Reading/Interest Level: Toddler
Author: Amélie Graux
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
This quality, interactive board book introduces babies to a variety of words associated with sleep, including pajamas, a music player, crib, and night light. It’s a vocabulary book, not a story book, and features a total of 12 words, each word presented in English, French, and Spanish.
This is an excellent book to familiarize young children with important items in a fun and interactive way. The pages are very sturdy, and the illustrations are clearly drawn, colorful, and inviting. Also, the touchable parts of the pages are varied and interesting, for example a smooth pacifier, a squishy diaper, and fluffy blankie. The only downside is the choice of items presented, since not everyone uses bottles and pacifiers at bedtime, and some may be unfamiliar with a sleep sack. However, it’s good that a range of items is covered, and the multilingual aspect is certainly a bonus and would make the book very appealing to multilingual families (there’s even enough space to easily write the words in another language if the reader wanted to!) In terms of touch-and-feel, this is an excellent book that will entertain young children and teach them some more about bedtime and sleep.