Ceora Brown LIBR 262A

Materials for Children 0-4

82) So Many Bunnies: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book by Rick Walton

Walton, Rick. So Many Bunnies: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book. Illustrated by Paige Miglio. HarperCollins, 1998. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-688-13656-7.

How many children does Mother Rabbit have to put to bed? “Old Mother Rabbit lived in a shoe. She had twenty-six children and knew what to do.” After feeding all her children, Mother Rabbit puts her children to bed in alphabetical and numerical order. The story keeps count of each child as Mother Rabbit makes her rounds to visit each of her children before bed. Each rabbit has their very own special sleeping spot: “1 was named Abel. He slept on the table/ 2 was named Blair. She slept in a chair/3 was named Carol. She slept in a barrel. ” In this beautifully illustrated picture book, drawn with pen-and-ink, children will learn triple concepts including their  numbers,  the alphabet, and rhyming words. The language is very simple, with simple sentences ending in rhymes such as “6 was named Frankie. She slept on a hankie”. There are full color illustrations, using a Victorian theme for the clothing and furniture, with blue-outlined boxes that function as labels for each of Mother Rabbit’s children. With entertaining illustrations that will show children many different ways of sleeping, and odd sleeping locations, such as on a tricycle, or inside a gate, this picture book will be humorous, yet educational.  (Picture book 2-4). The author’s website can be found at and the illustrator’s website can be found at

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77) I must Have Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal

Rosenthal, Eileen. I Must Have Bobo! Illustrated by Marc Rosenthal. Atheneum Books, 2011. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4424-0377-2.

On tan pages, brown-colored and upper-case-lettered text displays the story about a boy named Willy, who wakes up and finds that his favorite doll, named Bobo, is missing. Bobo is a monkey wearing a black and yellow striped sweatshirt. Bobo is a very special doll, because he can help Willy with everything “Bobo’s not afraid to go down the slide,” “Bobo holds my hand when we walk past the big dog,” and “Bobo does like coloring”. The only problem is that Bobo is the cat’s favorite doll, too. Earl is the family cat, and is grey in color. When Bobo goes missing, Willie searches for Bobo and finds him tucked underneath Earl which makes him shout “Hey Earl!”. Bobo is such an important doll that Willie and Earl finally learn to share him, with an adorable bedtime scene with Bobo, Earl, and Willie all tucked into bed. This book presents the idea of sharing in a new way– between a child and an animal. The illustrations are kept simple, but in a cartoonish way–almost reminiscent of the Kevin and Hobbs characters. The tan background and primary colors allows the readers to focus on the characters and the text. A great spin on the idea of sharing, and the book will be a funny read-aloud for young children. For children who cannot read, the illustrations can tell the story perfectly. The story begins with waking up and ends with sleep, so it would be a perfect bedtime story, as well. (Picture book 3-5). No author website. Illustrator website can be found at

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73) Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri D. Rinker

Rinker, D. Sherri. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Chronicle Book, 2011. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8118-7782-4.

A perfect bedtime story for young people who are interested in trucks and dirt. Learn about a cement mixer, a dump truck, a bulldozer and a crane truck’s daily activities. Each truck loves to work, because work is playtime for them: “Dump Truck loves to work and haul. He carries loads both big and small,” “Pushing with his mighty blade, Bulldozer works to smooth the grade.” After a hard day’s work each construction truck must stop playing and sleep. Each truck tucks themselves into bed for a good night sleep. Young people will enjoy the illustrations with a dark navy blue sky background, twinkling white lights, soft toned trucks rendered in wax oil pastels on vellum paper. The rhyming text will lull youngsters to sleep as they depict each truck with friendly cartoon facial features. The story’s illustrations reinforces the rhythmic sentences. Children will learn about construction right before bedtime. (Picture book 1-4). Author website can be found at Illustrator website can be found at

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59) I love my Mom by Anna Walker

Walker, Anna. I Love My Mom. Simon & Schuster, 2009. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4169-8318-7.

From greeting cards to picture books, Anna Walker has created a simple story about familial love. A grey and white striped figure, resembling a stuffed zebra animal, is the mother figure, and her daughter named Ollie B bond together in this watercolor-illustrated picture book. Walker personalizes the pages by handwriting the text, which makes the pages look like a written-in Hallmark gift card. The story is told in first person. Ollie introduces herself, and says “I love my mom”. Readers learn why Ollie loves her mom so much. Quick rhyming text moves the story along—from “Mom, what will we do?” to”Let’s try something new!” Ollie explains all the different activities she enjoys doing with her mother, and small phrases accompany the small vignettes of mother and daughter “we look,” “and talk,” “we wiggle,” “and walk”. Ollie’s favorite moment with her mother is her “kiss good night,” only then can she go to sleep, saying “sweet dreams, night night”. A perfect bedtime read for children and mothers, on Mother’s Day and every night! (Picture book 2-5). Author-illustrator website can be found at

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58) Cuddle Up, Goodnight by Katie Cleminson

Cleminson, Katie. Cuddle Up, Goodnight. Hyperion, 2010. 32 pages. ISBN: 978-142313844-0

A small boy, with rosy red cheeks, gets help from his animals friends with daily activities. From “Wake up” time to “dress up” time to “listen up” time to “swing up” time, to “eat up” time to “clean up” time to “cuddle up” time, a boy experiences different tasks during the daytime. “Wake up” time involves stretching with a cat, cleaning and rubbing, brushing hair and teeth. “Dress up” time involves finding clothes and shoes, and the process of putting them on. “Listen up” time involves fun activities, storytelling, drawing, counting and asking questions. “Swinging up” is for playtime, consisting of running climbing dancing and hiding, “Eat up” time includes the motions of eating food, drinking, and using proper utensils. “Clean up” time includes taking a bath right before “cuddle up” time, with a good story. Animals including an elephant, a cat, a rhino, a raccoon, a lion, and a bear accompany the little boy and help him with each  activity.  With playful rhyming text that uses simple words, and with large illustrations in ink, colored pencil, and charcoal on either white, blue, or red spreads, this bedtime book will be a perfect  read for children, who experience daily routines with their stuffed animal toys. Daily activities can be fun because sharing, helping, and listening is involved. (Picture book 2-5). Author-illustrator website can be found at

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2.) The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boughton

Boughton, S. (1995). The Going to Bed Book. New York: Simon and Schuster. 14 pages. ISBN: 978-0671449025

In this fiction board book, a group of animals portray all the tasks that are involved with getting ready for bed. Each animal takes a bath, puts on pajamas, brushes their teeth, exercise, and finally go to sleep. The book includes an indication of time that is passing throughout the story; so, this can be a valuable source for telling time: sunset, moon, and nightfall. The author presents the book as if it will tell readers how to go to bed, and the first two pages exhibit this: wash up and brush your teeth, but the next page shows the animals exercising, after they have just taken a bath and brushed their teeth. This is meant to be silly for kids, so the backwardness of the book is intended to be funny. The tale is not straightforward because Boughton adds an oddity within the book.  Boughton’s board book includes the “exercise before bed” for humor. This book is great for very young readers because there are small sentences. There are rhyming sentences that help with reading readiness and phonetic awareness. (Board book 2-5). Author-illustrator website can be found at
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1.) Sesame Street: Sleepytime Songs and Stories

Henson, Jim. (Director). (2005). Sleepytime Songs and Stories. Sesame Street.

Annotation: The Sesame Street puppets: Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Count, Ernie and Bert, ect. each tell thier story about how they go to sleep.

Format: DVD, 30 minutes.

Personal Reaction: This movie is great for getting 2 to 4 year olds ready to sleep. The songs are every theraputic so it prepares children for bed. This dvd is teaching kids how to sleep by imitation. Kids might try imitating the characters, like Big Bird snd end up falling asleep. However, Ernie keeps waking up and starts to tap dance–even though the song is Dance Yourself to Sleep–, this could be distruptive and wake up the child who is falling asleep. This is contradicting, because the music is loud and happy so it could make the toddler rise up and dance too. If parents are trying to get thier child to sleep this dance will certainly wake them up. But, then, Big Bird brings the tone down with his soft voice and speaks of the different methods of sleep: 1.) Singing, 2.) Counting, 3.) Soft Toy, 4.) Storytelling. Some music instruments that were used were soft flutes and soft singing voices; also, pictures of the night sky and stars, which should help kids get into the mood for bedtime. My favorite songs from this collection are: Cookie Monster’s: If Moon was Cookie song, and the “Everybody Sleeps” song. Other songs included are: Dance myself to Sleep, Moonshine Song, Snuffle Lullabye, and Imagination.

Catagorization Tag: Children’s video, Sleep, Puppets

Age: 2-4

Early Literacy Skills:

1.) Counting: The Count puppet can help kids learn thier numbers while they try to sleep. He counts sheep in his sleep.

Awards: N/A

Author/Illustrator Website:

Issues: Cant Sleep, Scared to Sleep,

Genre: Puppet

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