Author: Anna Dewdney

3-Year-Olds Poetry/SongsStorybooks

Mama Llama puts Baby Llama to bed. Baby Llama calls for his mama. When she doesn’t come immediately, his cries become louder and more frantic. There’s lots of llama drama until Mama Llama arrives to make everything better.

Before, During and After Reading


Read this story at bedtime or naptime. Talk about how your child feels when it is time for him to go to bed. Does she feel tired, happy, sad or angry? Does she ever start to cry or argue with mom or dad about going to bed? Why does that happen?

Oral Language

Read the title of the book, Llama, Llama Red Pajama. Make sure your child knows what a llama is. Use the front cover of the book to look at the llama in the picture and talk about what you notice.

Talk about real and make-believe. You might say: “Do you think a real llama would sleep in a bed like you? Do you think a real llama would sleep with a stuffed animal? Where would a real llama sleep? ”


Phonological Awareness:  Rhyming

Use the rhyming sentences in the book to help your child produce rhyming words. For example, you might read the words like this, Mama says she'll be upsoon. Baby Llama hums a ___.” Accept the answer that your child gives or provide the answer and keep on reading.


Letter Knowledge

Be letter detectives and look for certain letters in words. For example, after you have read the story, touch the uppercase and lowercase letter Ll on a page. Example: “I see the uppercase L and the lowercase l. Can you find another Ll?”Your child can look through the pages and be a letter detective. To make this even more fun, provide a magnifying glass to use to look for letters.

Beginning Writing

Create a story or poem about all of the things you and your child do to get ready for bed. Ask your child to draw a picture while you write the words. Make this a book that you can add to as bedtime routines change. Include the good times and the not so good times and talk about how you both felt.