Getting the kids ready for bed can be one of the most challenging things a parent has to do! This month’s Kid Lit post features books for bedtime that will have your little ones drifting off to dreamland in no time!
Okay, so we all know it’s wonderful to read bedtime stories to kids, but what about doing math? Many generations of Americans are uncomfortable with math and numbers, and too often kids will say, “I’m just not good at math!” For decades, this attitude has trickled down from parents to their kids, and we now have a culture that finds math dry, intimidating, and just not cool. Bedtime Math wants to change all that. They want to help parents make math a fun part of their kid’s everyday lives, not just something found only in homework assignments.
Inside this book, you’ll find fun, mischief-making math problems to tackle—math that isn’t just kid-friendly, but actually kid-appealing. With over 100 math riddles on topics ranging from jalapeños and submarines to roller coasters and flamingos, this book bursts with math that looks nothing like school. Each challenge features three different levels — wee ones, little kids, and big kids– so there’s problem to be solved by everyone.
On the first day we got this book I sat down with my son and we went thru half of it. I was surprised how much he enjoyed it and how much he knew! It’s a great book to read/use at bedtime, bath time or even snacktime! A third installment Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out is expected to come out this March!
Suggested grade range is pre-school thru 2nd grade.
When night falls, one little red robot will do anything and everything to avoid powering down. He quickly turns on his stalling program. He brushes his cogs as slowly as possible. He asks Mom Unit to read him a manual before bed. But, no matter what stalling tactic he tries, Mom Unit has an answer for all his excuses and knows exactly how to get him into his sleep module.
This book is a fun twist on a familiar nighttime routine and will “click” with bedtime avoidance experts (aka mom & dad) everywhere.
Suggested grade range is pre-school thru 1st grade.
Feeling sleepy? It’s time for bed! Follow the Pout-Pout Fish as he gets ready for bed, turning little frowns into sleepy smiles. This is short and sweet mini-adventure that was especially created to introduce the youngest guppies to the popular Pout-Pout Fish series.
Suggested grade range is pre-school to kindergarten.
Beau is a tow-headed toddler who naps every day with his puppy, a German shepherd-Shar-Pei mix named Theo. This is a charming photo collection with short text showing a boy and his dog as they sleep, dream and toss and turn their way through various hours of nap time. The book was born from photos the author posted regularly on her blog, which picked up the attention of readers/viewer worldwide such as The Huffington Post and “Good Morning America.” An note at the end of the book explains how the family adopted Theo from a shelter and how the joint napping tradition started.
Suggested grade range is preschool to kindergarten, but this is a must book anyone who loves dogs!
This is the story a little baby owl in his late night search for mommy owl. While he “likes to stay up late” and “waves good-bye to the sun” and “hoots hello to the moon,” our little owl becomes uncertain when he realizes his mom’s absence. He goes on a search where he encounters noises, which he discovers belong to other creatures of the night – a woodpecker, a train, a cricket and a toad. When the weather gets bad, the little owl flies home and tries to be brave. He closes is eyes and listens and hears the call of him mommy, “the nicest sound of all.”
The illustrations are simple and sweet, as is the prose — which combined tell a story that is easy for little readers to both understand and follow along. Each new night noise gives kids an opportunity to try making the sounds themselves for interactive reading. This is a book for ambitious new readers to try on their own.
Suggested grade range is preschool to kindergarten.
All of these titles are available from Macmillian Children’s Publishing Group, click here to see where you can find and buy these books.
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite bedtime book to read to your kids?
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