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POW! A knock-out punch!

Last week’s blog rant post from the Horn Book’s usually level-headed if sleep-deprived executive editor called out picture book reviewers for making ridiculous promises in their reviews of bedtime books. You know, stuff like: “This gentle read-aloud will calm young listeners and lull them to sleep.” Elissa wasn’t having it. “Do these books’ powers of […]

The Horn Book is a bunch of liars; or: YOU go the eff to sleep

Look, I love Goodnight Moon just as much as the next parent. The text’s gentle cadence and reassuring repetition. The play of light and shadow across the great green room. And that achingly beautiful and mysterious ending: “Goodnight stars / Goodnight air / Goodnight noises / Everywhere.” My children love it, too. They love filling […]

On “Radio Penderwick,” bedtime (audio)books, and more

Just like their print counterparts, audiobooks play many roles in the home. This week we looked at some different ways audiobooks accompany families — at bedtime during road trips, and really any time (or, Rachael Stein’s case, all the time). Here’s a roundup of our mini-celebration. At Family Reading on Monday, Kitty Flynn shared her […]

Go to sleep, my little darling

When my kids were babies, I went through such an excruciating period of sleep deprivation that I remain, to this day, traumatized. At the slightest sign of a sleep issue, I still snap to attention and do everything I can possibly think of to nip it in the bud. When they were babies and toddlers, […]

On Ron Koertge’s “Lunacy” (from November 2011)

Here’s a truth that I believe is universally acknowledged (apologies to Jane Austen): at bedtime, parents want their kids to go the eff to sleep. Remember that parent-trap by Adam Mansbach from 2011? Inspired by that publishing phenomenon, Ron Koertge’s “Lunacy” was published in the November/December 2011 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. We offer […]

Wake me up when it’s all over

I confess to feeling nonplussed when the publicist wrote to see if “Horn [ed note: AARGH] will review The Rabbit Who Wants to Go to Sleep,” the self-published bestseller that Random House picked up for a rumored seven-figure advance. I mean, yes, the Horn BOOK will review it in the Spring 2016 Horn Book Guide […]

Steam Train, Dream Train app review

Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld, of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site fame, chug along with the digital book app edition of their goodnight-train picture book Steam Train, Dream Train (Oceanhouse Media, February 2015). Just as with the Construction Site digital book app, this one includes soothing narration that can be turned on or off; you can […]

Go the BEEP to sleep!

TREND DETECTED! Insomniac robots are rolling off the assembly line. Here they are blinking their way through bedtime in Todd Tarpley’s Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! (Little, Brown, September 2015), illustrated by John Rocco. And here, one little robot takes its sweet time shutting off in Anna Staniszewski’s Power Down, Little Robot (Macmillan/Holt, March 2015), […]

Nighty Night! app review

As Fox & Sheep‘s bedtime app Nighty Night! (2012) opens, the screen pans across a view of a little town. One by one the lights in houses’ windows go out, but the farmhouse’s lights still blaze. Tap them to explore inside and around the house, along the way discovering friendly animals: a duck, a hen […]

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site app review

Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld’s best-selling picture book Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (Chronicle, 2011) — about some hardworking, tuckered-out trucks callin’ it a night — is newly available in a digital book app edition (Oceanhouse Media, November 2014). One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their tasks and settle […]