Bedtime Stories

I just love snuggling with our Little Darling in bed at night. Little ones who are fresh from the bath just smell so good! We have been reading stories together for a while now, and what is becoming very clear is that a certain someone has VERY specific tastes when it comes to what he wants to hear. Sometimes, and I know this has probably happened to you too, he wants to hear the same story, night after night. It happens. But he has an ever growing collection of books and he gets so excited when we have a new book to read. Needless to say, I am always on the lookout for books I think he might like.

Catching Kisses by Amy Gibson might just catch his attention. Even though my Little Darling can be quite fickle and down right stingy with kisses, I think that he will like this book.

                  At any given moment/someone, somewhere
                  is blowing a kiss.
                 And somewhere/someone/is catching it.

I don’t know about you…but I just love those three lines, and it just gets better! While this is a story about people and how they show affection, it also takes us on a virtual journey across The United States, showcasing the best of several key cities. A love affair with a country. Amy Gibson’s gently written story is complemented by the beautiful artwork of Maria Van Lieshout. With a backdrop palette of colors consisting of black, white and grey green/green, the artist adds a dash of color bringing each page to glorious life.

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Are your children/grandchildren stingy with their kisses? Do you smother them with kisses every chance you get? A kiss is the simplest, most basic form of telling someone they are cared for and loved. Catching Kisses is a book that says that over and over in ways that a little one can relate to  – “You can hide them in your pocket.”

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I think this is a book that everyone needs.

Nighty-Night,Cooper by Laura Numeroff is a fun sing a long lullaby book. It’s Cooper’s bedtime, but he’s not sleepy/stalling/can’t fall asleep – this is a concept we are all too familiar with. Cooper asks his Mom to sing a song, and of course she says yes…in fact she says yes several times. Set to familiar tunes – Rock-a-Bye Baby, The Farmer in the Dell and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star…Cooper’s Mom puts a new spin on these old classics. After several many songs, Cooper finally succumbs to sleep…but not before his Mom does!

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Many of you, I am sure, will know Laura Numeroff from her series of books If You Give A… and you will probably be familiar with the artwork of Lynn Munsinger – who so ably illustrates the Tacky books.

I am thinking that this will be a hit with The Little Darling, too. He LOVES animals and he is very into singing and dancing at the moment. Not, perhaps, a good combination as we get ready for bed, but one that is fun and I encourage!

Last, but certainly not least, in our bedtime trio is Bedtime Monsters by Josh Schneider. Someone I know, we won’t mention any names, was having a problem with monsters…in his own home, in ours…and we were ALL forbidden from uttering the “M” word. He can be quite dramatic at times, our Little Darling. So with that in mind, I thought that this might be just the ticket for putting monsters right where they belong! We will see.

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Arnold, who is afraid of monsters is also a bedtime stall expert – he even asks if he can sleep in the bed with his parents! WHAT!!! But his mother is made of stronger stuff and she tells Arnold not to worry, she is certain that the monster is just as afraid of Arnold as he is of the monster. Hmm.

The monsters in Arnold’s room are really something and they have the most amazing names – terrible toe biter, horrible tooth gnasher, winged fargle, grozny buzzler! And they all wanted to get in bed…with Arnold. There was hardly any room in Arnold’s bed anymore! How will Arnold deal with that? Do you suppose that there is ANYTHING that monsters are afraid of?

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 Josh Schneider is a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner. The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year. Schneider has done a fabulous job – with making “monsters” not so scary and with creating a book that is sure to become a bedtime favorite. Josh is perhaps most well known for his book  Tales for Very Picky Eatersthe Geisel Medal winner in 2012.

I have been reading these to Beanie over the last week. If you Like Cattail Chronicles on Facebook, I will be posting over there to let you know which books were “winners.”

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