Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bedtime Adventures

Not all bedtime books will put you to sleep.

Corduroy by Don Freeman.

A charming children's classic which stands the test of time. A small bear really wants someone to take him home, but he needs to find his missing button first, he has quite a night time adventure looking for the button. In the end though, he doesn't need it for someone to love him and take him home, where he has a bed of his own.

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk.

This little train goes chugs through a bedroom littered with toys. It has great colourful illustrations, very crisp and clear, which helps us all to understand that this is an imaginary journey.

Is it Bedtime Wibbly Pig? by Mick Inkwell

Wibbly Pig doesn't want to go to bed, a familiar scenario to most children and parents. But despite his protestations and procrastinations, eventually he can't help dreaming, even though he insists he's still not asleep.

Dinosaur versus Bedtime by Bob Shea

The little dinosaur in this book is pretty resourceful, he wins out against a pile of leaves, a bowl of spaghetti and even some talking grownups, but can he win against his greatest foe. Bedtime. The stars around the illustrations when the diosaur wins always make me want to say "ta-dah", so when I'm reading it aloud, that's just what I do.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

A classic tale of Max who sails “in and out of weeks and almost over a year, to where the wild things are”. As the mother of a toddler deep in the terrible twos I know that there’s a little bit of Max in all of us. It’s nice to know that the same fierceness that makes you chase a dog with a fork also guarantees not being scared of monsters.

We'll be singing Row Your Boat, This Train and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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