Story Time

Twilight Tales
Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
Audience
• Toddler • Pre-school
Books
The big yawn by:Faulkner, Keith
Increasingly larger animals, from a little bug to a terrible tiger, open their mouths in yawns before closing their eyes to go to sleep.

Goodnight moon by:Brown, Margaret Wise
A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.
Grandfather Twilight by:Berger, Barbara
At the day's end, Grandfather Twilight walks in the forest to perform his evening task, bringing the miracle of night to the world.
Counting Kisses by:Katz, Karen.
How many kisses does a tired baby need to change her from crying into sleeping.
Good night, Mr. Night by:Yaccarino, Dan
Mr. Night puts the world to bed and helps children fall asleep.
10 bears in my bed : a goodnight countdown by:Mack, Stanley
One by one the bears leave the bed until there are none.
Happy birthday, moon by:Asch, Frank
When a bear discovers that the moon shares his birthday, he buys the moon a beautiful hat as a present.
Ship of dreams by:Morrissey, Dean
Trying to stay awake to see the sandman, a young boy finds himself sailing the star-filled night sky with him.

Notes: Contains index to artwork (author's original oil paintings).
The napping house by:Wood, Audrey
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.
Piggies by:Wood, Don
Ten little piggies dance on a young child's fingers and toes before finally going to sleep.
Good night, Gorilla by:Rathmann, Peggy
An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.
How do dinosaurs say good night? by:Yolen, Jane
Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.
The butterfly kiss by:Boo, Marcial
A butterfly kiss that is not wanted by a tiger, an elephant, a stork, a crocodile, a hare, or a bat finds a home where an old man says goodnight to his grandchild
Maisy goes to bed by:Cousins, Lucy
It's time for Maisy to go to bed. First she drinks her bedtime drink, then she has to brush her teeth, wash her hands, and put on her pajamas. There's lots to do. So pull the tabs, lift the flaps, and help Maisy get ready.
Songs
Stars
I watch the stars come out at night,
I wonder where they get their light.
I don't think they'll ever fall,
So, I'll reach up and pick them all.
http://www.geocities.com/soogal99/spacesongs.html
Star Light
Star light, Star bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.
Going to Bed
This little child is going to bed
(point to self)

Down on the pillow he lays his head
(rest head on hands)

He wraps himself in a blanket tight
(hug yourself)

And this is the way he sleeps all night

Zzzzzzz...ZZZZZZZZz
Wee Willie Winkie
Wee Willie Winkie
Runs through the town,
Upstairs and downstairs
In his nightgown.

Rapping at the windows,
Crying through the lock,
"Are the children all in bed?
For it's now eight o'clock.
Ten in Bed
There were ten in bed
(hold up two hands, fingers extended, palms facing out)

And the little one said,

Roll over, Roll Over!
(wiggle one of the little fingers)

So they all rolled over
And One fell out
(make hands into fists and roll them)

There were nine in bed
(hold up two hands, 9 fingers extended, palms facing out) %

Continue until...

There was one in bed,
and the little one said
Good Night!
Craft
Moon Prints
Need: Paint, dish soap, straws, pin, bowl or cup, paper
Directions: Make moon prints (a.k.a. bubble paint!). Add tempera paint to water and dish soap, then use a straw (with a hole pierced halfway up the straw to prevent swallowing!). to blow bubbles way over the top of the bowl. Press a piece of paper down onto the bubbles, popping them and leaving "craters" on the paper.
Other
It is extremly important that children get enough sleep each night. I am including the website for the National Sleep Foundation. This information has been developed to assist both parents and teachers.
http://www.sleepforkids.org/html/habits.html
Notes
There are tons of wonderful bedtime stories. I have listed more stories than you will need for a single storytime or bedtime sitting. Enjoy reading with your children every day. It is one of the most important things that you can do to help them become life long learners.