📖 A RECIPE FOR BEDTIME by PETER BENTLY & SARAH MASSINI 📖
The bear cub has never been much of a fan of sleep and her duracell-bunny like energy levels have been commented on by pretty much everyone that knows her. Although her boundless enthusiasm for life really is wonderful to watch, it does often mean that getting her to wind down and go to bed (and stay there!) can be quite the task!
Whilst we have definitely not found a miracle solution to this, I have noticed that there are certain books that really help to calm her down when part of the bedtime line-up and this utterly charming tale is definitely one of them.
As the title indicates, this follows a little baby as they go through their bedtime more routine, but with it being described as if it were a recipe. For example, at bath time, the instructions are to ‘add to water (not too hot). Stir a little. Then a lot.’ It's such a clever analogy and a very appropriate one - most parents will probably agree that straying from the bedtime routine or 'recipe’ even slightly can lead to disastrous results!
The rhyme is gentle and melodic, perfect for a night time story to quieten active little minds, and the pastel colours used in the gorgeous, heartwarming illustrations really help add to the soothing effect. A really sweet touch is the fact that the baby's adorable cuddly toys are shown to get him ready for bed rather than parents.
The book finishes with a beautiful lullaby that the bear cub loves whispering along to and there are lots of actions described throughout, such as ’dab the drips off, pat, pat, pat’ and ‘add some kisses. Sprinkle lightly,’ that provide wonderful opportunities for bonding time with your little one.
Here’s a back-to-school picture book recommendation for you! “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” by @ryan_t._higgins is hands down the funniest #picturebook I’ve read since Penguin Problems. 🐧🐧🐧 It even made Keira’s top 10 list (see my most recent Featured Story). Slightly more prestigiously, it just hit the #1 spot on The New York Times children’s bestseller list this week. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
“Penelope Rex was nervous. It’s not every day a little T. Rex starts school
Penelope’s mom bought her a new backpack with ponies on it.
Ponies were Penelope’s favorite.
Because Ponies are delicious.
Penelope’s dad packed her a lunch of 300 tuna sandwiches and one apple juice.”
And it just gets better from there. The book perfectly captures the young child’s pitiable vulnerability and abject tyranny at the same time, with a little nod to the importance of self-awareness and empathy. (I can’t wait for you to see the creature that terrorizes Penelope into finally understanding why eating our classmates is wrong.)
Do you have any favorite #backtoschool reads to share? 👇🏻
FIRST DAY BLOG POST
The wonderful thing about being at Playstival at the weekend was that I got to chat to so many lovely people. I was talking to a lot of people with school starters and shy or anxious kids.
As a kid I was unbelievably shy (which you wouldn’t think now as I can talk for Ireland) and it’s something I’m very passionate about. So, I wrote my first blog post about how we can help our little ones with the first day nerves. I’ll put the link in the bio x
The excellent @oliverwinfree introduces NATURAL BORN LOSER! "This is a book about the power of being true to yourself and the amazing things that happen when each person does their best and you work together to change things."
- Michelle, Lamont Books .
My niece loves books! Thanks for reading to her @jeannemachine... 👍
It doesn't matter if it's 'Shakespeare' or 'My Little Pony', just get kids reading ASAP!
Curiosity and opportunity are all it takes to make a huge difference in the world. This is the future of civilization! 📚