I Love You, Blankie! by Sheryl Haft and illustrated by Jane Massey (Little, Brown and Company, April 2015) is an adorable board book about a child imagining with a comfort blanket. I never used a comfort blanket myself, but my daughter loves to have a special blankie to snuggle (although she chooses from among a few).The child imagines the blankie is a sail for a boat, a hot air balloon, a cloud, and more. The book has a delightful rhyme to it, and it ends with the child carefully tucked in to bed.Continue Reading
Are You Sleeping, Little One? by Hans-Christian Schmidt and Cynthia Vance (Abbeville Press, August 2012) shows various illustrated animals in various stages of getting ready for sleep with a soft and gentle rhyme. The repeated words “Are you sleeping?” on each page provided a sense of continuity that my daughter simply loved.Continue Reading
Once again, I’m doubling up on subjects here, but they do relate. On one side, we have the wonderful world of imagination. Some of my favorite books I’ve read for the Cybils this year have been about children entering an imaginary world in one way or another. My son Raisin is quite imaginative, so I can relate to these books very well as a mother.
And then we have the magical twinkling stars that surround us at bedtime. Bedtime stories are some of my favorite books to read to a sleepy child. They, for the most part, do a wonderful job of getting a child ready to close their own eyes. I like to read the last sentences slowly and quietly myself.Continue Reading