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Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems

by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters

Candlewick Press, 2010, $21.99

Tuck your little ones in for a night of sweet dreams with this wealth of poetry centering on bedtime. Sixty poems from poets such as Alfred Lord Tennyson, Sylvia Plath, and Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman capture the many moods of bedtime. Beautiful, soft artwork illustrate soothing poems such as "Who Sings in the Night?" and "Mermaid's Lullaby."

Tuck Me In

by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt

Candlewick Press, 2010, $9.99

Young readers are sure to squeal with delight as they turn the page to tuck wide-eyed piglets, zebras, elephants, and other funny animals into bed.

When the World is Ready for Bed

by Gillian Shields

Bloomsbury, 2010, $7.99

Soothing illustrations are sure to calm your youngsters' mind as you read about a family of rabbits getting ready for a good night's rest.

Can't Sleep Without Sheep

by Susanna Leonard Hill

Walker, 2010, $16.99

Eva has such a busy mind she has a hard time going to sleep. She tries counting sheep as her mother suggests, but the sheep get too tired and ask for replacements. You'll laugh out loud as you see funny illustrations of hippos, chickens, penguins, and other animals leaping around trying to replace the sheep.

Moon Dreams

by Ruth Martin

Templar Books, 2010, $15.99

sky, so quiet and pretty. But, it makes her feel so calm and safe, she always falls asleep. When she wakes, it's gone. Young readers will feel Luna's sense of tranquility as they read about Luna's journey to find where the Moon goes during the day, and they won't be able to stop themselves from running their fingers over the books smooth, opaque illustrations of the moon.

Interrupting Chicken

by David Ezra Stein

Candlewick Press, 2010, $16.99

Chicken loves Papa to read her bedtime stories, but she just can't help but interrupt the story to save the characters from danger. So, when she promised Papa not to interrupt the story of Hansel and Gretel, she just had to jump in and yell, "Don't go in; she's a witch!" Colorful, vivid illustrations depict Little Red Chicken's version of classics like Chicken Little and Little Red Riding Hood before Papa comes up with a clever way to get Little Red Chicken settled in for a good night's sleep.

A Bedtime for Bear

by Bonny Becker

Candlewick Press, 2010, $16.99

Everything has to be just right for Bear's bedtime. But, Bear's bedtime ritual was interrupted when Mouse knocked on his door wanting to spend the night. Young readers will giggle their way through the pages as Bear is constantly awakened by Mouse's antics.

Bedtime Hullabaloo

by David Conway

Walker, 2010, $16.99

These big-eyed, funny animals hear a terrible racket as they're settling in for bed. One by one, the animals set out to find the cause of the rumpus. A hilarious romp through a silly savannah will end your child's day with a hearty laugh!

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