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Goodnight Already!

Written By: Jory John
Illustrated By: Benji Davies

Goodnight Already

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Summary: Bear has never been so tired but his next-door neighbor, a wide-awake duck, keeps disturbing his sleep.

Rating: 3 ***

An odd book about two animal neighbors. One wants to go to sleep and the other wants to play. In the end they change roles, but it’s not clear why.

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Goodnight Songs

By: Margaret Wise Brown

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Goodnight Songs

Summary: A previously unpublished collection of twelve lullabies, illustrated by contemporary, award-winning artists.

Rating: 5 *****

Beautiful, lyrical lullabies as only Margaret Wise Brown can write. Surprisingly all of the stories are in one book and not broken into twelve. Included in the book is a CD of the songs, which is only fair. Somehow the songs themselves lose the cadence of her spoken poetry.

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Go to Sleep, Little Farm

Written By: Mary Lyn Ray
Illustrated By: Christopher Silas Neal

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Go to Sleep, Little Farm

Summary: The farm’s creatures prepare for night and rest.

Rating: 3 ***

There is a disconnect between the illustrations and the writing. Some pages work in perfect harmony telling a story of an animal and a girl at the same time, but other pages don’t so the story is fragmented. The text is also a little too complex for young children. For example: Then somewhere a secret curls in an ear, just as dreams flicker near…

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Time for Bed, Fred!

By: Yasmeen Ismail

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Time for Bed, Fred!

Summary: A child has a very difficult time getting Fred, the dog, to bed.

Rating: 3 ***

A silly story about a dog who doesn’t want to go to sleep.

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Max and the Won’t Go to Bed Show

Written By: Mark Sperring
Illustrated By: Sarah Warburton

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Max and the Won’t Go to Bed Show

Summary:
Max does magic tricks to delay bedtime as long as possible.

Rating: 3 ***

A cute story about a boy who doesn’t want to go to bed. A story all kids can related to.

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Thank You Octopus

By: Darren Farrell

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Thank You Octopus


Octopus helps his buddy get ready for bed, but in most unusual ways.

Rating: 5 *****

Your kids will be glad Octopus does not put them to bed. Everything nice he does in a very silly and yucky way.

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The Bear in the Book

By Kate Banks

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The Bear in the Book
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

At the end of the day a little boy falls asleep as his mama reads about a bear hibernating.

Rating: 3 ***

Banks has a cute idea of including a book in a book but ultimately both books are not that exciting.

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Bedtime for Frances

By Russell Hoban

Bedtime for Frances
Reviewed by Children’s Book List

Frances has trouble going to sleep because of frightening sounds and objects that may be going to get her.

Rating: 5 *****

I’m not sure I agree with Frances having trouble going to sleep because she is frightened. I think she’s just stalling. I have a little Frances at home and every night this occurs. Frances wakes up every 15 minutes asking for something new. This is a really cute book and a lot of parents will identify. It’s a bit antiquated, the father smokes a pipe and Frances is threatened with a spanking, but shows well how childhood behavior is timeless.

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Goodnight Moon

By Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Moon

A little rabbit bids goodnight to each familiar thing in his room, in this classic story told with gently lulling words and soothing illustrations.

Rating: *****

A good first book for any child. The illustrations are just as important as the words showing time pass as everything falls asleep.

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Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night

By Carol Roth

Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night

Little Bunny, an only child, is so lonely that he cannot sleep, so he asks his friends Squirrel, Skunk, Porcupine, Bear, and Owl if he can stay with them, only to discover that his own bed is best.

Rating: *****

If you have a sleepless bunny yourself this is a nice book to discuss bedtime and separation anxiety.

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