Books With The Tag: #bedtime

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Today in our Pop-Up Peekaboo series with DK Canada it’s Pop-Up Peekboo Bedtime!  Can Big Bunny collect his many friends from their hiding places for bedtime?  Lift the flaps to find out!
We love the gentler, more bed-time friendly palette in this book and the playful hide-and-seek, perfect for winding down for night time (especially for my hide-and-seek obsessed small!).
A wonderful book to gift or add to your own library.  Recommended newborn+up!



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Today’s #picturebook is a literary nerd SQUEE favourite from our library: Edgar Gets Ready for Bed by Jennifer Adams & illustrated by Ron Stucki via @raincoastbooks​.  This is part of a “Babylit” series by Jennifer Adams wherein classic literature is made-over as children’s books and this one is Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven–featuring a tiny raven named Edgar who doesn’t want to get ready for bed.
There is a shriek-worthy Poe call-out on every page of this story!  Edgar declaring “nevermore” when asked to eat vegetables, take a bath, put on pajamas, clean up!  A jack-in-the-box of Poe’s head.  Mama Raven reading “the Raven” as his bedtime book!  THIS is the baby shower gift you must give to your English Major Mama friend or any booklover.  My own small may not get the references but teaching him to declare ‘nevermore’ in our house has brought nerdy book joy to my life.  
Recommended for all ages, birth and up.  This comes in picture book and board book formats AND has two sequels, ready?  Edgar and the Tattle Tale Heart, Edgar and the Treehouse of Usher.  I die.  The references.  



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Today’s boardbook is a new Sophie the Giraffe title from DK Books Canada:  Good Night Sophie, a gentle bedtime book with soft touch & feel elements.  Sophie herds her friends through their bedtime routine of bath and book before tucking in herself.

I know there a lot of bedtime books.  A lot.  But this one stands out to me and here’s why: it features the main character putting her little friends to bed (vs being put to bed herself).  It illustrates the way getting ready for bed is about caring for those we love.  

A sweet and simple read for your wee babies (newborn+) with a neutral, soothing colour palette, and a nice choice for toddlers who can put their little friends to bed too.



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Today’s picture book is Before Morning written by poet Joyce Sidman & illustrated by Beth Krommes published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via @raincoastbooks provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I actually found a little interview with the author on this title that explains how her poem was written first and the illustrator interpreted it, so two stories happen in this book, the poem and the illustrations.

This is spare, gorgeous poem about snowfall slowing down the world just as the narrator wishes and serves as a reminder during this busy season to stop and appreciate those things close and dear to us.

The illustrations tell the story of a child wishing that snow could keep her pilot mother home a little longer and paints a portrait of family that is warm and simple and beautiful.

A great bedtime read in the snow for smalls 3+up.



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Today’s picture book is Chengdu: Could not, Would not Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg via Disney Hyperion Books.  I have blogged Barney Saltzberg before (Peekaboo Kisses!) as his books are always wonderful.  This beautiful, lap friendly bedtime book is filled with simple text and comfy, comical, cuddly illustrations.  Great for your smalls 3 and up and for all panda lovers, everywhere.  Bonus features: if you’re a nerd like me you love looking under the jacket and the physical book beneath this cover houses enormous panda eyes!  Beautiful bamboo end papers and gorgeous, humorous gatefolds make this hard cover picture book a pleasure to behold!



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Today’s beautiful book is The Night Gardener by brothers Terry and Eric Fan.  Provided by @simonschusterca in exchange for an honest review.

This gorgeous picture book by two Canadian artists is a treasure for the eyes and the lap.  It has that special quality that makes it timeless and poignant and beautiful for all ages.  

A gardener turns William’s town into a beautiful menagerie each night and changes things forever.  When William follows him one night they garden together and the legacy continues as the gardener leaves William a pair of shears to garden for himself.  

This is a beautiful bedtime book for littles ones ages 4+up.  Thank you @simonschusterca for this exquisite book!