An adorable group of animals goes through their nightly bedtime routine in this classic board book by Sandra Boynton. The rhythm and rhyme flow smoothly, and give an almost lullabye-like calming effect. Read this recommended children’s book with your toddler to strengthen important pre-reading skills.
Before, During and After Reading
This is a wonderful book to read at bedtime. Reading a book is a calming and relaxing part of a bedtime routine. Find a warm and cozy spot to share a story each night.
Read the title of the book and spend time looking at the cover illustration. Ask your child to name some of the animals going up the stairs to bed. Give your child a chance to answer, and help him with some of the animals’ names if he needs it. Ask, Can you show me the pig? What is the pig doing? Connect the book’s topic to your toddler’s own life by reviewing the steps of his nighttime routine.
Talk about the animals featured in the story. You might say, There is a lion on this page. Can you show me where it is? Then, you might ask, What sound does a lion make? Offer help, when needed.
Compare and contrast your child’s bedtime routine with the one in the book.