Beautiful bedtime stories

Time to Say Goodnight
Sally Lloyd-James
HarperCollins Children’s Books
Ages 3-7
Children often fight the need for ZZZ’s but this charming book helps the littlest children realize that everything in the world needs to go to sleep. From delicate bunnies to baby bears to small mice, children will enjoy seeing that all of the world’s creatures need to curl up and rest at the end of the day.

The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom
Selected by Jack Prelutsky
Knopf Delacorte Dell
Ages 4 and up
Children are never too young to be introduced to poetry – especially poems about creatures near and dear to their little hearts. This poetry collection features over 200 poems about bugs, sea creatures, mammals, reptiles, and birds by 100 well-known poets, like Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost. The beautiful watercolors gracing the book’s pages help celebrate the animal kingdom in all its glory.

A Gift for Sadia
Maria Fritz Perry
Buttonweed Press
Ages 5-9
Minnesota-born author Maria Fritz Perry has created a beautifully illustrated picture book about living in the United States today as an immigrant child. Told from the child’s point of view, the book follows Sadia, a young Somali refugee, as she learns the ways of her new home in Rochester, Minn. Along the way, she learns to speak English and befriends a wounded Canada goose who helps her begin to feel at home.

A Little House Traveler: Writings from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Journey Across America
By Laura Ingalls Wilder
HarperCollins Children’s Books
Ages 10 and up
The stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder have enchanted children for decades. For the first time ever, the collection of Laura’s personal writings, diary entries, and letters about her travels across the Western frontier have been gathered in one volume for young readers. Children can travel back in time as Laura describes her experiences traveling by covered wagon across America’s heartland. The book also contains charming photographs of the Ingalls and Wilder families and the places they visited along their travels.