Please welcome author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater with her list of 10 Books that Invite Falling Asleep with Animals. We are also giving away a copy of her newest picture book, Dreaming of You. Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
What are your favorite bedtime books? Thanks for sharing!
Children and animals have a magical connection, and while not every child’s bed includes a dog or cat, most children’s beds welcome at least one stuffed creature. Children love to think and wonder about animals both real and pretend – in nature and in our imaginations. Here is a collection of animal bedtime books – some classic and some new – to help our littlest human animals fall sweetly into slumber.
10 Books that Invite Falling Asleep with Animals!
1. Dreaming of You by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, illustrated by Aaron DeWitt
Dreams are mysterious and magical, and this lyrical lullaby peeks into the dreams of a variety of animals, each of whom is dreaming of the child. Soft, cozy illustrations and poetic text end with a wish for young readers, “And when the sun rises may you still remember/sweet animals dreaming of you.” [picture book, ages 3 and up]
2. All My Friends are Fast Asleep by David Weinstone, illustrated by Magali Le Huche
A boy struggling to fall asleep visits a variety of animals for sleeping tips (Hang from your feet like a bat? Snooze in waves like a whale?) but none of these tips feel right. At story’s end, he decides to be a boy after all, and after a long adventure, falls asleep in bed. The final endpapers offer chords to sing this sweet book. [picture book, ages 2 and up]