Good Books, Good Nights

By Anne Neidinger

Books to Share

Hush Little Polar Bear by Jeff Mack

I'm Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen

Rabbit's Bedtime by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Sleepy Little Yoga: A Toddler's Sleepy Book of Yoga by Rebecca Whitford

Books to Show or Booktalk

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

How Do You Say Good Night? by Raina Moore

If I Could: A Mother's Promise by Susan Milord

The Book of ZZZs by Arlene Alda

Bulletin Board

How Do You Say Goodnight?

Cover the bulletin board with midnight blue paper. Add clip art from the Open Clip Art Library, http://www.openclipart.org, including images that show bedtime routines such as taking a bath and brushing teeth. Give the children grey stars using a star die cut or the star pattern provided at the end of this chapter. Cut the stars from grey or silver construction paper or cardstock. If desired, cover the stars with aluminum foil. Let them write their names on the stars using markers (permanent markers if using aluminum foil) and, if desired, something about their bedtime routine. Affix the stars to the bulletin board.

Nametag

Owl

Cut out the owl pattern provided at the end of this program. Give one to each child at storytime and let them print their names on the tree limb. Tell children that some animals, including owls, sleep during the day.

Refreshments

Good Night Milk

Fill a paper cup with milk for each child. Add a drop of blue food coloring and let each child mix it with a straw for a special "good night" refreshment. Remember that some children may be lactose-intolerant so consider having soy milk or another non-dairy substitute available.

Fingerplays

Ten in the Bed

(Traditional. Hold up ten fingers to begin and count down with the song, rolling hands during the verses and placing hands together under tilted head to end with "Good night!")

There were ten in a bed

And the little one said,

"Roll over, roll over".

So they all rolled over

And one fell out.



There were nine in a bed

And the little one said,

"Roll over, roll over".

So they all rolled over

And one fell out.



There were eight in a bed

And the little one said,

"Roll over, roll over".

So they all rolled over

And one fell out.



There were seven in a bed

And the little one said,

"Roll over, roll over".

So they all rolled over

And one fell out.



There were six in a bed

And the little one said,

"Roll over, roll over".

So they all rolled over

And one fell out.



There were five in a bed

And the little one said,

"Roll over, roll over".

So they all rolled over

And one fell out.



There were four in a bed

And the little one said,

"Roll over, roll over".

So they all rolled over

And one fell out.



There were three in a bed

And the little one said,

"Roll over, roll over".

So they all rolled over

And one fell out.



There were two in a bed

And the little one said,

"Roll over, roll over".

So they all rolled over

And one fell out.



There was one in a bed

And the little one said,

"Good night!"

Songs

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

(Traditional)

Twinkle, twinkle little star.

How I wonder what you are.

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle little star.

How I wonder what you are.

Flannel Boards

Blanket Colors

Create four miniature blankets out of blue, green, yellow, and red felt. Place the blankets on the flannel board as you recite and repeat the rhyme "Blanket Colors" from the book Toddle On Over: Developing Infant and Toddler Literature Programs by Robin Works Davis. Ask the children to name the colors.

CraftsThis is a photo of a door hanger that has been colored on paper with a little brown teddy bear standing on a bed covered with a yellow and red checkered blanket and a light blue pillow.



Bedtime Door Hanger
Materials
  • White cardstock
  • Crayons
Directions

Customize a printable door knob hanger using the pattern from DLTK Crafts for Kids at http://www.dltk-cards.com/doorknob/index.htm for the parent or guardian and their child to color together. After the door hanger has been colored, cut it out. If possible, laminate the cardstock to provide added durability.

Games and Activities

Are You Sleeping?

(Adapted from "Bears Are Sleeping" from Gymboree Toddler Play: 100 Fun Filled Activities to Maximize Your Toddler's Potential by Dr. Wendy S. Masi.)

Have children bring their teddy bears and other bedtime stuffed animals to the program. Put the animals to sleep by singing "Are You Sleeping," replacing the name "John" with the name of each child's animal.

Craft Materials

How Do You Say Goodnight Bulletin Board Star pattern

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This is a full page of a five point star pattern for the How Do You Say Goodnight bulletin board.

 

Owl Nametag pattern

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This is a full page of six owls. Each owl is sitting on a log. The owl is formed with a big circle that has two big round eyes and a beak.

 



Texas Reading Club 2011 Programming Manual / Dig Up a Good Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011