Friday, May 24, 2013

Night-Time Reads For Little Dreamers

On a short-list of the best books for 4-year olds, 3 have been dubbed the grandest, most tried-and-true nighttime reads for little dreamers. In an ever-changing world of schedules and routines, kids and parents can still rely on the pure bonding of bedtime stories, designed to lull a child into a peaceful dreamland where nightmares are banished.

The following are those aforementioned 3 books; the ones that made the grade for being spectacular and memorable for your dream-bound dozers:


Steam Train, Dream Train (Sherri Duskey Rinker)

This 40-page addition to the bedtime regime is an instant classic for train enthusiasts and dreamland revelers. Your sleepy babes will be awe-struck and inspired with imaginative prose about polar bears, penguins, elephants, and an array of other animals, all preparing for a great night's sleep on the dream train.

"The flatbed cars are rolling beds. The weary craw can rest their heads, and settle in, and tuck in tight. Their work is finished for tonight."


Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (Sherri Duskey Rinker)

From the author and illustrator who brought "Steam Train, Dream Train" to life, this book is about the nightly routines of tow trucks, cranes, and construction vehicles. After a long day hauling and working, these mobiles are exhausted! The dazzling 32-pages of rhyme is brimming with vibrant pictures to keep little imaginations delighted.

"Reaching, stretching, lifting high. He swings the beam into the sky. He'll set it down right on its mark, then off to bed; it's almost dark."


The Going-To-Bed Book (Sandra Boynton)

Whimsical and hilarious, this board book is perfect for a short read on a rushed evening. There are 14-pages of silliness for all ages, with relatable animal characters who will do anything not to fall asleep. Sound familiar? This book is sure to gain giggles from parents and kids alike.

"The moon is high. The sea is deep. They rock, and rock, and rock to sleep."

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