Monday, December 13, 2010

Day 14 of the 25 Days of Christmas: Bedtime Gift Basket for Little Ones

The end of last week left me lacking time and motivation to prepare and type up posts 10-13. However, I'm back... and hopefully in full swing to finish out my 25 Days of Christmas posts!

Create a bedtime gift basket to help make the bedtime transition memorable and easier at your house!

Fox, Mem.
Time for Bed.
August 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

In this rhyming bedtime book, children will love the tales shared about nighttime as animals help send children peacefully to sleep. With the help of a mouse, goose, cat, calf, foal, fish, sheep, bird, bee, snake, pup, and deer, children will learn about the night and rhyming, all in one, while enjoying one last story of the day.

Brown, Margaret Wise.
Goodnight Moon, ABC: An Alphabet Book.
July 2010.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

In this sequel (of sorts) to Goodnight, Moon, readers have the opportunity to explore bedtime in an all new way! Goodnight Moon ABC: An Alphabet Book introduces readers to a plethora of items (Air through Zzzz...). So many things can be found in the famous, recognizable green bedroom. Children are encouraged to search for them all, and in doing so, will begin to make a connection between written words and meaning (objects illustrated throughout). The book is perfect for infants and toddlers, as it allows them to be actively involved in the reading without overstimulating them at bedtime.

Rey, H.A.
Curious George: Awake Asleep.
October 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

In this very simple cloth book, children are introduced to "awake" activities before being "sent" to bed with a simple "It's bedtime for you. Asleep." The book is intended to be a door hanger outside a child's door to indicate whether the child is awake or asleep, but you could easily allow your child to take this to bed with them if you cut off the handle at the top to eliminate the hazard!

Along with the tree titles mentioned above, include in your gift basket:

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