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Books, apps and products that encourage healthy bedtime routines

August 27, 2012 10:14 am
Written by: Beth Shugg
Be warned: this month's blog post may put you to sleep!

Just kidding. Actually, I'm focusing on bedtime stories that may help put your child to sleep, as well as products to help him or her establish healthy bedtime routines. Submit your favorite bedtime story — or your child's — for a chance to win a stack of bedtime stories and more this month.

But first ...  I want to mention two favorite children's book characters celebrating birthdays this month. Clifford the Big Red Dog turns 50. You can commemorate the occasion by picking up a hardcover copy of The Clifford Collection: The Original 6 Stories by Norman Bridwell.

Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford celebrates 25 years this month. In addition to Candlewick Press releasing Where's Waldo? The Wow Collection, quite a few events have been scheduled to celebrate his birthday. The Empire State Building will light up red and white in honor of the anniversary, for example. Read about local Where's Waldo? anniversary events here.

Bedtime books
On page 21 in the Top Picks section of our September issue, we feature The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids From Birth to 5 Years by Dr. Harvey Karp (William Morrow, $25.99), which presents innovative ideas about children's sleep and tips for stopping bad habits before they begin. Read more about this book and more of Dr. Karp's books.

I'm Not Tired Yet — heard that before? We've also included this bedtime book by Marianne Richmond in our September issue and giveaway.

Here are some other bedtime stories — old and new — to try out with your child:
A Night Time Story by Roberto Aliaga and Sonja Wimmer
Mo Smells Sweet Dreams: A Scentsational Journey by Margaret Hyde
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt (deluxe edition featuring four pages restored from the original 1940 edition)
Somewhere So Sleepy by Diane Muldrow
Buglette the Messy Sleeper by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Pajama Time! By Sandra Boynton
Things I Love About Bedtime by Trace Moroney
Red & Yellow's Noisy Night by Josh Selig
Mr. Underbed by Chris Riddell
Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jerry Pinkney
The Bunnies are not in Their Beds by Marisabina Russo
Itsy Mitsy Runs Away by Elanna Allen

Bedtime bytes
Sourcebooks recently launched its HEAR IT READ IT Classics e-book edition, featuring titles such as Black Beauty, A Little Princess, Treasure Island, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan, Little Women, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. These classics, which make great bedtime stories, feature illustrations, music, sound effects, pages that turn automatically and more. $4.99. Available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, version 3G or later.

Bedtime bits 
Sprout, the 24-hour preschool network, just launched a new season of "The Good Night Show" Aug. 27, featuring 26 episodes of new themes, sand art stories, songs, stretches, puzzles and games. Hosts Nina and Star, Lucy the firefly and Hush the fish focus on healthy nighttime routines for preschoolers with activities to help them wind down at the end of the day. 

You'll find information about two products in our September "Top Picks" that help establish healthy bedtime routines: Blue Box's Watch Over Me Dream Station ($79.99) and The Victoria Chart Company's reusable "Good Night, Sleep Tight" children's reward chart ($14.99). Be sure to check them out.

Also in "Top Picks," we featured "Over the Moon" The Broadway Lullaby Project," a two-CD set of 26 original bedtime songs (with an accompanying book) written and performed by leading Broadway composers, lyricists and performers. Your child might also like these new lullaby CDs: 
"A Little Heart Like You" by husband-and-wife due Martha's Trouble
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star"  (a collection of rock songs turned into lullabies)

This month's giveaway
What's your favorite bedtime story? Mine is a folk tale called "The Story of Epaminondas and His Auntie" that my grandfather recited whenever my sister and I spent the night at his and my grandmother's house. Share your — or your child's — favorite bedtime story for a chance to win all of these great books and products. Because we are in the process of transitioning from one blog system to another, we're experiencing problems associated with posting comments on our blog posts. For now, you can post your comment here in order to enter our giveaway.  

Clifford Collection: The Original 6 Stories
Where's Waldo? The Wow Collection
The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids From Birth to 5 Years
I'm Not Tired Yet
A Night Time Story by Roberto Aliaga and Sonja Wimmer
Mo Smells Sweet Dreams: A Scentsational Journey by Margaret Hyde
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt (deluxe edition featuring four pages restored from the original 1940 edition)
Somewhere So Sleepy by Diane Muldrow
Buglette the Messy Sleeper By Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Pajama Time! By Sandra Boynton
Things I Love About Bedtime by Trace Moroney
Red & Yellow's Noisy Night by Josh Selig
Mr. Underbed by Chris Riddell
Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jerry Pinkney
The Bunnies are not in Their Beds by Marisabina Russo
Itsy Mitsy Runs Away by Elanna Allen
"Good Night, Sleep Tight" children's reward chart
"Bedtime on Broadway" CD set and book
"A Little Heart Like You" CD
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star" CD

Be warned: this month's blog post may put you to sleep!

Just kidding. Actually, I'm focusing on bedtime stories that may help put your child to sleep, as well as products to help him or her establish healthy bedtime routines. Submit your favorite bedtime story — or your child's — for a chance to win a stack of bedtime stories and more this month.

But first ...  I want to mention two favorite children's book characters celebrating birthdays this month. Clifford the Big Red Dog turns 50. You can commemorate the occasion by picking up a hardcover copy of The Clifford Collection: The Original 6 Stories by Norman Bridwell.

Where's Waldo? by Martin Hanford celebrates 25 years this month. In addition to Candlewick Press releasing Where's Waldo? The Wow Collection, quite a few events have been scheduled to celebrate his birthday. The Empire State Building will light up red and white in honor of the anniversary, for example. Read about local Where's Waldo? anniversary events here.

Bedtime books
On page 21 in the Top Picks section of our September issue, we feature The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids From Birth to 5 Years by Dr. Harvey Karp (William Morrow, $25.99), which presents innovative ideas about children's sleep and tips for stopping bad habits before they begin. Read more about this book and more of Dr. Karp's books.

I'm Not Tired Yet — heard that before? We've also included this bedtime book by Marianne Richmond in our September issue and giveaway.

Here are some other bedtime stories — old and new — to try out with your child:
A Night Time Story by Roberto Aliaga and Sonja Wimmer
Mo Smells Sweet Dreams: A Scentsational Journey by Margaret Hyde
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt (deluxe edition featuring four pages restored from the original 1940 edition)
Somewhere So Sleepy by Diane Muldrow
Buglette the Messy Sleeper by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Pajama Time! By Sandra Boynton
Things I Love About Bedtime by Trace Moroney
Red & Yellow's Noisy Night by Josh Selig
Mr. Underbed by Chris Riddell
Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jerry Pinkney
The Bunnies are not in Their Beds by Marisabina Russo
Itsy Mitsy Runs Away by Elanna Allen

Bedtime bytes
Sourcebooks recently launched its HEAR IT READ IT Classics e-book edition, featuring titles such as Black Beauty, A Little Princess, Treasure Island, The Secret Garden, Peter Pan, Little Women, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. These classics, which make great bedtime stories, feature illustrations, music, sound effects, pages that turn automatically and more. $4.99. Available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, version 3G or later.

Bedtime bits 
Sprout, the 24-hour preschool network, just launched a new season of "The Good Night Show" Aug. 27, featuring 26 episodes of new themes, sand art stories, songs, stretches, puzzles and games. Hosts Nina and Star, Lucy the firefly and Hush the fish focus on healthy nighttime routines for preschoolers with activities to help them wind down at the end of the day. 

You'll find information about two products in our September "Top Picks" that help establish healthy bedtime routines: Blue Box's Watch Over Me Dream Station ($79.99) and The Victoria Chart Company's reusable "Good Night, Sleep Tight" children's reward chart ($14.99). Be sure to check them out.

Also in "Top Picks," we featured "Over the Moon" The Broadway Lullaby Project," a two-CD set of 26 original bedtime songs (with an accompanying book) written and performed by leading Broadway composers, lyricists and performers. Your child might also like these new lullaby CDs: 
"A Little Heart Like You" by husband-and-wife due Martha's Trouble
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star"  (a collection of rock songs turned into lullabies)

This month's giveaway
What's your favorite bedtime story? Mine is a folk tale called "The Story of Epaminondas and His Auntie" that my grandfather recited whenever my sister and I spent the night at his and my grandmother's house. Share your — or your child's — favorite bedtime story for a chance to win all of these great books and products. Because we are in the process of transitioning from one blog system to another, we're experiencing problems associated with posting comments on our blog posts. For now, you can post your comment here in order to enter our giveaway.  

Clifford Collection: The Original 6 Stories
Where's Waldo? The Wow Collection
The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Simple Solutions for Kids From Birth to 5 Years
I'm Not Tired Yet
A Night Time Story by Roberto Aliaga and Sonja Wimmer
Mo Smells Sweet Dreams: A Scentsational Journey by Margaret Hyde
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt (deluxe edition featuring four pages restored from the original 1940 edition)
Somewhere So Sleepy by Diane Muldrow
Buglette the Messy Sleeper By Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Pajama Time! By Sandra Boynton
Things I Love About Bedtime by Trace Moroney
Red & Yellow's Noisy Night by Josh Selig
Mr. Underbed by Chris Riddell
Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by Jerry Pinkney
The Bunnies are not in Their Beds by Marisabina Russo
Itsy Mitsy Runs Away by Elanna Allen
"Good Night, Sleep Tight" children's reward chart
"Bedtime on Broadway" CD set and book
"A Little Heart Like You" CD
"Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star" CD
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I loved reading the Eric Carle books with my children when they were young.

Posted By: mcline
August 19, 2013

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