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For the last couple months, since I have started school full-time, it has been a challenge to get enough sleep. During my waking hours I study a ton and when I am not at school I work the graveyard shift. So my sleeping patterns are all over the place. Sometimes I sleep in the middle of the day and sometimes I sleep at night.
We so often put ourselves in a bad mood because we forget to appreciate the true gifts in our lives. One thing I am going to resolve to do (instead of being upset when I don’t have enough time to sleep, or cook a homemade meal, or wash my clothes) is focus on being grateful for the successes I do have.
For this week’s celebration, here are a few fun books about bedtime.
No Go Sleep! by Kate Feiffer and illustrated by Jules Feiffer is about a baby who adamantly refuses to go to sleep. As you turn each page there is a different “person” saying good night or offering a consoling message to the baby. First his mom and then his dad tell him to go to sleep. Then the sun, moon, stars, car, birds, frogs, bunnies, owl, tree, sheep, door, goldfish, dog, shoes, doll, and teddy bear each take their turn with something comforting to say.
The Kindhearted Crocodile by Lucia Panzieri and illustrated by AntonGionata Ferrari centers on a ferocious looking crocodile who desperately wants to be someone’s pet. So he sneaks into a storybook where he becomes one of the pictures and enters a family’s home at night when they are sleeping. He does chores without them knowing so that they will like him. The family stays up one night and hides to find out who or what is behind these good deeds. It is the children who help their parents overcome their stereotypical fears and accept the crocodile into their lives.
No Such Thing by Jackie French Koller and illustrated by Betsy Lewin won the Nebraska State Golden Sower Award in 1998 for the primary category. In this story there is a monster hiding under a boy’s bed when he goes to bed and his mom does not believe him. The twist is that the monster is afraid of the boy who sleeps on top of the bed and his mom doesn’t believe him either. Both of them face their fears and become friends.