Bedtime Report #3
Updated: Jul 7, 2021
Still reading Zoey and Sassafrass! We have a case of the Grumplets this week ...
I'm going to try and keep these shorter and focus my highlights because the first two felt longish. I tend to go long on everything, and with children's books, it's hard not to because there are so many my kids and I love.
So, this week, our favorite bedtime reads (some new to us, some fond favorites) were ...
A pretend play adventure to complement any wet or seemingly glum day: Sunday Rain by Rosie J. Pova and Amariah Rauscher
A beautifully told and illustrated story and conversation starter ... especially if you have kids, like two of my three, who take food for granted: Watercress by Andrea Wang and Jason Chin. You should check out Wang's Magic Ramen and so many other of Chin's books, such as Your Place in the Universe, too!
We love so many of Deborah Freedman's books. I thought this one might be too quiet for my kids and end up being just one that I loved, but nope, they loved it, too. Explore the deeper story in a house: This House, Once by Deborah Freedman ... Also, while you're at it, check out Carl and the Meaning of Life and The Story of Fish and Snail!
We pretty much adore everything by Josh Funk as well, so we were delighted to pick up another of his fractured fairy tales this week. Venture forth on a fun narrative jaunt with It's Not Little Red Riding Hood by Josh Funk and Edwardian Taylor though I think Pirasaurs, How to Code a Sandcastle, and his Patience & Fortitude library lion books are still our favorites of his!
And again, we always love Dan Santat's books, and The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend is a long-time favorite that we pulled out again this week. I dare you not to fall in love with this unimaginably wonderful guy and all the other friends and kids on these pages ...
Hmm, there was one more. Oh, yes! This was a particular favorite of my five year old this week, and I love that again, it's not an obvious choice but he loved it and asked me to keep it longer from the library so we could read it again. Embrace the universe in you and everyone with Stardust by Jeanne Willis and Briony May Smith. There's also an excellent Neil Gaiman book by same title if you're feeling thematic this week though it's a teen and above read ... Also, in the kid department, Gaiman's Coraline!
Oh, dear. I think went long again ... but not quite as long!