There are some picture books (and board books) that are perfectly suited for bedtime reading. Often the language is musical and comforting, and usually the artwork is full of images that warm the heart and calm the mind. Today's picture book is just such a title.
Illustrated by Carolyn Fisher
For ages 3 to 6
Simon and Schuster, 2011, 978-1-4424-0197-6
Night has fallen, and a little boy is going to bed. Holding his stuffed bunny, he sits on his bed, looks out of the window, and thinks about the fact that in other places it is morning, “but here it’s night.”
Then the little boy starts to wish the world goodnight. He begins with the sun and the planets, including Earth, and then goes on to deserts that are “pink and blue.” He says goodnight to the mountains with their snow-capped peaks, and to the froth-tipped ocean waves.
As he wishes a goodnight to one place after another, we are taken to all kinds of wonderful places. Among other things, we see a rainforest where a gibbon mother carries her baby on her back. We see a twisting road curling over a countryside, and a house with its yard and shed.
With a musical rhyming text and remarkable multimedia illustrations, this book will remind children that they are part of a big and beautiful world that is full of people, animals, and extraordinary places. The cadence of the text is soothing, like a lullaby, which makes this a perfect last-thing-at-night book to read. Little children will enjoy looking for the little bird that is present in every single illustration.