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.

K.M. Daughters Releases Three Classic Children’s Stories by their Dad, Michael Lynch

K.M. Daughters is the award-winning sister writing team of Kathie (Lynch) Clare and Patricia (Lynch) Casiello. They have recently released three classic children’s story based upon manuscripts left to them by their father, Michael. These were stories their father created for them. They are proudly sharing them with young readers for the first time.

The Slippers With The Turned Up Toes is a classic bedtime or any-time story for children of all ages. Young readers will be enchanted with the characters they’ll meet in this story: the unforgettable leprechaun, Magee, who turns blarney into magic to help a young girl; his adventurous son, Timothy who runs away to join a circus, billed as the shortest man in the world; and Joanne, the sweet girl who finally believes in herself, the most powerful magic of all.

In The Twilight Twins, you’ll meet Bonny and Johnny, who visit Patti Woodward one night when, as usual, Patti refuses to go to sleep at bedtime. The Twilight Twins take Patti on an unforgettable journey that chases away Patti’s fears of darkness forever.

Young readers will delight in the wickedly funny, and forgetful witch, Sasperilda; her unusual sisters, Hilda and Matilda; and their clever cat, George. Sasperilda matches wits with the powerful Great Genie and the ruler of the kingdom of Blarney, King Dennis, while hilariously mixing up the words in her magic spells and brewing up mysterious, exploding brews in her cauldron. Who would believe that the fearsome Sasperilda might help humanity?

 

 

Michael (Mickey) Lynch was born in Bronx, New York, in 1924. He was the second of four children born to Irish immigrants, Mary and John Lynch. He served with honor as a United States paratrooper during World War II. After the war ended, he married his childhood sweetheart, Katherine (Kay) and raised two daughters. He died in 1970 when his children were teenagers. He was a house painter by trade.

You can learn more about K.M. Daughters online at http://kmdaughters.com/.

Night Knight Theraputic Bedtime Stories by Emma Piers

 Night Knight Theraputic Bedtime Stories by Emma Piers is a wonderful way to use books to help you child develop good opinions about himself/herself. Geared toward children ages 5 to 11, Night Knight tells the story of Rosador, her friend Orion, and other magical creatures.

Broken down into four chapters, each with two parts, Night Knight allows readers to explore topics such as bereavement, separation, rejection, abandonment, bullying, and anxiety that can plague children when things happen in their lives. Orion must cope with the loss of his brother, while Fumblekins the fulture gets lost in the valley and is all alone. The Fulture King is nothing but a big bully, who might need the healing of the Cloakwood School to help change his ways. And Norrin, the hobgoblin, can’t seem to sleep and is anxious all the time. How can he overcome his lack of confidence?

While not a sustitute for medial care, this book can pave the way for parent/child discussions, and help your child feel better about himself/herself. Included in the beginning are some recommendations on how to use the book, followed by a discussion of the book’s contents. After the last story, there is a note for parents and caregivers from the creatures of Wellness Island, a list for children of Rosador and Orion’s tips for feeling good, and a notes section.

Also included is a two-CD set with a special narrated edition set to beautiful music.

Since the book is geared to kids as young as 5, I think some of the illustrations are a bit scary. Those hobgoblin eyes on Page 17 are creepy and Grizzles the bear on Page 70 is also a spooky looking fellow. There are, however, many wonderful pictures throughout the book: the map of Wellness Island, a scared and alone Fumblekins lost in the valley, the elf’s home on Page 28, just to name a few.

I would definitely recommend Night Knight by Emma Piers to parents and caregivers looking to help their children through difficult situations.

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  • Publisher: Emma Piers UK Ltd
  • ISBN-10: 1908104058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908104052


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    I received a free copy of this book from the author and her publicist in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation to share my opinions.

    Good Night, Little Sea Otter by Janet Halfmann

     A sweet and creative bedtime story is what you’ll find in Good Night, Little Sea Otter. It is bedtime for Little Sea Otter, but first he must say goodnight to all his sea friends. One by one they reply, and snuggled in his mother’s arms, Little Sea Otter drifts off to sleep.

    I love bedtime stories. My girls are beyond most of them, but I still like to read them. So,  when author Janet Halfmann asked if I would be interested in reading Good Night, Little Sea Otter, I jumped at the chance.

    In a unique way, Halfmann helps your little one settle down for sleep. The artwork provided by Wish Williams is outstanding. You feel like you could reach out and touch these creatures as you read along.  You can almost hear the movement of the sea.

    I highly recommend  Good Night, Little Sea Otter by Janet Halfmann to anyone looking for the perfect bedtime story. At $5.95, you definitely can’t go wrong.

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  • Publisher: Star Bright Books
  • ISBN-10: 1595722548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595722546
  • SRP:  $5.95


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    The Fox in the Dark by Alison Green

     A sweet rhyming story that will help get your little ones settled in for the night is what you’ll find in The Fox in the Dark.

    The Rabbit is racing home as he’s chased by a fox in the dark. No sooner has he latched the door, but a rat-a-tat-tat startles him. The duck is also scared of the fox in the dark and begs to come in. Next comes the mouse and the lamb begging to be saved from the dreaded fox in the dark. But maybe the fox isn’t as scary as they think.

    In this beautiful reprinted edition of Alison Green’s The Fox in the Dark, young readers can get ready for bedtime by reading of the animals who are snuggling up in Rabbit’s bed to hide from the fox in the dark.

    Green’s lyrical prose flows along almost as gently as a lullaby. With great subtlety, The Fox in the Dark teaches young ones a good reason not to make assumptions about others.

    The illustrations by Deborah Allwright are wonderful. They capture the essence of the story perfectly.  From the sweat dripping off Rabbit’s forehead to the big, round eyes of the little fox, she has captured the emotions of each character.

    Everything about this book is wonderful. The special child in your life between the ages of 3 and 7 would certainly enjoy this one.

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  • Publisher: Tiger Tales; Reprint edition
  • ISBN-10: 1589250915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589250918
  • SRP:  $15.95


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