Child's Play Toy Store in Portland

Books for a better bedtime...zzz...

Book ReviewsMegan PeronaComment

It's a new year! Time to start fresh; clean eating habits, organized closets, 10 minute workouts, and one more thing we're like to address, bedtime. Here are four books to soothe you and your little ones into the new year.

Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett

Have a child who is afraid of the dark? In this sweet and funny story, Orion must face his biggest fear, the DARK! Orion and the dark go on a nighttime adventure to all the darkest places; closets, drains, under beds, and even outside. As Orion faces his biggest fear he finds out that it's not as scary as he thought. Lots of illustrated doodles and silly jokes keep the story light-hearted.  

Mama Seeton's Whistle by Jerry Spinelli, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Chrissy suggests this sweet, nostalgic story from Maniac Magee author, Jerry Spinelli. "No matter where you go, you can hear the call of home." Mama Seeton has a special way to call her children.  It's not loud. It's not fancy. But when she sends her two-note whistle into the air it finds her children, no matter where they might be. The whistle finds the children when they're young and in the backyard, older and down the block, and even when they're grown and spread around the world. This is a heartwarming story about the power of home and a parent's love. Plus, there's chocolate cake and it's set in a 1950's small town. Lovely for ages 3-6.

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! written by Todd Tarpley, illustrated by John Rocco

"Three little robots, time for bed. Time to dim your infrared." But, these rowdy robots have a different idea. Follow along as a little boy attempts to put his toy robots to bed. Similar to real life, the robots need their rotors brushed, bolts loosened, a drink of oil (they're robots, they don't get thirsty for water) and of course, one more story. The rhyming read-along will have your kids giggling, guaranteed. Ages 3-5.

Edgar Gets Ready for Bed by Jennifer Adams

Chrissy gave us this review: A fun nod to Edgar Allan Poe’s classic story The Raven! Young raven Edgar is a handful! His response to everything his mom asks him to do is a sassy, “Nevermore!” A story of few words, it has a lot of humor and heart! This book carries a sweet message of a parent’s unconditional love. Perfect for bedtime. Recommended for kids ages 3-5.

What are your favorite bedtime stories?

-Child's Play