Bunny Should Be Sleeping

Holiday House/Neal Porter. Mar. 2024. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780823453412.
Toddler-PreS–Hest (Kiss Good Night) and Liwska (The Quiet Book) team up to create the ideal bedtime book for young readers. Bunny slides out of his crib in the middle of the night to check on his dad, because his dad forgot to check on him. He gathers everything his dad will need (water, blanket, cookie, and “their special favorite book with so many favorite pictures”) in a wagon he then pulls down the hall. The elder bunny is eventually awakened and the pair head back to the crib where the last page depicts the pair cuddled cozily together by the light of the moon. The soft and simple prose combined with muted pastel illustrations will reassure little ones that they are safe at night, even when alone. Parents and caregivers will enjoy the tender care shown to the elder bunny, and perhaps a conversation about how members of a family tend to one another may come next.
VERDICT As cozy as the snuggle between a toddler and caregiver, this book should be on all picture bookshelves.

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