Posts Tagged ‘bedtime’

Cornelius P. Mud – Ready for Anything

Posted on March 25th, 2011 by Carolyn Hart

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Storytime Standouts looks at a fun picture book,  Cornelius P. Mud Are You Ready for Bed?Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? written by and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
Picture book about getting ready for bed published by Candlewick Press



It is time to put toys away, brush teeth, enjoy a story and head off to bed. For Cornelius P. Mud however, these steps toward bedtime aren’t quite what moms and dads envision. Cornelius stores his toys in the fridge, feeds chocolate chip cookies to his goldfish and selects a huge stack of piggy bedtime stories.

Big, bold illustrations help to tell a story that is perfect for circle time or bedtime. Readers who enjoy Cornelius P. Mud, are You Ready for Bed? will want to watch for the companion books: Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for School? and Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Baby?

Fun for ages 2-5, in board book and hardcover formats

Cornelius P. Mud, are You Ready for Bed? at Amazon.com

Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? at Amazon.ca


Zero Kisses for Me – Not Even a Tiny Bit Bleah

Posted on March 6th, 2011 by Carolyn Hart

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image of cover art for Zero Kisses for MeZero Kisses for Me written by Manuela Monari and illustrated by Virginie Soumagnac
Picture book published by Tundra Books

I have the good fortune to share read alouds with children regularly in my classes. I always look for engaging stories that will hook my students. Sometimes I am lucky enough to find a book that doesn’t just hook the kids – some books have children talking about the story a week later and begging for a reread. Zero Kisses for Me is one of those delightful books that children love to see, listen to and cheer about.

Life is tough when you’re always being kissed.” When you’re kissed before you go out in the rain and when you’re kissed and called, “Honeybunch” or “Flower Bud.” By the end of the day, you can be “tired of being everybody’s tootsy-wootsy… huggy-bear… kissy-snooks.” You might even demand, “No more mush!” And, you might exclaim, “BLEAH” – the perfect word to make a story memorable and a great word for young children to hear and relish.

Fun illustrations add to the atmosphere in Zero Kisses for Me and convey the little bear’s determination and frustration beautifully. A great read aloud for boys and girls, aged four to six, especially those who enjoy many, many kisses each and every day. Although not a Valentine’s Day book, this would be a terrific choice to reach for on February 14th.

Zero Kisses for Me at Amazon.com

Zero Kisses for Me at Amazon.ca

You will also be interested in our Valentine’s Day printables. Storytime Standouts is on Pinterest – Check out our Valentine’s Day Board


Time to Say, Good Night Harry

Posted on February 17th, 2011 by Carolyn Hart

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Good Night Harry - written and illustrated by Kim Lewis
Harry, Lulu and Ted are off to their warm bed, ready for a good night’s sleep. Ted and Lulu are soon quietly snoring while Harry the elephant lies awake. Perhaps looking at a book or changing position will help. Alas, no matter what Harry tries, sleep remains elusive and he soon begins to worry; wiggling and rolling about. Finally it is Ted and Lulu who help their friend to find sleep and happy dreams. Good Night, Harry is a warmly illustrated, reassuring bedtime story.

32 pages, ages 3 to 6

Good Night, Harry at Amazon.com

Good Night, Harry at Amazon.ca


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