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.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • 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.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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

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    Fur and Feathers by Janet Halfmann

     In this imaginative new book by Janet Halfmann, Sophia is awakened by the howling winds. Her mother suggests they count animals. Soon Sophia is fast asleep, dreaming of a howling wind that blows all the animals out of their coats. Sophia offers the animals her clothes, but they aren’t very comfortable for her new friends. Then Sophia pulls out her grandma’s sewing box to see what she can find to make the “right coat” for each animal.

    Fur and Feathers is a delightful story from the award-winning team of Janet Halfmann and Laurie Allen Klein. Halfmann’s unique and engaging story is perfectly complemented by Klein’s stunning and beautiful artwork. Young readers will be captivated by this tale of a young girl who helps out her furry and feathered friends.  This book takes the idea of counting sheep to an all new and fun level.

    If you visit Halfmann’s website, she will share the inspiration behind Fur and Feathers. You can view the video trailer below.

    An educational section at the back of the book can be used to teach youngsters about different animals and their skin coverings.

    I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more books by Janet Halfmann!

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:  Sylvan Dell Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1607180863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607180869
  • SRP:  $8.95

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    Are You Ready for Bed? by Jane Johnson

    Getting ready for bedtime has never meant such a sweet treat until now. Are You Ready for Bed? by Jane Johnson will help you settle in and settle down with a wonderful story of Little Bunny who just isn’t ready for sleep.  Mrs. Rabbit tries lullabies, bubble baths, and even warm milk, but still Little Bunny would rather enjoy his time with his mother. Once Little Bunny finally falls asleep, Mrs. Rabbit is ready for some peace and quiet.

    This is the first book my six-year-old took out of the pile to read. The padded board book with the flocked cover is sure to catch your child’s eye too. Its soft, warm colors have a calming effect, and even I can’t resist touching the flocked bunnies on the cover.

    Johnson has put together a sweet bedtime story with Are You Ready for Bed? The poor tired Mommy rabbit is happy to get her youngsters tucked in for the night. But as soon as she starts to drift off into her own dreamland she is awakened by her youngest bunny looking for attention. I can’t tell you how many times that has happened to me over the past several years. Though I don’t think I would be kind enough to give my kids warm bubble baths to calm them down. Aren’t I an ogre? 🙂

    Gaby Hansen has provided some of the most charming illustrations for this book. The patchwork quilt, the big puffy chair Mrs. Rabbit reclines in, the adorable picture of Little Bunny hugging Mrs. Rabbit that is found on the cover and inside the book, all of them are so cute and will help little ones think of bedtime.

    There is so much to love about this book, you’ll want to make Are You Ready for Bed? by Jane Johnson part of your child’s bedtime ritual.

    Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10: 1589258061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258068
  • SRP:  $8.95

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