We were able to read bedtime books with the kids tonight. And they were good bedtime books too. That’s my good news story for today. By the time I got home from work, ate dinner and got the kids ready for bed, it was already past their bedtime. But we managed to read “Goodnight Moon” as our family story with both children, and then my son got to pick another story for me to read to him before lights out.
I know everyone has heard of “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown and Illustrated by Clement Hurd, but it really is a classic for a reason. My son is 3 (and a half, as he says), and he still has fun spotting the mouse on each page and filling in the blanks to the rhyming story. My daughter is 14 months old, and the new game we play with her is asking her where everything is on the page. “Where’s the comb? The mouse? The fireplace?” She certainly doesn’t know all of the object names yet, but she is learning. And she loves to point. The board book version we have is the large lap book edition, and the over-sized pictures are perfect for this game. When we say goodnight to the mouse, the page is all white with a small circle around the mouse. She always tries to pick up the mouse or give it a kiss. My son now likes to give it a kiss as well. Never a dull moment. This is one favorite baby book that we keep coming back to time and time again. A comfort book, for sure.
(No, there is no snow in Toronto yet, but we did have a dusting last week.)
When it was time for my son to pick a book to read, he turned down my suggestion of “Time for Bed” by Mem Fox and illustrated by Jane Dyer, although that is another family favorite. He searched the bookshelf himself and pulled out one we haven’t read since last winter: “Big Snow” by Jonathan Bean. I would say that this picture book is ideal for ages 3 and up. Its about a boy who can’t wait for it to snow, so much so that as he helps his mother around the house (making a mess in the process), he keeps running outside to see how much snow has fallen. The zoomed out suburban street illustrations are the ones we spend the most time on. My son likes to look at all the houses, cars, snow plows and little details that change as more snow falls. When we got to the end of the book tonight, I got a “Please can you read it again?” The mark of a great children’s book. This time though, we had to turn out the lights. But we left the book on the nightstand to read again tomorrow.