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SNOOOORRE! Bedtime Stories Make Me Sleepy.

11 Oct

There are SO MANY good bedtime stories to choose from.  I think the ones I use skew toward the lively, as otherwise I’d be putting myself to sleep. Here’s what we’re reading (more than needed for a standard storytime, but I always have extras):

  • Stein, David Ezra. Interrupting Chicken. Oh, how I love this book. Little Red Chicken is supposed to be relaxing and falling asleep while Papa reads her a story, but she can’t help…interrupting. Great way to introduce this new word!
  • Yolen, Jane. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight/¿Cómo dan las buenas noches los dinosaurios?  A new classic. And you get to fake cry! Bonus!
  • Dewdney, Anna. Llama Llama Red Pajama/La llama Llama rojo pijama. I love it when great stories like this are translated into another language AND it still rhymes AND the story hasn’t changed much. Occasionally the English and Spanish versions of a story will be completely different! Not here. The story of little Llama’s bedtime drama is the same.
  • Fingerplay (or fingerpuppets or flannelboard): 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed! Here’s a printable flannelboard or magnet version.
  • Root, Phyllis.  Creak! Said the Bed. Mama lets everyone into the bed on a cold, blustery night. Dad says no to letting one more family member in, but he jumps in anyway – to disastrous results.
  • Flannelboard (or action rhyme): 10 in the bed
  • Bardhan, Sudipta. Chicks Run Wild! Mama wants her chicks to go to bed. But when she leaves the room, they run WILD!

Other books I like:

  • Chaconas, Dori. Can’t Sleep Without Sheep! Ava needs the sheep to keep jumping the fence in order to fall asleep. But when they quit the job, can any other animal replace them?
  • Fore, S.J. Tiger Can’t Sleep. The boy can’t sleep because there’s a tiger in his closet…eating potato chips! Boy implores Tiger to be quiet as tiger continues to engage in all kinds of noisy activities.
  • Wood, Audrey. Napping House/La casa adormecida. A fun cumulative tale with lots of sleep-related vocabulary.
  • Wilson, Karma. Bear Snores On. On a cold night, the animals gather in bear’s cave and have a party. But bear misses it – he’s too busy snoring!
  • Martin jr., Bill. Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going to Bed? A rhyming story about kitty’s activities at bedtime.
  • Weeks, Sarah. Counting Ovejas. A bilingual story of a boy counting colorful sheep. A lovely concept book!

*Yawn* I think I need a nap now. Read me a bedtime story?


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