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Check it out! Some new book reviews from Miss Jenn

Jenn, our children's librarian

In storytime yesterday, our theme was bedtime. Why bedtime? It’s a great theme for kid’s to hear about and it’s something we all encounter every day. As I was planning the stoytime with some of my bedtime favorites I came across some new books that would be perfect for storytime. They were all hits and I thought I’d share them with you.

New Bedtime Book #1:

The Full Moon at the Napping House by Audrey Wood


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This is a successful sequel to The Napping House, where everyone is sleeping (until the bed breaks). In this story, no one can sleep, not granny, not the dog, and certainly not the mouse with the prowling cat about. Then the moon comes out and soothes them all. This is a cumulative story, meaning you add to the tale on each page. We start with granny and add the child, and so on. The illustrations are colorful and go well with the bedtime theme, using a mainly blue palette. Check it out!


New Bedtime Book #2:

Power Down Little Robot by Anna Staniszewski

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A little robot does not want to power down in this new colorful picture book, despite the mom unit’s best efforts. He initiates his stalling program to no avail, in the end he must close his eye for just a millisecond. Who can resist that adorable robot face? Not, me!


New Bedtime Book #3:

Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson

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Another book that has the reader interacting with the story, while not as successful as Tap the Magic Tree, still a book worthy of our attention. Be amazed as your child, or you, tap the firefly and make it light up, and pat the deer to send it to bed. Each pages asks the reader to interact with the story. Nothing electronic or digital is to be found in this book, it uses illustrations and a child’s innate sense of wonder. Check it out and be amazed!


New Bedtime Book #4

Beep! Beep! Go To Sleep by Todd Tarpley

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This was the biggest hit of storytime this week. A young boy is trying to go to sleep, but his robots keep waking him up with a loud BEEP! BEEP! With clever repetition and simple storyline this is a winner. The illustrations are beautiful and the words large enough to entice a young child in to trying to read them. For a sure fire hit, check it out.