bedtime stories · picture books · slice of life

Woolly Bears Aren’t Bears

I was today years old when I learned that a woolly bear is not an actual bear.

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Bedtime Stories: My 2013 #PB10for10 List

I line three throw pillows up on our bed each evening. Each of the brown ones are for me and Marc. The blue, brown, and cream patterned pillow is for Isabelle. It sits in the center of the brown ones. Once she’s finished brushing her teeth, she arrives in our room, picks out some bedtime… Continue reading Bedtime Stories: My 2013 #PB10for10 List

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The Next Bedtime Book

We’re still going strong with Betsy Snyder’s Sweet Dreams Lullaby every night at bedtime.  While there are other books we occasionally throw into the mix, the one constant is Sweet Dreams Lullaby.  That said, one day Isabelle is going to outgrow that book.  I’m not sure when it will happen, but I know I have… Continue reading The Next Bedtime Book

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Filling in the Blanks with Spoken Words

I’ve been reading Sweet Dreams Lullaby by Betsy Snyder to Isabelle every night since late December.  That’s about 100 nights’ worth of the same bedtime book!  Recently, I’ve noticed she has started to anticipate certain pages.  She approximates the word “splash” once she hears it at the end of one of the pages.  She kisses… Continue reading Filling in the Blanks with Spoken Words

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The Importance of Sharing the Title, Author, & Illustrator When Reading Aloud

“Hand me Sweet Dreams Lullaby,” I said to Isabelle as I placed her in her crib last night. She bent over, grabbed the correct book from the eight or so that she keeps in her crib, and handed it to me. I paused, satisfied, to take in the fact that she knew (for the second… Continue reading The Importance of Sharing the Title, Author, & Illustrator When Reading Aloud

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Best Bedtime Book. EVER.

Our little girl began protesting bedtime in early November. Nothing that we seemed to do made the transition into her crib for the night easier. At first I blamed the time change. Once we got her back to bed at her normal time, and the problem still persisted, I blamed her age. Maybe bedtime was… Continue reading Best Bedtime Book. EVER.

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Reading for the Moon

If you’ve read what I’ve written in the past week about my daughter (Click here or here if you’ve missed it.), then you know she’s obsessed with the moon. She looks for it in the late afternoon sky when she wakes up from her nap. It can’t be seen that early. However, once it gets… Continue reading Reading for the Moon

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Three Books Before Bedtime: The I’d-Rather-Walk-Than-Read Edition

Yesterday afternoon, after Isabelle’s too-short nap, she was leafing through On the Night You Were Born.  We talked about the moon and she touched the moon on every page of the book.  As we transitioned from reading to getting ready to go swimming, I made a mental note to have that book available before bedtime.… Continue reading Three Books Before Bedtime: The I’d-Rather-Walk-Than-Read Edition