Bedtime Hugs for Little Ones

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Mary LeCompte, Common Sense Media
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Warm book is full of dreamy bedtime fun.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the short, inquisitive stories are suited to audience participation and will prompt family discussion. Illustrations are bold and engaging.

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What's the story?

Where would you go if your bed were a spaceship? Prepare to be tucked in, close your eyes, and count sheep. There's lots of dreamy bedtime fun in this warm book written in loving, conversational prose accompanied by bright, lively illustrations.


Is it any good?

Beginning with, "You can say 'I love you' almost any time" and ending with, "You are loved just as you are right this very moment," this gentle bedtime book has some worthwhile thoughts in between. Perhaps most valuable is the way it captures the innocence of childhood wonder and curiosity, then turns it into something the whole family can talk about. The illustrations enthralled 2- and 3-year-olds, and the variety of story types, from feel-good to downright funny, keep children interested.

This is the first book by singer-actress Debby Boone and her husband, illustrator Gabriel Ferrer. The text reads like a dialogue that the author -- or any parent -- might have with her kids. Ferrer's illustrations are colorful and enhance the book's overall visual appeal. They are, however, evidently portrayals of the Boone-Ferrer children -- all blond hair and fair skin -- which may deter parents looking for ethnically diverse images.

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  • Families can talk about the themes in the books: washing up at the end of the day to prepare for the new days, soothing yourself to sleep, the movement of the sun and the phases of the moon, and more.

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