The board Book of Sleep

Knopf recently released a board book version of Il Sung Na‘s The Book of Sleep. In the original edition, a playful and spare text accompanies sweet illustrations that, upon closer look, contain a multitude of textural and illustrative details (including the protagonist owl as a search-and-find character on spreads where another character takes center stage). An […]

>One scary mutha

>I can’t remember how to link from within comments but yesterday’s post about over-controlling caregivers reminded me of Lucy Lane Clifford’s 1882 “The New Mother,” which I instruct you to read before bedtime: “If we were very, very, very naughty, and wouldn’t be good, what then?” Then,” said the mother sadly–and while she spoke her […]

>I don’t need a story tonight, but thanks.

>The New York Times has picked up on the story about British mums and dads disdaining fairytales. The Times reporter adds a concern of her own: “My own question about these tales — Brother Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, Disney (original and adapted) — has always been: where are the mothers?” I would tell her but […]

>Practicing for grandchildren

> Mads seemed content and Julia politely waiting until we got to something with princesses in it.

>This made me go all teary

>Watch the clip.

>Oh, Santa, Please, Please, Please!

> I told you Martha and I were writing a book, but apparently somebody, um, beat us to it. More than a century ago.

>Phone Call to the Past

>Pursuant to my recent post about sequels, I see from A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy that not only are Ellen Emerson White’s old books about The President’s Daughter being republished, she’s rewriting them to bring them in line with the most recent book, Long May She Reign, which is set in the […]

>Snuggle Up

>Claire has compiled a list of recommended bedtime stories perfect for these cooling nights. Allow me to add one–Jonathan Bean’s At Night (FSG), which received a starred review from Jennifer Brabander in the September/October issue but whose perfection I only realized when I read it aloud in Vermont last week.