Can’t Sleep Without Sheep by Susannah Hill
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Board Story:
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Action Rhymes / Songs:

Five in the Bed
There were five in the bed and the little one said,
“Roll over, roll over!” (wiggle one of the little fingers)
So they all rolled over and one fell out! (make hands into fists and roll them)
There were four in bed…
(Count down until only one is left:)
There was one in the bed, and the little one said, “Good night!”.

Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped his head!
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
(Count down until none are left)

Wee Willie Winkie
Wee Willie Winkie runs through town (run fingers across your palm)
Upstairs (run fingers up arm)
Downstairs, (run down arm)
in his nightgown.
Rapping at the window (knock at the window)
Trying at the lock (turn hand like opening a lock)
Are the children all in bed? (shrug shoulders asking a question)
For now it’s 8 o’clock. (tap “watch” on wrist)

Play time:
Coloring sheet and hand stamp

Early Literacy Asides:
Aside #1:  Print motivation is the enjoyment of reading.  A great time to promote the love of books is by sharing a book at bedtime!  Remember, babies have short attention spans. You don’t have to read for more than 2 – 3 minutes at a time.  Keep reading sessions short and fun! When they lose interest, go on to another activity and read more later.  Babies and toddlers who grow up with books around them become more motivated to learn to read. Keep books everywhere — in the diaper bag, in the car, in their bedrooms, all over the house.

Aside #2: Talking about the books we read is a great way to increase print motivation.  Very young children can understand spoken words long before they can speak any of them — so talk to them and you will be amazed at how your child responds.  Talking to your child about many different events, ideas and stories helps them develop the general knowledge they need to understand the content of what they will read in books when they are older.

Resources Consulted:

Other books considered / used for display:
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
Cornelius P. Mudd, Are You Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? By Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
Creak! Said the Bed by Phyllis Root
Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak
Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Tuck Me In! by Dean Hacohen (storytime collection)
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
Little Tug by Stephen Savage
What! Cried Granny an Almost Bedtime Story by Kate Lum
Chick by Ed Vere (storytime collection)
The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood.
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker
Back to Bed, Ed! By Sebastien Braun
No Go Sleep! By Kate Feiffer
No Sleep for the Sheep! By Karen Beaumont
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
Mortimer by Robert Munsch (try)
Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton
Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Markes
The Noisy Way To Bed by Ian Whybrow
The Big Yawn by Keith Faulkner

Reflection:  This is my theme for the last week of storytimes for the summer session. We are “putting storytime to bed” for the summer.  Everyone loves bedtime stories and there are so many great ones to choose from! I invite my families to come dressed in their pajamas and bring stuffed animals and blankets.  It’s adorable and so fun!




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