You Know What? By Carol Gordon Ekster

You Know What? by Carol Gordon Ekster is a delightful bedtime story that will be treasured by kids and moms alike.

Oliver knows it’s bedtime, but he’s had a busy day and wants to tell mommy all about it.

This is not the first book by Ekster that I’ve read, and I doubt it will be my last. As a former elementary school teacher, she is in tune with what resonates with young people. Oliver continues to toss out the same question to his mommy as he gets ready for bedtime. His tired, yet patient, mommy keeps on listening and encouraging him along the way. It’s a very sweet concept. I also truly enjoyed the artwork of Nynke Mare Talsma. Vibrant blues, greens, yellows, and reds catch your eye as you move page by page through this charming story. I hope we will see more collaborations between these two talented people.

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Age Range: 4 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Lexile Measure: 340
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis (September 15, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605372781
ISBN-13: 978-1605372785

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

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Ten Sheep to Sleep by Nidhi Kamra

Have you ever tried counting sheep to sleep? Sammy Jo does each night, but she only needs to count ten before falling fast asleep. When ten more arrive, chaos ensues and she must find a way to make everyone happy and get some rest.

Oh my gosh, this is the cutest book! This creative little girl tries finding a new home for the ten extra sheep that invade her bedroom. Every time she comes up with a solution, something goes wrong. But she keeps trying until the problem is solved. Ten Sheep to Sleep by Nidhi Kamra teaches problem solving, encourages kids not to give up, and tosses in some counting for a super fun book.

Eugene Ruble provides the colorful artwork for this story and his zany sheep make this book even more enjoyable. Pick up a copy for your little one and find out for yourself.

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Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
Paperback
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing (June 30, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616338601
ISBN-13: 978-1616338602

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Harry and the Monster by Sue Mongredien

harryWhen it comes to bedtime, helping youngsters deal with nightmares can be tough. Harry and the Monster is a delightful and funny book that just might help.

The first night, Harry has a bad dream about a scary monster. Each night afterwards, he is afraid the monster will interrupt his dreams. No matter what Mom and Dad suggest, that monster keeps ruining all his dreams and wakes him up. But one night, Harry thinks he and Dad have come up with a great solution to change everything.

Both of my girls went through nightmare stages. I wish I had this book back then. Mongredien is smart to tackle the monster issue with ideas other parents have probably used in the past: Mom says to imagine him wearing something silly so he won’t be so scary, Dad checks under the bed to make sure he’s not there, etc. This  helps the story make sense to kids. Their parents have probably told them some of the same things.

East also makes this book work by drawing the monster and his antics in such a zany manner that kids will be laughing more than scared of what’s going on, all the while relating to Harry’s fears about the monster.

I loved this book beginning to end.

Highly recommended!

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Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251466
ISBN-13: 978-1589251465

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Interview with Anita Banks, author of Tanner Builds a Block Tower

AnitaAnita Banks has lived in Alabama since she was six years old, she raised three children and has  four grandchildren. They are the inspiration for her writing. She likes the adventures and escapes that stories allow you to explore and the myriad of emotions you feel. Anita loves to travel, read and has recently started running.

http://www.anitabanks.com/

Thank you for joining us today, Anita. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Thank you for having me here. I am a new author with my first picture book titled, Tanner Builds a Block Tower. I am excited as puppy with a new toy. I am a wife, mother, grandmother. My favorite new activity is running, I started because I needed to get some activity from sitting in a chair for more than nine hours for my day job. I started two years ago, and have found the running community where I live to be a great group of people that are passionate about the sport and are supportive of new runners. I started with a training program to run a 5k and have progressed to three half marathons so far. 

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

          I have loved reading since my introduction to Dick and Jane and Dr. Seuss. I am constantly reading something all the time. When I was in  junior high school, I had a creative writing class. That was when the writing bug stung me. But when family and life took over, I put the dream aside and just occasionally thought of it.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

          Probably for the simple joy children’s books give to a reader. I enjoy reading to children and seeing their smiles and their happiness in asking you to read to them. I wanted to contribute to  that happiness. And it’s fun.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

         I personally have nothing to compare it to, yet. Maybe I will give another genre a try someday. The other writing I do is journaling for myself.

Anita 2What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

          I like the writing, I like putting the words to paper, or rather the screen. They have to be edited  quite a bit before I’m done. But seeing the story unfold on the screen is probably my favorite part.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Tanner Builds a Block Tower is about a little boy who is determined to build a tower with his blocks. But on the way to his destination he get distracted by different animals and insects. He  also loses some of his blocks. So he has to find them to finish what he started. Determination and perseverance is the theme.

What inspired you to write it?

          The inspiration for this book, was my grandson, Tanner. On a visit when he was about three        years old, he loved to play with his building blocks and build towers, over and over. He was fascinated with this repetitive play. We also went on numerous walks, he loved to explore the outdoors, and still does. So it seemed a natural fit to combine the two activities.  

What is up next for you?

I am shopping out two more picture books, and writing a chapter book right now.

Do you have anything else to add?

          Thank you so much for having me. I hope you enjoy my book.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Anita. We wish you much success.

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Book of Dreams by Sylvie Michaud

Book of Dreams coverAn adorable bedtime story awaits you and your child in Book of Dreams, part of the Ringtail Family series by Sylvie Michaud.

Baby Raccoon asks his mama and papa why every cloud is a different shape. Responding that clouds are pictures in the sky to help us dream, Mama and Papa share with Baby the different things they dream about when they see certain types of clouds. This lulls Baby right to sleep and into dreamland.

Short, sweet, and charming are all words to describe this lovely picture book. Slowly flowing prose and pastel colored illustrations help your little one settle down for the night and fill her head with beautiful visions for a peaceful night. I love the way Michaud’s descriptions paint pictures for little ones that are complemented by the lovely artwork. Probably more description than usually found in a picture book, but it works well here. This is definitely a book I’ll be saving for my future grandchildren.

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Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Crafty Canuck Inc. (March 28, 2012)
Language: English ISBN-10: 0978295587
ISBN-13: 978-0978295585

File Size: 3020 KB
Print Length: 21 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Crafty Canuck Inc. (March 13, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00BTPBX0Q
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Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! by Dominique Roques

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If you’re looking for a typical bedtime story, this isn’t it. Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! is, however, a sweet and zany bedtime story that youngsters will love. Anna Banana’s stuffed animals are ready to go to bed after a long day of playing, but Anna Banana isn’t ready yet. Each time one of them tries to convince her to turn out the lights, she’s having none of it. But when the shoe is on the other foot, things aren’t so peachy.

I loved this book. It’s whimsical, it’s funny, it’s adorable, and the stuffed animals are alive and talking! With all this and the delightful, often silly, illustrations by Alexis Dormal, kids will eat this one up. This is the first in a series. I can’t wait to see what this mother and son team come up with next.

Highly recommended!

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Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 28 pages
Publisher: First Second (June 17, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626720193
ISBN-13: 978-1626720190

I received an advanced review copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Bedtime Prayers That End with a Hug! by Stephen Elkins

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Bedtime Prayers That End with a Hug! by Stephen Elkins is a beautifully illustrated bedtime devotional for kids ages 3 – 5.

With gentle, calming text and warm, soothing colors, this moving devotional is the perfect way to settle your youngster down at bedtime. Each theme includes a Bible verse, a “snuggle time” application, a “bedtime Bible thought,” and a “my hug-a-bye-prayer,” and ends with “hug! time” between the child and the reader.

It can be challenging to write devotionals for young children. While I would sit down with our girls each night to read from their children’s Bible, I would have loved a book of this nature that shows them how to thank the Lord, think of others, teaches them about self-control and giving, and so many other things that will help them in their Christian journeys.

A padded hardcover, Bedtime Prayers That End with a Hug! features a presentation page so you can give this as a gift, and has a place at the end for the child to tape or glue a picture of their family to the page so they can remember to pray for them each day. The final page includes special Bible verses to remember.

Highly recommended!

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Series: Share-a-Hug!

Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (December 25, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1414383541
ISBN-13: 978-1414383545

I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of the Tyndale Blog Network. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.