Saturday, May 28, 2011

6. Sleepytime Treats

Wrap up a selection of books to read with a blanket. Here are a few favorites.

Buglette the Messy Sleeper written and illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Murguia (Tricycle Press, $15.99, 2011) An endearing story about being different, dreaming big and learning to be brave (for all sleepy bugs, messy or not).

Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems, collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, illustrated by G. Brian Karas (Candlewick, $21.99) A delightful anthology that captures the moods of bedtime in 60 poems while enchanting readers with whimsical paintings. Among the poets, Marilyn Singer, Sylvia Plath and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld (Chronicle, $16.99, 2011) After a day of rough-and-tough play, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump truck, Bulldozer and Excavator relax their wheels and get tucked in tight in this adorable tale.

The Little Moon Princess, written and illustrated by YJ Lee (Harper, $16.99, 2010) A sparrow helps a little princess get over her fear of the dark by spreading her jewels through the sky in this beautiful tale by talented newcomer Lee.

28 Good Night Stories, written and compiled by Brigitte Weninger, illustrations by Eve Tharlet, translated by Kathryn Bishop. (Penguin, $19.99, 2008) A little angel befriends a bear and together they tell magical stories to help her become a guardian angel. Perfect for a child who asks, "Just one more story?"

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