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If You Were the Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If You Were the Moon
Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Jaime Kim
Millbrook Press, 2017

A quiet bedtime story that introduces all the things the moon does, like “Tease the Earth: peek-a-boo!” (no moon to full moon) and “Challenge the ocean to a tug-of-war.” (gravity) Each page explains how the moon ‘plays peek-a-boo and ‘tug-of-war’.  Personifying the moon, children will see the moon as their friend.  Adults will likely learn a little about the moon, too.

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Everyone is Yawning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone is Yawning
by Anita Bijsterbosch
Clavis, 2016
Originally published in Belgium/ the Netherlands.

A perfect bedtime story for the youngest readers, this book makes everyone yawn!

On each page is an animal who is tired.  On the first page, a large kitten smiles at the reader.  When the words say, “Look, the kitten is yawning,” the reader lifts the flap on the kitten’s face and sees the kitten yawn.  And so it goes with a raccoon, hippo, crocodile and more. The story ends with a pile of sleeping animals, including the child. Featuring scary animals, like a snake, and introducing new animals, like an artic fox, Everyone is Yawning and its yawning flaps, will entertain young ones for hours—or at least until they fall asleep.

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I Just Want to Say Good Night

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I Just Want to Say Good Night
by Rachel Isadora
Nancy Paulsen Books, 2016

An innocent, loving African girl says good night to the fish, to the bird, to the goat.  She goes on in the African savannah to say good night to the monkey, the ants, and the rock.  She says good night to any and all things she can find to avoid going to bed.  When she gets into bed, she says good night to her book.  When she looks out her window at the full moon, she says, “Good night, moon!”, while holding her book, Good Night Moon.

Illustrated in clear, bright oils with black ink, the artist/author captures perfectly the innocence of a young girl who goes through her good-night ritual to make her good day even better. The brilliant, moving illustrations are startling, warm and comforting all at once and invite the reader to “just look at the pictures.”  A very nurturing bedtime story.

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Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep

sleep bearSleep, Big Bear, Sleep
by Maureen Wright, illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Marshall Cavendish Children, 2009

Written in loose rhyme with a gently flowing rhythm, Old Man Winter tells Big Bear to, “Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep.  But bear is hard of hearing and thinks he is to drive a jeep.  Which he does, causing all sorts of havoc.  Bear heads to a bed when he hears Old Man Winter remind him to sleep.  Mis-hearing him, Big Bear thinks he was told to sweep, then leap, and dive deep.  Finally, in exasperation, Old Man Winter cries out something else, and bear finds his sleep.

A great read-aloud, where kids see the humor when bear mis-hears and routes for Big Bear to go to sleep.

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Sleep Like A Tiger

Sleep Like A Tiger
by Mary Logue, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
Caldecott Honor Book

A clever bedtime story where the parents agree with the child who says she’s “not tired.”  “They nodded their heads and said she didn’t have to go to sleep.  But she had to put her pajamas on.”  And she did.  She learned that, yes, everyone slept.  Her dog slept, her cat slept, her whale, snail and bat slept.  And she learned the tiger slept the most so he could be strong.  After she learned of many animals slept, one by one, she copied each animal.  She snuggled deep like a bear, she folded her arms like a bat, and she curled up like a snail.  And finally she slept like a tiger.  A gentle way to go to sleep.

The illuminous illustrations by Caldecott award-winner Pamela Zagarenski complete the book with patterns, textures, and wheels moving the listener to sleep.  They make the book an art piece and a pleasure to study.  A comforting, nurturing story for bedtime.

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Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night

Small Blue and the Deep Dark Night
By Jon Davis
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014

A tender story that ‘reframes’ Small Blue’s nighttime scary goblins and witches into unicycle riding doggies and sock-knitting retired pirates.  What?!

Small Blue wakes in the deep, dark night.  Imagining goblins in his room, he cries for Big Brown.  Small Blue shares his fears and Big Brown suggests that maybe there could be a “delightful doggies’ Saturday-night unicycle convention.”  Small Blue doubts it.  Big Brown turns on the light and there are no goblins.  Nor any doggies.  They step into the dark kitchen and Small Blue imagines witches.  Big Brown suggests there could be a “retired-pirates’ annual sock-knitting jamboree”.  Small Blue agrees, “I guess so.”  After a cup of warm milk, Small Blue falls asleep.  Now if Small Blue wakes in the deep, dark night, he waves—just in case the doggies, bats or pirates are there.

A fresh new way to deal with a child’s fear of the deep, dark night.  I would have wanted this story as a child.

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Beautiful Moon, A Child’s Prayer

Beautiful Moon, A Child’s Prayer
by Tonya Bolden, illustrated by Erick Velasquez
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014

The words and illustrations together show how a boy’s simple prayers impact many in his community.  Beautifully rendered it also shows that life goes on, reminding us to take each day at a time and do the best we can.  A moving bedtime story sending readers to sweet dreams of gratitude.  I’m not saying enough about this book; it’s inspiring, touching the heart deeply.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Chronicle Books, 2011

This book is perfect to quiet down rambunctious boys for sleep.

As the sun sets and the day comes to an end, the reader walks through what each piece of heavy equipment does at a construction site.  As the machinery “gets sleepy” and begins to slow down and yawns, each machine is quietly ‘tucked in’ for sleep.  Readers see big strong machinery snuggling up against soft dirt pillows.  Readers who dream of working on heavy equipment at construction sites will love it.

The subject, rhyme and kid-friendly illustrations has turned this book into a best-seller.

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When the World Is Ready for Bed

When the World Is Ready for Bed
By Gillian Shields, illustrated by Anna Currey
Bloomsbury, 2009

This book/board book is a quiet, rhyming bedtime story.  We follow a family of three young bunnies as they come in from play.  They eat supper, clean up their toys and talk together with their mother about their day.  They wash their teeth and prepare for bed, listen to a story, and say their prayers. They gaze out the window at the shining star that will guard them through the night and go to bed to sleep.  They are left to dream and look forward to the next day.  Illustrated in lovely watercolors this charming tale will send a child gently off to dreamland.

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