I just noticed a theme in my basket of books from the library: Sleepy Time
The following books would be great additions to any storytime about bedtime, night time, or sleeping:
Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt
This is a great bedtime story! The fun and colorful illustrations show friendly baby animals ready for bed. The reader helps tuck in the baby animals by turning the pages which are designed like blankets. This is a unique lift the flap story that all are sure to enjoy! The end of the story tucks in the reader. This book is also great for introducing and practicing animal names.
Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy by Denise Fleming
Another great bedtime story! The well known author/illustrator Denise Fleming shows various baby animals getting sleepy. We see her signature pulp painting illustrations. The book information states that pulp painting is " a papermaking technique using colored cotton fiber poured through hand cut stencils." My favorite part of the story is the end where we see the tiny sleepy human baby and the baby has a sock monkey doll, this was my favorite doll as a young child.
Be sure to check out Denise Fleming's website and her blog!
No by Claudia Rueda
This is the story of a young bear who does not want to go to sleep as his mother wishes. His mother warns that the winter will be long, cold, windy, with little food. He assures her that he will be fine and stays awake. When a winter storm comes and almost buries the young bear, he calls for his mother and joins her in her den to keep her company, as winter is long and she might be lonely. I enjoyed the illustrations in this story, especially when the snow gets so high the reader can hardly see the young bear.
Sleepover at Gramma's House by Barbara Joose, Illustrated by Jan Jutte
This is the story of a young elephant preparing for a sleepover at Gramma's House. She packs her bag, says goodbye to her pet fish, her parents, and the baby. She travels through a busy town to Gramma's house. She and Gramma have lots of fun together. After a fun filled day with Gramma, the young elephant gets ready for bed. The young elephant tells Gramma bedtime stories. Then they fall asleep inside a hug.