Monday, November 4, 2013

Eloise Reads

Like most kids, stall tactics before bedtime are just part of growing up. "I'm thirsty, I have to go to the bathroom, I'm hungry," are all great ways to postpone bedtimeAnd then there's my favourite, "Just one more book?" which Eloise has realized works really well. Luckily for me, she usually can't make it all the way through another book before closing her eyes, so I know that saying yes isn't a big deal.

The books we've been reading most frequently at bedtime are Mars Needs Moms! by Berkley Breathed, Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman and Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson. 


In Mars Needs Moms! Milo sees his mom as a "bellowing broccoli bully" rather than the selfless, caring, mother she is. It takes a kidnapping by martians and a trip to Mars for Milo to realize what he was missing. Not only are the illustrations in this book incredible, the message about love between a parent and child is touching.


Joseph's beloved baby blanket is the thread that carries through Something from Nothing. As it wears and becomes tattered Joseph's grandfather gives the blanket new life by making it into something new, again and again, until there is nothing left. A sweet, old fashioned take on upcyclping.

This beautifully illustrated book (winner of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book) about a little polar bear who wanders out into the night is a great final bedtime story. Full of wonder and exploration, the pretty pictures and nice rhythm of the story send Eloise right to sleep. Win!

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