I’m delighted to feature ONE of our favorite books by author Jean Reidy, also this month’s 12 x 12 featured author, for today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.. It was difficult to select just one because we love all of her books, but here is today’s choice!
Hyperion Book CH, October 2011
Suitable for: Ages 4-8
Themes/Topics: Nighttime rituals, Cumulative Story, Bedtime, Space, Geography, Family, Home
Opening/Synopsis: From Amazon:
When it’s time to sleep, it’s nice to know there’s a place that’s safe. In a cozy house, in a comfy bed, under a blanket that’s white and red under stars so bright they light up the night in your own little piece of the universe.
Jean has a whole series of fantastic activities for Light Up the Night on her website, including a curriculum guide for teachers. My kids also enjoy ending the story with their own town, home, special toy.
Why I Like This Book:
This book is brilliant in bringing a fairly complex subject – of going from the huge expanse of the universe right down to your own home, own room, own bed, own blanket – down to a child’s size. The book is not “message-y” at all, yet subtly communicates that we are all connected in this big, wide world, and that we all belong. The rhyming verse is impeccable and very soothing for bedtime. We all enjoy reading it over and over and over.12 x 12, 12 x 12 Featured Author, Authors, Books, Childhood, Children's Books, Creativity, Family, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Rhyming · Tags: 12 x 12, 12 x 12 Featured Author, Author, Childhood, Family, Jean Reidy, Julie Hedlund, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Rhyming