Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? By Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth, 1988.
Big Bear and Little Bear live in their Bear Cave. (Big Bear is apparently the father of Little Bear, but they don’t call him that.) After Big Bear puts Little Bear to bed at night, Little Bear has trouble sleeping. Little Bear says that he can’t sleep because he’s afraid of the dark.
Big Bear gives Little Bear a lantern, but that doesn’t work. Little Bear says that the lantern isn’t big enough. Big Bear tries to bring two larger lanterns, but neither of those helps, either.
Little Bear says that the dark beyond the cave bothers him. To prove to Little Bear that the darkness outside isn’t scary, Big Bear takes him outside.
Outside, he shows Little Bear the moon and the stars, so he’ll know that it’s not completely dark. Little Bear falls asleep in Big Bear’s arms.
This is one of those cute bedtime stories that can help to reassure young children at bedtime. It’s just a nice, cozy, bedtime story. Because the bears appear to be father and son, it also makes a nice father/son story.
The book is currently available online through Internet Archive.