Saturday, November 15, 2014

Pre-K Bed & Bath Storytime, Friday, December 9 @ 10:30

What separates the grownups from the babies?
They don't want to shut their eyes and we look for any excuse.

Hundreds of children's books have been written with the idea of lulling the child to sleep, of persuading him by the end of the story that the day is over. But let's start our storytime off with something more fun.

Eric Litwin does it again, giving us a bedtime book in perfect sing song rhyme about those nuts who don't want to go to bed. When children come back later and ask for a book, you know it's great!

Bath Book: Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont.  Although Beaumont's easy rhymes are as perfect as always, and Dini is pretty cute, this one is a bit on the sugary side.  So remember: these are dinosaurs, and do the Scrub-A-Dub-Dub in your deepest basso profundo

Getting Ready for Bed: There's a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer. Night time fears? We've all got them.

Getting Ready for Bed:  Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! Also, Pigeon Needs a Bath ("I Do Not!") by Mo Willems

Nobody fights harder than the pigeon.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night by Jane Yolen. Always fun.
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion. It's always nice to pull out a book and hear the moms say, "Oh, I love this one!"
  • Book of Sleep, Lights Out, Nights Out by Boniface, and Sweet Dreams by Kajikawai are all nice books about how animals sleep & nocturnal animals.
  • The Napping House by the great Audrey and Don Wood can be a perfect performance piece. I get out a xylophone, and as each new napper is introduced -- granny, boy, dog, cat, flea, etc, -- I hit a new note, until we reach the exciting climax and I sweep a glissando.  Big Book.
  • Bedtime for Peppa by Winthrop. What can I say? Peppa takes her pants off just like anybody else, one leg at a time, except I guess Dini Dinosaur. And then she brushes her teeth, has a story, etc.
Maybe: Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton
Definitely:  What! Cried Granny (An Almost Bedtime Story) by Kate Lum.  Patrick is at Granny's for his sleepover and a lot of things go wrong.  Something tells me Patrick has a speech impediment -- can't say r -- and Granny speaks in a very deep operatic voice.  Can't wait.
Definitely: Everybody Sleeps (But not FRED) by Josh Schneider. A Geisel Award Winning writer. 
Definitely:  Thank you, Octopus by Darren Farrell. (Octopus puts egg salad in bathtub, etc.) 
The Full Moon at the Napping House by Audrey Wood.
Goodnight Already! by Jory John.  So reminds me of my daughter and her sons. (She's the bear -- they're the ducks.)
Pirates in Pajamas by CAroline Crowe
SHHH! I'm Sleeping  Board Book Monfreid


  • The Nuts: Going to Bed by Eric Litwin
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (use percussion chime)
  • Starlight, Starbright
  • 5 Bears in the bed, and the little one said, "Roll over, roll over."
  • 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed.
  • Hop Little Bunnies
  • Sleep masks!

Craft Project: 
  • Thanksgiving Banners with foam stickers.
Maybe next year:

16. Rubber Ducky Bath – All kids love a rubber ducky and even more they love playing with water.  Buy a few rubber ducks and before the party get them “dirty” using things like flour, syrup or any other edible item (in case it goes in their mouth first!).  The idea is the kids then gather around some buckets or tub outside with soapy water and cloths to wash the ducks.  Sounds simple but they will love splashing about and once clean they can keep their duck to take home.
  • Lavender Aromatherapy for Bedtime  Mix up an inexpensive batch of bath salts with the kids, divide them up into baggies (funnels are the fun part) and send it home with them. Only don't call it bath salts. Maybe Tatooine sand? Bath Salts Recipe from Garden Therapy

Don't forget to wear your bathrobe and sock monkey slippers to storytime!


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