepy to bed.

About Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy
A hilarious twist on a classic bedtime story: When a boy who routinely refuses to go to bed gets a talkative stuffed animal, the tables are turned!It is impossible not to crack up while reading this all-dialogue bedtime story by Drew Daywalt, the New York Times #1 best-selling author of The Day the Crayons Quit. Scott Campbell’s expressive illustrations bring home the hilarity. Roderick hates going to bed, and the young boy has become quite resourceful in coming up with ways to delay the dreaded hour when the lights must go out. Roderick’s loving parents–fed up with the distractions and demands that have become his anti-bedtime ritual–decide to get him a stuffed animal to cuddle with and help him wind down. However, Sleepy quickly proves to be a bit high-maintenance. Just when we fear the night may never end, Sleepy’s antics become too exhausting for Roderick to bear.


We thought we’d share our bedtime routine with you. You can print it out and then have your child mark it each time they complete a task. If you laminate the printable and use a dry erase marker you can wipe it clean each day and reuse it. Click Bedtime Checklist Printable to print a copy for yourself!

Bedtime Checklist Printable

About the Author
Drew Daywalt is a dad and an author, best known for writing the best-selling children’s books The Day the Crayons Quit and its sequel, The Day the Crayons Came Home, both illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Drew is also the author of The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors, illustrated by Adam Rex, and Star Wars: BB-8 on the Run, illustrated by Matt Myers. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, who always go to bed on time like perfect little angels and never fuss or try to stay up ever ever ever.
About the Illustrator
Scott Campbell (Scott C.) draws pictures for all kinds of children’s books, including Zombie in LoveEast Dragon, West Dragon; and XO, OX, A Love Story. He is the author/illustrator of the very popular Hug Machine. Scott lives in New York City. Follow his adventures on Instagram and Twitter @scottlava.


  1. Tiffany says

    I love the illustrations in this book, so cute! My 5 year old would love this one. I can’t believe how big Sawyer is getting too. Where does the time go? Thanks for the great printable too.

    • Jennifer says

      I know they grow so fast! Nova would love this book! Perfect for sharing with her new little sister!

  2. Tiffany Schmidt says

    We have bedtime checklists too. Also a morning and after school. My kids are very goal focused, so they like seeing checkmarks on what they’ve accomplished!

  3. Vickie L Couturier says

    how cute ,,love this ,,that check list would be awesome for my daughters kids,

  4. Tamra Phelps says

    Reading to kids is a great bedtime tradition. I think it relaxes them, too. I know I still read before bed all these decades later.

  5. Dana Rodriguez says

    This looks like a really cute book.Thanks for the printable!

  6. Sarah L says

    Having a list makes bedtime easier for all concerned.

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