April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Pictures of the Week: Bedtime Math Pajama Party

On June 24, the National Museum of Mathematics in New York City kicked off its first annual National Pajama Party Week with the book launch of Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late (Fiewel and Friends) by Laura Overdeck, author and founder of the Bedtime Math nonprofit, an organization whose mission is to make nightly the math problem as common as the bedtime story. The event included math focused games for families and a book giveaway and signing by the author.

Pick of the Day: Sleep Like a Tiger

LOGUE, Mary. Sleep Like a Tiger. illus. by Pamela Zagarenski. 40p. Houghton Harcourt. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-547-64102-7.
PreS-Gr 1–The common theme of a child not ready for bed receives fresh treatment here. When a young girl repeatedly declares that she is not sleepy, her parents remain calm. She dutifully dresses in pajamas and washes up. After climbing into bed, she again proclaims that she is wide awake and questions her parents about how things in the world go to sleep. […]

Pick of the Day: The Bear in the Book

BANKS, Kate. The Bear in the Book. illus. by Greg Hallensleben. 40p. Farrar/Frances Foster. Oct. 2012. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-374-30591-8.
PreS–In this deceptively simple bedtime story, a boy snuggles up with his mother to read his favorite book. It is about a bear going to sleep for the winter, and together they look at the pictures and talk about the text. “‘Do bears really sleep all winter long?’ asked the boy.” He turns the page and notices the snow. “‘Snow is […]

Fresh Approaches: Noteworthy New Editions and Reissues—Picture Book Plums: Anniversary Titles and Compilations

Ideal for helping youngsters wind down from a busy day, The Family Bedtime Treasury: Tales for Sleepy Times and Sweet Dreams (HMH, 2012; PreS-Gr 3) presents a cozy collection of eight beautifully reproduced slumber-themed picture books and eight illustrated poems. The offerings represent an enticing variety of storytelling moods and artistic styles guaranteed to hold the eye and ear of young listeners.

Pick of the Day: The Insomniacs

WOLF, Karina. The Insomniacs. illus. by The Brothers Hilts. 32p. Putnam. Aug. 2012. RTE $16.99. ISBN 978-0-399-25665-3.
K-Gr 2
–The spindly legged, pale Insomniac family–Mother, Father and little Mika–lead a regular diurnal life until Mrs. Insomniac gets a new job “twelve time zones away.” Once they arrive at their new home, the family members live up to their name and goth visages–despite their efforts, they cannot fall asleep at night but snooze at work and school. Unable to rectify this dire situation […]