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NPBM Blog-Along: Bedtime

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?

Trick question, because it never was before… but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators.  There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.

You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley!  Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging.  Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!

November 16, 2011
Theme: Bedtime

The Shut-Eye Train, written by Eugene Fields and illustrated by Julia Noonan

One of my favorite bedtime stories from long, long ago comes from this anthology of poems by Eugene Fields.  This book actually came into my hands when my librarian Grandma moved into a smaller place and I inherited a bunch of picture books that she had collected.  In fact, this book is signed by the illustrator–a neat thing, since the book is no longer in print!  The bedtime story I loved so much is “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” but we lost the copy that my parents used to read so often and I’d almost forgotten about it until I was reminded by The Shut-Eye Train; so it’s actually entirely an accident that I was once again reunited with Eugene Field’s “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod”!

The illustrations are soft and detailed, and the poems are whimsical and sweet.  I still love the analogy of Wynken and Blynken, your little eyes, and Nod, your little head, sailing away in a shoe to dreamland!

I remember…

:: my mother naming the story as her favorite to read at bedtime

:: the illustrations that still come to mind from our original copy of the three blond brothers in a wooden clog

:: imagining myself in that shoe!

:: discovering that the first copy of “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod” was lost during our 1999 move from AL to MS and feeling mystified

What’s your favorite Bedtime picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!

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