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Bedtime

Great books selected specifically for reading to your kids at bedtime.

From Head to Toe

From Head to Toe

By: Eric Carle
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 0-5

What does an elephant do? It stomps its foot. Can you? From the creator of such beloved classics as The Grouchy Ladybug and The Mixed-Up Chameleon comes this interactive story that invites kids to imitate animal movements. Watching giraffes bend their necks or monkeys wave their arms is fun, but nothing could be better than joining in. From their heads down to their toes, kids will be wriggling, jiggling, and giggling as they try to keep up with these animals!Alligators wiggle, elephants stop, gorillas thump, and giraffes bend. Can you …

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Princess Baby, Night-Night

Princess Baby, Night-Night

By: Karen Katz
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 0-5

Poor Princess Baby. It’s bedtime, but she isn’t sleepy. After all, there is so much a princess baby needs to do. PJs need to be put on, toys need to be put away, the perfect book needs to be chosen, and her beloved subjects need to brush their teeth! It’s a very busy time in Princess Baby’s room. Young readers will want to climb into their own beds when our pint-sized heroine finally pulls up the covers and goes “night-night.”

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Ten Tiny Tickles

Ten Tiny Tickles

By: Karen Katz
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Level: 0-5

From one tiny tickle on a lovely little head to ten twirling tickles on tender tubby toes, this book counts up the number of tickles each member of the family gives from 1 to 10! This is a charming board book with a counting concept, too! Parents will love reading this interactive book to young children.

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Daddy Hugs

Daddy Hugs

By: Karen Katz
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Level: 0-5

Daddy loves to give Baby hugs to say “I love you!” Now Baby and Daddy can cuddle and count along with this hug-and-read book perfect for Baby’s teeny, tiny hands.

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Duck Soup

Duck Soup

By: Jackie Urbanovic
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 6-7

Children will anticipate that something goofy is coming by a glance at the cover art: a duck in a soup pot balancing a lid on his head. Urbanovic has created a funny story in which Max’s friends mistakenly believe that he is in the soup pot. Their attempts to save him ruin his meticulously prepared soup (“‘AHHHHH! It’s his head!’ said Bebe. ‘Silly! It’s only a potato!’ Brody replied. ‘EYEBALLS! His eyeballs!’ said Bebe. ‘Guys, it’s only tiny onions!’ said Brody”), but reinforce the value of friendship. The softly outlined …

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The Little Engine That Could

The Little Engine That Could

By: Watty Piper
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 0-5

Everyone loves The Little Engine That Could, that classic tale of the determined little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain. Now the great Loren Long (Mr. Peabody’s Apples) has brilliantly re-illustrated this classic story, bringing it exuberantly to life for today’s child. Get on board for the publishing event of the year.

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Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

By: Eileen Christelow
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Level: 0-5

As soon as they say good night to Mama, the five little monkeys start to jump on their bed. But trouble lies ahead as, one by one, they fall off and hurt themselves.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

By: Jane Yolen
Publisher: Blue Sky Press (AZ)
Level: 6-7

In a few simple lines of verse on each spread, fathers and mothers are ready to put their youngsters to bed. But in this book, the youngsters are a wide variety of dinosaurs. And how do dinosaurs say good night? Filled with wonderful detail and humor, children and their parents will love the expressions and antics of the eleven different dinosaur children depicted here, and each species is spelled out somewhere in the young dinosaur’s bedroom. In the end, young dinosaurs behave a lot like people do: They give a …

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Toes, Ears, and Nose!

Toes, Ears, and Nose!

By: Marion Dane Bauer
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Level: 0-5

Little ones play a dressed-up version of peek-a-boo in Marion Dane Bauer’s board book Toes, Ears, & Nose!, illus. by Karen Katz. “Inside my mittens I’ve got,” Bauer begins. Readers lift decorative pink mittens to find “fingers.” Snow boots, earmuffs and a scarf hide other body parts; vibrant colors and patterns add pizzazz.

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Pajama Time!

Pajama Time!

By: Sandra Boynton
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Level: 0-5

Boynton is back! Joining Barnyard Dance! and Birthday Monsters!, here is Pajama Time! a good-night book with the irrepressible language, the inimitable illustrations, the irresistible cast of characters only Sandra Boynton could create. A jump-roping chicken and a pig on a swing. A Scottie in plaid pajamas and an elephant in a fuzzy one-piece with feet. And in sing-along nuttiness reminiscent of Barnyard Dance!, it’s time to head to bed-to the beat: Pajammy to the left. Pajammy to the right. Jamma jamma jamma jamma P!J! Everybody’s wearing them for dancing …

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