Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

Kiss Good Night
by Amy Hest
illustrated by Anita Jeram

November is Picture Book Month! We're celebrating the print picture book by reading one of our favorite bear books, Kiss Good Night!

What it's all about . . .
It was a dark and stormy night on Plum Street. Inside the little white house, Mrs. Bear is putting Sam to bed. She reads him a story, tucks him in, and brings him warm milk. But Sam is not ready. He's waiting for something.

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . .
Picture books don't get much cozier than this one. Delicious details, such as Mrs. Bear tucking Sam's blanket "under his toes like a nest" and glasses of milk that are "warm sliding down," will soothe little ones to sleep. But it's Mrs. Bear and Sam's bedtime ritual that will melt hearts and have children asking for nightly readings.

Our favorite line . . .
"Again!" cried Sam.

Our favorite illustration . . .
Illustration copyright 2001 by Anita Jeram
Why kids will love it . . .
Kids will enjoy being in on Sam's unspoken wish -- a good night kiss. And when Sam finally receives it, they'll love saying "Again!" along with him.

Why grown-ups will love it . . .
You could read this irresistible bedtime story to your child endless times, and not tire of it. But chances are, your little ones will quickly be reciting it to you. 

What picture books will you be reading this month?


  1. I haven't read this one in a while, so I guess I'll be reading Kiss Goodnight. I just finished a reread of Barbara Cooney's classic, Miss Rumphius.

  2. Ooh, another favorite of ours! Thanks, Joanne.