|Running Press Kids, 2016|
For those whose motors rev instead of idling at sundown, RACE CAR DREAMS might lure the speedsters into bed long enough to listen to a story a time or two through, gradually idling into their own dreams.
Written by Sharon Chriscoe and illustrated by Dave Mottram, Race Car is reluctant to leave the track but makes eventually its way into the car wash then rolls on down the road to park under the reading tree.
|Interior Spread, used with permission|
It's no surprise when Race Car dreams and finds itself right back on the track, winning the race at the checkered flag. Speedway fans will especially enjoy the topic-related vocabulary.
|Alfred A. Knopf, 2016|
A similarly energetic cast of characters make an appearance in 10 LITTLE NINJAS, the August release written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Nate Wragg. Both a counting book and a bedtime book, the gradually diminishing and diverse horde of ninja-astronaut-adventurer-role-players resists bedtime successfully until a mom-figure repeatedly puts a halt to their persistent pursuits.
The crisply-rhymed text, exuberant antics, humorous patterns, and role-specific vocabulary make it a rich source for repeated readings. This one could be especially helpful in multi-child households.
|Chronicle Books, 2011|
There's no more important time than bedtime to match the right book to the right interest, and the success of other specialized titles demonstrate that the market can support well-done offerings. Author Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrator Tom Lichtenheld prove that with GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE and STEAM TRAIN, DREAM TRAIN.
|Chronicle Books, 2015|
As long as the there are kids who need to sleep (Hmm, could that define infinity?) there will be a need for bedtimes books with special themes and varied characters. The common thread of rhyming text, deep-hued and soothing backgrounds (even when portraying energized events), and word choices that are both repetitive and engaging make all of the above worth a try in any household.
RACE CAR DREAMS and 10 LITTLE NINJAS could be your best bedtime friends. Give them a try.
Here's the blog tour schedule for RACE CAR DREAMS to check out what others think about that recent release:
9/10 Stacking Books
9/11 Geo Librarian
9/12 Flowering Minds
9/16 Just Kidding