Friday, October 15, 2010

New Bedtime Books for Children

READY FOR BEDTIME? Does your child enjoy a bedtime story? If so, we are sure that these new books from Candlewick are sure to find a treasured place on children’s nightstands! Thanks to Candlewick we were sent copies of the book below to review! Ella LOVES to read books so we have really enjoyed these books! We highly encourage you to check them out!

Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems
Collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Sept. 2010 ~ Hardcover ~ ISBN 9780763642495 ~ Ages birth to 5

This alluring collection of bedtime poems from both sides of the Atlantic is an inspired gift for children. This book includes Sixty well-chosen poems that really create the perfect atmosphere for dreaming. The poems in this book are divided into three categories: “Going to Sleep,” “Sweet Dreams,” and “In the Night.”

The cartoon illustrations beautifully with richness and whimsy complement each poem. Some of the poets included in this collection include: Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Eleanor Farjeon, Karla Kuskin, Douglas Florian, and Tony Mitton. SWITCHING ON THE MOON is the perfect book to share with a child to prepare for a night of sweet dreams.

Tuck Me In!
By Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt
Sept. 2010 ~ Hardcover ~ ISBN 9780763647285 ~ Ages 1.5-4

Who needs to be tucked in? Turn each page until all baby animals--and little readers--are cozy and ready for sleep in this bedtime ritual. Ella just loves the rhythmic nighttime chant in this book! Ella loves the zoo of animals in this book, for examples, it includes a hedgehog, pig, alligator, moose, peacock, and her favorite the elephant! This is a great book for teaching little ones to identify the animals. The digital illustrations are colorful basic shapes with quick brush strokes for adding details and feeling.

Ella enjoys lifting the blanket-shaped flaps over the animal babies to reveal who is ready to be tucked in! In the end, Ella joins the animals, as the book concludes, "Does anyone else need to be tucked in? Do you? Good night, you!"

Moon Dreams
By Ruth Martin
Illustrated by Olivier Latyk
Aug. 2010 ~ Hardcover ~ ISBN 9780763650124 ~ Ages 4-7

Luna loves to look at the Moon, but she wonders where it goes during the day. Her dreams take her on a journey as she searches far and wide. The story focuses on a little girl named Luna and her fascination with the moon. Each night she wonders where it goes during the day. In the end she realizes that the moon is there all the time, waiting until nighttime to shine in the sky and watch over her. I love how this book has encouraged Ella to be more aware of the moon. She has really learned a lot from this great book!

Interrupting Chicken
By David Ezra Stein
Aug. 2010 ~ Hardcover ~ ISBN 9780763641689 ~ Ages 4-8

This fun story begins at bedtime, despite a rooster papa's best efforts to share classic fairy tales with his daughter, Little Red Chicken's soft heart means she can't help but jump into each story. She just had to warn Hansel and Gretel, Red Riding Hood, and assure Chicken Little! This is such an entertaining book, our whole family enjoys it! The humor of this picture book has brought lots of laughs from our kids. I also love the dramatic and vivid pictures that were created with watercolor, water-soluble crayon, and pen and ink! This is a book the whole family will enjoy and appreciate!

A Bedtime for Bear
By Bonny Becker
Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Sept. 2010 ~ Hardcover ~ ISBN 9780763641016 ~ Ages 5-7

This is such a heartwarming story of friendship and new experiences. A Bedtime for Bear has become a bedtime favorite of Ella's. Bear needs everything perfectly quiet at night, so when his friend shows up for a sleepover, he is worried. All goes well until Mouse's noises disturb him. Then Mouse falls asleep, and Bear hears something. Mouse checks under the bed, and then both fall asleep together. Denton's watercolor, ink, and artwork brings mouse and bear to life. Bear and Mouse are the perfect companions for little ones at bedtime.

Books make great gifts so if you are looking for gift for the little ones on your shopping list we highly encourage you to check out this great books!

We were provided with copies of each of the books listed above to review!


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