Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: June Sobel
Illustrator: Laura Huliska-Beith
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Goodnight Train Rolls On by June Sobel is a sweet bedtime story in which a little train takes a nighttime journey with sleepy passengers. The train stops at sleep-related destinations and struggles to keep the passengers from waking up. The train works around the obstacles and succeeds in keeping the passengers happily sleeping.
This darling story is written with a very lyrical sound, and the pictures are colorful and soft. This makes it the perfect bedtime story for young children. The lyrical writing is soothing, like a lullaby. The repetition of the train going “chugga chugga shhhh shhhh” is also a great way to keep the children interested and help them repeat familiar sounds. The story is creative with different fonts and page orientations. Goodnight Train is an ideal bedtime story because it helps children believe that they will have a peaceful nights sleep. It could serve as a bedtime story for parents trying to wean their children off of a night light, a pacifier, or for any child afraid of nightmares or the dark.