Twilight Tales

As the sun set and twilight approaches children begin to realize that bedtime is near. Many chose to wander about in scattered fashion as they dillydally their time away. Thus, the art of procrastination can be achieved at a surprisingly early age.

I advise parents’ that they can support their child’s needs by setting and staying with a bedtime routine. The American Academy of Pediatrics states, "it's almost impossible to overstress the importance of a calm, orderly bedtime routine."  Creating an evening story-time promotes a tranquil environment for your young child, consequently; supporting their need  them unwind from the day.

 

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest-so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime! by/ Myra Wolfe 

If only bedtime could walk the plank! Charlotte Jane the Hearty gets all the juice out of her days with pirate-girl pizzazz! She loves swashbuckling sessions, treasure hunts, and Fantastic Feats of Daring ”all of which prove she has formidable oomph. There "s absolutely no room in her day for bedtime. But can Charlotte Jane refuse to snooze and still be her hearty pirate self?

 Good Night, World by Willa Perlman

As the sun sets from east to west, this book takes children on a magical round-the-world journey to bid good night to the world's natural wonders, from plants and animals to mountains, oceans, and wide desert plains. Willa Perlman's soothing, lyrical text combines with Carolyn Fisher's sweeping illustrations to paint a vivid picture of everything everywhere going to sleep, including an imaginative little boy.

Cuddle Up, Goodnight by Katie Cleminson.

Wake up! Animal friends are ready to play. Clean up, dress up, eat up! With friends by your side, even everyday routines are full of fun and whimsy. Cuddle up! At the end of a busy day comes the nicest routine of all: cuddling up with the perfect book. Katie Cleminson's winsome illustrations make Cuddle Up, Goodnight a delightful addition to any child's bedtime routine.

The Biggest Kiss by Joanna Walsh 

From tiny ants to enormous elephants, there's a kiss for everyone in this warm and cozy feel-good book. Find out if worms kiss underground, with the soil all around, or if fish kiss with a splash and a splish. From tiny ants to enormous elephants, there's a kiss for everyone in this warm and cozy feel-good book. Find out if worms kiss underground, with the soil all around, or if fish kiss with a splash and a splish. With an irresistible text that begs to be read aloud and adorable illustrations, parents and grandparents will love sharing this collection of affection with the youngest of readers.

Good Night, Chickie by Émile Jadoul.

 Mother Hen has put Chickie to bed. But Chickie's stuffed friend Bunny isn't ready to sleep yet he can't hear Mother Hen; he needs to go to the bathroom; he's scared of the dark and the noises he hears. But Mother Hen is always there to reassure them, until at last both Bunny and Chickie are satisfied. This endearing bedtime story will resonate with any parent who has ever struggled to convince a child to go to sleep, and will comfort any child who has needed just one more thing before falling asleep

Good Night Pillow Fight  by Sally Cook 

A city full of parents tries to get their children to go to sleep, while the children insist on playing games. Bedtime may never be the same with this book by Cook and the "New York Times" bestselling illustrator which explores the eternal bedtime struggle with hilarious text and whimsical illustrations. 

The World Champion of Staying Awake by Sean Taylor  

When Stella's toy animals refuse to go to sleep, she comes up with a clever plan using her keen imagination. It's time for Stella to go to bed. But how can she sleep when Cherry Pig, Thunderbolt the puppet mouse, and Beanbag Frog are wide awake? "I'm the world champion of staying awake!" shouts Cherry Pig, bouncing on the bed. Luckily Stella is good at thinking up ways to get her toys to sleep, by taking them on a sailing Pillow Ship, a shoebox Midnight Train, and a toy-basket Starship Balloon. With luminous illustrations and an utterly charming text "I've shut my eyes, but my feet are completely woken-up . . . “ this ode to a child's imagination and boundless spirit is certain to be a winning choice at bedtime.

Goodnight Moon [Big Book]  by Margaret Wise Brown 

The classic bedtime story that has lulled generations of children to sleep is the perfect first book to share with a child.

"I'm Not Sleepy!" by Jonathan Allen.

In this new installment in Jonathan Allen’s successful series, our ever-argumentative hero, Baby Owl, is definitely NOT ready for bedtime. Other animals stay awake during the day, so why shouldn’t he? He isn’t yawning, he’s thinking! Owls are very wise, and they spend a lot of time thinking, you know. So why does everyone seem to think Baby Owl is sleepy? He's not! He's really not! He’s . . . fast asleep. Naïve, yet adorably plucky, Baby Owl have captured the hearts of young readers and their parents. Bedtime-resistant kids and weary adults everywhere will love this funny twist on a classic goodnight story.

 Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger.

When day is gone, and shadows begin to deepen, it is time for Grandfather Twilight to close his book, put on his jacket, and go for a walk through the forest. Little birds hush as he walks by, and the rabbits and other small creatures watch in silence as he performs his very special evening task and returns to his house among the trees. Small readers and listeners, too, will sense the serenity of this poetic story, and will be comforted to learn that the twilight is a gentle, friendly time. Exquisite pictures extend and illuminate the text, to reveal the nightly miracle so faithfully performed by Grandfather Twilight. Perfect for reading aloud and for sharing at bedtime, this beautiful and reassuring book will be cherished by old and young alike.

Additional Reading for Parents' 

American Academy of Pediatrics Guide to Your Child's Sleep: Birth through Adolescence

 The foremost medical authority on children's health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, has collected in these pages the best advice on getting newborns, toddlers, and school-age children to sleep. Packed with practical tips, this guide offers invaluable information, answers questions from parents, and provides reassuring advice for preventing SIDS, getting your baby to sleep through the night, and solving sleep-wake problems. Here, in a compact and accessible package, is information to ensure that even the most bleary-eyed parents and their children get a good night's sleep.

Bedtime Trouble

A Lullaby for Good Health