"The Going To Bed Book" by Sandra Boynton
This is a Must Have book because it is one of our "routine" books, meaning we read it regularly, usually right before bed or nap and sometimes even in between! Anytime is a good time for this wonderful book!
I was looking for a great book to help settle my kids into bed at night and when I came across this one it was instant love! I know a lot of people will stand by "Goodnight Moon", which is undoubtedly another great book we sometimes read, but my kids really became attached to this one. While rhyming through the book in short sentences on each page, we follow several kinds of cute animals as they get ready for bed. From taking a bath to brushing their teeth and finally rocking to sleep on the sea in their big ark-like boat, this book takes less than 5 minutes to read which makes it perfect for right before bed. When we read this book at home we always have one of our children in each of our laps so we can "rock, rock, rock them to sleep" at the end. As soon as the last page is read they both know it is time for bed.
My 4 year old son has the book memorized at this point and can read along with or without us and our daughter is not far behind! Our book is a small board book which makes it great for both my 2 1/2 yr old and 4 yr old to read from with no worries of ripped pages and it is sure to last a long time. This is a great book for younger children, whether you start reading this one while your little one is in the womb, just born, or even a preschooler, it is sure to become a bedtime favorite!
Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.
Preview the book:
YouTube - This person decided to upload a video of themselves singing the "Going To Bed Book" on YouTube, you can get an idea of the inside of the book!
Author Sandra Boynton also has a LOT of other great board books available. We have only read a few of them, but the ones we have have been wonderful!
A few of her books include:
- Moo, Baa, LaLaLa!
- A to Z
- But Not The Hippopotamus
- Blue Hat, Green Hat
- Horns To Toes and in between
Money saving tip: We like to borrow from the library, it's always a great way to check out books before buying them! No worries if they don't like the boo k, it just goes back to the library!
My Final Thought: I would recommend this book to anyone who loves bedtime books, routines or just reading to their children. It is a great book for younger children, from babies to preschoolers though I have a feeling my children will love it for even a few more years! :)
- Board Book making it very durable
- Great characters for children to identify with as they go about bedtime routines ( bath, brushing teeth, pajamas, ect.)
- Easy to read, short sentances that rhyme which always make books even more fun!
- Takes less than 5 minutes to read-always a plus before bedtime!
- The rocking at the end of the book adds that last touch of closeness right before heading to bed.
- None! this is a great book! :)
Look Who's Playing Rating:
Kairi's view (age 2 1/2) : 10 out of 10 animals going to bed
Austin's view (age 4): 10 out of 10 animals rocking to sleep
Mom's View: 10 out of 10
Read this book before or have another great bedtime book to share? Let us know in the comments below!