Since we had so much fun with our last Kid Lit post on Bedtime Stories, we’re doing a sequel!
Sometimes putting my kidlets to bed at night is the most challenging part of my day. It’s always a whirlwind of activity from changing into PJs, brushing teeth, potty breaks, finding their favorite doll/stuffed animal to sleep with and don’t forget my all-time favorite, that last-minute cup of water before bedtime (who knew getting ready for bed could make kids so parched!).
I find though that if I read a book to my kidlets as they get under the covers and nestle into their beds a calm suddenly comes over then and helps them to drift off into dreamland with fun and happy images in mind!
The Knight is going on her first camping trip and she’s so excited! She and her horse Edward pack everything they need (and more!)– including her beloved Teddy before heading out into the woods. But when it’s time for bed, Teddy is nowhere to be found!
The frustrated sleepless knight accidentally wakes a forest bunny, who decides to help her on her quest to find her missing Teddy. There’s only one problem – the bunny doesn’t know what a teddy bear looks like, and the knight’s description may just lead them to a very different sort of bear. One thing’s for sure, our sleepless knight will not rest until Teddy is found!
This book was a real winner with both my kidlets, since it’s told in a comics format. Each of this book’s 40 pages feature panels and word balloons – each revealing a bit more of the story. It’s because of this that makes Sleepless Nights a great “bridge book” for children who are starting to move from picture books to beginner readers.
The illustrations are brightly colored with heavy black lines that help make the characters pop out and my son especially liked that the book included some drawing instructions so he could draw some of his own knight adventures!
The suggested age range for this book is 3-5 years old.
Bedtime Math’s mission is to make math a fun part of kids’ everyday lives. This series offers fun, mischief-making math problems to tackle—math that isn’t just kid-friendly, but actually kid-appealing.
My son so loved the last one of these books (read here), that getting this one was a no-brainer!
In this, the third installment of Bedtime Math, math and fun facts combine for one wacky and wild adventure. Kids can discover the truth behind all their favorite things: marshmallows, Coca-Cola, astronaut ice cream, and more.
There are more than 100 math problems on a variety of topics and offer three different levels of challenge (Wee ones, Little kids, and Big kids), plus a Bonus question.
The suggested age range for this book is 3-7 years old.
First a story, and then a kiss from Mother Bear, and Father Bear carries Little Bear to bed. And that’s when the fun begins. Father Bear gets to Little Bear’s room, but Little Bear is missing! Though he’s hiding in the MOST obvious place, Father Bear cannot seem to find him. Is he under the stove? Is he in the garden? Is he in the woodbox? Only when Father Bear walks past the mirror does the silliness end, and in a very tasty way.
This classic Richard Scarry book from 1961 was recently re-issued as a pictureback book. The Hubs and I grew up reading Richard Scarry books and it’s wonderful for us to now be able to share them with our kidlets. It’s a charming bedtime tale with beautiful illustrations and kids love being in on the joke
The suggested age range for this book is 2-5 years old.
Meet Bear. He’s exhausted. All he wants is to go to sleep. Meet Duck, Bear’s persistent next-door neighbor. All he wants is to hang out . . . with Bear.
Duck is full of energy, sitting in a brightly lit yellow kitchen, sipping coffee and reading 101 Ways to Stay Awake. Bear however, stands sleepily at the base of the staircase in his dimly lit house with his stuffed rabbit tucked under his paw.
Just as Bear settles into bed there is a knock at his door and there’s Duck wanting to play cards, watch a movie, start a band and make smoothies! You can just guess what happens next….
This was one that had my kidlets giggling – mostly because of Duck’s silly behavior and requests. The Bear is the straight man in this story – just replying “No” to all of Duck’s requests and saying “Goodnight already!” hence the title of the book. Lots of use of blues to show sleep and bright colors to show awake.
The suggested age range for this book is 4-8 years old.
Now it’s your turn to share. What was your favorite bedtime book as a child?
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