bedtime books

25 Days – Book 9: Stop That Yawn!

This is one of the most fun bedtime books I’ve ever read. A story about a girl who is tired of bedtime and tired of sleeping, so she steals away with her Granny to a city that doesn’t sleep… until that fateful moment when Granny releases a yawn. You’re going to love today’s book! Here is Stop That Yawn! by Caron Levis, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, 2018.

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Let’s Read Three: Children’s Picture Books for Bedtime

Welcome to Friday! And welcome to an exciting new series that I’m going to start until I run out of ideas. Being very fond of lists, especially for books, I think it high time that I make some short lists for reading books together. “Together” as in with someone else if you feel so inclined, but more especially “together” as in books that fit well when read in combination.

The main factor in this series, is of course my blog name. When people hear about or first encounter this blog, sometimes they get it immediately. But most of the time they either don’t care enough to wonder or they end up asking what’s up with the name. In short, it is a generally common practice to read to your kids before bed. And a lot of parents find it helpful to limit the number of books and crack down on stalling, at least with the books. Three is a number that comes up a lot, at least in my experience, and I happen to be particularly fond of that number for no reason that I can explain. So three books a night is a good idea and something I encourage. Three books also work well in a number of circumstances: naptime, storytime, quick reading break, etc…. And so begins my Let’s Read Three series!


In the future, these posts will be short, quick summaries of the three books and why I put them together. I hope they are fun, but I also hope they are helpful. I’ve been formulating this series for a while and as I prepared to post it this week, I was also struck and challenged by a couple of articles which appeared recently. First off is this one in the New York Times called “I’m Tired of Reading Out Loud to My Son, O.K.?” While I sympathize with the mom and her tired state at the end of the day, I also felt frustrated at the books that she mentioned disdaining. Instead of sorting out my own reasons why, I would much rather point you to the other article which was posted as a response to this one. Jules said it all very eloquently in her Kirkus post, “Reading Aloud.” One of her question really struck me: “How can those of us who write about new children’s books better get the word out to parents, especially those looking for read-alouds?” This series is a part of my tackling that issue. I’m not an expert at combining books, nor is it always necessary; but I do think reading books that compliment each other in some way can make the experience much more enjoyable and rewarding (even if you end up reading them together often).

So let’s begin combo number one: three picture books to read aloud for bedtime, most especially for babies and toddlers.


This was an easy one for me to start with, considering these are a current nighttime routine in our home. It took a bit to find this sweet spot, but if I get a say in the three books, this is it. Read the full post…

Book Review: Chicks Run Wild By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen & Ward Jenkins

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Truth be told, bedtime books are often cheesy, mushy, and really heavy-handed. There are some good ones, and the sleep hypnosis types certainly have a place, even if it is just wishful thinking. But I’m constantly on the look-out for stellar, atypical, really fun go-to-bed books that take the experience to a whole new level. Mission accomplished. Allow me to present a riotous book about little chicks who just aren’t quite ready to drift off and their mama’s less-than-traditional, surprising to everyone, idea. This book is a brilliantly fun, dare I say wild, good time. Here is Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Ward Jenkins, 2011. Read the full post…